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The Demonologist

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**WINNER OF THE 2014 THRILLER AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL**

Fans of The Historian won’t be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.

Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, with special expertise in Milto
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ebook, 251 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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Helen Stavraki
Apr 19, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Συγκλονιστικό βιβλίο, το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα.
Ειναι γεμάτο από ολα τα -ΑΠΟΛΥΤΑ-στοιχεία-συναισθήματα. Ανθρώπινα,θεϊκά,δαιμονικά.
Πανδαιμόνιο μέσα από μια ιστορία ψυχολογικής έντασης και αγωνίας που δεν σου επιτρέπει να αφήσεις το βιβλίο μέχρι τελευταία σελίδα.
Από τα λίγα "unputdownable" που με καθήλωσαν.

Το ανθρώπινο μυαλό μπορεί να κάνει την ΚΟΛΑΣΗ - ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ και τον ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ - ΚΟΛΑΣΗ.
Αυτό ακριβώς αποδεικνύεται περίτρανα μέσα απο την ιστορία του καθηγητή δαιμονολόγου και της μονάκριβης κόρη
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Amy M
I picked up a proof from the bookstore I worked at thinking it looked interesting and wanting to give more Canadian authors a fair chance, I went for it. I found the author's included letter intriguing: he being of skeptical mind set out to convince fellow skeptical-minded readers of a world full of demons. I figured he'd have his work cut out for him trying to convince me of Christian mythos! Challenged accepted.

David is a man at odds with life, his faith, his own self. He has molded his entire
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Amanda Marie
Jul 26, 2012 Amanda Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh wow. when I first heard about this book, the people discussing it said it was scary. the room got quiet and chills ran down spines. I instantly wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to have been given an early copy and oh my goodness.

the story is very well written. the plot is fluid and understandable. despite its references to Milton's Paradise Lost and the academic protagonist, you don't need to be a scholar to enjoy it.

as for the scare factor, its definitely there. there are moments when
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Bonnie
A copy of The Demonologist was provided to me by Simon & Schuster/Edelweiss for review purposes.

'Wandering this darksome desert, as my way
Lies through your spacious empire up to light
Alone, and without giude, half lost, I seek...'


'The Demonologist' is a sophisticated thriller that focuses solely on John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (and I think it should be noted that it's not a prerequisite to have read Milton before 'The Demonologist' either.) It's not overly steeped in symbolism without suffi
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Andrew
Feb 05, 2013 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“There are things in this world most of us never see,” I find myself saying. “We’ve trained ourselves not to see them, or try to pretend we didn’t if we do. But there’s a reason why, no matter how sophisticated or primitive, every religion has demons. Some faiths may have angels, some may not. A God, gods, Jesus, prophets—the figure of ultimate authority is variable. There’s many different kinds of creators. But the destroyer always takes the same essential form. Man’s progress has, from the beg ...more
Elina
Apr 07, 2017 Elina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ενώ ξεκίνησα απογοητευμένη, κατέληξα γοητευμένη! Δυνατό θρίλερ πολύ καλογραμμένο. Προτεινόμενο!
Cheryl
Apr 21, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip it. This book may work better as a movie, a horror film with lots of creepy music and scary images of twins. But as a book it is not very exciting. I was extremely disappointed on so many levels. One. I thought this was going to be about Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, God and Satan. I thought it would challenge me to think about my beliefs. Nah. It is about someone who talks to the dead in Milton-speak. Tiresome. Two. This should have been a short story. The characters are just sketched ou ...more
Sheila
Apr 17, 2017 Sheila rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017, demonz
2 stars--it was okay.

I was expecting a horror novel, but this is more like supernatural fiction about a road trip. It reminded me a bit of Between Two Fires or Company of Liars--but not as well written or suspenseful as either of those two novels, just a similar structure. Not bad, but not what I wanted to read, and compared with the two mentioned books, it fell flat.

Taylor Knight
This was definitely more supernatural thriller than horror for me. I was expecting (okay, really, really hoping) that The Demonologist would be really scary and would keep me up at night. The blurbs on the front cover, back and the two and half pages on the inside really got me pumped. Unfortunately, I was more bored than scared.
I think it was mainly the main character. I was super bored with him. Right from the start, I felt really bored with him.
I thought the plot was really manufactured and
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Chris
Nov 02, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite horror reads of the year. Very literate with quite a bit of exploration of the literary source of demonic activity. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of how demonic entities enter into and control a person's life. Whether you attribute these influence to an intelligent entity or individual psychosis, the concept provides much food for thought on how we allow ourselves and our lives to spin out of control.

This novel was great in every way, in my opinion. I would class it al
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Laura
This book had real promise, but somehow just missed. It may have been that it took far too long to figure out why the demon was interested in Ullman, or what in his history led him here, or how the Pursuer and the Thin Woman were related to everything... or it may have been the exaggerated conceit of using John Milton's Paradise Lost as a roadmap. Whatever it was, I liked this less than I'd expected. And the comparisons to The Historian don't help, as Kostova fleshed out the story far more than ...more
Maxine Marsh
Mar 07, 2015 Maxine Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up from 4.5*

This book was thoroughly engrossing--I read it in 2 big spurts in 2 days. Things have never been quite right for David, having always suffered from 'melancholy' and his marriage is falling apart. He teaches demonology and literature and is an expert on Milton's Paradise Lost and related ancient dark texts. After receiving a mysterious offer to go to Venice, tragedy strikes and he looks the vague darkness that's always followed him through life square in the face.

David sets ou
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ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ Ντρέκη
Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι με ενθουσίασε. Πρωτότυπη ιστορία, αλλά δοσμένη πολύ ρηχά. Κάποιες φορές μπερδευόμουν να καταλάβω τι θέλει να πει ο συγγραφέας. Το όλο θέμα είναι η πάλη μεταξύ του καλού και του κακού, του Σατανά με το Θεό. Και η αγάπη ενός πατέρα που τους νικάει όλους προκειμένου να σώσει την κόρη του. Παρ όλο που κάπου με έχανε, δεν ήθελα να το αφήσω. Ήθελα να μάθω τι στο καλό θα γίνει και που το πάει. Το βιβλίο αυτό σώζεται από την ατμόσφαιρα που δημιουργεί ο συγγραφέας και σε κρατάει εγκλω ...more
Abhinav Agarwal
Makes me question the devil's competence, the author's grasp on storytelling, and David Ullman's hold on sanity.

David's marriage is a mess. The protagonist has to have little going right for him in such novels. Except his daughter Tess who is the only ray of light in his otherwise dismal existence. And truth be told, the one thing that this book gets somewhat right are the bits about the father and daughter interactions. When his wife informs him of her decision to move out of their house, David
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♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
i really wanted to rate this higher than i did. i'm not sure what went wrong -- alright, i lie. i know exactly where it went wrong. i'm not a fan of dan brown or books in his area, and the demonologist turned out a little too dan brown for my liking.

there were far too many coincidences, deux-ex-machinas going on to get the plot moving forward, and much of the narrative somehow took the sense of urgency and action away from what should have been emotionally thrilling scenes. i did enjoy a few sce
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Christine H
I can think of no higher compliment to give Andrew Pyper and his masterful work than this: I was much too entranced by his story to be scared by it. Pyper, himself calls his story “an unapologetic, full-fledged horror novel”, and early reviews had billed it as a book that would cause readers sleepless, terror-filled nights, so I prepared myself to crawl out of my skin, keeping the lights on and the doors locked as I traversed Pyper’s landscape. As it turns out, I was kept awake for two consecuti ...more
Julian
First of all I have to say THANKS for the opportunity of winning this book by the Goodreads Giveaway contest… Thank you.

Well… my thoughts about the book:

A “Demonologist” professor should know a little more about the subject of demons than what is written in the pages of this book. Lack of research from the writer? The need to publish an unfinished book, fast and in a short notice in the middle of the creative process? …Perhaps.

A very good start I must say. A puzzling trip to Venice was a very g
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Paula Cappa
Mar 15, 2013 Paula Cappa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One fine supernatural thriller.

We all know the conscious mind can sometimes become so devastated with life’s depressions that it can create hallucinatory events. And we also know that the subconscious mind can sometimes create our very own demons. Or maybe these demons are truly among us in this world. The Demonologist will keep you guessing about these options. This novel is a page-turning supernatural thriller, full of darkness and psychological horror. Andrew Pyper's style of writing is calm
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Mark
Jan 20, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book so I could eagerly consume this latest work by an author I have been a fan of since his first novel, LOST GIRLS. Pyper never disappoints, and this latest thriller is no exception.

From the very first page, Pyper draws the reader in to a character and situation that begs the reader to keep turning pages - and he doesn't let up throughout the entire book. He plays upon a parent's special love and deepest fears and insecurities beautifully, d
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Leah Polcar
I am surprised I didn't like this a bit more, but I found most of the mystery -- which meant almost the entire text -- tedious. Maybe it simply does not translate well into audiobook form where you can't really skim the plodding plot? However, what was quite remarkable about The Demonologist were the "scary" bits: when Pyper decides to bring on the horror, he brings on the horror (and in the creepy, not gore-splatter, way). So, overall, I give The Demonologist a so-so. Interesting concept, many ...more
Gatorman
Mar 01, 2013 Gatorman rated it really liked it
A terrific horror story/thriller from Pyper involving one man's struggle with demons, both real and imagined, in his quest to find out whether his daughter died in a rooftop leap or has been imprisoned in a demonic world. The writing, as always with Pyper, is top-notch and the dark subject matter makes for a truly creepy experience. My only real qualm would be with the ending, which was a bit underwhelming considering the intense build-up. Overall, though, this is a wonderful book that takes a m ...more
Life Between Coffee Spoons
David Ullman is a Columbia scholar who has devoted his life to studying Milton's Paradise Lost despite being an atheist (two facts he seems to find in opposition). When he is approached by a mysterious woman to jet off on an all-expense-paid trip to Italy to play witness to an event, he jumps on the chance to flee his failing marriage and get away with his daughter, Tess. But things don't go as planned, and when Tess seemingly commits suicide, David is off on a whirlwind adventure to get her bac ...more
Squire
Mar 21, 2015 Squire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Squire by: James Campbell
A sophisticated and literate supernatural thriller. But, for me, it was more successful as an idea than an a novel.

David Ullman, a professor of demonic literature, particularly Paradise Lost, at Columbia University initially refuses an offer to travel to Venice to witness a "phenomenon"; but when his wife leaves him, he decides to take his daughter on a vacation to Italy. There he witnesses a case of real demonic possession; however, the trip ends with the disappearance of his daughter and the k
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William
Here is a much-hyped book that simply did not meet expectations. Some of the scenes were disturbing and frightening, but far too often I felt the main character, Professor David Ullman, rambled on about nothing or was able to miraculously figure out the next step in his adversary's plan by coincidence if not sheer luck. For instance, and without trying to ruin it for anyone, Professor Ullman is able to figure out where the book's antagonist is by using a line from "Paradise Lost" that reads "Smi ...more
Debra
Mar 23, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe some of the poor reviews of this book. It was very well-written, the characters were well-developed, and it was one hell of a story. Pun intended. I was genuinely creeped out so many times. I even felt some spine-tingling going on. I guess you either love this book or hate it.
Ivz Andonova
Не е кой знае какво, но става за четене преди сън.
Raven
Feb 27, 2013 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the outset, Andrew Pyper plunges the reader into a nightmarish tale of demonic possession in this taut, intelligent and utterly gripping thriller, rich with literary allusion, tinged with horror, and providing a fascinating exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche. As Professor David Ullman experiences a truly terrifying descent into a hellish world at odds with his normally morally detached study of demonic literature, he embarks on an emotional and physical journey fuelled b ...more
Becky
Oct 19, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Ullman is a father, a professor, and a husband. Though his marriage is on the rocks, his daughter is still the most important thing in his life. When a mysterious visitor offers Ullman an all-expense-paid trip to Venice, he's understandably leery. The woman in question claims that his expertise as a demonologist is needed. Ullman is not a "demonologist" but rather an English professor with a focus on literature the likes of Milton's Paradise Lost. Strangely, the woman is uninterested in Ul ...more
Gerhard
Mar 07, 2015 Gerhard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I did not expect to read such an old-fashioned literate horror novel, especially after Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books have emasculated this particular sub-genre into a series of tepid thrillers. Unfortunately, this probably means that The Demonologist is something of a curiosity, unlikely to appeal to the torture-porn crowd. While there is genuine suspense and outright creepiness here, there is hardly any gore or bloodshed.

It is ironic therefore that Andrew Pyper’s superbly paced novel plays o
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Susan (the other Susan)
It's meh-fabulous.

Here's the thing: This author delivered one of my favorite creepy novels, Lost Girls. It's a quick but lush read, rich in atmosphere, subtle when it isn't grabbing you by the ankle in the dark. Lost Girls is powered by a narrator/protagonist that the reader ought to hate (self-absorbed coke-head lawyer bent on making partner by winning acquittal for a serial killer) but winds up liking. To my way of thinking, the creation and redemption of a memorable, believable antihero is a
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Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including the forthcoming THE ONLY CHILD (to be published June, 2017 by S&S in the US and Canada, and by Orion in the UK). Among his previous books, THE DEMONOLOGIST won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. LOST GIRLS won ...more
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