Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Book - 2009
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Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is obsessed with raising the dead. Tormented by a dark and harrowing secret, he travels to the fiery pits of hell to retrieve his soul, long ago sold to the Devil. Satan, incredibly bored and hungry for a challenge, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will lose his forever. To keep things interesting, he generously throws in a traveling carnival to help Johannes collect on the bargain. With little time to lose, Johannes raises a crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire, to be his right-hand man. Once on the road, Johannes and his troupe of reprobates cause mayhem at every stop. But are his tricks enough to beat the Devil at his own game? Combining the chills and thrills of old-fashioned gothic tales, the rollicking humor ofWicked, and the sophisticated charms ofJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, JOHANNES CABAL THE NECROMANCER turns the oldest tale in the world into a fresh and irresistible adventure.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385528085
0385528086
Branch Call Number: FIC Howar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 291 p. :,ill
Alternative Title: Necromancer

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rugolin
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.

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mrudy16
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.

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blennetr
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 :)

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johnsnowden
Jun 24, 2014

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

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becker
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.

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paperclypse2
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)

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AndrewL
Aug 14, 2011

liked it

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Lord_November
Jan 31, 2010

A amazingly humorous, but at the same time, extremely dark book. I fully recommend Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer to anyone looking for a break from the normal and boring. It's an extremely entertaining, thought-provoking read that has remained firmly as my most favorite book for the past year or two. I can't see that changing in the next couple of years either!

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mrudy16
Oct 27, 2015

mrudy16 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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