It starts with great promise and ends with a little less promise (it all has to end somewhere, right?), but the middle...the middle's a bit of an aiml...moreIt starts with great promise and ends with a little less promise (it all has to end somewhere, right?), but the middle...the middle's a bit of an aimless slog where not much happens. That said, it has some really great moments -- and it was a bold enterprise, writing as Lucifer. He does it convincingly; the book has that very much in its favor. In fact, in terms of its writing, it's lovely -- gorgeous prose, displaying an excellent level of insight into humanity and shining a flashlight on that murkiness we call "evil." The premise (Lucifer takes on the body of a human at the point of his suicide as a 30-day trial to see if he can live a good life and get back into God's graces -- which he vows, of course, not to do) is daring and engaging. It's the story, however, that is lacking. It's not that nothing happens, but that everyone seems stuck somehow -- and as if none of the characters do much when Lucifer isn't around.
Bottom line: If it were possible to give half-stars, I'd give this one a solid 3.5: definitely memorable and good enough to recommend, but not life-changing; well worth it for the premise, prose, insight, and maybe even the storytelling, the unfolding -- but less so the plot; and definitely good enough that I've picked up a copy of his Death of an Ordinary Man just so I can spend a little more time with this author.
ETA: Just found this lovely essay by Mr. Duncan, which I heartily recommend to the reader curious about his style. It's a short, autobiographical piece -- one that gives me a bit of perspective on I, Lucifer that makes me like the book a bit more.(less)