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آزازل اثر آیزاک آسیموف
Paperback, چاپ اول, 293 pages
Published 1996 by انتشارات شقایق (first published 1988)
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐[6/10]

Isaac Asimov should be sued for plagiarism. Pfft.. Never mind. Especially when the supposed plaintiff is a moron. George Bitternut - you will learn of his ancestry(and how Betterknut became Bitternut), won't you? In this series of short stories, we are told that Bitternut has learnt the arcane art of summoning Azazel , who is
⚫A demon.
⚫A good-natured demon. It wreaks havoc on people's lives. And... their lives take a turn for the worse.
Worse how?

1 The Two-centimetre Demon:
A j
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Melki
I try hard not to believe what my friend George tells me. How can I possibly believe a man who tells me he has access to a two-centimeter tall demon he calls Azazel; a demon who is really an extraterrestrial personage of extraordinary, but strictly limited, powers?

As it seems to happen anytime someone is granted a wish by a supernatural being, Azazel's "fixes" tend to backfire, or at least go a little cattywampus. There are eighteen pretty funny stories here about how things tend to go pear-shap
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Azazel, Isaac Asimov
عنوان: آزازل؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: گیسو ناصری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1375؛ در 293 ص؛ شابک: ایکس - 964554212؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی - قرن 20 م
کتاب نخستین بار در سال 1988 به چاپ رسید. داستان یک وروجک دو سانتیمتری ست که داستانهای مختلفی از او نقل میشود. داستانها از گفتگوهای میان یک نویسنده ی بینام (بدون شک، منظور آسیموف خودش بوده است. نک مقدمه ی ازازل) و یک دوست به نام جورج که میتواند یک جن (یا موجود فرازمینی) به بلندی دو سانتیمتر را مجسم کند که او آن را مطابق با کتاب مق
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Rita
Do you remember the old saying: be careful of what you wish for? Or some of the tales in the Qu'ran that mentions the Jinn/Genies; or even better, do you remember The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights? If you do, then you grasp the concept of this collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov.

If you've read other works by Asimov, then you'll notice that the style of this short story collection is quite a bit different from what you may remember from, for instance, his "Foundatio
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Jillian
In the latter half of the introduction - which, by the way, I consider one of the best parts of the book - Asimov warns readers that the style is more reminiscent of PG Wodehouse than it is vintage Asimov. This assessment is certainly true, and accounts for what I both loved and hated most about Azazel. The humor is undeniably brilliant. The spoken and implied dialogue is charming and witty, especially the insults directed towards Asimov himself. But the collection of short stories is like a bas ...more
Raúl Omar
Este libro es la razón por la que pasé mi adolescencia leyendo novelas y relatos del buen doctor Asimov.

Azazel es un conjunto de relatos sobre un bienintencionado demonio de bolsillo que se dedica a cumplir deseos. ¿A cambio de que? A cambio de nada, es un diablillo altruista. Pero cada deseo cumplido tiene su revés y más valdría haber dejado las cosas como estaban.
Asimov da un par de lecciones al lector en estos relatos y nos deja pensando sobre lo que tenemos, nuestras limitaciones y problem
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Fernando
"Ten cuidado con lo que deseas", dice un refrán chino. Muy buen conjunto de relatos el que logra Asimov, que sale un poco de su mundo de ciencia ficción, aunque la naturaleza de los cuentos es marcadamente fantástica, para lograr un efecto divertido en cada uno de ellos. Si bien la estructura de los cuentos es un poco repetitiva en la cuestión causa/efecto, el libro es ameno y llevadero. Es gracioso leer a Asimov denostando su propia literatura, riéndose de sí mismo como si fuera un mal escritor ...more
Stephen
George isn't an ordinary fellow, for in times past his ancestors posessed the arcane knowledge required to summon creatures -- demons? aliens? -- from another plane of existance. The best George can manage personally is a tiny little fellow named Azazel, who -- demonic appearance aside -- consciousnly refuses to use his great powers to help George out. Azazel will do favors for other people at George's request, purely for philanthropoic reasons. Too bad these favors always result in extraordinar ...more
Tegghiaio
Una colección de simpáticas historias que a pesar de ello me ha resultado algo tediosa de leer debido a que siguen todas una estructura similar. Ya en el prólogo el autor explica que es una recopilación de historias que fueron editadas por distintas publicaciones y que ahora las presentaba todas juntas, prescindiendo de la ciencia ficción y dotando a Azazel de un carácter mágico.

Imagino que espaciadas por el tiempo que existía entre una publicación y otra habrán sido más divertidas de leer, pero
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Tim
Oct 15, 2007 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asimov fans, or anybody with a sense of humor and an ability to suspend disbelief... just enough
This book is a departure from Isaac Asimov's normal "hard" science fiction. It's a frolicking romp through a fantastic "what if." What if I had a tiny demon that tried to help make my life better, but only managed to muck things up worse than I do on my own? A must read for any sci fi / fantasy fan.
Lorelei
Dec 13, 2014 Lorelei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, short-stories
A collection of cute short stories around 'George' and the 2cm demon. I think I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the stories well spaced over time. Not Asimov's best, but a must read if you really like Asimov.
Cel Red
Me hizo reír bastante, sobre todo porque George es un payaso que se cree mucho y te hace reír.

Los relatos son bastante curiosos, porque sabes que van a terminar mal, pero realmente no te imaginas exactamente cómo es que lo harán. Me divirtió bastante.
Arthur Tassinari
Em tese, todos os contos são muito bons. E, na publicação original, com semanas separando um conto ou outro, provavelmente teria sido mesmo. Mas ler um depois do outro faz com que, lá pelo terceiro, tu note que é só a mesma história de novo e de novo e ache um porro.
Alfaniel Aldavan

Isn't it weird, to remember almost nothing, of something you know you knew? I'd like to shake off this feeling, it isn't cool.

I must have read these stories many years ago, and all I remember is Azazel, the two-centimeter red demon. That image is imprinted in my brain, and nothing else.

If I think about the robot stories, I remember many plot pieces, their impact, some of their characters, their imaginative and provoking or their unrealistic "what if". On Azazel stories, however, I remember exact
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Claudia Matos
Feb 06, 2015 Claudia Matos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es estilo típico de Asimov? No sé es el primer libro que leo de él, el primero que llamó mi atención, pero eso sí me dejo con un sabor de boca muy sabroso. Historias cortas con 3 personajes en común que cuentan las anécdotas del gran George un arribista mantenido y buscador de los caminos más fáciles en la vida, que invoca a un demonio de 2 cm que aparentemente no hace más que regarla en todos sus intentos por ayudar. Excelente la manera tan ligera como se te pasan las historias más incrédulas e ...more
Dan Jones
Oct 05, 2010 Dan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the introduction, Mr. Asimov warns the reader that you may find the style "un-Asimovian." This certainly is true, but not for the worse. The stories are humorous satires, and incredibly delightful.
If you pick this up because you're a fan of Asimov, and his prolific science-fiction, don't be surprised that it's nothing like "I, Robot."
But if you pick this up because you want some humorous stories wherein the author even makes fun of himself, you'll be as please as it as I was.
Jose  Seco Sanz
Nov 01, 2015 Jose Seco Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I like Asimov's short stories books and science books much more than his actual novels. Maybe 3.5 stars.

First humor book I read from him, not bad. The stories are somewhat predictable and silly, it's a light reading.
Ana Aldana
Sep 26, 2015 Ana Aldana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: Bryan
As some people already commented it was a tedious compilation of "be careful of what you wish for?" stories.
My biggest problem with this book was its character George, OMG I hate him. I mean, a lot of books have hideous characters but this was unbearable.
Mikhail Yukhnovskiy
Mar 11, 2017 Mikhail Yukhnovskiy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humor
A light and humorous collection visibly and ostensibly influenced by P.G.Wodehouse.

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this collection of stories. The style is impeccable English humor with an Asimovian twist.

Valter
Oct 03, 2016 Valter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not among Asimov's best books, yet it's entertaining and fun.
There no science-fiction here, and very little science, but these short stories are witty remarks about the weaknesses, foibles and desires of (most) human beings.
A fun and lighthearted read - if a bit shallow.
Zenko
Aug 22, 2013 Zenko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Un libro genial, no sigue el estilo normal de Asimov sino que está lleno de una critica ácida hacia casi cualquier cosa que se puede criticar y hacia muchas de las que no se puede:

"- Ataxerxes, muchacho, ¿es verdad que estás estudiando cálculo y economía política?
Asintió con la cabeza.
- Y también antopología...
- ¿Y es verdad que asistes a clases? -pregunté.
...
- Hijo mío -le dije-, ¿es que no puedes apartarte de esas despreciables prácticas y retornar a una pura e inmaculada vida universitaria?
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Kharen
Apr 15, 2016 Kharen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro de Asimov que leo sobre fantasía. Y me encanta.

En sus libros de siempre (ciencia ficción) generalmente se cuela un poquito de humor sarcastico, pero principalmente la cosa va de hacer una trama donde todos los cables conecten y la ciencia esté bien fundamentada. En "Asesinato en la convención" y "Azazel" (el primero de detectives; el segundo de fantasia) está menos preocupado por la lógica y se dedica al humor negro y a burlarse de si mismo como escritor.

Azazel es un demonio
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Ippino
Apr 29, 2013 Ippino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastico
Il libro è una raccolta di 18 storie, originariamente pubblicate tra il 1980 ed il 1988 a puntate su riviste americane. Sono tutte (dis)avventure umoristiche del demone Azazel, evocato dal protagonista per risolvere delle situazioni problematiche, e che invece finisce, con i suoi poteri demoniaci, a combinare altri guai ancora più grossi.
Le storie sono tutte estremamente godibili; l'ironia che pervade i racconti è ben evidente e, mentre leggerete, un sorriso ebete e divertito si stamparà sulle v
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Tabitha
This book is an entertaining comedy/satire comprised of short morality stories. Interestingly, the stories are told from an elite gentleman who maintains his status by mooching off of other people and justifying himself in all actions. Each story is told to Asimov as a result of a dinner conversation. In the conversations, Asimov is mocked by the storyteller which gives an interesting perspective on how Asimov looked at himself. Azazel is a 2 cm deamon that is involved in each story by using his ...more
Oscar Torrado
Tuve un gran problema con Azazel y es que en las primeras historias quedé enganchado con cada uno de los relatos y los personajes que la componían, pero luego al pasar las páginas y capítulos las historias iban perdiendo ese toque de originalidad y sorpresa que tenían las primeras, todo esto a que cada una de ellas tenían el mismo desarrollo que las anteriores; Azazel es un demonio que logra ser invocado por George, quien es una persona que busca ayudar por medio de su pequeño amigo a las person ...more
Sarah
May 30, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read one work of Asimov’s previous to these short stories. And “Foundation” is hardly light science fiction. However, this group of shorts shows a side of Asimov I never expected. He’s funny, witty, crass, and overwhelmingly entertaining. The character of George annoyed me incessantly, but this is good because I’m quite sure you’re not supposed to actually like George. Azazel never really struck me as terrifying, but more of a demon version of George, which I’m sure was the point. Th ...more
Nikki
I've only ever read Asimov's speculative fiction, so this book of short stories made a nice change. I knew from the introduction, which was quite friendly and warm, that I was going to enjoy the tone of it. They're quite satirical little stories, and every single one of them has a sting in the tail. The problem is that there's eighteen stories in the book, which is a bit much because it's a very set formula, but it's worth picking it up and reading one or two at a time. I'll probably keep my cop ...more
Daniel Gonçalves
Apr 27, 2013 Daniel Gonçalves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azazel, the little demon that does great things, or does he?


This collection of short stories is a very irreverent one, different from what I have been reading regarding the realms of short fiction.
Asimov presents us this set of stories all narrated by George.

George is an old friend of Asimov who tells him that for the past 30 years he has had 2 centimeter demon inside his pocket. Azazel can conceive pretty much every wish, although it comes with a cost...

Although the structure off the stories
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Michael Clemens
Asimov was channeling his inner Wodehouse when he wrote these (a point he makes clear in the introduction.) All the stories appeared in print before except one written for this anthology, so there's a certain sense of deju vu reading them one after another without the original gap of time in-between. Brief, thanks to the limits of the magazine where they were originally published, funny, and (lightly) adult in nature, it's a good collection for the Asimov completist, but take your time reading t ...more
Ronald Wise
A collection of short stories written for publication in monthly literary journals. The lighthearted fantasy and humorous banter throughout were not characteristics I would have associated with Asimov, and indeed the author apologized in advance to his science fiction admirers if he disappointed them. Each episode presented an interesting lesson, but most of all I enjoyed the narrator's sarcastic humor. I read this while traveling to and staying at my mother's for Christmas, and the content was ...more
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