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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Demon - A Memoir



Demon – A Memoir is the second book by Tosca Lee that I’ve read and this one was much “darker” than the first.   

I didn’t enjoy it as much as Havah: The Story of Eve, but I will say that Tosca Lee stretches my usual genre of choice and forces me to THINK when I’m reading her books.

This book is about an editor named Clay who is approached by a demon (Lucien). Lucien wants Clay to write his story and keeps showing up at the most unusual times, in various forms.  The first time Clay meets Lucien, they are in a café’ and Lucien is a dark-haired stranger with Mediterranean looks.  This first meeting rattles Clay to the core and he has to force himself to believe he isn’t hallucinating or dreaming.  As they talk, Lucien tells Clay things about himself that no one else knows and Clay feels vulnerable and exposed. Lucien seems to know everything about him – everything.  

At their second meeting, Lucien shows up at a local bookstore where Clay is hiding out to avoid him.  Lucien has the power to mysteriously set up appointments with Clay which show up on Clay’s laptop as a simple “L” – however, no one (including Clay’s secretary) but Clay can see these appointments on his schedule.  Feeling like he’s losing his mind, Clay tests the water to see if he can outsmart Lucien – and ends up rattled again when Lucien shows up as a seductive, beautiful woman. Clay has no idea how Lucien is able to take on these different forms – he’s afraid to ask.  Though Clay is resisting, Lucien tells him he must write his memoir.  Still reeling from his messy divorce, Clay’s assignment from Lucien has the power to drive him to insanity and cost him his job.

When the mysterious “L” shows up in Clay’s appointment book for a third time, Clay takes refuge in a church thinking that Lucien won’t dare enter.  This time Lucien shows up as a casually dressed black man with wiry gray hair and blows Clay’s mind again.  Each of the meetings leave Clay dazed, confused and convinced he’s headed for the psychiatric ward – and at the same time, he is overwhelmingly compelled to write Lucien’s memoir.

Lucien is determined to have his story told – the story of the fall of Satan from heaven and why the fallen angels followed him.   In this book, the suggestion is made that the reason Satan hates humans so much is because God forgave them and did not extend that same forgiveness to Satan or the fallen angels.  This is meant to explain (or suggest an explanation) for the wrath and hatred that Satan and the demons pour out on the human race.

One thing that seems to be consistent with this author, is her notes in the back of her books which explain what inspired her to write each story.  I especially enjoy reading these notes, because they give a lot of insight as to the angle she uses to approach her subject matter and help clarify what she was trying to accomplish.

To learn more about the author visit:  http://www.toscalee.com/

*Her website is one of the coolest I've seen!! *


Publisher's Description

“One day . . . I realized that being angelic and fallen was very similar to being human and fallen—except for one major difference: the provision of a messiah. I immediately wondered what it must feel like to be unquestionably damned—and worse, to watch humans luxuriate in and take for granted the grace made available to them from a doting God. And I thought: Why wouldn’t a fallen angelic creation resent a human recipient of God’s grace? And why wouldn’t a demon want to prove that creature unworthy again and again as a result? Now I knew what it must feel like to be an angelic outsider looking in with jealous eyes and . . . through this new lens Demon: A Memoir was born.” —Tosca Lee

Endorsements:
"So few books rattle me to the core yet lift my hopes to the heavens in the same breath. Tosca Lee's Demon: A Memoir is a rare find that must be read."
Ted Dekker, New York Times best-selling author of the Circle Trilogy

"Wise, imaginative, funny and poetic, this is a book that lingers in memory after you've turned the last page."
Sophy Burnham, New York Times best-selling author of A Book of Angels
"Fresh, yet older than time. Years from now, we may find other books being compared to this one."
Eric Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Fireproof


This Advanced Reader Copy was provided free for review by BH Publishing Group

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