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The Devil You Know

Author: 

K.J. Parker

The most famous philosopher in the world wants to sell his soul to buy 20 more years for his work, and the demon sent to complete the transaction is suspicious that he's trying to pull a trick of some sort. But what? The "mystery" aspect of the plot is fun, and the fantasy world in which the action is set is interesting (particularly for the glimpses of the bureaucracy of Hell...) but the real joy in this novella is the character of the demon and what the attempt to understand the philosopher's motives does to him.

Favorite Thing: 
The character of the demon
The Devil You Know
Book Length: 
Short
Part of Series: 
Short story/novella related to a series of long books
Stand Alone: 
Yes
Stickiness: 
Moderate
Disclosures: 
None