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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
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Johannes Cabal has never pretended to be a hero of any kind. There is, after all, little heroic about robbing graves, stealing occult volumes, and being on middling terms with demons. His purpose, however, is noble. His researches are all directed to raising the dead. Not as monstrosities but as people, just as they were when they lived: physically, mentally, and spiritually. For such a prize, some sacrifices are necessary. One such sacrifice was his own soul, but he now sees that was a mistake - it's not just that he needs it for his research to have validity, but now he realises he needs it to be himself. Unfortunately, his soul now rests within the festering bureaucracy of Hell. Satan may be cruel and capricious but, most dangerously, he is bored. It is Cabal's unhappy lot to provide him with amusement. In short, a wager: in return for his own soul, Cabal must gather one hundred others. Placed in control of a diabolical carnival - created to tempt to contentiousness, to blasphemy, argumentation and murder, but one that may also win coconuts - and armed only with his intelligence, a very large handgun, and a total absence of whimsy, Cabal has one year.
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You will see just how far over the line Johannes is willing to step as far as getting evil/corrupt people to sign over their souls (people who are arguably damned anyway) vs. tricking innocent souls into signing their lives away. It makes for an interesting ponder over what you might be capable of doing to others if it meant saving yourself or someone you loved. Would you damn an innocent in order to save yourself? If you say that you wouldn’t, I bet when push came to shove, you would. The fight for self-preservation in order to live is very strong, and is an ingrained instinct that would be hard to change, even if you wanted to.
The writing is full of wit, and the darkness of the subject matter is balanced with the humor of both the situations themselves, and by the dialogue between the characters.
I loved it! We learn at the end of this book exactly why necromancy is so important to Johannes. He doesn’t want to create a zombie army to do his evil bidding, nothing like that. The point isn’t that he wants a bunch of animated corpses to provide free labor to work in his lab. He has a reason for wanting what he wants that isn’t based on an evil desire to harm the world, and this reason is what makes him a sympathetic character.
This is the first book of a series, and I have already ordered the remaining books, with the exception of the fifth (because it hasn’t been released yet).
My analysis of the book would be the following:
* Satan and the demons are quite infantile, that is not wrong but certainly is weird considering that Cabal it is not. Lack of coherence. I mean, they can be joyful and happier of course but they are like kids in a universe where everybody is it not.
*Around the 20% of the book I understood Cabal was bored with the adventure so I don't know why I would invest in its reading.
*Around 48% I am in pain, this book is hell and I am begging for the wager to be just to get three souls in one hour instead of one hundred in one year Y_Y
* The process to get souls is uninteresting, the carnival is uninteresting.
* The author introduces characters (two robbers, a crow, Cabal's brother) but or they don't participate or they don't want to participate in the story.
* In the Quixote Spain is an empty place filled by his genius and lovable madness. In this story the places Cabal visit are empty and boring and as Cabal doesn't care about the adventure actually he doesn't interact with them, he is so bored that he would prefer to be at home and to be honest me too.
* The resolution is a bit better and it would be a better one if it were the culmination of a short story but, alas, this was so long. I reached 100% for the sheer will to end each book I read.
This book would deserve a lower score if it were not for the amazing chapter that paradoxically is a filler chapter that neither adds nor contributes to the story "Chapter 7 - In which Cabal discovers that hell comes in different flavours and that one should always make time" if you consider it as an independent tale it is worth five stars, Cabal actually struggles and applies his will, he is interested in move the plot: I loved it! I enjoyed "Chapter 9 - In which I go to the carnival and see stuff" it is a great story without Cabal so there is not his bored attitude to spoil it. And that is all, I didn't like the book but still there are some few good parts.