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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer | Jonathan L. Howard
A charmingly gothic, fiendishly funny Faustian tale about a brilliant scientist who makes a deal with the Devil, twice. Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time for real. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

I'm having a hard time verbalizing my opinion on this book. Reminiscent of Pratchett, Gaiman, & Adams, I liked this book but . . . something was lacking.

I liked the overall plot, the dark humor, & the characters. But the story never compelled me to read it in one sitting. While I'll probably read the rest of the series, I'm not going to put it at the top of the TBR. It's one of those I'll-get-around-to-reading-it-one-of-these-days books.

emz711 Oh man I loved these. First one was certainly the best though 5mo
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wanderinglynn
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Oh Audible, I try to give you up and then you have a 3 for 2 sale and I cave. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I‘ve started the tagged and it‘s quite amusing. Reminiscent of Pratchett. And the narrator has one of those proper British accents, which makes it that mc much more fun.

SkeletonKey I want to read the Agony and the Ecstasy so badly! 5mo
KathyWheeler I read The Agony and The Ecstasy when I was young — loved it. My husband and I decided to listen to it as our road trip book last year; it was great on audio too. 5mo
wanderinglynn @KathyWheeler I‘ve heard great things about it. 👍🏻 5mo
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Tineke
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This was different from what I usually read. I bought it last year on my birthday after asking for recs on Litsy and a Facebook group. Once I found my favourite place to read ( on the couch, legs drawn up, with a blanket) I started to enjoy it. And the ending left me wanting to read the next book in the series... who was that woman???
TBR since July 1st. 2020; 335 pages.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Another twofer today.

My physical bookshelves are overflowing and I want to Marie Kondo them a bit.
So, I‘m posting #abookaday of my “maybes” and I hope you can help me decide.

Have you read this series? Should I? ❤️ or a hard pass?

Let me know below.

RaeLovesToRead I've read the first one. I gave it 3 stars because it was entertaining. I've described it in my review as "chaotic, but I enjoyed it". I bought the follow up but haven't read it yet. 8mo
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Tineke
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#bookmail. After my last post (here and on FB) I had a big list of recommended reads. I chose a couple that seemed fun, were easy to get and not too expensive. There were so many more books that weren't available I still want to buy. I bought 5 books on Betterworldbooks and Hex at our local bookshop. Looking forward to those books, which are mostly genres I'm not very familiar with, but I basically read almost anything.

Catherine_Willoughby Have you read other Poldark ? Interested in starting them 2y
Catherine_Willoughby Interested in your Beastly review 2y
Tineke @Catherine. I did read the first Poldark. I've enjoyed it and gave it four stars. I can't very well remember the story, but I understood it was well-researched which makes it better in my opinion. By the way: do you mean Beauty? 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oh what a lovely cover for Beauty! 2y
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Jadams1776
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I kicked off the #scarathlon with this book full of necromancy, wagers with the Devil, demons, a carnival, and many sideshow creatures. There is even a “lady” made of latex and lingerie ads. Johannes Cabal is a new favorite.

2 points for #TeamStoker. @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Crazeedi Omng this is sadly true 2y
Texreader Great quote 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Because privilege starts when you are young.

Suet624 Yes it surely does. 2y
janeycanuck Your quotes are always so pretty! Do you use an app? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @janeycanuck : Yes, Typorama. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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WanderingBookaneer
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Current read

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Dogearedcopy
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Mehso-so

There were a couple of nicely written and poignant moments (Ch 6 “In which Cabal Makes an Unplanned Stop and Talks About the War” and the last chapter) but overall the humor wasn‘t dark enough for me. Howard‘s writing style reminds me of Tim Robbins (w/o the sexual prurience) and while presenting interesting ideas, the “quippiness” seemed to be covering for a lack of depth— a lid on a jar if you will.

Patchshank This book has always sounded interesting to me, but I have never heard anything good about it. 3y
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Dogearedcopy
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Not only have I had this in my stacks for years, I strongly suspect that I have more than one copy!

I‘m starting this tonight, the first-in-series about a necromancer who wants his soul *back* from the devil... Looks like morbid fun 😈

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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If ever an animal captured the essence of Johannes Cabal, it‘s Clarence. He even has a little villain beard.

mcipher What a cutie!!! And the beard... 😂 3y
TNbookworm 😻 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I just discovered this and put in a library hold immediately!
For those who‘ve read this, are there other books like this out there in the world that I‘d enjoy and don‘t know about??

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AlaMich
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I saw this in an email from LitFlash, $2.99. I‘ve never run across this book/series, but it sounds like a lot of fun. It had me at “a motley crew of the dead” running a traveling carnival. 🤣

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Flowers
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I am so close to the end but I can‘t bring myself to finish. I have grown to like Johannes.

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gossamerchild
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Swung by a fantastic bookstore while in Denver and picked up a few (cough cough...5) new books for the drive home. This is actually an appropriate match for the biography of Mary Shelley I'm also reading.

I'm always on the hunt for humorous fantasy/supernatural books. It seems like there isn't a whole lot out there. Enjoying this one so far!

#bookhaul #newin #indiebooks #currentlyreading

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IndyHannaJones
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Where my Johannes Cabal people at??? God, I love these books.

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Serende
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From start to finish the book gripped my mind and refused to let go. Characters are all wonderfully written and the prose is excellent. Would 100% recommend.

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timiddrake
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A fun novel with a sarcastic main character and dark humor throughout.

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timiddrake
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Two chapters in and so far I‘m enjoying Johannes and his dry, snarky sense of humor. 😈💀🧟‍♂️🧛🏼‍♂️

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#MountTbrChallenge #OldestTBRbook

I'm not sure if this is my oldest tbr book that I physically own - but it's up there. I've had this since 2009 and for whatever reason haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

One day. 😅

@DivaDiane

TricksyTails 😍 Love the cover! 4y
BookNAround My oldest TBR is Wings of the Dove by Henry James and I‘ve owned it since high school (for time reference, I have two children in college and my baby is in high school himself). Maybe I should get off my butt and tackle it this year! 4y
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DivaDiane Looks fun! My oldest book is 20 years old. I‘ve already started it, but I can‘t carry it around with me, so I forget to read it. (edited) 4y
DivaDiane @BookNAround do it!! You get so much satisfaction!!! 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DivaDiane Oh my goodness. OTHERLAND 🙌. Tad Williams is one of my absolute favorite authors. I understand how you can't carry it around. Tad's books are monsters. Otherland is actually up for a re-read for me this year. Haven't read it since it was first published. I'm so excited to re-visit. 4y
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai and this is a hardcover!! Oh, can we do a buddy read? I think if I had a commitment to read and discuss, then I might manage. I‘m a slow reader though and a polygamous one as well. Would it work for you? 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DivaDiane Heck yeah it would. I didn't have a time frame on when I was going to re-read this series I just knew I wanted it to be 2018. Give me a few days to figure out how I can incorporate this in and we'll talk? 🙌🍻 4y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @DivaDiane The samurai knows of what he speaks! The Otherland books are AMAZING! 4y
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai Perfect! I‘m already about 100 pages in, but it‘s at home and we won‘t be getting home till tomorrow and then, we‘ll, there‘s no rush. Let me know. 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DivaDiane I pulled my hardcover off the shelf...then immediately went and got an e-book version of it. 😅 I already lugged that sucker around with me once before when I first read it. Times have changed...I dont gotta put myself through that again. 🙌 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DivaDiane I'll probably start up this weekend. Maybe even sneak a few pages in before that. #OtherlandBuddyRead 4y
DivaDiane Cool! I think I have to review a little bit. It‘s been a while since I read in it! I‘m getting home tomorrow. Let me know how far you get when you get started. I‘ll do the same. (edited) 4y
DivaDiane Haha! Just read the other post! I know. I think I may have to invest in the ebook. 4y
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GlitcHout
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This book is not one I would typically read, however once I started I cannot put the thing down. There's many moments of the book that disturbs me, but kept me on the edge of my seat continuing to read more. For those who enjoy a happy ending this book is a mix of both happy and disturbing. You're left wondering if good or evil truly one at the end of this book.

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leeseleeseleese
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I'm so excited to read this

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Conservio
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Did someone say scientist trading his soul for necromancy powers? #necromancy #scientist #iwoulddothesame...

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Martta
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Mehso-so

It felt like I just couldn't get into this one at all. I sort of liked the story and the way it was written but it just wasn't working for me. It felt really difficult to read and get into. The style reminded me a little of The Dresden files. #LitsyReadingChallenge

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DGRachel
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Martta
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Book & Lunch before shopping

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Martta
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I really like this description of the demon! Seems to be valid with a lot of demons in literature. 😂

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Martta
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I fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it in the bookstore! I so hope it will be good! This will be my "judge by the cover" for #LitsyReadingChallenge

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tracy_anne8
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I think @DGRachel beat me to it but I'm going to post it anyway because I really like this one 😀 #crazychapterheadings #splashintosummerreads

DGRachel 😂😂I didn't even read them - just posted the TOC from my Kindle because they were so ridiculously long. This one is hysterical. 5y
tracy_anne8 @DGRachel The chapter headings are great in this book! 5y
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DGRachel
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If for no other reason than length, these are #crazychheadings.

From my Kindle #tbr

#splashintosummerreads

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sparrowssavvy
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Absolutely loved this book! So much fun! I always love witty writing and the witty style was reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse and Gail Carriger mixed with Neil Gaiman in my eyes. Whipped right through it and was hard to put down. The storyline was great fun and I can't wait to read the second one!

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sparrowssavvy
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Loving this book so far!

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Amandajoy
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I know I said I wouldn't buy any more books until the #sunmersolsticebookexchange but I was able to hit two of my favorite indie bookstores while I was traveling. So I had to pick up a few things, right? There are a few things in those bags for my #summersantagoespostal buddy. 😊📚

britt_brooke I'm planning to go to Old Firehouse this summer when we visit family in Fort Collins! Went to the Tattered Cover a few years ago. Amazing store! I'm jealous. 😊 5y
ValerieAndBooks Loved Tattered Cover when we lived in Colorado!! 5y
hgrimes What a great name for a bookstore. 5y
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LauraJ
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A fun story with sarcasm dripping from every page
#LitsyAtoZ #H #springcleaningreadathon #mountTBR

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LauraJ
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The Pumpkin is not down with the spring cleaning part of the #readathon
#catsoflitsy

Reviewsbylola Cute! Looks like my boy. 😻 5y
Cinfhen Love that pose 😻 5y
Jinjer Hahaha no books for YOU! 5y
DebinHawaii So cute! 🐱❤️ 5y
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tracy_anne8
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This book is....well different ?. Only in a way that it is not a book I normally read but still loved. It was one of the first that came to mind for #siblings. The whole story revolves around Johannes and his brother who helps him with his "task." #aprilbookshowers

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I found a super battered copy of this at the library today (plus about a dozen more - the hazards of shelving at a library branch that isn't your own) AND doesn't it have exciting chapter headings!

tpixie Great chapter headings! 5y
[DELETED] 1409720085 😍😍😍 5y
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DGRachel
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I registered for the @DeweysReadathon I'm not sure how close to 24 hours of actual reading I'll manage (skipping sleep isn't actually a great idea for chronic migraines), but I'm looking forward to playing along as much as I can. #readathon

Bibliogeekery Chronic migraine solidarity!! 5y
DebinHawaii I finally bit the bullet & registered this afternoon. Not sure how much I'll be able to read but I'm going to try. I'll hope for no migraines for you! 👍 5y
bmsddk Wishing you as migraine-free a day as possible! 5y
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IndyHannaJones
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If you haven't read this book...you need to. It is hilarious, full of wickedness, a bit creepy, and super goofy in places. And the big pay out at the end....when it all comes together...is heartbreaking and tender and will make you go 'Ooooooooooh!'

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IndyHannaJones
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This will be my third time rereading this book. It's wicked good fun and Johannes is...despite his best efforts...quite the lovable antihero. This is the first book in a great series and the next book actually comes out next week. They are perfect for this time of year. Just don't sign anything while reading this unless you check the fine print...

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Grrlbrarian
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When you're having some hellish times, seek out Johannes Cabal. Trust me: his Satan-given mission to steal 100 souls in a year will put your troubles into perspective. 😈 I might be a little jealous of his dark carnival, though!

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BooksAndBrews04
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This was a fun book. Who would think that trying to win your soul back from the devil would be so humorous? The narrator for the audio version was spot on and he really took the dry humor to a whole new level. Highly recommend! ☠👍

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MeganPagan
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"A pale, preternatural glow faintly illuminated the steps, apparently generated by a phosphorescent lichen. It seemed to cover everything in a thin patina, disconcertingly producing a light so dim that his eyes couldn't be sure it was there at all. Like an afterimage seen on the inside of the eyelid,..."

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Nephele
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This book more than lived up to all the recommendations. It is weird and whacky and so clever. I look forward to continuing with the series. #24in48

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Nephele
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Getting a start on this before calling it a night. Only about 40 pages in so far, but loving how weird and wonderful it is. Had heard many good things and it's been on my shelf a while. I seem to be on a roll with this #24in48!

MLRio This is one of my favorites series... It's all brilliant and delightfully weird. 5y
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