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Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory
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Jul 30, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: consciousness-studies, literature, science-fiction, spirituality
Recommended for: Jill,
Read in July, 2009

I learned recently that the word pandemonium was first coined by John Milton in Paradise Lost. It was originially rendered Pandæmonium and, yes, Pan and Daemon are references to demon or demons. Pandemonium is the abode of all the demons, specifically in Milton it was the capital of Hell. And what is hell but a wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos?

Trivia aside this was a great first novel. I was attracted to it originally by the references to the writings of Phillip K. Dick, especially his novel Valis. Dick is one of my favorite science fiction writers and although he was a bit of an uneven writer and quite tedious at times his mixture of gnosticism, technology and hallucinogenic induced paranoia was oddly inspiring and insightful.

But, to say that Gregory's novel is a just a mash up of pop culture seasoned by a skosh of Dick and a dash of H.P. Lovecraft garnished by A.E. Van Voght is to not fully appreciate what he accomplished here.

This book is a lot of fun.

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