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A funny, slightly pretentious, very clever, Faustian story There was no way in hell I wouldn t enjoy this Faust has been one of my favourite books since I read it for my German course in school I loved and still do love it enough that for several years I wanted to get a quote from it tattooed on the outside of my foot and would have done so if not for the three tattoo artists who told me the location is impossible Now I am kinda glad I did not get that tattoo, because WOW that would have been pretentious without end So yes, I enjoyed this book immensely I still get a kick out of the fact that Johannes vampire brother is named Horst which must be THE most unfitting name for a vampire ever especially because Horst is used as the nicest possible way of insulting somebody, at least in the part of Germany where I am from.The premise is brilliantly funny Johannes sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge but now his lack of soul is interfering with his experiments and this just won t do So Cabal takes another wager with the devil always a clever idea if he manages to get 100 people to sign over their souls within one year he can have his soul back It says a lot about Johannes Cabal that this seems like a reasonable request with no moral implications at all So, with the help of one of the devil s own carnivals and his aforementioned brother Horst see, still funny he sets out to win this wager.While the pacing is a bit off in places, I still thoroughly enjoyed this It is cleverly constructed and super funny in places The characters are archetypical enough to please the inner Goethe fan in me, but still human enough to seem real I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series This book turned out to be a delightfully evil tome that retells the Faustian adventure in a clever, dry and imminently British way Add a bit of Bradbury and the evil carnies, a dash of the detective mystery, and a very liberal dose of the classic beating the devil at his own game and we ve got this tale I am pretty much delighted through and through, to tell the truth It reads like the lightest of Urban Fantasies, it has the darkness of the most evil of tales, it has the glimmer of hope and the joys of brotherhood until they turn sour , and it has the most delightfully sinful romp of paperwork in hell that I ve ever see If only all such travels to hell could be so organized and planned PDefinitely a fun read. Jonathan L Howard Is A Game Designer And Scriptwriter Who Has Worked In The Computer Games Industry Since The Early Nineties, Notably Co Scripting The First Three Broken Sword Adventure Games This Is His First Novel He Lives Near Bristol With His Wife And Daughter Johannes Cabal Is A Necromancer Of Some Little Infamy, Who Has Been Digging Up Bodies Without Permission For Several Years Now His First Appearance In Print Was In The Short Story Johannes Cabal And The Blustery Day, Published In The Premier Issue Of HP Lovecraft S Magazine Of Horror Where He Lives Is None Of Your Verdammt Business In a bid to win back his soul, necromancer and scientist Johannes Cabal runs a demonic carnival in order to win the souls of a hundred people to exchange for his own With the help of his vampire brother, can he find one hundred people willing to sell their souls This is one of those books that I m having a hard time verbalizing my opinion on I ll give it a shot, though.The Necromancer is a funny tale about a man trying to win back his soul I found the dark British humor right up my alley Johannes Cabal is a delightful asshole and his relationship with his brother Horst was one of my favorite parts of the book I like the idea of a demonic carnival Who knows where carnies go after they leave your town I m surprised Stephen King hasn t written something about that with his recent carnie obsession.The dialogue is great and, as I said before, I loved the humor and the brothers Cabal The story itself was a little too linear for me The carnival travels for a year and Johannes collects souls That s pretty much it There weren t really any twists until the last 20% of the book and those were a little telegraphed in my opinion.So I guess this book is firmly in 3 territory I liked the characters quite a bit but I was never compelled to take a day off work to read the book in one sitting and I m not sure I ll read the rest of the series. 3ish stars.This is a good, clever, quick genre bender It even has a few laugh out loud moments It s very enjoyable, intelligent and endlessly quotable but a little too light weight for my tastes despite its dark nature with a protagonist who is hard to care about The audiobook performance by Christopher Cazenove really elevates the story and is highly recommended Johannes Cabal is a necromancer He s sold his soul to the devil Now he d like it back There s humor in many varieties, as well as fantasy, lite horror, mystery, some great characters and a wonderful carnie style setting There s no denying it s a good book Why 3 stars and not 4 The pace is a little inconsistent It s a little twee which is funny considering the juxtaposition with the dark subject matter, but not deep enough to become invested in the story itself The protagonist is unlikeable, which is fine, as he s the straight man to a large cast of ridiculous characters carnies, gentlemen, and a smorgasbord of the devil s own creations, as well as a vampire who happens to be Johannes s own noble ish brother, Horst As Johannes says to his brotherWe re supposed to be doing the devil s work and you ve gone and contaminated it all with the whiff of virtue I really don t think you ve quite got the hang of being an agent of evilBut Johannes is also unsympathetic Is he going to fulfill his deal with the devil Eh, I don t care Hopefully not, to be honest So overall, worth a read, but unlikely to end up on any of my favorites lists While this works perfectly well as a standalone, I might eventually read the next book, but I m not in too big of a hurry.Just because, here are some of my favorite quotes Upon introducing the House of Medical Monstrosity within the carnival, Johannes addresses the crowd s insecurities by assuring them they pale in comparison to the grotesque creatures in the house So say the carnival goers A crowd was growing A young woman nervously held up her hand III have freckles Cabal gestured fiercely over his shoulder with his thumb We have the Dalmatian Boy Next A man called I have a bit of an overbite Then gaze in delighted wonder upon the Human Shark Next My nose is a little too pert, said an almost stereotypical blond woman on the arm of a wealthy man It can t be as pert as Simone Sans Nez the Noseless Girl s Next I m ginger, called a teenage boy So you are Yes, my friends The house of Medical MonstrosityAnd these police notices about escaped convicts Leslie Coleridge, The Part time Children s Entertainer of Death Approach with caution If Coleridge offers to make a sausage dog out of balloons, call for immediate assistance Joseph Grant Osbourne, The Unnecessarily Rude Poisoner Of limited threat, but officers should take nothing he says personally.Gideon Gabriel Lucas, The Bible Basher Only dangerous to individuals with the surname Bible Frederick Gallagher, The Brides in the Inflammable Electrified Acid Bath Murderer Limited threat Kills only for insurance money Is prone to overplanning Oliver Tiller, The Rhyming Killer Ex army munitions officer with expertise in booby traps While pursing Tiller, officers should beware rakes by lakes, toads in roads, and hares on stairs Esplanades are to be avoided entirely.Alvin Simpson, file missing Assumed dangerous Probably. There weren t very many laugh out loud moments for me in Jonathan Howard s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, but this dark comedy put a smile on my face during big parts of the book Characters, such as Johannes Cabal and his vampiric brother Horst are presented with a light touch even though Cabal s goal is to gather 100 souls for Satan so he can get his own soul back There is no real new ground broken here, unless you count demons running a carnival as a twist, but it was an amusing and well written read with lots of really good dialogue 3.5 stars. Edit after re read Wile I enjoyed this book immensely both first and second time around it doesn t showcase quality of the rest of the series It s from second book that writting becomespolished, everything clicks this becomes one of my all time favorite series.Original review Somewhere between 4 and 5 stars but little closer to 4.Writing style and humor reminds of Terry Pratchett but with lot darker tone Humor here is dark and our protagonist isn t a hero or even anti hero Johannes Cabal is straight up villain and horrible person with flashes of redeemable qualities now and then which made him intriguing and interesting to me.This book follows his funny misadventures in trying to sign 100 souls to devil in order to get his soul back Like Discworld messes around with fantasy this book messes with late Gothic and early modern horror genre I m not expert in those genre but I recognized references and nods to Lovecraft, Blake, M.R James, Marry Shelley and some others One thing thing this book differs from Discworld are story and characters who are done inserious manner and I know lot of people who will prefer it that way although this book lacked those moments of pure brilliance Discworld has.In the end if you like your humor dark and don t mind or even prefer protagonist who is heartless bastard than this isn t a book you should miss. The darkest souls are not those which choose to exist within the hell of the abyss, but those which choose to break free from the abyss and move silently among us Although the above quote is from the movie Halloween, it sums up this book almost perfectly Because even though The Necromancer may at first dazzle readers with its sharp wit and cleverness, it has a dark heart, mostly due to its eponymous leading man, Johannes Cabal.Cabal has a problem, you see A while ago, he sold his soul to Satan and now Well, he s having second thoughts The only thing to do is take a brief journey to hell and strike up a bargain with none other than Lucifer himself in return for his soul, Cabal must convince 100 other people to sign their souls to eternal damnation If he fails, though, Satan gets the souls he s collected, as well as Cabal s soul and his life And so, with the aid of a dark carnival, his brother a delightfully charismatic vampire with strong morals , a small faculty of the undead, some freaks, and his own calculating intellect, Cabal sets off to triumph or fail but whatever happens, he will have given it his damnedest.Alright, now that the synopsis is over with, I can finally dish about all of the things I loved in this book He spent an undignified few moments trying to get over the fact that he was no longer in Hell, wheeling on the spot like somebody who has walked into the wrong toilets When he finally deduced that he had been unceremoniously translocated, he marked the revelation with a filthy curse in a language that had been dead eight thousand years, so managing to be amazingly erudite and amazingly uncouth in the selfsame instant.Firstly, Johannes Cabal himself Where do I even begin This book is very much a character study of Cabal his darkness, his soullessness, his arrogance, his desperation, and the tiny flickers of compassion and humanity that he tries his very best to hide from the world Much of his background is murky we know practically nothing of his past, or what he did on a daily basis before selling his soul And that s the least of the enigma that is Johannes As the carnival travels across England, stealing souls and leaving mayhem in its wake, we spend a lot of time inside his mind we watch him struggle and rage, scheme and trick, steal and swindle We watch him kill, and spare lives We root for him and curse him in the same breath And that, I think, is what a great character is supposed to be complex, neither wholly good nor wholly bad, with motivations that are difficult to piece together and never clean cut Great characters are ones that you can relate to and empathise with despite their outlandish circumstances They remind us of ourselves and our own struggles, and they make us doubt both their own actions and ours Oh, Johannes, it moaned in exasperation You utter idiot This is to get your soul back, isn t it Don t you know anything You can t beat him He only bets on certainties So people keep telling me, replied Cabal, growing exasperated himself Well, I say people, but that s a fairly loose term I need my soul back That s not open to negotiation I took the only deal he would offer Take it or leave it I took it Perhaps he can t be beaten I don t know, nor shall I until I give this the best I can And if I fail, it won t be through lack of will or defeatism setting in I ll be able to look Satan in the eye and say, I did my best, and it came pretty close And while you just sat down here on your fat, sulphuric arse, I stretched for the impossible, so don t imagine for a moment that this is your victory, you smug, infernal bastard He stopped, breathing heavily.Cabal actually reminded me quite a bit of myself, which was slightly scary No, I don t coldly murder people, and I would know better than to sell my soul to the devil, and I don t believe I m quite as narcissistic or bitter as Cabal But some of his traits the discomfort around people, the way he sometimes unknowingly hurts people by stating facts, his biting snark, the way most people thinks he feels nothing at all, the ruthless, stop at nothing until you understand how it works sort of curiosity that s incredibly similar to myself And that s precisely why Johannes Cabal is such a masterpiece of a character he s a snarky little bastard, neither hero nor villain, and even when you hate him viciously for being so obtuse or cold or just plain mean, you see enough of yourself in his darkness that you can never write him off completely.Also, HORST Horst is Johannes estranged brother who also happens to be a vampire, and a rather charming one at that Cabal recruits his help in running the carnival which is entrusted to him by Satan for the purpose of stealing souls because he realises that for all his knowledge, Cabal is pretty useless in the actual person to person advertising and entertainment aspects of running a travelling carnival Horst is what s known as a foil in the literary world that is, a character that contrasts another character, highlighting certain aspects of them that wouldn t be seen otherwise In this case, Horst s morality and easy charm are a sharp contrast to Cabal s amorality and general misanthropy The relationship between the two brothers was really touching at times, and most of the time I was shouting, Just stop being assholes and say you love each other, dammit Needless to say, view spoiler Horst s death absolutely crushed me Especially since Johannes was indirectly responsible and because it got me wondering if getting out of his deal scot free was a blessing or a curse for Cabal Because although it may first seem like a triumph outwitting Satan and all that the ending leaves us with a Johannes Cabal that feels decidedly tragic,broken than he was in the beginning despite his gain of a soul hide spoiler June 24, 2019 only 4.99 today Woohoo Time to Bring Back the Dead Buddy Read WTtBBtDBR with the MacHalo Necromaniacs The thing you are about to read is as crappy as the book it hopelessly tries to non review is fantastic Consider your little selves warned and stuff.There s a slight chance this book might or might not be the mostest funniest one I have read in the entirety of this entire year Maybe Perhaps Also, I m fairly almost certain I haven t come across such a joyously delightful mix of Fantasy, dark comedy, delicious British humor, and Weird Wacky Stuff at any time in the last nine months, so there s a good possibility this book might actually be one of my top ten favorite reads of 1956 2018 Mayhap.The Necromancer is a heart warming little tale that tells the story of one Johannes Cabal this in case you are evenclueless than the average Clueless Barnacle quite a feat, that and sort of missed the name of this series , an absolutely charming, compassionate guy who happens to be a, um, you know, necromancer and stuff At the beginning of the story, our chum Johannes finds himself in a bit of a predicament He channeled his inner Faust and sold his soul to the Devil a while back, you see, and now he wants it back he kinda sorta needs it for his research and stuff So what does Johannes do Why he decides to go and have a little chat with his good old mate Satan of course You are so hot, Your Mephistopheleciousness I think I m in lurve So Cabal goes on a little field trip to bureaucracy hell the nether world, talks to the Evil Prince of Evilness, gets ripped off makes a deal, and goes his merry way embarks upon a nefarious mission to bring Hell s head honcho one hundred souls in a year No biggie and stuff I mean, how hard can it be to get one hundred puny humans to fill in and sign Voluntary Damnation Form EAGH 1 Especially when you ve been lent a Dark Carnival Type Thingie DCTT to help you in your villainous endeavor by His Satanic Luciferiness, no less And have the help of both your vampire brother and a most colorful crew of slightly demonic undead freaky types Piece of cake, methinks What happens next, you ask Well The Cabal Brothers Carnival of Wonders takes to the road and spoiler spoiler spoiler ensues So does much hilarity Well hilarity ensues for those equipped with Flawless Sense of the Absurdly Comical and Comically Absurd FSotACaCA , anyway A quality our friend Johannes seems to have been born without, I m afraid He totally fails to appreciate how inanely ludicrous his current predicament is, and is as utterly unflappable as an anemic gastropod at a Barnacles Chitons circus show I mean, Cabal s brother himself thinks the guy isas much fun as a leper at an orgy,which is saying something But hey, it s not all bad He has tons of redeeming qualities and stuff he can be magnificently obtuse, has a black, withered heart just like me Yay , and is sarcastic as shrimp Also, he has fished up morals, a thing for shooting people in the back, and isn t entirely loathe to smashing people s brains out with a croquet mallet swoons Also also, his smile makes milk churn and doubles as an offensive weapon Now that s what I call High Security Harem Potential Now I d love to tell youabout the story, but spoiler spoiler spoiler as I may or may not have mentioned before , so I won t You are quite welcome, de nada, my pleasure and stuff Anyway, what I can indeed tell you is that beware, for it s quick maths time Howard s witty, unique writing style intriguing, original plot yummy characterization High Quality Snorting HQS offensive, recalcitrant fortune telling machines Ragtag Slyboots, Despoiler of Milk and Entangler of Shoelaces surprisingly resilient babies a chanting army of lunatics Infernal Regions Local Authority Hades Provisional Admission Application form AAAA 342 very perlite stuff criminally insane fairies GOST TRANES and TUNELS OF FEER and Rabits of TEROR, oh my Sartre s old buddy Arthur Trubshaw ancient expletives involving sexual congress between extinct tribes and extinct species don t ask prison escapees mesmerised if a little unhygienic women littering up the carnival grounds most hilariously amazing kid POV ever friendly vicars and law abiding postmen shudders super extra cool footnotes pathetic schemes that do as much damage as a convent full of possessed nuns priceless police bulletins Rock, scissors, paper, dynamite, punch Dennis in the face being belaboured with fourteenth century battle axes I Lie Diplomatically About Your Weight machines let s dance and stuff, fellow necromaniacs And the moral of this Johannes Cabal You Are One Slightly Heartless and Somewhat Cold Son of a Shrimp But I Still Lurves You and Stuff Crappy Non Review JCYAOSHaSCSoaSBISLYaSCNR is FABULOSOwaves at Elena and Timothy Book 0.5 Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day Book 0.75 Exeunt Demon King Book 2 The Detective Book 2.5 The Ereshkigal Working Book 3 The Fear Institute Book 3.1 The House of Gears Book 3.2 The Death of Me Book 3.3 Ouroboros Ouzo Book 4 The Brothers Cabal Pre review nonsense As Johannes Cabal s good old pal Satan would say dark stuff weird stuff HAHAHAHA stuff Full review to come. I loved this book.I loved its weird characters.I loved Johannes Cabal even at his worst I should be worried, I knowImage source I loved the beginning, the plot, the ending I would admit that Johannes Cabal is an acquired taste There are things here that might make some people squirm not in a good way, but there are those too and make them feel uncomfortable at best, horrified at worst The first half of the book is a bit lighter than the second If you thought Something Wicked This Way Comes was too tame, The Necromancer and its protagonist will not disappoint you If Terry Pratchett wrotemorbid and horrifying stories, you would probably get this book Also, there are so many moments that reminded me of Monty Python s Flying Circus And we all know how morbid they could getI m being belaboured with a fourteenth century battleaxe What are the odds, ehI loved it.Johannes Cabal wants his soul back because he thinks his soulless state is messing up his research You know he is trying to cure death, but you only get a vague idea of the reason The Necromancer is about his bet with Satan He would get a carnival train and whatever help he can conjure up to use for one year to get a hundred souls in exchange for his own The rest is the carnival journey, collecting the souls and a couple of stories within a story for good measure Speaking of things that might make you squirm in a good way this time , there is Horst I ll just leave it at that If I tried really hard, I could find a couple of things to nit pick but the fact that I didn t want to finish this book I made myself read the last couple of pages really, really slow speaks for itself.If you enjoy dark comedy and biting humour, then this book is for you.