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Moody's collection is framed by two stories in which the narrator ruminates over his dead sister. In the first, "The Mansion on the Hill," he speaks directly to the departed:
You were a fine sister, but you changed your mind all the time, and I had no idea if these things I'd attributed to you in the last year were features of the you I once knew, or whether, in death, you had become the property of your mourners, so that we made of you a puppet.The story promptly turns into a revenge fantasy, with an absurd climax wherein the narrator attacks his sister's former fiancé. "Demonology" deals with the actual circumstances of her death. First we see her tucking the kids into bed prior to her fatal seizure: "And my sister kissed her daughter multiply, because my niece is a little impish redhead, and it's hard not to kiss her." Moody then switches tone smoothly and beautifully as the medics work on the dead woman: "Her body jumped while they shocked her--she was a revenant in some corridor of simultaneities--but her heart wouldn't start." A writer who pins down such fluidities can get up to all the experimentation he likes. We'll go along willingly. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The problem is that Moody can't write.
Unfortunately for you, however, what comes next is a string of gimmicky, artsy stories wherein Moody writes a lot but says very little.
There are maybe people who will understand this stuff better than I, but this is still not a book I would recommend to anyone I know.
The Kindle edition of this book is so poorly formatted as to be unreadable. I understand that e-publishing tends to happen on an abbreviated or aggressive schedule, but there is no... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amber L Wilson
Nothing like the last story. It's incredible. I've read it a thousand times and every time it surprises me. But Rick's work is always superb. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Persephone
Although I find some of the book funny, most of it entertaining, and none of it completely abysmal, this collection of short stories does not completely stand out for me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by FicktionPhotography
Demonology, I recommend it highly. If you like a good laugh, it will not disappoint. Good stuff. Also, candy is delicious.Published 19 months ago by Carl Oxley III
It's difficult to adequately rate a book. A big fan of Rick Moody may wonder how I could rank this book four stars when I also reviewed John Cheever's entire "Collected Stories"... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Mark M. Hladky
Dale Peck famously wrote that, 'Rick Moody is the worst writer of his generation.'1 Unlike Dale Peck, I'm not going to read his other books to find out. This collection is awful. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Pros and Cons
Rick Moody has talent. "The Mansion on the Hill," the first story in Demonology, evidences this talent extremely well. Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I chose this book for a college writing class assignment. I had to read it, then critically review it. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Red Pineapple
The most appealing thing about this book is the candy on the cover. These stories are, in a word, dull. No memorable characters. Read morePublished on July 17, 2004 by Dulcinea del Toboso