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Azazel

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He's two centimetres tall. He's fiery red. He has magical powers strong enough to wreck a normal human's life...all with the best intentions, of course.

George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an ancient incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of astonishing wizardry. Unfortunately, Azazel refuses to do anything for George's personal gain - but he a
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Paperback, 221 pages
Published 1990 by Bantam Books (first published 1988)
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐[6/10]

Isaac Asimov should be sued for plagiarism. Pfft.. Never mind. Especially when the supposed plaintiff is a moron. George Bitternut - you will learn of his ancestry(and how Betterknut became Bitternut), won't you? In this series of short stories, we are told that Bitternut has learnt the arcane art of summoning Azazel , who is
⚫A demon.
⚫A good-natured demon. It wreaks havoc on people's lives. And... their lives take a turn for the worse.
Worse how?

1 The Two-centimetre Demon:
A j
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Azazel, Isaac Asimov
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 1996 میلادی
عنوان: آزازل؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: گیسو ناصری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1375؛ در 293 ص؛ شابک: ایکس - 964554212؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی - قرن 20 م
کتاب نخستین بار در سال 1988 میلادی به چاپ رسید. داستان یک وروجک دو سانتیمتری ست که داستانهای مختلفی از او نقل میشود. داستانها از گفتگوهای میان یک نویسنده ی بینام (بدون شک، منظور آسیموف خودش بوده است. نگاه کنید به مقدمه ی ازازل) و یک دوست به نام جورج که میتواند یک جن (یا موجود فرازمینی) به
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Melki
I try hard not to believe what my friend George tells me. How can I possibly believe a man who tells me he has access to a two-centimeter tall demon he calls Azazel; a demon who is really an extraterrestrial personage of extraordinary, but strictly limited, powers?

As it seems to happen anytime someone is granted a wish by a supernatural being, Azazel's "fixes" tend to backfire, or at least go a little cattywampus. There are eighteen pretty funny stories here about how things tend to go pear-shap
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Rita
Do you remember the old saying: be careful of what you wish for? Or some of the tales in the Qu'ran that mentions the Jinn/Genies; or even better, do you remember The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights? If you do, then you grasp the concept of this collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov.

If you've read other works by Asimov, then you'll notice that the style of this short story collection is quite a bit different from what you may remember from, for instance, his "Foundatio
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Oswaldo
Muchos lo critican por su sencillez, pensando que traeria implicaciones filosóficas sobre nuestra propia moral o ética que nos es impartida a través de toda la vida. Y no, simplemente son cuentitos de un diablo liandosela a todos. Y lo amo por eso.

Muy buenos para pasar el rato, puedes reirte como enfermo con ciertos cuentitos, algunos estan de más y otros los pasaras sin pena ni gloria. Pero su simpleza es tan bella y pura, no aspira a nada, sólo entretener y si, Asimov lo hace increible.
Jillian
In the latter half of the introduction - which, by the way, I consider one of the best parts of the book - Asimov warns readers that the style is more reminiscent of PG Wodehouse than it is vintage Asimov. This assessment is certainly true, and accounts for what I both loved and hated most about Azazel. The humor is undeniably brilliant. The spoken and implied dialogue is charming and witty, especially the insults directed towards Asimov himself. But the collection of short stories is like a bas ...more
Raúl Omar
Este libro es la razón por la que pasé mi adolescencia leyendo novelas y relatos del buen doctor Asimov.

Azazel es un conjunto de relatos sobre un bienintencionado demonio de bolsillo que se dedica a cumplir deseos. ¿A cambio de que? A cambio de nada, es un diablillo altruista. Pero cada deseo cumplido tiene su revés y más valdría haber dejado las cosas como estaban.
Asimov da un par de lecciones al lector en estos relatos y nos deja pensando sobre lo que tenemos, nuestras limitaciones y problem
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Velzerat (Goran)
Asimov's take on "Be careful what you wish for". A very fun and entertaining read.
Fernando
"Ten cuidado con lo que deseas", dice un refrán chino. Muy buen conjunto de relatos el que logra Asimov, que sale un poco de su mundo de ciencia ficción, aunque la naturaleza de los cuentos es marcadamente fantástica, para lograr un efecto divertido en cada uno de ellos. Si bien la estructura de los cuentos es un poco repetitiva en la cuestión causa/efecto, el libro es ameno y llevadero. Es gracioso leer a Asimov denostando su propia literatura, riéndose de sí mismo como si fuera un mal escritor ...more
Stephen
George isn't an ordinary fellow, for in times past his ancestors posessed the arcane knowledge required to summon creatures -- demons? aliens? -- from another plane of existance. The best George can manage personally is a tiny little fellow named Azazel, who -- demonic appearance aside -- consciousnly refuses to use his great powers to help George out. Azazel will do favors for other people at George's request, purely for philanthropoic reasons. Too bad these favors always result in extraordinar ...more
Tegghiaio
Una colección de simpáticas historias que a pesar de ello me ha resultado algo tediosa de leer debido a que siguen todas una estructura similar. Ya en el prólogo el autor explica que es una recopilación de historias que fueron editadas por distintas publicaciones y que ahora las presentaba todas juntas, prescindiendo de la ciencia ficción y dotando a Azazel de un carácter mágico.

Imagino que espaciadas por el tiempo que existía entre una publicación y otra habrán sido más divertidas de leer, pero
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Dan Jones
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the introduction, Mr. Asimov warns the reader that you may find the style "un-Asimovian." This certainly is true, but not for the worse. The stories are humorous satires, and incredibly delightful.
If you pick this up because you're a fan of Asimov, and his prolific science-fiction, don't be surprised that it's nothing like "I, Robot."
But if you pick this up because you want some humorous stories wherein the author even makes fun of himself, you'll be as please as it as I was.
Tim
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asimov fans, or anybody with a sense of humor and an ability to suspend disbelief... just enough
This book is a departure from Isaac Asimov's normal "hard" science fiction. It's a frolicking romp through a fantastic "what if." What if I had a tiny demon that tried to help make my life better, but only managed to muck things up worse than I do on my own? A must read for any sci fi / fantasy fan.
Lorelei
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, short-stories
A collection of cute short stories around 'George' and the 2cm demon. I think I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the stories well spaced over time. Not Asimov's best, but a must read if you really like Asimov.
Cel Red
Me hizo reír bastante, sobre todo porque George es un payaso que se cree mucho y te hace reír.

Los relatos son bastante curiosos, porque sabes que van a terminar mal, pero realmente no te imaginas exactamente cómo es que lo harán. Me divirtió bastante.
Riju Ganguly
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This classic collection of humorous and self-deprecating fantasies, all laced with wit & innuendoes, are highly enjoyable in small dosage, provided you can get hold of this book.
Seriously Man! When are we going to have that COMPLETE STORIES in reality?
Recommended, obviously.
Arthur Tassinari
Em tese, todos os contos são muito bons. E, na publicação original, com semanas separando um conto ou outro, provavelmente teria sido mesmo. Mas ler um depois do outro faz com que, lá pelo terceiro, tu note que é só a mesma história de novo e de novo e ache um porro.
Alfaniel Aldavan

Isn't it weird, to remember almost nothing, of something you know you knew? I'd like to shake off this feeling, it isn't cool.

I must have read these stories many years ago, and all I remember is Azazel, the two-centimeter red demon. That image is imprinted in my brain, and nothing else.

If I think about the robot stories, I remember many plot pieces, their impact, some of their characters, their imaginative and provoking or their unrealistic "what if". On Azazel stories, however, I remember exact
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Claudia Matos
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es estilo típico de Asimov? No sé es el primer libro que leo de él, el primero que llamó mi atención, pero eso sí me dejo con un sabor de boca muy sabroso. Historias cortas con 3 personajes en común que cuentan las anécdotas del gran George un arribista mantenido y buscador de los caminos más fáciles en la vida, que invoca a un demonio de 2 cm que aparentemente no hace más que regarla en todos sus intentos por ayudar. Excelente la manera tan ligera como se te pasan las historias más incrédulas e ...more
Jose  Seco Sanz
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I like Asimov's short stories books and science books much more than his actual novels. Maybe 3.5 stars.

First humor book I read from him, not bad. The stories are somewhat predictable and silly, it's a light reading.
Ana Aldana
Sep 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: Bryan
As some people already commented it was a tedious compilation of "be careful of what you wish for?" stories.
My biggest problem with this book was its character George, OMG I hate him. I mean, a lot of books have hideous characters but this was unbearable.
Raven
Jun 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Drivel. Asimov should be embarrassed that he put out this mundane, trivial book of stories.
Mariana Flores
A série de contos Azazel talvez não tenha sido a melhor escolha como introdução à leitura do autor Isaac Asimov… mas era o que estava à mão! Asimov nasceu na Rússia mas os seus pais emigraram para a América quando tinha três anos. Professor de bioquímica e escritor, Asimov é reconhecido pelas suas obras de ficção científica, principalmente pelos livros da série Foundation (que tenciono ler eventualmente).

As Fantasy Stories de Azazel são contadas da perspectiva do próprio Asimov, tendo como ponto
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Fen4etoYNWA
Самият Азимов в началото предупреждава, че това не е типичната негова литература и затова дълго време не е успявал да я издаде. По тази причина не бях учуден. Но това не трябва да означава, че бях очарован. Напротив. Много трудно успях да завърша разказите за Азазел.
В общи линии, след като сте прочели първите два разказа, спокойно може да се ориентирате за съдържанието на другите само по първите 5 абзаца. Сюжетите се въртят около "внимавай какво си пожелаваш, защото може да ти се сбъдне".
Ако сте
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Shahjahan Shourov
it was fun but a bit monotonous, as you can predict the end of all stories. I must say the way the characters deal with each other, reminds me of typical english courtesy & that brings the sweetness.
Timothy James
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Smut and weak humour. Don't bother with this one.
Mikhail Yukhnovskiy
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humor
A light and humorous collection visibly and ostensibly influenced by P.G.Wodehouse.

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this collection of stories. The style is impeccable English humor with an Asimovian twist.

Valter
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This is not among Asimov's best books, yet it's entertaining and fun.
There no science-fiction here, and very little science, but these short stories are witty remarks about the weaknesses, foibles and desires of (most) human beings.
A fun and lighthearted read - if a bit shallow.
Zenko
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Un libro genial, no sigue el estilo normal de Asimov sino que está lleno de una critica ácida hacia casi cualquier cosa que se puede criticar y hacia muchas de las que no se puede:

"- Ataxerxes, muchacho, ¿es verdad que estás estudiando cálculo y economía política?
Asintió con la cabeza.
- Y también antopología...
- ¿Y es verdad que asistes a clases? -pregunté.
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- Hijo mío -le dije-, ¿es que no puedes apartarte de esas despreciables prácticas y retornar a una pura e inmaculada vida universitaria?
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Kharen
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro de Asimov que leo sobre fantasía. Y me encanta.

En sus libros de siempre (ciencia ficción) generalmente se cuela un poquito de humor sarcastico, pero principalmente la cosa va de hacer una trama donde todos los cables conecten y la ciencia esté bien fundamentada. En "Asesinato en la convención" y "Azazel" (el primero de detectives; el segundo de fantasia) está menos preocupado por la lógica y se dedica al humor negro y a burlarse de si mismo como escritor.

Azazel es un demonio
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