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Sword of the Demon

3.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Cover Artist: KJ Bishop

Through realms of oriental splender and superhuman conflict, a beautiful woman warrior and a fierce man-god journey to challenge a being more awesome than the gods for a magical sword that holds the power of death ... and the key to enlightenment.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Cosmos Books / Wildside Press (first published 1976)
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Stephen White
This book is a strange mix of overly-descriptive at times and not descriptive enough at others. Lupoff writes like he knows he needs to meet a minimum word-count. You will read retreads of the plot so far multiple times. This is a difficult read due to the style of the prose. It is plodding and tedious at times, but the imagery is enchanting and dreamlike. It's difficult to rate this novel because I enjoy and dislike it in equal measure. I loved it at age 17 but my second reading at age 30 has l ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Steve rated it liked it
Written in 1976, Richard Lupoff’s Sword of the Demon was way ahead of the curve (at least in the West) when it comes to Eastern Martial Arts & Fantasy. Though Sword of the Demon is rooted in Japanese myth and legend, you can’t help but be reminded (if you’ve seen them) of such Chinese films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, and Curse of the Golden Flower. Sword of the Demon is jam-packed with flying wizards, fantastic beasts, samurai warriors (male and female), and ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
When I bought this was book I was in a phase of Japanese books. Most of them made by western writers. This one was not an exception. I remember one thing. Beautifuly prose language but unfotunally it didn't work for me. I will try to read in a few years when I have more books under my belt. This book mix japanese folklore and culture. I remember being confuse with the story. Most of time I didn't knew where the writer wanted the main character to go. The ending was as confusing as the rest of th ...more
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Jul 02, 2013 DH Hanni rated it liked it
Closer to 3.5 stars. Hard to describe the book but I did enjoy it. It's extremely surreal and felt at times like an Eastern infused version of Alice in Wonderland. Unique and intriguing writing style as well as the story and characters. Very ethereal quality to it. I suspect this might be a book that isn't for everyone but if you like fantasy or want to read something different, this would be a good choice.
Jun 02, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
For a book less than 300 pages, it took me a bit longer than I thought to finish it. While it had great reviews and it looked interesting from the synopsis, I didn't quite like it. The writing style was a bit too odd for my liking. I did enjoy the japanese folklore in it, but I don't know if it was a twist out of some other folklore or not as I don't know enough of it.
Nov 29, 2012 Dominic0409 rated it really liked it
This book is a surreal and beautifully written adventure which makes up for a startling lack of plot and characterisation with its original Oriental setting and wonderfully odd characters. All in all this is not a book to be read for an exciting story, it's a book to be savoured for mystical ambiguity and glorious writing.
Aug 08, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
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Inventive and well written. Uses eastern myths instead of western ones as the basis for a sword and sorcery story. Pretty good.
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Richard Allen "Dick" Lupoff (born February 21, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American science fiction and mystery author, who has also written humor, satire, non-fiction and reviews. In addition to his two dozen novels and more than 40 short stories, he has also edited science-fantasy anthologies. He is an expert on the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs and has an equally strong interest in H. P ...more
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