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Pandemonium review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Î [PDF / Epub] ☀ Pandemonium ✍ Daryl Gregory – 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 dept It is a world liUtDel’s uest 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 disea. She didn’t know who the hell she was kick ass exorcist or shell shocked possession survivor Maybe everyone in the world was this inconsistent this fragmented All we could see of each other—all we could see of ourselves—was a ragged person shaped outline a game of connect the dots without enough dotsI took me a long time to finish reading this relatively short book I think most of that can be blamed on me—I have a lot of distractions going on right now But some of it can maaaybe be placed on this novelLet me back up for a second first though and tell you of my love for Daryl Gregory He had been on my TBR forever this book included when I read a short story of his in The Starlit Wood New Fairy Tales and it instantly became my favorite in that anthology I got one of his recent novels Afterparty which is set in the same universe as the short story and could not award enough gushy stars afterward He manages to combine his own uniue oddness with compassion and non maudlin sentiment in ways that you don’t see coming I wanted to cry when Afterparty was over because I just loved all of the characters so much This novel his first definitely feels like Daryl Gregory but maybe not prime Daryl Gregory More on that in a moment What is this book about alreadyDel Pierce lives in an alternate version of our world where demons have been possessing humans since the 1950’s And these aren’t Pazuzu style Reagan McNeil demons so don’t bother calling the Catholics Speaking as an ex Catholic here call the Catholic Church when it's time to battle eternal evil The calls are coming from inside the house sisNo one is sure exactly what the things doing the possessing are although there is lots of talk about neuroscience tinfoil coated conspiracy theories and Jungian archetypes all demons fulfill a predictable script that is uniue to them and thus makes them immediately identifiable One only possesses pretty little blonde girls who go to hospitals and kill the elderly and infirm with a kiss Another one the Painter just compels his host to silently make art They all can fuck up your life if they don’t outright end itDel who believes the demon who possessed him twice as a child never really left is determined to sneak into a Demonology conference in Chicago and find a neurosurgeon who can finally hopefully help him And a crazy unpredictable ride follows from there which involves lake monsters a foul mouthed female priest and the late novelist Philip K Dick I honestly was nervous about the Philip Dick part going in because it had the potential to go horribly wrong but somehow it works It's all very original and funny but the story seemed to lag in places I connected somewhat with Del and his brother but I struggled to get into other characters including the priest whom I expected to dig immediately and instead I’ve already forgotten her name I’m going to give this three stars but what’s odd is I can’t get the book out of my head now I loved the uote above for instance Maybe three stars isn’t enough But it’s how I’m rating this for now which still means it’s good Be sure to read Afterparty

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It is a world like our own in every respect save one In the s 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 bring. Four and a half stars If you want a review with links see my blog at reminds me of those times when my foodie friends are dragging me to a “fabulous new restaurant” where mostly familiar ingredients are deconstructed spiced and recombined in a creative way At least this time instead of an unsettling mess it resulted in one of those perfect satisfying meals that fulfill a sensory need as much as a physical one Not so unusual that I’m left with a disturbing aftertaste and not so routine that it is immediately forgettable To wit Salvatore’s award winning pizza with wine poached fig yes you read that right bacon and gorgonzola Unusual but delicious take on pizza is a lot like that Somewhat familiar elements drawn from comic books buddy flicks and mythology are blended together in a plot that moves uickly but respects each ingredient Add in some complex characterization dashes of dark humor and develop it with truly fine writing and I’m served a book that satisfying on both intellectual and emotional levelsThe simple summary Del is returning to his mother’s home with a dual purpose confess a recent car accident and psychiatric hospitalization and to meet a famous demonology researcher at a national conference Demons are real although their manifestations usually pass uickly while the behavior follows certain archetypes The Painter the Little Angel Truth “The news tracked them by name like hurricanes Most people went their whole lives without seeing one in person I’ve seen five–six counting today’s” When Del was young he was possessed by the Hellion a wild boy entity and Del has recently developed suspicions that the Hellion never left him The story follows Del as he attempts to understand and perhaps free the entity inside himThe plot moved nicely with enough balance between introspection and action to keep me interested What I loved the most however was the writing There’s the vivid imageryA small white haired women glared up at me mouth agape She was seventy seventy five years old a small bony face on a striated skinny neck bright eyes sharp nose and skin intricately webbed from too much sun or wind or cigarettes She looked like one of those orphaned baby condors that has to be fed by puppets”the humor“The uestion then was how long could a human being stay awake Keith Richards could party for three days straight but I wasn’t sure if he counted as a human being“and sheer cleverness because I’ve been this lost driving in Canada“For the past few hours we’d been twisting and bobbing along two lane back roads rollercoastering through pitch black forests And now we were lost Or rather the world was lost The GPS told us exactly where we were but had no idea where anything else wasPermanent Global Position You Are Here”and the occasional snarky social commentaryWhat did it matter I imagined bearded guys all over academia working themselves into a lather over this precisely because the stakes were so lowFor those who might want a sense of the flavor I was reminded of American Gods of George RR Martin’s Wild Card world my review blended with Mythago Wood my review but done much much better While I had problems maintaining interest in each of the aforementioned I had no such challenge with Pandemonium Each bite revealed something almost familiar but somehow unexpected There’s a lot to enjoy and an eual amount to ruminate on after finishing I’ll be looking for from Gregory Oh yes a sincere thank you to Carly for inviting me to dinner

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PandemoniumS death whether desired or not And a string of others ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrificAs 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 o. What if possession was an epidemic What if the same demons kept taking people over for short intervals over and over What would they be Are they demons Is the cause religious or scientific And what would it do to you to be one of the possessedNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook