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Demon: A Memoir

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Clayton, a book editor, has just been hired to author a once-in-a-lifetime memoir. The subject is Lucian, a demon with an extraordinary story to share. The fallen angel chronicles a life of heavenly bliss and rebellion, human creation and salvation, and God's relentless pursuit of mankind.
As he begins to find eerie similarities between Lucian's otherworldly life and his o
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Published May 18th 2010 by B&H Publishing Group (first published 2007)
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This book PISSED me off...Now,before I go any further, I want to make a few things clear, not because I am overly concerned with being politically correct but because I don’t want my comments to be misconstrued or taken to mean one thing when I am trying to say another. Therefore, fellow readers, I would like the following statements entered into the record:

1. I AM NOT ANTI-CHRISTIAN. Anyone who knows me wou
Laura Baugh
Feb 10, 2009 Laura Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who may like spiritual stories but definitely don't like religious fiction
Shelves: fiction
I picked up this book quite prepared to hate it.

I had good reason. After all, it may be true that 90% of a genre is crud (Sturgeon's Law), but it is also true that in religious fiction, it's at least 99% that is crud. After all, this is a genre in which the memo about the medium being the message was wholly missed, where inferior art is justified in the name of Meaning. Personally, I regard that attitude as horrifically insulting to not only the reader but also the Author of all things, but that
Yin Chien 인첸
Jul 03, 2010 Yin Chien 인첸 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demon: A Memoir is told from an interesting perspective, and I really liked how Tosca weaves everything together with her beautifully-crafted words. The concept, main theme and synopsis of the story sounds brilliant. I found it interesting sometimes, but the other times, I found it a little confusing.

I liked how Tosca portrayed the demon's hatred towards humans. It was clear that Lucian was jealous because God loved the humans, who were newly-created but imperfect, more than his kind. When Lucia
Aug 10, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've often said I'm a sucker for occult fiction. After reading Tosca Lee's Demon, I feel emphasis being placed on sucker. It's all in the wording: at its heart, this book is religious fiction. Those who want their faith reinforced in a book will be pleased with Demon - as well as for its lack of, say, violence/action and language. But anyone with more than a baseline knowledge of the biblically occult or any expectation of a story greater than a simple moral tale will be underwhelmed. There are ...more
David Alderman
Mar 02, 2012 David Alderman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For me, it’s hard to find compelling Christian fiction that can hold my interest. I became a fan of Tosca Lee when I met her about a year ago at a writer’s meeting and purchased a copy of Havah: The Story of Eve. Havah opened my eyes to how beautifully Christian fiction could be written without coming off preachy. In the same lines of Ted Dekker, Tosca knows how to write compelling fiction that everyone will enjoy reading, filled with themes of redemption and of good overcoming evil.

After purcha
J.S. Bailey
Dec 15, 2011 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Tosca Lee's novel Demon: A Memoir tells the story of Clay, a recently-divorced editor who has become disillusioned with his job and life in general. One evening when he arrives at a cafe for dinner, a stranger greets him by name and welcomes him to join him at his table. In fact, this stranger seems to know more about Clay than Clay himself does:

"I know you're searching, Clay. I know you're wondering what these late, dark nights are for. You have that seasonal disease, that modern ailment
Jul 31, 2008 Xdpaul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2013 Brainycat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoughtful christians
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 0
boobs: 0
bombs: 0
bondage: 0
blasphemy: 1
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL

I'm not a christian. I'm not a big fan of organized religions at all, and I harbor more than a little scorn for all the variations of abrahamaic religions. Obviously I started this book with the expectation that I wouldn't like it, but I wanted to try something different just for the visceral reaction. I'm so jaded on horror and gore these days, I figured a treatise on the
Apr 19, 2013 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now here's an unexpected read from the Christian bookstore. Gotta love that title!

I enjoyed the story--good characters, an interesting story, an enigmatic ending.

But the best writing is the insight Lee provides as the demon tells his tale of watching the various acts of God ("El") throughout history. The fallen angel's description of creation is particularly moving. In fact, it is worth the price of the book. This is a story Christians know well. Too well, in fact. Creation, seven days, yada yad
Sep 13, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like her contemporary Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee's book is edgy and a challenge to our faith. It brings life to the oft-quoted James 2:19: "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder." (NIV) Fans of Dekker or similar authors, such as Frank Peretti or Bill Myers, should check this one out; it's a rough one, but it's worth it!
Alea Harper
Aug 26, 2016 Alea Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most well written, deep books I have ever read.

I started reading this on the plane back from Realm Makers. I started crying right there on the plane. This book has SO MANY FEELS. (The poor man next to me on the plane...)

The character development is amazing. Right off the bat, I am in Clay's head. Throughout the story we witness and feel his downward spiral into (spoiler inserted here). Lucian is developed as well. I haven't thought about spiritual warfare very much, but I cert
Apr 15, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
stumbled upon this book while browsing in a bookstore and downloaded it to my Kindle the same day. I enjoyed this from the very first page all the way to the end.

Clay is a divorced editor in Boston who is still struggling with the reasons behind his divorce and its aftermath. On a rainy evening, he meets Lucian, a demon who is determined to tell his story and have it published. Lucian continues to appear to Clay as different human characters until his story is told. As a Christian who has stud
Linda Yezak
I'm sorry the rating system goes only to five stars. This novel is far superior to any other I've given five stars to. Not only is it vividly, compellingly written, it's also stunningly feasible. "Thought-provoking" doesn't begin to cover it.

The story, at its most stripped-down, basic plot, is about a demon who takes on various human forms and appears at different times to tell his story to an editor at a publishing house. And it's about the man to whom he tells his story.

But that's not doing t
Angela Breidenbach
One of my favorite books of all time because it speaks to the human condition. The plot twist at the end is brilliant and stuck with me years after I read this book. I still talk about it.

My take away from reading Demon: A Memoir is that though my life is busy, I want the "busy" to be part of the plan God has for my life and not the crazy circles of the rat race around me.

I enjoyed the main character, Clay, and how he constantly is faced with a variety of personas the fallen angel takes on to
Krisi Keley
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May 06, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is creepy, intriguing, and haunting from beginning to end. I am not a fan of horror per say, but this book was absolutely fantastic in a horrific kind of way. I have read Tosca Lee's other book, Havah, and I was just as impressed by Lee's style of writing in this book. Her descriptions are vivid and incredible. I can easily discern that the work she puts into the background information is both from intense study as well as a wonderful imagination.
I have read lots of fantasy, including
Sep 05, 2009 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Disturbing, unsettling--loved this book of Spiritual Warfare coming to a very vulnerable lost soul in Boston. It was not only a great work of Christian Fiction, but a great work of fiction. First, let's give the little lady a big round of applause for keeping it devoid of the ridiculously wooden, bloodless characters and the cheesy perfect Christian Romance that have become de rigueur in the lame Christian Fiction aisles. (Yah! Yah!) Second, it contained much psychological drama with such realis
Lisa Rathbun
I liked the author's style, but I found the plot itself uncompelling. It felt to me like it was supposed to be moving, but I was unmoved, or that insightful comments were being made but I was left uninspired. For one thing, I never like books (or plays) about people writing a book or putting on a play. It just becomes too self-conscious. *POSSIBLE SPOILER* Near the end, Clay realizes about his wife that "I had surely let her down as much as she had betrayed and abandoned me. I was a good man, bu ...more
Kerry Nietz
Jun 09, 2011 Kerry Nietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demon: A Memoir was a lost treasure on my computer for a while. I downloaded it as part of a giveaway before I even had an eReader. I just figured since I enjoyed Tosca’s other book, Havah, I would enjoy this too…someday…when I finally got an eReader. Then I bought an eReader but forgot I had the book. Many months passed. Then I just happened to search by file type one day...

Anyway, now I’ve found it, and I’ve read it. Enjoyed it. I found the writing great, the story well thought out, and the ch
Jun 08, 2010 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Havah, I found it irresistible for me to rummage through to find Tosca's first novel, and it hasn't disappointed. Despite the fact that I read it with many days in between readings due to some tumultuous days of traveling and play, the momentum from previous bits was enough for me to want to continue reading, and the detail was piercing enough where I found very little need to reread any of the previous parts.

This novel takes many things that we often take for grant
Loraine Nunley
Jan 22, 2017 Loraine Nunley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned


I’m not sure that I have the words to describe my experience with this book. And I do mean experience. I didn’t just read this story. I was completely drawn into it. Full review at my website.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you're like me, you've probably read the creation account of the Bible quite a few times as well as the story of the life and testimony of Jesus Christ. When I had the opportunity to read, Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee I was completely blown away by the author's ability to enhance what I've read time and time again with new clarity. Mind you she doesn't take away anything from the Bible, but merely increases the reader's knowledge about why there is such a hatred from demons towards human bein ...more
Sheryl Rogener
May 01, 2009 Sheryl Rogener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
Demon: A Memoir
by Tosca Lee

I confess, at first glance of the title of this book I was hesitant to read it. First, it was being compared to the Screwtape Letters...and that book was already written; second, I don't like books that end up magnifying demons; last, ever since watching Helter-Skelter as a kid, I don't care for watching or reading things that keep me up at night.

However, I do like free books and this was my first opportunity to do a review for this company, so I felt I'd better take
Jul 06, 2009 Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-of-wonders
Clay's wife recently left him for another man, his writing career is stalled, his personal life is a mess, and he's falling behind in his work as an acquisitions editor at a small Boston publisher. He desperately needs a break, an infusion of something positive into his life that will cast out the worst of his past while giving him a goal he can believe in.

When he finds an omniscient, dark-haired stranger waiting for him at a cafe on a rainy night with a story to tell, Clay views him as a nutcas
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tosca Lee’s book is astoundingly beautiful. I was completely mesmerized as I read, unable, in a lot of instances, to put the book down. Though the stories were ones that I knew by heart, the new spin and way that she brought the characters to life was amazing. Everything she included in this book was absolutely realistic. It’s entirely possible that this is exactly what the demons and Satan feel for us – the clay people. In some areas, it was hard for me to remember that this was fiction.

The wri
Nov 06, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: all
Shelves: favorites, finished
"Suddenly, I realized that being angelic and fallen was similar to being human and fallen-except for one major difference: the provision of a Messiah. And how would you feel upon knowing that not every mud person jumped at the chance to have that great gift you feel so much more deserving of- only one thing- that the majority of the mud people decided they didn't want or need?"

Tosca Lee's Demon: A Memoir is written to shed truth by using a jealous and revengeful fallen angel. I am impressed with
Julie Graves
Clay is an editor at a publishing company. He is also trying to rebuild his life after his wife of 5 years has left him for another man.

Lucian is a demon. He starts visiting Clay taking on different human forms. Lucian wants Clay to write his(Lucian’s) story. Lucian is one of the fallen angels. He was banished to roam the earth with Satan and the rest of the host that followed him.

Clay is facinated with Lucian’s story. He seems unable to keep himself from writing each encounter down exactly as L
JL Torres
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May 07, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Memoir

Tosca Lee

2010 (Reprint from 2007, to be released June 1)

B & H Fiction


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Why would anyone want to read a memoir of a demon, even a fictional story? I sort of asked myself this same question when I received this book to review. However as I sat down with this book I was truly amazed at the imagery of the book. Basing her description of Eden and the demons/fallen angels and Lucifer on Ezekiel 28, Tosca Lee has used her skilled talents with words t
Lori Henrich
Sep 20, 2015 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clay works for a publishing company as an editor. He has an appointment on his calendar but has no idea who it is with. When he questions Shelia, the only other person who has access, she claims she has no idea either. It must be a mistake. Clay stops for a meal on his way home. A stranger, neatly attired, motions him over to his table. Clay ignores him at first but then the stranger calls him by name. Curious as to how he know this person he approaches the table. What happens next turns his ent ...more
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Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ISCARIOT; THE LEGEND OF SHEBA; DEMON: A MEMOIR; HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE; and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, pla
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“My purpose for living, my role in this great scheme was clear to me from the first: to fall down, to worship, to praise, to wait upon the word of El."

"That sounds really boring."

"Really? Imagine the bliss of fulfilling one's created purpose.”
“We longed for this world. We coveted it, and we hoped. Even Lucifer, though he wouldn't say it, looked on with greed-softened eyes, infatuated. I deluded myself into thinking that yes, perhaps Elohim had taken him back. Perhaps Elohim had forgotten all, would set him up as a god over this rich and wild new world. The next blessings to come from El would be his, and ours." He shook his head with a brittle laugh, the sound slightly too high-pitched for such a big man.

We had skirted the MIT campus to arrive on Main, a block from my office building.

"And why weren't they? Why couldn't they be?"

He pulled over, put the car in park, and turned to look at me.

"Because then he created them."


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