Johannes Cabal the Necromancer: Johannes Cabal Series, Book 1
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Howard, J. L. (2009). Johannes Cabal the Necromancer: Johannes Cabal Series, Book 1. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Howard, Jonathan L. 2009. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer: Johannes Cabal Series, Book 1. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
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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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      • source: Tucson Citizen
      • content: "Witty, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining, this rollicking Faustian adventure grabs the reader and holds him until the very last page."
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      • source: Denver Post
      • content: "The spot-on work of a talented writer."
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      • source: San Diego Union-Tribune
      • content: "Howard makes it look easy to paint a soul-stealing murdering necromancer as a sympathetic character; that, folks, is worth the price of admission. Step right up!"
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      • source: Fangoria
      • content: "For anyone whose taste edges towards the intelligent and macabre, this book is a gift."
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      • source: The Free-lance Star
      • content: "Amusing and clever."
      • premium: False
      • source: Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child
      • content: "Populated with some of the most creative, and odd, characters to be found . . . hysterical and fascinating."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "A delightfully wicked and inventive story."
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      • source: Elle Newmark, author of The Book of Unholy Mischief
      • content: "Cross Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Gregory Maguire's Wicked, and you have this witty and sometimes touching debut novel in the Faustian tradition."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        May 4, 2009
        When Johannes Cabal, a haughty sorcerer, finds that the absence of a soul is an impediment to his occult studies, he strikes a bargain with Satan in British author Howard's darkly funny debut: in one year's time he'll deliver the bartered souls of 100 unfortunates so that he might repossess his own. Cabal and his vampire brother, Horst, mount a traveling carnival to scour the countryside for men and women desperate enough to consign their souls to an infernal eternity for whatever will relieve their misery of the moment. Cabal proves marginally competent but maximally amusing in his dealings with a competing necromancer, an asylum of escaped lunatics and a staff of slowly decomposing carnies conjured from the dead. Howard capably synthesizes two classic themes of macabre fiction—the pact with the devil and the dark carnival—but the book's episodic structure and unconvincing ending betray it as a freshman effort. Still, Howard's ear for witty banter and his skill at rendering black comedy bode well for the future.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        June 1, 2009
        Ham-fisted debut tries to get laughs from damnation.

        Years ago Johannes Cabal sold his soul to the devil in exchange for becoming a necromancer, hence acquiring the ability to raise the dead. Now his time is up, and Satan would like to reclaim his own. But wait a minute—you know how these things work. At the very gates of hell, facing a damnable stack of forms to fill out, Cabal strikes yet another deal with the devil: He's off the hook if he can get 100 souls to sign on the dotted line and turn themselves over to Satan within a year. Because this ratio seems favorable to the devil, he agrees to the new bargain. It turns out that hell is perhaps bureaucracy run amok, because each putative condemned soul (aka"damnee") needs to sign a Voluntary Damnation Form. Assisted by his necrotic and neurotic brother Horst, and despite being warned that Satan only bets on a sure thing, Johannes"borrows" the devil's Carnival of Discord ("dedicated to taking the souls of the unwary") and begins a merry romp over a strange landscape. Problems abound, of course, provoking Johannes' anger and frustration. At one point he tells a co-worker,"You were a waste of protein when you were alive, and now you're dead you're denying some tree sustenance." The Carnival has all the trappings of sleaziness one would expect, including the aptly named Madame Destiny and dolls that sensuously come to life. As time grows short, Johannes begins to wonder whether he'll make his quota. Finally, of course, it all comes down to one soul to sign and a few more hours to go.

        The genuinely funny moments seem to crop up almost by accident—and ultimately few readers will care.

        (COPYRIGHT (2009) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        June 1, 2009
        British scientist Johannes Cabal has sold his soul to the Devil in order to learn the secret of life and death through the art of necromancy but now regrets the price he paid. Satan, being bored, agrees to a deal: if Johannes can get 100 people to sign contracts assigning their souls to him, he will return Johannes's. Accepting the bargain, our hero is given one year's time and a traveling carnival to recruit those to be damned. He enlists the help of his older brother Horst, along with many an emanation of Hell, and a great deal of mischief ensues. Tension mounts as time grows short on Johannes's quest, and much is left to the last to tell. But much is also left untold; Johannes Cabal's duel with the Devil may not be the last we hear from him, and that is fine, for Johannes is a compelling character. VERDICT Cross Susannah Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" with Gregory Maguire's "Wicked", and you have this witty and sometimes touching debut novel in the Faustian tradition. This will appeal to both fantasy and horror fans and readers who enjoy imaginative reinterpretations of fables, myths, and fairy tales, but it's humorous rather than frightening.Nancy H. Fontaine, Dartmouth Coll, Lib., Hanover, NH

        Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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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