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The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker

The world’s greatest philosopher sells his soul to the devil, and the demon managing his case thinks he’s up to something.

An open book, a white ceramic mug, and a blanket rest upon a couch.
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New York: Tor.com, 2016. http://publishing.tor.com/thedevilyouknow-kjparker/9780765384478/

I read this novella solely because I stumbled upon its marketing text and fell in love with its premise: the world’s greatest philosopher sells his soul to the devil, and the demon managing his case thinks he’s up to something. It raises the question: how do you out-trick the Father of Lies?

The writing was perfect. It was clear and engrossing. It helped me be absorbed by and enjoy the story. The plot started off a bit slow, but that’s not a complaint: it was interesting and funny. (The humor in this story was handled very well.) I really enjoyed the way the ending came together. Very satisfying. A less skilled writer would have left me feeling cheated.

An altogether fun, interesting read.


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