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They came in twos and threes, dressed in the fashionable Disney costumes of the year, Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, or in the costumes of televised superheroes, Protean, shape–shifting, thus arrayed, in twos and threes, complaining it was too hot with the mask on, Hey, I'm really hot!, lugging those orange plastic buckets, bartering, haggling with one another, Gimme your Smarties, please as their parents tarried behind, grownups following after, grownups bantering about the schools, or about movies, about local sports, about their marriages, about the difficulties of long marriages, kids sprinting up the next driveway, kids decked out as demons or superheroes or dinosaurs or as advertisements for our multinational entertainment providers, beating back the restless souls of the dead, in search of sweets...

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chandana, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by chandana)
It seems such a long time since I hadn't been challenged as a reader. Maybe it's just me (I'm a hopeless word nerd) but I tend to receive a rush of excitement akin to an electrical jolt whenever a writer uses "le mot juste", a word or phrase pregnant with the exact meaning he wants to convey no matter how rare or obscure its usage. Demonology abounds with these little definition-seeking expeditions (thank goodness for my e-reader's embedded dictionary). Not only have I developed a crush on the author's wordsmith skills but I have discovered in Rick Moody a master story teller as well.
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Moody, Rick
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Product details 320 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316592109 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Accomplished, fearless short stories that examine the exchange of energy between language and loss; inhabited mostly by young people whose heads are smarter than their hearts, and illuminated, sometimes, by barrages of emotional and rhetorical fireworks."
"Review" by , "Rick Moody is one of those writers you can't ignore because you don't know what he'll come up with next....Yes, on the surface it's Moody's daring and talent that exhilarate us, but on a deeper level we recognize the effort his people make to memorize their losses, to somehow keep alive what can't be saved, to placate their demons."
"Review" by , "By turns terrifying and wickedly funny....A delightfully quirky collection."
"Review" by , "Demonology, both the story and the collection, is a shriek of pain, a rending of garments, a howl....It seems totally beside the point to ask whether these stories are good, or bad, or entertaining. They're overwhelming. For me, the appropriate response to a book like this is an answering cry, a matching confession."
"Review" by , "Mr. Moody at his best."
"Review" by , "A writer of tremendous virtuosity."
"Review" by , "...further scrutiny reveals [Moody's words] are also as well-chosen as the syllables in a sonnet..."
"Review" by , "...displays Moody's uncanny ability to perforate the surface of the seemingly ordinary lives of his characters. In doing so, he creates extraordinary work."
"Review" by , "Sending wry, heartbroken characters across the slightly tilted landscapes of his fiction..."
"Review" by , "...admirably evokes the grace concealed within petty routines...and the generosity of spirit detectable within our facile and feeling-challenged age."
"Review" by , "Demonology is a fine introduction to one of the better writers working today."
"Synopsis" by , In Demonology Rick Moody writes with equal force about the blithe energies of youth ("Boys") and the rueful onset of middle age ("Hawaiian Night"), about midwestern optimists ("The Double Zero") and West Coast strategists ("On the Carousel"), about visionary exhilaration ("Forecast from the Retail Desk") and delusional catharsis ("Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13").

This exuberantly praised collection, full of deep feeling and stunningly beautiful language, firmly establishes Rick Moody as one of the leading literary voices of his generation.

"Synopsis" by , Rick Moody's novels have earned him a reputation as a "breathtaking" writer (The New York Times) and "a writer of immense gifts" (The San Francisco Examiner). His remarkable short stories have led both the New Yorker and Harpers to single him out as one of the most original and admired voices in a generation.

These stories are abundant proof of Rick Moody's grace as a stylist and a shaper of interior lives. He writes with equal force about the blithe energies of youth ("Boys") and the rueful onset of middle age ("Hawaiian Night"), about Midwestern optimists ("Double Zero") and West coast strategists ("Baggage Carousel"), about visionary exhilaration ("Forecast from the Retail Desk") and delusional catharsis ("Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13.") The astounding title story, which has already been reprinted in four different anthologies, is a masterpiece of remembrance and thwarted love.

Full of deep feeling and stunningly beautiful language, the stories in Demonology offer the deepest pleasures that fiction can afford.

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