Shannon Ryan was kind enough to send me a copy of Minion of Evil. The novella is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Smashwords.
Once again, I wound up reading his work very late at night, after a couple of long days spent dealing with crap I don't want to deal with, so it was nice to be distracted by Ryan's sense of humor.
For some reason, Jonah Hill crept into my head while I was reading and took over the role of Dave. Pre-weight loss Jonah filled the role of younger versions of Dave, while post-weight loss Jonah played current Dave. And, once Jonah accepted the role (in my head), I couldn't shake him. I don't know how I feel about Jonah taking over my delusional little mind.
Minion of Evil by Shannon Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fun read that made me lol. Witty prose, with some bathroom humor thrown in, so that the book doesn't talk down to the audience. The main character, Dave, feels realistic because he's just a normal bloke with little-to-no luck. He has an emotionally abusive girlfriend and a dead end job as a telemarketer... until he loses his soul in a bad trade to his Satan-worshiping boss.
While the mythos present in the book does focus on Christian theology, Ryan draws on themes found throughout several religions (Asian/Norse/Christian), using these similarities to show the ambiguously layered and somewhat twisty nature of evil without being preachy.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, but I look forward to reading more by this author.
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