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The Demonologist
The Demonologist: A Novel | Andrew Pyper
Professor David Ullman is an expert in demonic literature who sees his area of study as one of the imagination, until he accepts a mysterious invitation to Venice and sees his daughter threatened by a demonic entity.
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toofondofbooks
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Panpan

Boring, not scary, confusing plot. Skip it.

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candority
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Panpan

The Demonologist has an intriguing premise – David Ullman, a professor of demonic literature specializing in Milton‘s Paradise Lost, is sent on a whirlwind adventure to save his own daughter from demons. However, the novel is riddled with highly improbable and unbelievable plot points, as well as emotionally flat characters and a rushed ending, leaving me unimpressed. This is my third Andrew Pyper novel, and it may be my last. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterD

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BookishTrish
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We talk a lot about our Best Of Lists. I‘d love to hear which books fell short for you this year.

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rather_be_reading hmmmm...ill come back to this 13mo
RaimeyGallant Good question. This book has much literary merit but is so flawed in protagonist worldview, which said world now knows is shared by the author. 13mo
CarolynM It's an unpopular opinion, but as @Cinfhen knows the book I enjoyed least this year was 13mo
Lola Great question! I had a few disappointments this year. One that really didn‘t work for me was 13mo
Endowarrior21 American Gods just could not get into it I am going to try the Audiobook in 2019. 13mo
Cinfhen Oh, I LOVE this idea!!!! I‘m such a hater....I‘d love to see @shawnmooney list😂😂😘😘😘 and yes I did not love but did not hate the King like @CarolynM but I agree 💯with @Lola about the KH!!! I need to look over my reads... 13mo
Lola @Cinfhen My reading soul sister 😘 13mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! @Lola 👯‍♀️ 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl American Gods and Circe.. DNF either of them. 13mo
Beachesnbooks I ended up hating House of Leaves, which was a huge disappointment 😕 13mo
ShookBelf For me, it would be Slaughterhouse-Five (Finished it but 'meh' ... so it goes) and Lolita (my first bail of 2018). 13mo
shadowspeak17 My lowest rated of the year are Just in Case, Binti: The Night Masquerade, and Seveneves. Seveneves had to be the most disappointing. I expected more from it and jeez that book is thiiiick. At least the other two were short. 🙃 13mo
merelybookish So far no major hate read in 2018 but I did bail on 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Love this post. @RaimeyGallant I bailed so hard on that one! One of my worst this year was this second-in-a-series thriller, what a waste of time, UGH. 13mo
JPeterson Ah, I was so disappointed by Frankenstein in Baghdad. I ended up giving it a higher rating then it deserved, because I wanted to like it more then I did. @merelybookish 13mo
merelybookish @JPeterson I wanted to like it but it just didn't work for me at all. 13mo
RaimeyGallant @ephemeralwaltz It's such a difficult one to critique. She knows how to hide hate in beautiful prose. Fun trick. 13mo
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dixi_e
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One of these is very, very good. 🍻 #localbrews #canlit #currentlyreading #moosemoose #lmpbc

tournevis Not the book... 2y
FantasyChick I agree with @tournevis .....it must be the drink 🍻 2y
BookishTrish I‘m guessing beverage too! 2y
dixi_e It was indeed the IPA! I‘m mailing the book out today.... glad I finally read Pyper and even more glad I did it with you all but, I won‘t be picking up his work any time soon. 2y
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dixi_e
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#moosemoose I‘m so sorry!! I‘m way behind and haven‘t even finished this yet 🙈. @FantasyChick I hope you‘re not 🤬 me out right now. I‘ll have it mailed out early next week. Promise!

FantasyChick Take as much time as you need. No rush! I still haven't the the book back to @tournevis yet because my car is still in the shop so I'm in a similar boat haha 2y
dixi_e Phew! Thank you! Have any of you read Pyper‘s (edited) 2y
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dixi_e
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@BookishTrish look what just arrived! 📬 Too generous as always! I‘m curious to see what this read holds considering the reviews.... 😬😉

(Also: I immediately savoured a ginger chew and they are divine! 😍)
#moosemoose

@FantasyChick I mailed your pkg out today!

BookishTrish Glad everything arrived safe and sound! 2y
tournevis Yéééééé!!!! 2y
FantasyChick Yay!!!! Mine is hitting the post in the next couple days 😉 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! Prof. David Ullman is a leading expert on demon literature, particular "Paradise Lost". A woman appears at his office with an invitation to Venice to witness a "phenomenon". He eventually heads to Venice with his 12-year-old daughter, Tess. At the address given, he finds a man speaking in the voice & words of his dead father. Thus begins a PL-laden quest where failure means losing Tess. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

danibolahood I haven't read this one but I'm interested to hear what you think about it! 2y
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kamoorephoto Ooh no...but you might have to send it to me!! 🤞🏼😽 2y
BookishTrish I JUST finished it for my #moosemoose book club. It was a pan for me. Some passages were very well written but the plotting wasn‘t well done. 2y
Reggie No but I have read this one and it‘s about Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real life couple from The Conjuring. And it is like their memoir which really freaks me out because that stuff is real. @kamoorephoto @BookishTrish @danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz @GatheringBooks @scripturient 2y
GatheringBooks yikes! scary stuff indeed @Reggie @kamoorephoto @BookishTrish @danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz @scripturient - have not read both books, but stacking em now #screamsbymail 2y
Gissy 👍 2y
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BookishTrish
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Panpan

#moosemoose ladies, I love reading with you and am sorry to admit that this one was a hard no for me. Some lines and passages were beautiful, but the plotting just wasn‘t there.

tournevis So far, we agree on this one, I think. 2y
FantasyChick Yup. I was quite disappointed in this one 2y
BookishTrish @dixi_e it‘s in the post! 2y
dixi_e Great? 😬😆 I‘ll keep an eye out for it. 2y
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BookishTrish
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TFW you realize you can‘t read your #moosemoose pick and listen to your #screamsbymail book on audio at the same time. 🤬

tournevis Huhoh. 2y
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BookishTrish
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From #canteven in the morning to #bookhaul in the evening! #moosemoose has arrived and I officially have too many books to read. I‘d better step up my #audiowalk game!

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tournevis
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@BookishTrish I don't have a picture but my husband mailed the book this morning! #lmpbc #moosemoose

BookishTrish How exciting! 2y
BookishTrish Is that wall... turquoise? 2y
tournevis @BookishTrish Why, yes, it is! 2y
BookishTrish Did you pick that photo on purpose because of the book? 2y
tournevis @BookishTrish Not intentionnaly! 2y
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tournevis
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Mehso-so

I'm calling this a YMMV. I did not like it. I liked it less and less as the book went on and it would have been a DNF were it not for the fact that I owed a careful reading to my #MooseMoose teammates. It's a best seller, so my guess is people liked it, so the book must not be for me.

#lmpbc @FantasyChick @BookishTrish @dixi_e

BookishTrish I‘m weirdly looking forward to it 2y
tournevis @BookishTrish I truly hope it works for you. 2y
FantasyChick I felt the same way. I had truly high hopes for this book and was quite disappointed. Hopefully @BookishTrish finds it more enjoyable 😊 2y
tournevis @FantasyChick I could tell where everything was going a good chapter in advance or more, like every time, and after a while I just didn't care anymore. 2y
dixi_e 😳🤞🏻 2y
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tournevis
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1️⃣ 👆😈
2️⃣ 🤷
3️⃣ No. Too many other things to do.
4️⃣ My son's favourite joke of late: Knock, Knock. Who's there? Doctor. Doctor Who.
5️⃣ 👍
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

wanderinglynn 👍🏻😂😂😂 2y
twohectobooks Haha! 😄 2y
tournevis @wanderinglynn @twohectobooks Not bad for an 8yo who's never seen it! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl 👍🤣 2y
JosieG 👏👏👏 I love that joke!! 2y
tracey38 Great joke! 2y
tournevis @tracey38 I'll let him know 2y
CarolynM 😂👍 2y
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tournevis
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I'm more than half way done and I am stopping for a few hours. The book is getting on my nerves. To me, it's a 30-piece puzzle with numbers. It's too easy to predict what will happen next and, so far, I'm batting a 1000. So break. #lmpbc #moosemoose

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tournevis
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1️⃣ Tagged, should finish, or almost, today. Then send it of its #MooseMoose way
2️⃣ Three? Try hundreds!
3️⃣ SF
4️⃣ Rare watercolour pigments
5️⃣ @Jabberwocky
#latenightthoughtswithMisty

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tournevis
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Starting The Demonologist for #MooseMoose #lmpbc and look! They spelled my name right! I first. I swear.

CarolynM Don't you hate having a "difficult" name? Everyone wants to spell (and pronounce) mine as Caroline? 2y
tournevis @CarolynM Well, Isabelle is one of the most common names of my generation and spelled in the most common way, and yet almost every one I meet in Ontario spells it wrong. To make matters worse, my official name is long and hyphenated. Yet the secretaries at uni still spell it wrong after nearly 17 years. So, yeah, 😤😡😠 2y
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tournevis
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Look what was in the mail today! Thank you @FantasyChick I really like the bookmarks! The flags will be useful, too!

Starting next Sunday, I'll be able to read it! Team #MooseMoose, we are getting ready to roll! @dixi_e @BookishTrish

FantasyChick Yay you got it!! I was going to send you something yummy but wasn't sure what to grab 😄 2y
tournevis @FantasyChick Chocolate works every time, FYI. 2y
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FantasyChick
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Mehso-so

Without giving a full review so as not to spoil to it for my #moosemoose friends....DaVinci Code meets Taken meets Legion
Wasn't bad, not great but not bad

BookishTrish I super love The Da Vinci Code for some reason- All of the books in that series so I‘m pretty optimistic. 2y
FantasyChick @BookishTrish I adored The DaVinci code! I really look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on this book. 😊 2y
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FantasyChick
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Laundry on. Chilli in the slow cooker for a comfy supper. Kids still in bed. Time to relax with a coffee and try to finish up my #LMPBC book so I can send 'er out this week. #ILoveSundays #moosemoose @dixi_e @BookishTrish @tournevis

tournevis My book is ready to be mailed to @BookishTrish on Monday! 2y
BookishTrish @tournevis I‘m so excited! 2y
tournevis @BookishTrish I made you a bookmark too! 😊 2y
FantasyChick @tournevis I will be mailing this one out either tomorrow or Tues!!! Whichever day I make to the PO 😊 2y
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FantasyChick
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Bed ☑
Coffee ☑
Book ☑
Comfiest Panda Jammies ever ☑
Movie #ItsCarrieTime
Yup. It's Sunday 👏
#SundaysDoneRight #BooktoFilm #BookandaMovie #VampireWeekend 😉

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FantasyChick
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Ok #LMPBC team, I'm not sure if we picked pen colors yet or if I just forgot (probably the case 😂) but I can't find my pretty pink again (damn kids stealing things) so I'm going in green! 💚
#moosemoose #bookclub #penthieves
@dixi_e @tournevis @BookishTrish

tournevis I'm purple! 2y
dixi_e I‘ll go pink. 2y
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FantasyChick
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Ok Team #MooseMoose (I seriously giggle every time I think of this 😂) I'm going to go with this one! It just keeps staring at me and why not pick a Canadian author! Besides, I've been meaning to read this FOREVER and if I don't get to it now it might end up in my #MountTBRGraveyard 😱
#LMPBC
@BookishTrish @tournevis @dixi_e

tournevis 👍 2y
dixi_e Yeah! Like I said, I‘ve been meaning to read him forever. In fact, ever since he came and spoke at a reading when I was in uni. And that was more than a few years ago.... 🙈 2y
BookishTrish 🎉 2y
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BookishTrish Do you want me to change my pick to something Canadian so we all match. I'm game if you do; I haven't started reading yet @FantasyChick @dixi_e @tournevis 2y
tournevis @BookishTrish Makes no difference to me. @FantasyChick @dixi_e 2y
FantasyChick Oh doesn't matter to me @BookishTrish It was just coincidence this author was Canadian 😊 2y
FantasyChick Haha @dixi_e I feel you! I have been sitting on this book for 3...maybe 4 years? I think it's finally time to get to it. Lol 2y
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ThatManYoLeo
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“Fuck you. You think this is a scene in some indie drama you take my wife to in the Village, some pack of lies the guy at the Times said was so naturalistically performed. But in real life? We‘re bad actors. We‘re slobs who actually hurt. You don‘t feel it, you couldn‘t, but the pain you‘re causing us—causing my family—it‘s destroying our lives, what we have together. What we had” - A.Pyper
And I‘m hooked.
#horror #andrewpyper

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Born.A.Reader
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HippieChickHomeschool
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I've been in Canada all week (my first visit!) and I'm so excited about all the great books by Canadian authors I found!

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Bookgoil
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Omg!!! @That-Bookish-Hiker is amazing! Four books! A book cozy/sleeve! Yummy chocolate! Rocking socks, pins and a journal and that card is too cute as well! Thank you so much!!! #summersolsticebookexchange #summersantagoespostal

CouronneDhiver Those socks! 😍 3y
Bookgoil Thanks to @BookishMarginalia for hosting!!! 3y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💜 Love the socks and the pin! Cool books too! 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker So happy you liked everything! 3y
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Pickpick

Creepy and beautifully written. I was a tad disappointed in the ending, but overall enjoyed it. Four stars.

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JennaAZ
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I'm loving the writing in this book so far...

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JennaAZ
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"Even on the inside I am honestly free of self-pity or frustrated ambition, an atypical state for a tenure-track academic." Heh. Wasn't expecting this to be funny. #ShitAcademicsSay (Picture is unrelated, my dog is just super cute.)

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vivastory
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This book came to my attention when I finished "Night Film." Although not as sprawling as "Night Film," this is an immediately engaging, quick & well-paced work. A scholar who specializes in Milton is offered a mysterious invitation to Venice. He is soon forced to use his knowledge of "Paradise Lost" to confront potentially supernatural threats. Classic literature being used to solve demonic threats is not a new idea, but Pyper handles it well.

BookishMarginalia Great review! 3y
Megabooks Awesome review! 3y
Texreader Sounds good!! 3y
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Leniverse That reminds me, have you read Matthew Pearl's books? The first one is called The Dante Club, (but they're all standalone). No demons, but while the poet Longfellow and friends are working on the first American translation of Dante, strange deaths take place that mirror the circles of hell. 3y
vivastory @Leniverse I'm not familiar with them. They sound interesting. There's also the series that begins with "Murder as a Fine Art." Features Thomas de Quincey solving a murder. I haven't read it either, but I've heard positive reviews 3y
Leniverse I'll need to look that up! The other Matthew Pearl books I have read are "The Poe Shadow", about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Poe's death, and "The Last Dickens", focusing on Dickens' American Tour and his last, unfinished novel. I enjoyed all three books. I think there's at least one more. I should buy that soon. Lol 3y
vivastory @Leniverse Have you read "Drood" by Dan Simmons? It's also about Dickens' final novel 3y
Leniverse I've heard of it, but not read it. You? 3y
vivastory @Leniverse On my TBR (life story) 😀 3y
Leniverse Yes, that's how it goes. 😂 3y
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