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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861050410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861050410
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By on 19 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
An amazingly interesting history of evil covering everything from exorcism to pixies. Leonard R.N. Ashley succeeds in sustaining the readers interest by delivering hundreds of short punchy titbits of information, some chapters being only a couple of lines long, meaning you can pick it up and thumb through it, whenever you have a few minutes to spare. Particularly interesting, are the details of how various religions adopted their enemies gods to become their demons, and a list of the 103 angels who fell from heaven with Satan. All in all, a very well researched, thoughtprovoking book on a thoroughly interesting subject.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
Leonard R. N Ashley offers a complete explination of demons and devils. he provides and shows an in depth knowledge of the subject of demonology and satanism. Anyone interested in the subject should buy this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Smith on 13 Sep 2002
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Demonology has always fascinated me and this is a good book with wich to explore the subject. You'll find much, not just about demons and devils but also angels, ancient gods, witches and faeries. There are also short biographies on many famous and infamous characters connected with the subject. A well written and well researched book.
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Leonard Ashley obviously knows his stuff, and this book contains a wealth of information on demons, exorcism and demonic practitioners. However the bitty style I found to be frustrating. Sometimes it is just lists of names, sometimes origins of words, sometimes exorcism rituals. I would just get interested in one thing, and the book would swiftly move to the next. Sections are rarely more than a page long, and at times the book refers to things without really explaining them, or stories without telling them. The style is American, quite chatty and fast-moving.
If you want breadth rather than depth then this book is for you. It gives lots of facts, a range of sources for further reading, and has some excellent black and white pictures. Personally I felt this book did little more than skim the surface, with tantalising glimpses of the richness and complexity of the subject, of which the author is evidently aware. A good introduction, and a good book for browsing in your spare moments.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
An Utter Mess 12 Nov 2000
By Anonymous - Published on
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From its misleading title--this volume is rather slender given its claim for being "complete"--to its lack of bibliographic notes and historical and factual unreliability, Ashley's tome is an utter mess. Poorly written and organized, with only a three-page index, this is a book that cannot be taken seriously. "Devils and Demons," in fact, seems like a haphazard collection of the author's notes on interesting trivia he happened to bounce on, without bothering to reexamine his sources or concern himself with the formalities of English grammar. For example, in his brief discussion of C.S. Lewis's "Screwtape Letters," Ashley describes Lewis's book as "a delightful collection of business communications between a minor devil called Screwtape and his boss," evidently forgetting that Screwtape was a "major" devil corresponding to his underling nephew, Wormwood, as anyone even slightly familiar with the literature of fictional demonology knows. Such sloppy errors that are sprinkled through Ashley's work brings the subject down to the level of tabloid journalism, and with the same level of reliability. The reader would best be served by searching for other, more scholarly books which are abundant in this peculiar area of study, such as the "Compendium Maleficarum" or Robbins' "Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology." But "The Complete Book of Devils and Demons" is a complete waste of dead trees.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Ignorant, frivolous treatment of a fascinating subject 4 Aug 2000
By neil mcauley - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a shame Leonard Ashley (who has no doubt spent some time looking into his subject) is unable to string an intelligent sentence together. This ridiculously pedestrian book demeans the fascinating subject of demonology through a nauseous trail of sloppy ideas, puerile humour and incongruous, misplaced anecdotes. A work of zero interest to even the most unsophisticated of students.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Decent book, but not so complete 4 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
After picking up several books on related subjects, unfortunately this book ended up closer to the bottom of my reading pile. This book is loosely organized into many, many small chapters that seem to jump around quite a bit. Histories and anecdotes concerning demons are touched upon, but there seems to be an apologist's slant to everything. As if he is constantly reminding the reader that evil is bad instead of just giving us the history. Almost as though he is backing away from Hell, just in case it's all real and he's indicted by God for writing a book on the subject. I prefer a more objective approach to this sort of topic but all in all not terrible. (It's suprising to me how few good books are out there on demonology)
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Save your $$$ 11 Oct 2002
By Book Worm - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off let me state that this book should have been named
"The anything BUT complete book of Devils and Demons".
Actually it has very little to do with Devils, Demons or anything of the like, this is just another one of those books that handles this fascinating subject in the uptight biased wore out judeo/christian manner that i for one am quite tired of, the author if we dare to call him that obviously wrote this book for a fast buck, i havnt read any of his other books and since reading this one i have no intention on doing so. His style is enough to give A person of even the strongest constitution a vein bulging headache. Like the title says, do your self a favor and save your $$$ for something more accurate and fulfilling.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Sophomoric treatment of an Interesting subject 10 Nov 2000
By Arthur Kevin Rabago - Published on
Format: Paperback
Leonard Ashley's pathetic excuse of designing this book for the "sound bite" and "limited attention span" generation is an insult and affront to his readers.
The book is nothing but a mish-mash and mosaic of information culled from the Internet that the author has so carelessly put together.
For beginners and the uninitiated- this might briefly prove interesting- but in general- this book is a sleeping pill in disguise.
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