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The Devil's Day (After Such Knowledge #2-3)

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A cloistered monk desperately tries to close the Pandora's box opened by a mischievous weapons dealer who has recruited a powerful black magician to stir up trouble for humanity on the eve of Judgement Day.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 1990 by Baen Books (first published 1980)
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6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. This omnibus is made up of Black Easter and The Day After Judgement (both of which earned 6.0 stars from me on there own). Together they make an incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking story of angels vs demons, God vs Satan vs Man and the true nature of good and evil. I absolutely loved this book. James Blish is highly under-rated. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1969) (Black Easter
Oct 10, 2015 David rated it liked it
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Extremely well-written but ultimately befuddling.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is an omnibus book of the novella Black Easter and its sequel The Day After Judgement. What Stoker's Dracula and King's Salem's Lot is to vampires, The Devil's Day is to demons. Blish said in his Author's Note to Black Easter that every one of the "novels, poems and plays about magic and witchcraft" he's read treat it as "romantic or playful." He sought to write a treatment that "neither romanticizes magic nor treats it as a game." Black Easter is dedicated to C.S. Lewis and even included a ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I really enjoyed the first section of this book, the novel "Black Easter." It has a tight focus on issues of faith, good and evil, and the procedural details of demonology. But the second section, the novel "The Day After Judgement," goes off the rails a bit as it satirizes the military-industrial complex. But the second section is still a fast, entertaining read. The first section is a slow, entertaining read, filled with historical asides and a plethora of demons with unpronounceable names.

Jun 13, 2016 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this compilation of two novellas by sci-fi giant James Blish, the ramifications of black magic are explored with an intriguing mix of mysticism and scientific study. At first what would seem to be an uneasy mix turns out to be a refreshing and interesting interpretation of the various rituals and spells discussed in the grimoires and religious texts scattered throughout history. Blish clearly did a ton of research, and ably guides the book from scientific realism to phantasmagoric fanta
Rick Powell
Feb 17, 2016 Rick Powell rated it really liked it
A detailed and thought-provoking account of what would happen if an arms manufacturer were to go to a black magician to see what would happen if demons were to be released into the world for one night and its aftermath.
This version I read was a combination of Black Easter/The Day After Judgement and Mr. Blish's style of writing and craftmanship can be noticed all throughout. I was first introduced the Mr. Blish with his story, More Light, and I was extremely impressed then. Highly recommended.
Arlene Salceda
Aug 20, 2013 Arlene Salceda rated it really liked it
The Devil's Day by James Blish is about the practice of black magic. I love the Black Easter wherein summoning of a great horde of demons on the Earth and The Day After Judgement which tells of what happens after they arrive.
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Jul 05, 2010 Владимир Ленин rated it really liked it
um...wut. That's all that can be said about it.
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James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

In the late 1930's to the early 1940's, Blish was a member of the Futurians.

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent 1942–
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Other Books in the Series

After Such Knowledge (4 books)
  • Doctor Mirabilis (After Such Knowledge, #1)
  • Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, #2)
  • The Day After Judgment (After Such Knowledge, #3)
  • A Case of Conscience (After Such Knowledge, #4)

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