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God's Demon Hardcover – 16 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics (16 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765309858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765309853
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "God's Demon":
"Fascinating."
--Guillermo del Toro, Director of "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth"

"Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There's also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting--politics as usual and unusual....Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters."
"--The San Diego Union-Tribune
""A fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."
"--Booklist" (Starred Review)

"A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception....given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence."
--SciFi.com
"Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings . . . a vivid travelogue of a place we'd all like to avoid."
--"Kirkus Reviews
""Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction . . . a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption."
--"Publishers Weekly
""An electrifying, chilling trip through the netherworld. The landscape is so well depicted, you can smell the brimstone and feel the despair."
--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews" (A Top Pick)



Praise for "God's Demon":
“Fascinating.”
—Guillermo del Toro, Director of "Hellboy" and "Pan’s Labyrinth"

“Scary stuff?  Maybe.  Gross and hideous and disgusting?  Now and then.  There’s also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting—politics as usual and unusual….Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters.”
"--The San Diego Union-Tribune
""A fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."
"--Booklist" (Starred Review)

“A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception….given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence.”
--SciFi.com
"Hell's denizens strugg

Praise for "God's Demon"
"Fascinating."
--Guillermo del Toro, Director of "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth"

"Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There's also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting--politics as usual and unusual....Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters."
"--The San Diego Union-Tribune
""A fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."
"--Booklist" (Starred Review)

"A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception....given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence."
--SciFi.com
"Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at som

Praise for "God's Demon"

"Fascinating."
--Guillermo del Toro, Director of "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth"

"Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There's also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting--politics as usual and unusual....Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters."
"--The San Diego Union-Tribune

""A fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."
"--Booklist" (Starred Review)

"A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception....given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence."
--SciFi.com

"Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings . . . a vivid travelogue of a place we'd all like to avoid."
--"Kirkus Reviews

""Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction . . . a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption."
--"Publishers Weekly

""An electrifying, chilling trip through the netherworld. The landscape is so well depicted, you can smell the brimstone and feel the despair."
--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews" (A Top Pick)



"Barlowe's envisioning of the landscape, architecture, and denizens of Hell is nothing short of awe-inspiring . . . this is a fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."--"Booklist "(Starred Review) on "God's Demon" "Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings . . . a vivid travelogue of a place we'd all like to avoid."--"Kirkus Reviews" on "God's Demon""" "Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction . . . a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption."--"Publishers Weekly" on "God's Demon" "An electrifying, chilling trip through the netherworld. The landscape is so well depicted, you can smell the brimstone and feel the despair."--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews" on "God's Demon"

Barlowe's envisioning of the landscape, architecture, and denizens of Hell is nothing short of awe-inspiring . . . this is a fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness. "Booklist (Starred Review) on God's Demon"

Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings . . . a vivid travelogue of a place we'd all like to avoid. "Kirkus Reviews on God's Demon"

Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction . . . a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption. "Publishers Weekly on God's Demon"

An electrifying, chilling trip through the netherworld. The landscape is so well depicted, you can smell the brimstone and feel the despair. "Romantic Times BOOKreviews on God's Demon"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Wayne Barlowe is an artist, author and film concept designer whose bestselling book, " Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials" is a modern classic, as are "Expedition," "Barlowe's Inferno" and "Brushfire." His concept designs have appeared in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Hellboy "and "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, " "Blade 2," and his own Discovery Channel program "Alien Planet." His artwork has appeared in galleries and museum shows across the country, as well as "Life," " Time," and" Newsweek." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I discovered Wayne Barlow through his artwork, in particular the imagery of Hell he created for this book. When I discovered that he wrote a book involving those characters I immediately bought it. The book draws a great deal of inspiration from Paradise Lost and the Divine Comedy. As anyone familiar with me knows that I'm a huge fan of Paradise Lost. I also enjoy people's different interpretations of it and this is a good one.

The author's realisation of Hell is outstanding with a great attention to detail. As can be expected it is a brutal domain, but it's a cold and unfeeling Hell. Hell existed with its own denizens before the Fall and the arrival of the cast out angels and condemned human souls transforms the landscape.

Beyond the well crafted setting there's the core story of the search for redemption with one of the Demon Lords wanting to return to Heaven. It's a grand quest and one that involves the first true war in Hell. The campaign follows a familiar path, however there are some twists and turns and imaginative use of the demons and souls abilities to keep things interesting.

The tale is told from a few different perspectives, each carrying a different theme. Lilith's is a fascinating story, mainly because it differs from the others considerably. She's also the only female character of any significance in the story.

While I enjoyed the story a lot it does have some issues. The first is that the author doesn't wield words quite as well as paintbrush and the writing has a ponderous feel to it. It captures the scale of the events, but provides a bit of barrier for the first few chapters.

Considering the subject matter I expected more on the philosophical side and in particular more about the war in Heaven.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved Barlowe's illustrations, which is why I bought the book (not many illustrations in the paperback, by the way). There were a lot of themes and plots that seemed to be going somewhere but were never properly resolved in the end. It's worth an idle read but it's no masterpiece.
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Just received my copy yesterday and I'm totally engrossed. It's full of great detail, well formed characters, beautiful dark visions, every bit as atmospheric and fantastic as Barlowe's paintings. He has created a unique and expansive picture of Hell and its inhabitants, detailing the history, the landscapes and the atrocities like some visitor back from the wastes of the Inferno itself. This book is an absorbing read and I would of given it five stars but I haven't finished it yet, I'm positive it will get that extra one no doubt! I recommend viewing his artwork from previous books on the Inferno to get an all round picture of this awesome world he has created, or visit his website at waynebarlowe.com. Enjoy!
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Haven't finished yet but it's very good so far. It's at least a 4-star but probably even better.

It's a very vivid description of Hell and it's protagonists, with an engadging story of one Demon Major change through the millennia and its consequences in all of Hell.

A must read for fantasy fans.
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A deep view into one person's idea of hell, a world which is brought to life through Wayne Barlowe's talanted imagination.
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