The Fallible Fiend by L. Sprague De Camp

The odd story of an indentured demon that reminded me a bit of Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis). I picked up this little gem in a used book store and immediately fell into it.

The first half of this small book is entertaining, darkly comedic, and quick. The voice of the author is fantastic oft using archaic wording.

It thickens a little in the middle and muddles around a bit.

We get some vague descriptions of the world in a slightly boring section while a pretty spot on Human commentary plays out.

The rest of the book plods along to it's finale which is as you'd expect.

Pros: Fun idea, ‎early humour, antiquated language, well written, short.

Cons: ‎slows down in the middle

A fun little book that doesn't break any molds. It might make you laugh and De Camp's cant is enjoyable.




I enjoyed you telling me about the drunken politics discussion and the uh...consequences to one person.

The demon looks like a raptor to me on the cover you have, everytime I see it I want to watch Jurassic Park.

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There are some Dino-Rider types ala Nomads of Gor or maybe Wizards

Thinking of the raptors makes me feel saury for them.