Finally, a chance to use that headline.
After all the really nice reviews of Pandemonium—like two I ran across this week, A.M. Dellamonica’s at Sci-Fi.com and Faren Miller’s at Locus—I finally found one that was negative. No, negative’s too weak a word. The reviewer, from a site I hadn’t run across before called Static Multimedia, found the book to be repulsive, depressing, disorganized, meaningless, and “void of goodness.”
But why summarize? Reviewer Liese Cope says it best:
Pandemonium is void of anything inspirational and is not very thought-provoking. It seemed to be a jumbled mess of ideas and questions that never have any resolution or sometimes even any point. The book was also very depressing. There seems to be no hope and no sign of good. When dealing with the concept of demons (normally thought of as an ultimate evil) a reader desires to see that there is some goodness left in the world. However, this whole book is void of goodness and faith in humanity. In fact, even the “nun” who “helps” Del along the way is a cussing, violent, angry, and an impure person. The one person who would be expected to be a form of hope and goodness is very twisted, just like the book.
It’s obvious Pandemonium wasn’t written to be the feel good novel of the year, but if a book is going to be that depressing and utterly serious, the author usually owes the reader some glimmer of hope or some gem of wisdom that can be taken away. Unfortunately this book is void of both.
The key word seems to be “void.”
However, you really need to read the entire review to understand that not only is the book bad, but that I am evil, too. “Pandemonium just gives excuses for people’s actions, adding to the ‘not my fault, not my problem’ society we are living in. Ultimately, I [sic] Gregory tore down the integrity of humanity, showing them as nothing more than empty boxes for demons to fill and take total control over at any time.”
I (Gregory) was really hoping that no one would notice the integrity-tearing thing, much less the void of hope glimmers and wisdom gems. But you can’t fool all the critics all the time.