Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: As One Devil to Another by Richard Platt & Book Giveaway

Title: As One Devil to Another
Author: Richard Platt
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date: March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7166-5
Genre: Literature

A “chilling and diabolical tale,” As One Devil to Another follows the apprenticeship of a young demon student, Scardagger, through a series of letters written by the senior devil, Slashreap. Scardagger is assigned to a young female university student who is uncertain of her faith, and his task is to secure her soul for Hell.

Through this correspondence, the author seamlessly sews together truth (or what the demons call “First Principles”) and riveting story. As with many novels, I wanted to read on to see if Scardagger would secure his “client,” and yet, throughout the letters, the many issues of our day – technology, television, sexual mores, university studies, the formation of pride, political correctness – were examined and discussed by this senior demon with soul-piercing accuracy.

The story is contained in a mere 185 pages and scattered throughout are pen-and-ink style drawings which lift the somber mood by adding a touch of whimsy. I found them refreshing; adults like illustrations sometimes, too.

As One Devil to Another is a wonderfully literary examination of the human condition (reminiscent of my English Lit. days!), and yet it is also eerie in its spiritual depth as it assesses today’s culture.

It is stunningly brilliant. Don’t read it too close if you don’t want to see yourself.

Tyndale has provided another book for a book giveaway today! Become a follower of my blog at the top right of the page, and you get one entry in the proverbial hat. If you already are a follower, you already have one entry. You can also leave a comment today (through midnight) on this post, and that earns another entry in the hat. I’ll post the results tomorrow, so be sure to stop back and see if you won!

Thanks, and happy reading!


Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary Advance Reader Copy for the purposes of this review.

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1 comment:

  1. I have never read anything by Richard Platt. Sounds like it would be similar to Screwtape letters. Glad you enjoyed it and excited about a chance to win the giveaway :)


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