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The Devil You Know
It's surprising. I honestly didn't expect much of what hap I don't know how to put this novella into words. I honestly didn't expect much of what happened here. The characters are interesting, both morally grey and funny. While it isn't the main strength of this novel, I'm also really intrigued by this story's worldbuilding.
Right now, we've only gotten scattered details of Mysia and the surrounding kingdoms, but a part of me is really curious what else is happening in this world. I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best, most intriguing, most mindblowing books I've ever read. I feel like I just read art. Please read this. Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube View all 13 comments. Apr 15, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. This novella is the sequel to KJ Parker's earlier novella Blue and Gold and again features Saloninus, the great philosopher and alchemist, and possibly the most devious man who ever lived.
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Into his twilight years and fearing he is not long for life Saloninus does the unthinkable. He sells his soul to the devil for 20 years more life so he can complete his life's work. Saloninus is assigned a demon assistant to grant his wishes and keep and eye on him!
The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker
Could Saloninus, admittedly the most devious human who ever lived, have a way to outwit the devil himself? The whole story was very entertaining. I thought both were fascinating and interesting characters. The battle of wits between the pair made for great reading. The whole story was clever and packed with just the right amount of humor to make it fun without it overwhelming the story itself as it does in Holt's regular books.
All in all this was a great novella. I hope Saloninus returns for a third adventure at some future point. I'll definitely be checking out more of K. Parker's novellas in the future! Rating: 4. Audio Note: This was narrated by Will Damron. He had a great voice for general narration and got the tone of the story but his slight flaw was his inability to clearly distinguish between character voices.
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The other issue this audio suffered was a production one. The POV's regularly switched between Saloninus and the Demon but there was never any pauses in the audio that would have made that a bit clearer to the listener! View all 12 comments. Feb 17, Althea Ann rated it it was amazing. One of my Hugo Award nominees, novella, A brilliant and famed philosopher, entering his twilight years, decides to sell his soul to the devil.
The particular devil who's sent to collect the contract Hell is, apparently, quite the bureaucracy happens to be a fan of the philosopher, who's known for his atheistic views and his arguments One of my Hugo Award nominees, novella, The particular devil who's sent to collect the contract Hell is, apparently, quite the bureaucracy happens to be a fan of the philosopher, who's known for his atheistic views and his arguments in favor of moral relativity. But, fan or no, knowing the man's history, which has involved not a few cons and schemes over the years, leads him to believe that there's some trick up his sleeve.
Why, after all, would someone, especially someone so intelligent, risk eternal damnation for just a few years of temporal power? Is it possible to actually outwit the Infernal? This novella deserves to end up on end-of-year awards lists. Many thanks to NetGalley and Tor for the opportunity to read. As always,my opinion is solely my own. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. My ideal off-shift day starts with a hot bath and the scent of black tea, followed by an hour on my balcony with a good book; then a stroll through the busy streets to view an art exhibition, hear a sermon or philosophical debate, or simply admire the mosaics in the Blue Templ If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
My ideal off-shift day starts with a hot bath and the scent of black tea, followed by an hour on my balcony with a good book; then a stroll through the busy streets to view an art exhibition, hear a sermon or philosophical debate, or simply admire the mosaics in the Blue Temple.
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A woman around Romany's own age, and not too dissimilar from how she looks. We're advising young women to be careful not to walk alone when they don't have to. He's killed three. I'm only headed around the corner,' Romeny replies. I hope you've been watching the news. View 1 comment. Good read, inventive idea. A bit dry in patches and I would have liked a more dramatic ending.
Nov 04, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , novella.
So, what happens when the greatest philosopher of all time and a representative a demon who works for the Devil strike a deal. Who do you think manages to get the better end of that deal? That is essentially what The Devil You Know explores. The philosopher, Saloninus, is quite well versed at finding loopholes and using manipulation as a means to an end. He can find power in words as well as power in the words that are missing and he is not above deception. And by the nature of working for the devil, you assume that deceit is also a strength of the demon. So when the philosopher signs away his eternal soul in exchange for the demon granting his every whim for the remainder of his life, restoring his youth and guaranteeing he will live a couple more decades, the demon is a bit perplexed at the philosophers satisfaction with the contract.