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Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: fantasy-science-fiction, humour
Read from June 01 to 03, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This debut novel follows the format of Devil as protagonist seen in Glen Duncan’s I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story and Steven Brust’s To Reign in Hell: A Novel. Here, the backdrop of the Devil’s playground is America - running from the first settlers to land all the way to a more reality TV-ridden near future. Though some of the side trips fall more into the realm of world history, Poore returns his Devil time and again back to the U.S. of A. It is these asides, dreams and jaunts through history that provide the real meat of the story. Unfortunately, the overall frame doesn’t really hold up on its own. Without the tangents, there simply would not be much of a book at all. While the novel would definitely be stronger if the general premise had more solid footing, the sideways snippets and glimpses are interesting enough to hold the book up and keep readers flipping pages.

Poore strikes a good balance between humour and some nuggets of genuine wisdom. With a debut novel like this, it will be interesting to see where he moves from here and just what characters and subjects he will tackle next!
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