Pandemonium

Pandemonium It is a world like our own in every respect save one In the s random acts of possession begin to occur Ordinary men women and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the d

  • Title: Pandemonium
  • Author: Daryl Gregory
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  • Page: 328
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 sacrificingIt 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 soldier The Little Angel, whose kiss brings death, whether desired or not And a string of others, ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrific.As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed by the Hellion, an entity whose mischief making can be deadly With the help of Del s family and a caring psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised or is it Years later, following a car accident, the Hellion is back, trapped inside Del s head and clamoring to get out.Del s quest for help leads him to Valis, an entity possessing the science fiction writer formerly known as Philip K Dick to Mother Mariette, a nun who inspires decidedly unchaste feelings and to the Human League, a secret society devoted to the extermination of demons All believe that Del holds the key to the plague of possession and its solution But for Del, the cure may be worse than the disease Look out, Lethem Daryl Gregory mixes pop culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip K Dick Pandemonium possesses every quality you want in a great novel, and the good news is it s only his debut Charles Coleman Finlay, Hugo and Nebula Award nominated author of The Prodigal TrollFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

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    About Author

    1. 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 translated in over a dozen languages, and have been named to best of the year lists from NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal He is also the writer of Flatline an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games, and comics such as Planet of the Apes.Daryl lives in Oakland, California.

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    1. FANTERRIFIC STORY ALERT I love finding original, diamonds like this cuz it makes my brain goAs 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 spills uniq [...]


    2. 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 undertonesAND ANDBringing in a Sinead O Connor female priestess character ANDA Philip K Dick character straight out of VALIS who discourses on Theodore Sturgeon s More Than Human and erudite explanations of Jungian [...]


    3. 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 policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


    4. Four and a half stars If you want a review with links, see my blog at clsiewert.wordpress 2014 1Pandemonium 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 left with a disturbing [...]


    5. 3 3.5 starsI 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 blog som [...]


    6. 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, 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 answers.However [...]


    7. 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, a [...]


    8. Pandemonium is a book that s been coming up in my 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 seemed completely [...]


    9. EDIT a dicembre 2017 alzo il mio voto da 3,5 a 4 Tanti spunti in troppe poche pagineLeggendo 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 verificare delle po [...]


    10. 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 story starts out [...]


    11. 3 starsI liked this story s concept but the execution fell short, partly due to some editing mistakes is Del s brother Lew or Lou , and partly the novel s wildly inconsistent pacing It was a unique story and actually pretty good taking into account this is a debut novel His writing definitely improves with his later books, especially We Are All Completely Fine.This book is definitely off beat and wonderfully strange There are tons of cultural and sci fi fantasy references the most humorous was P [...]


    12. 4.5Nonlocal intelligence Possession Disorder Variant Socially Constructed Alternate Identity Demonic possession Whatever the term, Del Pierce is all too familiar with the process While the hundred odd strains of demons in Del s world aren t interested in temptation or damnation, no one wants a demon to jump to them When a demon possesses a person, acts out a familiar role, a static pattern, and woe betide anyone who gets in its way The Truth, wrapped in a trenchcoat and fedora, brings swift and [...]


    13. Despite the title, this is science fiction not horror More precisely it is alternative history, The setting is our world but with significant changes Eisenhower was killed, The American armed forces are stuck in Kashmir and, most important, around 1944 there is a rash of demonic possessions that continues into the present The actual reason for these demons are unknown but they are called by names like The Captain, The Painter, and The little Angel From this premise arises a intriguing take on th [...]


    14. Not as much horror as it was supernatural comic book Disappointed because I was looking for scares Otherwise a decent reading experience


    15. Random demonic possession is a problem in the slightly altered reality in which Pandemonium is set Various archetypical demons Truth, Captain Valiant, the Angel of Death , to name a few are showing up, hijacking the bodies of randomly chosen hosts and disrupting public order by behaving demonically Collateral damage to the unlucky host can be anything from mild trauma to death Nobody really understands what is causing this epidemic of demonic possession which has spawned a plethora of demonologi [...]


    16. What a terrific debut I was hooked from the first page by the tone of the writing a modern voice that rings true in the midst of unreal happenings Quite funny in parts, but also plaintive I look forward to books from this author Pretty much ignored all my chores because I didn t want to stop reading, a lovely way to spend a Sunday.


    17. The blurb captures the fundamentals of this book an alternate reality United States in which folks are sporadically possessed by demons Not the demons you might associate with the Bible or likely Hollywood horror flicks, but archetypes such as Truth or Captain America.I was very surprised to discover after finishing that this was Daryl Gregory s first novel His writing is much polished than I would expect, with fully fleshed characters and a strong first person narrative I especially liked how [...]


    18. Thousands of verified demonic possession since the 1950 s That is the phenomenon behind the alternative world Gregory otherwise sketches Some possessions provoke deadly accidents, and one demon, a little girl in a long white dress, is an angel of death for those already suffering terminal illnesses Others are destructive or merely disconcerting intruders society has adjusted to.As a child Del Pierce was possessed by the demonic version of Dennis the Menace known as The Hellion Most of the previo [...]


    19. This book had a great premise modern day demon possession, set in a world similar to our own.Gregory does a wonderful job with the alternative history here Eisenhower is killed by a demon known as the Kamikaze, leading to a persecution of and prejudice towards Japanese Americans and he ties together all the bits and pieces fairly well.I couldn t give this than three stars, though, for a couple of reasons One, I felt like there was just too much going on in this book There s a lot of running fro [...]


    20. Found this a fascinating read at first, then it lost me towards the middle to end there Grew a bit mundane The concept of demonic possessions going mainstream, and the different characteristics focused on each demon was a very original concept, this part I really enjoyed, as well as the narrators struggle with fighting off his inner demon I don t know, I guess I was hoping to gain from it I am picky


    21. Gregory s debut novel about demonic possessions is a very well written, fast page turner This, like others have said is better viewed as a literary novel that contains fantastical elements and should be viewed accordingly I really liked the premise, the pacing, and the character development I look forward to from Daryl Gregory.


    22. I really enjoyed this book, even though it just about broke my heart at the end That is actually praise, because any book that makes me care about the characters enough to hurt for them is a win as far as I am concerned.Honestly, I think it helps a lot in appreciating this book if you have a background in classic science fiction At the very least, it enables you to appreciate both the ironic and the humorous elements in the book But in general, the book is a riveting read It moves fast, has succ [...]


    23. Wow An unexpected gem.The premise is simple A world just like ours except that possession by demons is real It happens infrequently and is usually brief, leaving the victim shaken, but unharmed Except for a few You see, there are different demons that have been identified The Little Angel, who possesses only girls between 10 and 12 with long curly dark hair and whose kiss can kill The Painter, who uses materials at hand to paint specific pictures without saying a word, and then departs The Truth [...]


    24. I ve managed to read Gregory s books in reverse order starting with the amazing Raising Stony Mayhall, so this book, the sheer greatnest of this book, wasn t as much of a surprise as it would have been if I d just picked it up out of the blue But neverthelesswhat an awesome book And of course how could one expect any less originality in this take on possession from the man who s written the most original zombie story to have come out in ages possible ever From the excellent storytelling to stron [...]


    25. A demon, a nerd, and a priest walk into a barYeah, it s sort of like that It s a story with an unusual angle on what might or might not be possession by somethings Ha, no spoilers from me.I felt the distinct lack of any Wow moments, but neither did it induce slumber PANDEMONIUM rates 3 pentagrams, though it had a few 3.33 moments which strangely enough is one half of 6.66.




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    27. I ve being re reading this book for the second time and it won t be the last.Daryl Gregory is one my relatively few favourite readers among the living ones He s a fantastic story teller and his characters, especially the main ones, are exceptionally alive and loveable quite a feast, particularly when he writes at the first singular person, like in this book, a narration choice easily leading to simplification and or complacency The way he manages to convey love, especially inside family links, i [...]


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