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To Reign in Hell by Steven Brust
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Oct 25, 2009

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bookshelves: fantasy, religion-myth
Read from January 19 to October 03, 2010

I initially rated this 4 stars but that is not sitting well. I love Brust's originality and his lack of fear to take such a well known story and shape it to his own ideals, which I think I actually agree with. But I thought maybe that was over done. I kept thinking, "really?!, are these characters supposed to be this stupid? Can they really not see what is going on?". The plot moves along due to miscommunications and near misses, by deceit and sheer ignorance. I guess that might have been intentional but it was just more than I could handle in many scenes. The world building is very well done.

The beginning was promising, the middle was exciting, and the ending kind of dropped off, which I found disappointing. Very few of the characters were likable in any regard. Mephistopheles, Satan, and Leviathan were the main characters that interested me. Most of the characters were quite despicable, childish, and dumb as dirt. Yet this book was unique and I am very happy to have read it. I look forward to discovering what else Brust has written.
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09/30/2010 page 77
10/02/2010 page 216
75.0% "Bothered by a few things in this story but hard to put down, will finish tonight."
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