Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer

eBook - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul--he hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Sataon, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager, Johannes has one years to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.--From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385530439
Characteristics: x, 291 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Advantage OverDrive


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Spl_i3rock May 17, 2019

If you like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett there is a pretty good chance you will enjoy this treatment of the life of a Necromancer. Full of Funnybones.

Nov 27, 2017

Quite enjoyed this book. The writer is quite witty and clever and you could tell that Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes was a big influence on this novel. One of those books that goes by quickly and real page turner. Looking forward to other books in the series.

Oct 27, 2015

I like the style and atmosphere of this story. Johannes Cabal often switches between a character you mildly dislike and a character you can sympathize with. Some aspects of the story were predictable, but the character and emotional development will keep you invested.

forbesrachel Feb 21, 2015

Johannes Cabal is a cleverly contrived character. He is a rational, determined, and intelligent necromancer who is seemingly without heart for all but himself. Due to his sharp tone, dislike of the intellectually inferior, and moral ambiguity, he often finds himself in difficult situations. In this case, having sold his soul to the Devil, he now makes a deal to get it back, but in exchange he must deliver a hundred others. To do this, he is given a satanic carnival, scooping up the unwary with contracts. His conscience, and some unexpected developments don't make this easy though. While the premise is quite dark, the tone is surprising light in execution because of its unusual brand of humour. Descriptive observations of the peculiar, wit, clever dialogue, and a cast of clownish demons play a huge part in this unusual mixture. Even Hell and Satan are more often caricatures of themselves, than truly terrifying. The serious roles are left to a handful of people including, Johannes, his brother Horst, and the late arriving ex-detective Barrows. There are many parts of this story that require this, where soul-stealing is involved, ethics has a lot to say, also, it is in these moments that the characters truly define themselves. Very different, intelligent, and quite good.

Nov 12, 2014

A fantastic fiction with a compelling main character and a great supporting cast. I loved the dark humour and banter between Johannes and his brother. I also found that the emotional development at the end of the story was really spot on. If you like sophisticated characters, a story that holds back the most interesting bits of plot development until the end and tons of loquacious language, you are in for a treat :)

Jun 24, 2014

Kept plugging along looking for wit, insight, anything...
Just a waste of time.

Oct 29, 2013

The writing was clever, sharp and witty. I thought it dragged just a bit in the middle but the writing style kept me tuned in. Dark but fun at the same time.I listened to the audio of this book which was extrememly entertaining.

Sep 11, 2013

Rollicking good fun!

GeoffAbel Jul 23, 2012

Wonderful. Very witty - although it occasionally seems like the author is trying to pack a joke into every line. Basically read Lord Novermber's review below - I feel the same way (barring the favourite part - that's reserved for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)

Aug 14, 2011

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