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BOOK REVIEW: A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard May 1, 2015

A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard

Jonathan L. Howard, that is to say, Johannes Cabal, is at his best when in Hell. The literal Hell, not the figurative one. “A Long Spoon,” a short story companion to the Johannes Cabal book series, might be my favorite Cabal adventure yet. (An aside: is Cabal pronounced cuh-BAHL, COB-bull, or CAY-bull?) In this story, our favorite necromancer calls up a Devil (not to be confused with a Demon) to be his tour guide through Hell to search for a certain something to be found in Pandaemonium. I read this on my Kindle (that may be the only way to read it) and ended up highlighting most of it. Howard is truly a genius when it comes to clever turns of phrase, the likes of which you will never ever see anything like anywhere else. An example? “’Impossible!’ cried Luan Da, a silly sort of thing for an immortal eunuch living in Hell’s abandoned parliament to say.” Another? “Back in the days when he was full of pep and his shelf-load of management books were shiny and new, Satan had created Pandaemonium.” I could list them all, but I’d end up recreating the entire story for you, and that would probably violate copyright laws somehow.

Lest you think it is all silly and vaguely Monty-Python-esque (not that such would be a bad thing) do not fear – Howard makes you question the inherent goodness and evil of things, and blurs your moral lines in a very thoughtful way. Read this story. For ninety-nine cents and as much time as an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you can’t possibly go wrong.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard

4 Comments

  1. Strabo

    Since he is German it would be cA (like you say the first two letters of car) baal (like the deity)

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  2. Lori Duff

    Thanks! This has been a longstanding argument in my house.

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  3. Mary Thornburg

    Ordered the Kindle short read on the strength of your review. You write GREAT reviews, Lori!

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    • Lori Duff

      Thanks so much! I am a voracious reader, and I only review what inspires me to share with others. Let me know what you thought of it!

      Reply

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BOOK REVIEW: A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard

4 Comments

  1. Strabo

    Since he is German it would be cA (like you say the first two letters of car) baal (like the deity)

    Reply

  2. Lori Duff

    Thanks! This has been a longstanding argument in my house.

    Reply

  3. Mary Thornburg

    Ordered the Kindle short read on the strength of your review. You write GREAT reviews, Lori!

    Reply

    • Lori Duff

      Thanks so much! I am a voracious reader, and I only review what inspires me to share with others. Let me know what you thought of it!

      Reply

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Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side.  Her latest book, "If You Did What I Asked in the First Place" was a number one Amazon Hot New Release in the Fall of 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here.

BOOK REVIEW: A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard May 1, 2015

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