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Is 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.. 3ish starsThis is a good clever uick genre bender It even has a few laugh out loud moments It s very enjoyable intelligent and endlessly uotable 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 recommendedJohannes 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 brother We 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 uite got the hang of being an agent of evil But 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 hurryJust because here are some of my favorite uotesUpon introducing the House of Medical Monstrosity within the carnival Johannes addresses the crowd s insecurities by assuring them they pale in comparison to the grotesue creatures in the house So say the carnival goers A crowd was growing A young woman nervously held up her hand III have frecklesCabal gestured fiercely over his shoulder with his thumb We have the Dalmatian Boy NextA man called I have a bit of an overbiteThen gaze in delighted wonder upon the Human Shark NextMy nose is a little too pert said an almost stereotypical blond woman on the arm of a wealthy manIt can t be as pert as Simone Sans Nez the Noseless Girl s NextI m ginger called a teenage boySo you are Yes my friends The house of Medical Monstrosity And 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 personallyGideon 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 entirelyAlvin Simpson file missing Assumed dangerous Probably

review Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Rst novel Johannes Cabal EpubHe 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 H. 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 soulsThis is one of those books that I m having a hard time verbalizing my opinion on I ll give it a shot thoughThe 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 obsessionThe 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 opinionSo I guess this book is firmly in 3 territory I liked the characters uite 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

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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 fi. Alternate title Something Wicked This Way Comes the Carnie Version Johannes Cabal is sorely vexed Some time ago he traded his soul to the Devil as it was proving an impediment in his studies of necromancy Alas he acted too hastily after much research he s realized that his soul is needed for his research to be have meaning He might also have an ulterior motive The epitome of the logistician the obsessive scientist Cabal is a hysterical straight man to the absurd humor of those around him As his brother mocks him For tonight only Horst held his hands up to an imaginary sign Thrown out of the Best universities excommunicated from all the most popular religions and many of the obscure ones fresh from his recent engagement in Hell we present Johannes Cabal Necromancer Toot toot toot He mimed blowing trumpets You re a constant font of hilarity aren t you said Cabal unsmiling And I ll have you know that I was never ever thrown out of my universities I always left of my own accord To regain his soul Cabal makes a second deal with Satan bring him exactly one hundred souls in a year s time and Cabal will get his own back Hell Satan s feeling generous enough to lend him a Dark Carnival that never uite made it into circulation Or is he After all Cabal just suggested Satan apologize to God for his pride Despite that Cabal is insightful enough to realize he needs someone who understands human nature He seeks out his brother Horst a being with a few unsavory habits but a surprisingly strong ethical code We 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 uite got the hang of being an agent of evil I enjoy Johannes Cabal s voice Howard hits the perfect note satisfying the little scientist in me as well as the artist in me annoyed by the scientific worldview with both sides appreciating the humor from Cabal s straight edged approach Frankly I also empathize just the littlest bit with his misanthropy the huddled masses who fail to appreciate the pursuit of science An idea started to crystallize It might not work of course and there was always the possibility that he might have to upset or hurt a few of these excuses for people So it wasn t all bad news Plotting is relatively straightforward much like Something Wicked only becoming complicated at the end Like all folktales what the reader ultimately wants to know is if Cabal was able to escape the Devil s Bargain so the majority of the tale centers on collecting souls while the reader anticipates the outcome In the meantime the journey the carnival takes through the towns and the details of the carnival entertain There s also some interesting character development or lack thereof that elevates it beyond simple farce Midway through there are a couple sections that are done in epistolary form by various people A police blotter proves surprisingly funny The last letter is perhaps a little jarring to the narrative and takes it the most off trackThe ending is a perfect capstone A bit of an emotional roller coaster it ends with a satisfactory and narrative consistent confrontation I admire Howard for reaching for something a little complex I d recommend this to fans of Something Wicked perhaps to Pratchett fans fans of A Lee Martinezand people who might like their humor a little dark but with solid ethics I think you have to enjoy the word play have a dark sense of humor but not dark enough to want bloodshed and violence Meanwhile I ll be looking forward to continuing the series


10 thoughts on “Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

  1. says:

    Alternate title Something Wicked This Way Comes the Carnie Version Johannes Cabal is sorely vexed Some time ago he traded his soul to the Devil as it was proving an impediment in his studies of necromancy Alas he acted too

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    💀 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 stuffThere’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 al

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    I loved this bookI loved its weird charactersI loved Johannes Cabal even at his worst I should be worried I know Image sou

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    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'

  5. says:

    This book turned out to be a delightfully evil tome that retells the Faustian adventure in a clever dry and imminently Bri

  6. says:

    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 Sat

  7. says:

    3ish starsThis is a good clever uick genre bender It even has a few laugh out loud moments It's very enjoyable intelligent and endles

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    Edit after re read Wile I enjoyed this book immensely both first and second time around it doesn't showcase uality of the rest of the series It's from second book that writting becomes polished everything clicks this becomes one of my all time favorite seriesOriginal reviewSomewhere between 4 and 5 stars but little closer to 4Writing style

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    Blog | TwitterRead this with the MacHalosJohannes Cabal is a scientist slightly obsessed with bringing back the dead restoring life necromancing and stuff He has a complicated relationship with his brother He is not a people personCabal makes a deal with Satan and travels around with a train full of circus freakshow types trying to collect souls so he can get HIS back It's a magical train like see and new crew members are just p

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    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 uote is from the movie Halloween it sums up this book almost perfectly Because even though The Necromancer may at first dazzle reader

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