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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,461 Ratings  ·  379 Reviews
It is a world like our own in every respect . . . save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural avatars some call demons. There’s the Truth, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, brave and self-sacrificing ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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FANTERRIFIC STORY ALERT. I love finding original, diamonds like this cuz it makes my brain go...

As other astute people have chimed, this story turned out to be much deeper and a lot different than I originally expected (in a yippie, yippie good way). This book was such an enjoyable experience and made me want get a serious preach on sermonizing its greatness. While containing elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror, I don’t think the novel neatly fits into any of those containers and s
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory is something special and Mr. Gregory has fast become one of my favorite authors – well played, sir, well played.

Full of swimmingly good metaphors and delicious similes, AND seamlessly throwing down a very unique demonic possession story landscape with psychic undertones


Bringing in a Sinead O’Connor female priestess character AND …

A Philip K Dick character straight out of VALIS who discourses on Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human and erudite explanations o
Megan Baxter
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if possession was an epidemic? What if the same demons kept taking people over for short intervals, over and over? What would they be? Are they demons? Is the cause religious or scientific? And what would it do to you to be one of the possessed?

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recommended for fans of superheroes, wrestling with personal demons
Recommended to Carol. by: Carly

Four and a half stars. If you want a review with links, see my blog at:

Pandemonium reminds me of those times when my foodie friends are dragging me to a “fabulous new restaurant” where (mostly) familiar ingredients are deconstructed, spiced and recombined in a creative way. At least this time, instead of an unsettling mess, it resulted in one of those perfect, satisfying meals that fulfill a sensory need as much as a physical one. Not so unusual that I’m
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3 – 3.5 stars

I’m going to say something that sounds unkind, but really it’s a compliment from me: for a long time now I’ve kind of thought of Daryl Gregory as something of a poor man’s Sean Stewart. I must first admit that this happened before I actually read any of his books (this one is my first), and was based on what I could glean of them from the jacket blurbs and comments/reviews. It probably also comes from the fact that I once ran across a posting made by Gregory on a message board or bl
Michelle M
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, x-read-2017
When I read genre books, I tend to lump them into what I call the X-Files Categories. A book is either a monster-of-the-week novel (adventure and action and not a whole lot of substance), or a mythology read (slower, deeper, more cerebral). Reading through the first half of Pandemonium, I was ready for a monster-of-the-week ride. In here, demon possessions are real, accepted and fairly routine. The lead, possessed as a child, is hearing noises and seeing things that have led him to seek out answ ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Pandemonium, the first novel from the author of one of my favourite reads of all time, We Are All Completely Fine, is a decent high-concept thriller with an interesting hook that never really lives up to its awesome potential.

Taking place in a world much like our own, but with the critical difference that demonic possession occurs openly and is widely acknowledged (even if whether said demons are evil spirits or something else is hotly debated), Pandemonium is told from the perspective of Del,
Pandemonium is a book that's been coming up in my Amazon recommendations fairly regularly. It sounded a bit intriguing, but a bit silly too. It was one of those books that I thought could turn out to be truly awful. When I saw a copy at the library, I thought it wouldn't hurt to try it.

I can't believe that this is Daryl Gregory's first book. It's absolutely amazing. Don't go by the blurb, it doesn't even come close to describing it. The characters and the situation are so well done, it all seeme
Marco Simeoni
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, weird
EDIT: a dicembre 2017 alzo il mio voto da 3,5* a 4*
Tanti spunti in troppe poche pagine

Leggendo le prime pagine ho temuto una rivisitazione "modello Go Nagai" delle possessioni demoniache alla Devilman. Fortunatamente mi sono sbagliato.
In queste 300 e passa pagine ci accompagna - con uno stile altamente cinematografico e descrittivo - nelle vicende di Del (Delacorte Pierce), il protagonista. Ci troviamo in una versione ucronica della terra. A partire dalla fine degli anni '40 si iniziano a verifi
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of unconventional fantasy; Jungian psychology; Joseph Campbell
Ok, what won me over at first was the cover--by Greg Ruth, an artist whose work I greatly admire. But once I started reading I was hooked.

Pandemonium isn't quite fantasy (it quickly reveals itself to have elements of Alternate History & SF). Gregory creates a world where demonic possession is normal, sort of, at least society's learned to deal with it when it happens; but the story of Del, who was once Possessed as a boy is the heart of the narrative. It has a personal, intimate tone. The st
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Award-winning author of Spoonbenders, We Are All Completely Fine, Afterparty, Pandemonium, and others. Some of his short fiction has been collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.

He's won the World Fantasy Award, as well as the Shirley Jackson, Crawford, Asimov Readers, and Geffen awards, and his work has been short-listed for many other awards, including the Nebula . His books have been translat
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