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ISBN: 0345501160
Author: Daryl Gregory
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey (August 26, 2008)
Pages: 304
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It is a world like our own in every respect. save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur.

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In his novel Daryl Gregory begins establishing his style of deftly drawn protagonists that are sympathetic and believable. His carefully crafted work transcends genre and becomes that rare beast,a good book. The writing style is so fluid and the characters and stories so entertaining that they just come alive in your imagination. I've also read Stony Mayhall which was excellent and took several unexpected but entertaining turns. I hope Daryl Gregory plans to be a prolific author, because when I get through all of his books, I know I'll end up anxiously awaiting the next release. One person found this helpful.

Daryl Gregory mixes pop culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip K. Dick. Pandemonium possesses every quality you want in a great novel, and the good news is it’s only his debut. Charles Coleman Finlay, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of The Prodigal Troll.

Daryl Gregory (born 1965) is an American science fiction, fantasy and comic book author. Gregory is a 1988 alumnus of the Michigan State University Clarion science fiction workshop, and won the 2009 Crawford Award for his novel Pandemonium. Daryl Gregory was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, with his two sisters. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1987 with majors in English and theater. That same year, he married Kathleen Bieschke.

Full of swimmingly good metaphors and delicious similes, AND seamlessly throwing down a very unique demonic possession story landscape with psychic undertones. This book is the ultimate mash-up. Gregory skillfully combines elements of pop culture, blends and bends historical events, and grinds together genres in a way I've never experienced. Set in a world where demonic possession is an accepted, albeit misunderstood, occurrence, we follow Del through his own journey of self-awareness.

It is a world like our own in every respect. Daryl Gregory mixes pop culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip K.

I looked back toward shore to see him stumble through the bushes and nearly put his foot into the water. He clumped toward the dock. Even at this distance I could tell he was annoyed. and went back to my conversation. The next time I looked back Lew had stopped midway down the landing. He was staring, but not at me. The Shu’garath sat with his legs over the side, ankles in water, naked except for black plastic goggles on his forehead and a pair of dark nylon trunks. A gigantic baby, hairless and pale as a cave fish. I gestured Lew forward

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural avatars some call demons. Theres the Truth, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, brave and self-sacrificing soldier. The Little Angel, whose kiss brings death, whether desired or not. And a string of others, ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrific. Neuro-SF novel Afterparty was published by Tor Books in April 2014 and picked up by Titan Books in the UK.

Daryl Gregory (born 1965) is an American science fiction, fantasy and comic book author YouTube Encyclopedic.

It is a world like our own in every respect . . . save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural avatars some call demons. There’s the Truth, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, brave and self-sacrificing soldier. The Little Angel, whose kiss brings death, whether desired or not. And a string of others, ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrific.As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed by the Hellion, an entity whose mischief-making can be deadly. With the help of Del’s family and a caring psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised . . . or is it? Years later, following a car accident, the Hellion is back, trapped inside Del’s head and clamoring to get out.Del’s quest for help leads him to Valis, an entity possessing the science fiction writer formerly known as Philip K. Dick; to Mother Mariette, a nun who inspires decidedly unchaste feelings; and to the Human League, a secret society devoted to the extermination of demons. All believe that Del holds the key to the plague of possession–and its solution. But for Del, the cure may be worse than the disease.“Look out, Lethem! Daryl Gregory mixes pop culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip K. Dick. Pandemonium possesses every quality you want in a great novel, and the good news is it’s only his debut.” –Charles Coleman Finlay, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of The Prodigal Troll

Comments:

Ironfire
Del lives in an alternate America where demonic possession is a real phenomenon. It seems that there has always been demon possession, but the 1950s saw an upturn in demonic possession with the arrival of demons like the Truth and Smokestack Johnny and the Painter and the Hellion and the Little Angel. These demons randomly jump into people, causing the person to behave in some constantly recurring script, before leaving to possess someone else. The Hellion, for example, possesses blond five year old boys with cowlicks, turning them into something like Dennis the Menace; the Truth dresses up in a trench coat, a fedora and wields two guns in the pursuit of punishing liars; and the Little Angel is a small girl with curls who kisses dying patients, hastening them on their way to death.

Demons disrupt the lives of the people they possess, and they have disrupted American lives in general. The assassination of Eisenhower by the Kamikaze and the televised execution of OJ Simpson by the Truth after OJ's "not guilty" verdict have left a mark on the American soul. Also, apparently, Eisenhower's premature death catapulted Nixon into office, who instituted a war on demons, with concentration camps, and something unspecified but apparently awful about Japan.

Del is a survivor of the Hellion. As a child, he was possessed by the Hellion. Although it seems that he was released, he's not sure that the Hellion ever really left, and he wants a cure.

That premise puts Del on the road, and we see something of this strange world, with conferences on demon possession, and groupies who have bit more interest in possession than is reasonable, and fringe groups who have their own strange theories and defenses against demons.

There were a couple of features that captivated me.

First, was the cameo from a certain science fiction writer named "Phil," who did not die in 1983, when he became possessed by the demon VALIS. Likewise, the brainless argument about how to pronounce "Van Vogt" has to warm the heart of any long term science fiction fan.

Second, I liked the chapters which featured backstories of some of these strange demonic avatars or cultural projections. The stories were almost worthwhile as standalone stories.

Third, I like books where I am intrigued enough to fact check the author. In that regard, I liked the elements involving Carl Jung and Jungianism - it seems that we haven't seen stories involving the "collective unconscious" in decades. The references to the Red Book interested me enough to look it up and find out that there really was a Red Book.

Fourth, I liked the idea of a science floundering about with something it can't explain. The variety of theories and the efforts to quantify and postulate in terms of materialism rang true.

The story was engaging and well-written. It introduced characters I cared about and had a resolution that worked. I thought the logic and mythology of this strange world was captivating and intriguing.
Virtual
A fun, well written, and all around great book. I honestly can't think of anything negative about it, other then the main character, at least in the begging is a little "meh". But even then he grows on you pretty fast, and by the point you're right there with him. The pace in this book was spot on, it never lingered unnecessarily on what someone was wearing or eating, and it always keeps you engaged. The story is fantastic and is always evolving and keeping you guessing. The twists come at a good clip, and while out of left field on several occasions, still feel very plausible within in the world and very natural. You're never left with a "WTF? Where did that come from? How did that happen?" experience. And also one of my favorite things about this book has to be the Interludes about the different demons and where they came from. It just all ties together in such a cohesive world. In, barring spoilers, just wraps up everything just about as well as it could. And even though this is his first book, it's still put together as well as one done by someone who has written 30. His writing style is great, nuanced, and comes across someone who has been writing his entire life.

I have to defiantly recommend this book, especially the author. I've read pretty much everything by him, and even at his worst it's still a worthwhile read. His characters seem to come to life, his stories are weird and out there, but still amazingly cool and well done. And all his books just seem to stick with you in a way very few books can seem to do. Honestly, I might have to put him up there with King, Pratchett, and Gaiman. It's just that good.
Varshav
A rift has opened between two realities, ours and somewhere strange. Spirits come to our world,embody comic book heroes from the '40's,take possession of anyone handy, do their thing and move on. Eisenhower was assassinated by one,Nixon took over and conducted a 'witch hunt' against said demons. Surprisingly the world evolved into one very similar to our present day one. The book opens with our protagonist possessed, barely able to contain his possessor and disparate to find a way out. He gathers helpers in his quest as the search for an answer veers out of control. If you are expecting a comic novel you may be disappointed. In his novel Daryl Gregory begins establishing his style of deftly drawn protagonists that are sympathetic and believable. His carefully crafted work transcends genre and becomes that rare beast,a good book.
Ausstan
I read Spoonbenders and immediately had to find more by this author. I was not disappointed, and had to then go buy everything else he has ever written. The writing style is so fluid and the characters and stories so entertaining that they just come alive in your imagination. I've also read Stony Mayhall which was excellent and took several unexpected but entertaining turns. I hope Daryl Gregory plans to be a prolific author, because when I get through all of his books, I know I'll end up anxiously awaiting the next release.

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