The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods arent delicate but theyre undeniably effective: hell get the demon out he just doesnt particularly care what happens to the ...more
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I woke to find her lying next to me, quite dead, with her throat torn out. The pillow was shiny and sodden with blood, like low-lying pasture after a week of heavy rain. The taste in my mouth was familiar, revolting, and unmistakable. I spat into my cupped hand: bright red. Oh, for crying out loud, I thought. Here we go again.
best. opening. ever.
short and not even a little bit sweet, unless ...more
I have an idea you aren't going to like me very much.
By all accounts, the above quote should be correct. A morally grey, snarky, violent, heartless antihero main character? He's awful, truly, absolutely vile at times... and yet, the joke's on you, unnamed narrator, because I happened to love this protagonist.
Prosper's Demon features one of the most unusual devices I've ever read, in that we follow an anonymous narrator who plays both hero and villain in his own story, and the casualties of ...more
A short and sweet review for a short and sweet novella! First of all, thank you so much to @torbooks for sending me a free copy! I dug the hell out of this one. This is not a horror book, by any stretch of the imagination - although a few parts are somewhat gory - its more of a fresh take on demonic possession.
Our morally questionable narrator is ...more
My first, I believe reasonable, reaction was one of, "Hey! This is like Bujold's Penric's Demon!"
But very quickly, it went down the rabbit hole, scaring away every mouse, drenching itself in blood, and proving that art really IS mightier than the sword.
I like. A lot.
I doesn't end there. It doesn't even begin there. What I got during the reading was a treatment of the prisoner's dilemma wrapped around a despoiled world much like our own and ...more
Not quite as entertaining as those featuring Saloninus, but close enough. Worth reading nonetheless.
3.5 rounded to 4 stars.
Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Prospers Demon in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novella.
Prospers Demon is a darkly humorous take on demonic extractions, written with exquisite prose and featuring a protagonist that I absolutely loved and loathed. Only Parker (aka Tom Holt) has the chops to write something so profound and complete in such a short work.
I have an idea you arent ...more
I have an idea you arent going to like me very much. That may prove to be the only thing well have in common, so lets make the most of it. I do terrible things.
KJ Parker has mastered the art of writing short fiction. With instantly recognizable voice, unreliable narration and humorously cynical tone, he makes me laugh, think, and loathe his protagonists.
In Prospers Demon the unnamed narrator can spot demons and communicate with them. The church has authorized him to evict them from their ...more
You're not given much to work with at the start, but the story comes out over the next chapters - and though our protagonist warns that you're not going to like them, I found them surprisingly sympathetic. Certainly intelligent, more than a little cynical, and of necessity willing to ignore the rules, there's a certain tenacity that I admired.
Definitely a great novella and one I'd like to read ...more
I really enjoyed Prosper's Demon! It was a dark but funny read altogether, with a marvellous ending!! A full review is to come!! ;)
Oh my gosh! Look at that cover!! A sincere thank you to tor.com for gifting me a copy of this book. :) Can't wait!!
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As someone loves dark fantasy and possession stories, this novella was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020. From the premise, I thought it could be a new favourite, but I was disappointed to find that this piece of short fiction did not quite fit my expectations.
This novella was written in a very literary style. While this is common for Tor.com novellas, I was still hoping for a bit more focus on plot, given the synopsis. The narrative voice of the main character was easily the ...more
Really really cool, but didnt live up to expectations? Odd one.
Prosper's Demon was one of my most anticipated TOR releases for the year. If I'm honest, mainly because THAT COVER. Also, the idea of a demon exorcist closer to the demon than the divine was intriguing. Either way, I knew I'd be reading this.
The main character is never named, so we'll call him MC. MC is an exorcist. He's one of several people who can see demons and forcibly remove them from their human hosts. Too bad MC's not ...more
The story follows the exploits of a brash, hardboiled, remorseless yet somewhat cheeky exorcist for hire, who is frequently a target of demonic possession himself. The demons seem to be more intent on making trouble, or even just hiding from the protagonist, than actually committing evil deeds. Anyway, unable to permanently dispatch the demons, they are immortal after all, he takes ...more
I wanted to like this more than I did.
It's a very interesting premise and a fresh take on demonic possessions. But I never felt like I had enough of a grasp on the world to fully understand what in the hell (pun slightly intended) was going on. It's interesting and written well, but in the end I felt like it lacked details that made it fully immersive for me as a reader.
Enjoyed a lot! It is definitely one of the better ones... ...more
Sometimes I wonder if it's more that I hate Them than that I love my fellow humans. But nobody pays me to think that, so I don't do it often.
Prosper's Demon was my first descent into the mind of K.J. Parker, and what a curious and entertaining introduction it has been. Upon turning the final page, I immediately questioned why I've waited so long to finally dive into the works of such an incredible author, and truly regretted not doing so ...more
Heres the deal. It is probably unwise in the extreme to be reviewing this book right now. I am soooooooooo tired and my post-surgery pain is really kicking my butt today, but I finished this book last night and Id feel a bit remiss without saying something about it.
So, here I am.
Its no secret that KJ Parker is my favorite author. Something about the mix of cynical wit, dark humor, and his realistic worlds just work for me on every conceivable level. While ...more
If youre a fan already then this 100 page novella has all the best features of his writing.
Its set in a typical Parker late Medieval world, which doesnt have to be described in detail as its secondary to the story. The story is about our first person narrator who casts out demons from people who are usually unknowingly possessed by them. This world has a number of such demons, looking for a home in human minds, just enough of them to give him a living in this profession. Our ...more
I have an idea you arent going to like me very much. That may prove to be the only thing well have in common, so lets make the most of it.
Prospers Demon is an absolutely stellar example of KJ Parker's signature wit. As always, Parker's protagonist is more than a bit of an asshole, but you have to love the wry, humorous prose he's couched in. This would be a great entry point for someone new to Parker's short fiction, given...more
Loved the length of this novella. I really felt likebit worked incredibly well for this story.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
Prospers Demon was one of my most highly anticipated January releases, in part because of its astonishing cover -- yes, I am shallow. While this horror novella wasnt necessarily what I expected or craved, I enjoyed this strange and snarky tale of demonic possession and exorcism.
This novella is a funny one, because while it does everything it says in the blurb it is ...more
Prosper's Demon is a well crafted gothic novella that combines a darkly satirical narrative with a brief but interesting plot line.
While the narrator repeatedly warns the reader that he is unlikable, I found him to be very interesting. His actions, especially at the end, were positively ingenious.
The book started off with a bang, and I was immediately hooked. While it got a little redundant around the middle, regarding the making ...more
Not to mention an ending that seems ...more
According to the biographical notes in some of Parker's books, Parker has previously worked in law, journalism, and numismatics, and now writes and makes things out of wood and metal. It is also claimed that Parker is married to a solicitor and now lives in southern England. According to an autobiographical note, Parker was raised in rural Vermont, a ...more