« Mini-Tale: Alternate Ending | Main | Mini-Tale: Grandma's Story »
Sunday
Mar132011

Shotgun Review: The Book of Joby

God and Lucifer once again enter into a bet in which the devil tries to sway a pure soul to join him.  Their “contender” is Joby Peterson, a boy who must grow up with all the forces of hell bent on corrupting him. 

 

  • The Book of Joby is a sweeping first novel, that covers everything from The Bible to Arthurian legends to flaws in the public school system.
  • The cast of characters includes demons, angels, wizards and school children.  While some of the protagonists can be a little too perfect, Mr. Ferrari does an impressive job of giving them all distinct personalities.
  • This book is one of the few examples where God is a complex character.  A being of perfect goodness is seldom interesting in fiction, but this is a version of the Great Creator readers will relate to.
  • On the other hand, the devil is something of a disappointment.  Lucifer can often be very intriguing in fiction (such as Paradise Lost and The Sandman).  However in the The Book of Joby he comes off as being a whiney supervillain.
  • This Leads me into my major qualm with the novel.  For a character who has all the legions of hell against him, Joby gets off pretty easy.  Sure, he has girl troubles and can’t keep a job, but the book never reaches the absolute level of rock bottom I was expecting, especially from an author with such an obviously vivid imagination. 
  • Despite some flaws, this is still an impressive and surprisingly addictive first novel.  And from what I have read on GoodReads.com it has been enjoyed by both believers and nonbelievers alike. 



References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    npqASAlz Zolpidem
  • Response
    Response: columbus burgers
    Wilderness - Journal - Shotgun Review: The Book of Joby

Reader Comments (1)

You have, of course, read Good Omens by Gaiman, yes?

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYer Cousin

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>