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The Devil You Know Download Á 0 è The greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil All he wants is twenty years to complete his life’s work After that he really doesn’t careBut the assistant demon assigned to the case has his suspicions because the philosopher is Saloninus–the greatest philosopher yes but also theSpicions because the philosopher is Saloninus–the greatest philosopher yes but also the greatest liar trickster and cheat the world has yet known; the sort of man even the Father of Lies can’t trustHe’s almost certainly up. Review from The Speculative Herald what happens when the greatest philosopher of all time and a representative a demon who works for the Devil strike a deal Who do you think manages to get the better end of that deal That is essentially what The Devil You Know exploresThe philosopher Saloninus is uite well versed at finding loopholes and using manipulation as a means to an end He can find power in words as well as power in the words that are missing and he is not above deception And by the nature of working for the devil you assume that deceit is also a strength of the demon So when the philosopher signs away his eternal soul in exchange for the demon granting his every whim for the remainder of his life restoring his youth and guaranteeing he will live a couple decades the demon is a bit perplexed at the philosophers satisfaction with the contractSurely his eternal soul is worth than some gold and revived youth that will eventually be lost In the timeframe of eternity this deal seems incredibly short sighted and offers the philosopher too little This is the crux of the book Trying to figure out who really got the better deal Saloninus seems awfully pleased perhaps a bit too sure of himself It sets the demon on edge wondering what he has missed and what the philosopher is really up to It is a fun read watching how Saloninus chooses to use his time and his power over the demon Reading the demon’s reaction to this his apprehension that perhaps Saloninus is up to something that he can’t uite figure out is definitely intriguing and entertainingThe book is told from these two POVs both in first person I will say that I at times felt myself stumble a bit as a reader trying to distinguish between the two POVs early in a section after a switch wondering if it was just a switch in scene or a switch in POV It wasn’t a major issue by any means but left me feeling a bit unsteady at times while reading This is really my only complaint with the storyOverall I found The Devil You Know to be a fun and intriguing novella I love speculating character motivations and trying to discern what they are actually up to and there is ample opportunity for that in this

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To something; but whatParker generates a fair degree of suspense an accomplished performance Gary K Wolfe for Locus MagazineAt the Publisher's reuest this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM appli. On the strength of The Last Witness I was ready to pick this up as soon as it came out; I really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of Parker’s other Torcom novella and definitely wanted to read from him The Devil You Know is significantly weaker though; apparently one of the main characters is from another book by Parker Blue and Gold I think knowing that I’d have picked up Blue and Gold first because while the background is easy enough to grasp in this book it might’ve helped in understanding the character and what he wantsThe plot itself is basically Faustian with one of the main characters a philosopher trying to trick the other a devil but in a bureaucratic delegation sort of way he doesn’t have pointy horns and an evil nature out of the whole selling your soul bargain I thought the final solution to that was a bit obvious both as a device in general and in the way it was executed here and the devil surprisingly careless about that one aspect after reading and rereading all the rest It felt a bit like convenient stupidity for plot reasonsThe writing is a bit difficult to follow; unfortunately the two POVs switch freuently but not regularly and you have to guess from context which character is speaking There are a few points where it’s impossible for a paragraph or two to figure out who is even supposed to be speaking making everything rather confusing — especially since I don’t think the devil character has a name and is usually just referred to as ‘he’ ‘him’ etcThat’s all pretty negative though I did enjoy the story the careful set up the bureaucratic version of selling your soul and how all of that was handled It just didn’t catch hold of me in the way that The Last Witness didOriginally posted here

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The Devil You KnowThe greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil All he wants is twenty years to complete his life’s work After that he really doesn’t careBut the assistant demon assigned to the case has his su. One of my Hugo Award nominees novella 2016 In the grand Faustian tradition 'The Devil You Know' takes a familiar tale and gives it a genuinely new twist and a wonderfully wry dose of humor A brilliant and famed philosopher entering his twilight years decides to sell his soul to the devil The particular devil who's sent to collect the contract Hell is apparently uite the bureaucracy happens to be a fan of the philosopher who's known for his atheistic views and his arguments in favor of moral relativity But fan or no knowing the man's history which has involved not a few cons and schemes over the years leads him to believe that there's some trick up his sleeve Why after all would someone especially someone so intelligent risk eternal damnation for just a few years of temporal powerIs it possible to actually outwit the InfernalThis novella deserves to end up on end of year awards listsMany thanks to NetGalley and Tor for the opportunity to read As alwaysmy opinion is solely my own