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Satan Loves You [Kindle Edition]

Grady Hendrix
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Book Description

Satan hates his job.

Managing Hell is the worst job ever invented and after several millenia of listening to the constant whining of damned souls, the Lord of Darkness is completely and totally burnt out. But there are no holidays in Hell, and now, in the face of a power grab by the officious and smarmy Heavenly Host, Satan's got to reach deep and find a way to save his home from corporate takeover.

Featuring hat-wearing chihuahuas, hyper-violent nuns with poor impulse control, and metaphysical wrestling matches, Satan Loves You is the book for everyone who hates boring books. Do you love romance? Do you adore fantasy epics about anorexic elves who sing? Is your idea of a perfect evening curling up with a cozy mystery and a nice cup of tea? Then go away! Satan Loves You is a high-octane injection of literary adrenaline that annihilates romance, kills elves, and makes hot tea explode into a massive fireball that will melt your face!


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About the Author

Grady Hendrix's fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod and the anthology "The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination." His nonfiction has appeared in Variety, Slate, Playboy, Time Out New York, the New York Sun and the Village Voice. You can follow every little move he makes at gradyhendrix.com.

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  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, biting, hilarious June 17, 2011
By Heather
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Look up the word "irreverent" in the OED, and you will find an image of this book. Think Good Omens turned up to 11, with an American twist. Not one sacred cow escapes the meat grinder, but the end result is some pretty tasty hamburger.

It's a fun, quick read - clever language and fast-moving story - and beneath the surface lies an impressively well-constructed world, with a plot and characters to match. SLY wouldn't work so well if its scaffolding were any less solid. This is extremely intelligent satire, the kind that skewers you while you're breathless from laughing.

It is not for everyone, in the same way that Armageddon Ultra Death Super Hot Hot Sauce isn't for everyone. But if satire is in fact your thing, SLY will be the funniest 99-cent book you read this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every one of those ninety-nine pennies December 10, 2011
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Top-of-mind: If you're easily offended or seriously religious, this book's not for you.

Grady Hendrix tries to do what Christopher Moore has done so well, and while his work's not on a par with Moore's, Satan Loves You is a fun read. The writing and editing are at times spotty (though formatting problems are generally limited to the occasional lack of white space where there should be a break for a change of scene), but Hendrix's capacity to riff in text on a descriptive passage can suck you in until you're wondering where he can possibly go with his purple prose. And then you turn the page and he suprises you by continuing for another ten or twenty lines, until you're bemused and grudgingly admiring. It's effective in the context of a book which never tries to rise above its natural state of ridiculous, to mimic the sublime. Yes, Moore succumbs to that temptation.

And you can take Hendrix's characters and idea, remix them, and tweak them any way you please -- if you care to have fun with his concept. Satan Loves You is licensed under a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license.

The basic story: Satan's in trouble. The archangels want to take over Hell. What will he do without his mission in afterlife? Every way he turns, he's trapped/entrapped. Some of his minions have deserted him -- the Grim Reaper's desertion means thousands of the undead are walking the earth but not as easily recognizable zombies -- and others are so incompetent, they're no match for the archangels. What's an underdog demon to do? Lie and cheat his way out of this pickle, of course.

But you're not reading this ebook for the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars provides a chortle or two November 27, 2011
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I loved the premise of this book. Being able to laugh at Heaven and hell in equal measures is refreshing. And some of the issues satan faces make you laugh, especially when you kinda symapthise with him. Death being sacked - who could have guessed it would lead to such industrial action. And for those of us outside of the US, we definitely saw the funny side of satan being sued for millions for being - well, just being satan really. I am surprised nobody has tried that for real. US does have a reputation for having some areas of society sueing anything and anything.

And I loved the idea of a wrestlemania style build up to the 100 year contest between representatives of each realm. Nero as your right hand man? Classic....lol

So why only 3 stars?? Well, up to the time of the court case it was well paced, lots of irony and humour. It fairly buzzed along. Then it got a little jaded. The characters were a little over the top but the humour slipped off the rails a little bit. Hard to explain this really, but a previous reviewer I think felt the same. It did pick up again right at the end (the nun getting drunk for the first time again had some links with real life) but a huge part of the second section of the book just felt a little hit and miss. I wasn't feeling any bonding with the characters.

Having said that, it is still a good book, and better than many I have read. I guess I am just a bit tight with my star ratings :) To get a 4 star it has to zing from start to finish IMO. To get 5 stars it has to be one I would re-read in the future. (Not too many get 5 stars but I am happy giving out 4 stars).

I take my hat off to the author with this book. A great idea for a story in the style of Douglas Adams meets Terry Pratchett.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Red Adept Reviews: Satan Loves You. June 10, 2011
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Overall: 4 1/2 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

This was an easy book to enjoy, with a few caveats. On the positive side, the story was funny, clever, and irreverent. I'd compare it a little to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. Perhaps Christopher Moore in terms of humor as social commentary and a vehicle to skewer sacred cows. Still, I can't say the book quite matches either of these comparisons, as Mr. Hendricks seems to take it a step or two beyond.

The author seems to be willing to offend, oh, everyone if the result is a brilliant line. Nuns, hipsters, conspiracy theorists, media personalities, celebrities, charitable institutions, are just some of the targets. I don't know what Quizno's Sandwich Shop did to him or his people, but it can't have been good.

I will mention the two issues I had with the book. One was that, in the midst of this legitimately funny and clever book, on multiple occasions, really bad things happen to kids. No one is going to confuse me with the teacher from Romper Room, but even I have to say this was a buzz kill. Well, at least one of the kids, to paraphrase Monty Python, got better. Still, I really would have loved this to be toned down as it will probably be off-putting to some readers, even thick-skinned ones, and the funny gets lost.

The other issue was Satan gets sued and shows up at the trial. Much of the book is absurd, delightfully absurd, kiss reality bye-bye, and yet this was a bridge too far. Nancy Grace - yes, she's a character, and those scenes are admittedly brilliant if you've ever watched her for even five minutes - just accepts this, as does Oprah, as does the judge and the jury, and presumably most people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hell, Inc.
I like Grady Hendrix. He's weird and inventive, and he has a knack for the jackpot description that can blow your Nikes off. When I see his name, I stop and look by default. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Geneticks11
4.0 out of 5 stars This was funny
I dig stories in this vein. Dealing with high-handed types in daily life makes one appreciate a poor devil's constant irritation with the angelics. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I read Satan Loves You after finishing Occupy Space, another of Hendrix's books. This one was even more fun. Read more
Published 14 months ago by EAP
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny
Jerry Springer: The Opera, The Book of Mormon, The Life of Brian. All controversial works of comedy which focus upon religion, Heaven vs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ryan Bracha
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a funny book!
If you love Satan, black as pitch comedy, and misunderstood unreliable narrators-- then this is the comic fantasmagoria for you! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Prom Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny!!
A crazy hell-ride from a wild imagination! Super funny, super clever! If you've ever had a job you just hated, you'll LOVE this book! Read more
Published 19 months ago by CostumeDivaNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY DIFFERENT FROM THE NORM
Hell should be heaven and vice versa according to Satan but all he has are damned souls who constantly whine and whinge about their personal problems, are just petty and bicker... Read more
Published 23 months ago by BLUE FISH
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and well written story
You must have at least heard of Dante's Inferno and you must have an idea about what angels, demons and saints are all about. Then you will find this story witty and entertaining. Read more
Published 23 months ago by FenrisDK
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!
I knew that reading Dante would come in handy one day!! As well as all that Catholic school teaching!! With my background, I had a blast reading Satan Loves You. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Eclectic Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and weird
The first 80% of the book will have you chuckling and enjoying the hilarious and clever references to actual people, sayings, events, TV shows, and movies as well as the structure... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bmat
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More About the Author

Grady Hendrix has written about the confederate flag for Playboy magazine, terrible movie novelizations for Film Comment, and both Jean-Claude Van Damme AND ninja death swarms for Slate. He's covered machine gun collector conventions, done vice squad ride-alongs, written award shows for Chinese television, and spent years answering the phone for the parapsychological research organization that was the basis of "Ghostbusters."

His stories about UFO cults, killer Chinese parasites, Cthulhu dating your mom, and super-genius human-hating apes have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and "The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination."

He and his high school BFF, Katie Crouch, co-authored "The Magnolia League," a YA series for Little, Brown, and he's co-author (along with his wife) of the award-winning "Dirt Candy: A Cookbook," the world's first graphic novel cookbook.



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