- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857663984
- ISBN-13: 978-0857663986
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,741,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness? Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.
He’s acted in television shows – China Beach, Spin City, ARLI$, Anger Management, Instant Mom,The Good Wife – films – Hamburger Hill, The Glass Shield, Bad Parents – and Broadway plays.
After many years in his chosen profession he’s decided to chuck it all and seek his fortune as a writer. (Just kidding. He secretly dreams of changing the world as a talkative mime.)
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Goodreads Teaser: "Lucifer is enjoying his retirement in an obscure corner of Limbo when he learns of a plot by Gabriel, the current ruler of Hell, to use humanity's greatest weapon against it - Television!
Cue the hottest reality game-show ever conceived:Who Wants To Be The Prince of Darkness? Gabriel orchestrates an "Infernal takeover" of Earth by stealing unwitting mortal souls and sending them to a mostly empty Hell, hoping to reinvigorate the Infernal Realm.
Now Lucifer must find a champion to seize control of Hell and free millions of stolen mortal souls before the theft becomes permanent. But who would ever want to be Hell's champion?"
Upon reading this book I rapidly came to the conclusion that the teaser is misleading. Lucifer doesn't look for a contestant to participate in the game show, but he does find a champion. The problem is the champion is completely clueless and for some of the time an unwitting player. But of course we are talking about Lucifer, so it's not much of a surprise that things aren't as they seem.
Gabriel is bitterly angry at Lucifer, and channels his anger into completely revamping Hell once he is the uncontested ruler of the realm after Lucifer's retirement. One of the more popular aspects of his overhaul is in modeling Hell after Earth. And since demons want to experience living on Earth more than anything, Gabriel finds a way to start slipping more in. Through the agency of an obscenely popular TV game show his nefarious plan works brilliantly. It begins with a trickle of demons replacing the human souls, but rapidly becomes a flood when they see how oblivious humanity is to the growing threat. Without doubt this is a not so subtle commentary on the mind numbing, thought-deadening qualities of TV.
Quite the creative and entertaining story, filled with ridiculous quirks of all kinds, as well as characters of all kinds - quite literally. The story begins in such a way that it seems it may be a parody of a parody, functioning as a way to set the stage for the story to come. After the first few chapters we meet one Manray Mothershed, self help guru to the modern world, though he prefers to refer to his teachings as self actualization. It's through Manray that the story is brought into the present and begins to move forward. As he stumbles into some sort of understanding of his new situation he begins meeting other characters that also become pivotal to the story.
The characters are entertaining, though sometimes a tad confusing. With everyone from Hell having a reversed morality and thus reversing things like swearing and blaspheming it can be challenging to figure out which sentiments belong to who. But those few bumps aside the concept of the book is more than solid, and the creativity is delicious. As Manray and company become fleshed out so to does the plot, both pulling the other forward and flinging the story along, rather like being the whip at the end of an ice skating line. And there are plot twists aplenty, though the tale is strange enough not to really need them. Certainly not your average tales about Hell!
Unfortunately, the blurb on this one is rather misleading, and I admit I was disappointed, as I ended up reading a story I hadn't particularly wanted to read. To be more specific: I thought there'd be much more of a focus on the "Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Darkness" (PoD) TV show, as a major plot device and as a "battleground" of sorts—maybe the heroes would have to infiltrate the TV set, impersonate some existing participants to get in, do things from within... I don't know, but something clearly linked to the show, especially with the latter's host being who he was, and with the whole commentary about how reality shows can subdue people
Instead, the TV game was more of a backdrop, mentioned now and then, but not being THE set the blurb hinted at. The actual story is much more... straightforward? Not uninteresting per se, just not what I wanted to read about in the first place. I suppose I wouldn't have minded if it had turned out to be really surprising, and not playing on traditional themes, on a more traditional form of conflict. (Powerful artefact gone from Hell, Lucifer's former generals need it to come back, unwitting protagonist is thrown in there as a potential key to finding it, fighting some demons along the way, etc.)
There are funny moments in the novel, as it plays on tropes like the Self-Help Guru who thinks he's the Chosen One, but turns out to be completely clueless. Maybe there weren't enough of such moments, though, or rather, they tended to look like each other after awhile, if this makes sense in such a context. The mythos around the main plot is also a little confusing in its chronology and in how it all unfolds. Lucifer retiring as a mortal? Why not. However, it was difficult to reconcile Hell time and Earth time, as the former made it sound like all this happened centuries ago, and the latter revealing only a couple of decades went by. I got it, sure; only it was pretty confusing, and the inclusion of different narratives, one in first person, the others in third, didn't make it easy at times.
As for the characters, they were OK, but nothing particularly interesting in the long run, although they had nice little quirks and background stories to build on. I think the one I preferred was Abby D; I just liked her presence, sort of, and what happened around her.
Thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot Books for the advanced copy which I voluntarily reviewed. This exact review will also be posted on Goodreads.
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