The Devil's Game

The Devil's GameMaking A Bargain With The Devil To Act As A Liaison Between The Underworld And The Human World, Sunderland Haverner Is Called Upon By The Mysterious Samael To Bring Seven Specially Chosen People To The Republic Of Santa Ana If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Cardboard SF The Devil s Game by Poul Anderson Original Review, 1980 11 09 THE DEVIL S GAME of course, is follow the leader played by seven people in a South American paradise for a prize of 1 million, tax free dollars The prize will be split among everyone who lasts through the game The challenge for each player is to devise tasks which will force the other players out of the game, either through failure to perform the task, re If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Cardboard SF The Devil s Game by Poul Anderson Original Review, 1980 11 09 THE DEVIL S GAME of course, is follow the leader played by seven people in a South American paradise for a prize of 1 million, tax free dollars The prize will be split among everyone who lasts through the game The challenge for each player is to devise tasks which will force the other players out of the game, either through failure to perform the task, refusal to perform the task, or death resulting from the task Found this book through the Goodreads What s the title of that book forum, and, to be fair, no one said it was excellent, just that it was about a group of people on an island playing a dangerous game for a chance at a million dollars this was the 70s, so it was a lot of money I love books like this so I thought I would take a risk and give it a try Unfortunately it was very dated and the sexism hard to swallow the women are only going to get ahead by crying and or by sleeping with all t Found this book through the Goodreads What s the title of that book forum, and, to be fair, no one said it was excellent, just that it was about a group of people on an island playing a dangerous game for a chance at a million dollars this was the 70s, so it was a lot of money I love books like this so I thought I would take a risk and give it a try Unfortunately it was very dated and the sexism hard to swallow the women are only going to get ahead by crying and or by sleeping with all the men Hard to swallow See what I did there , plus parts were a bit non sensical If you absolutely adore this genre it might be worth your time, but otherwise just go re read or read And Then There Were None I ve read this book any number of times over the years, and it remains a deliciously fun romp, even though I know every twist and turn coming Oddly, it seems to polarise opinion Searching the various reading websites seems to garner either fanatic 4 5 star ratings or scathing 1 2 rants with very little ground in between I think some of that may have to do with expectations tied in to the author s other works.Poul Anderson was primarily a science fiction writer, of the stereotypical explorin I ve read this book any number of times over the years, and it remains a deliciously fun romp, even though I know every twist and turn coming Oddly, it seems to polarise opinion Searching the various reading websites seems to garner either fanatic 4 5 star ratings or scathing 1 2 rants with very little ground in between I think some of that may have to do with expectations tied in to the author s other works.Poul Anderson was primarily a science fiction writer, of the stereotypical exploring galaxies with a ray gun style of science fiction The Devil s Game, written in 1980, is a vast departure from that In fact, other than the mysterious Samael, there s nothing otherworldly about this book.Here s the best synopsis I ve found of the book On an isolated island, seven people with a desperate need for money play a game conceived by an intelligence of perfect evil The rules are simple each player will perform an act each of the others must duplicate it or be eliminated All the players have in common is their desperation One is a mercenary soldier with a taste for proving his manhood through self torture Another is a would be porno starlet A third is a perfectly ordinary mother whose seven year old s life depends on a million dollar medical treatment Each of the seven thinks he or she will do anything to win all but one of them are wrong.Here s the most common synopsis I ve found, courtesy ofMaking a bargain with the devil to act as a liaison between the underworld and the human world, Sunderland Haverner is called upon by the mysterious Samael to bring seven specially chosen people to the Republic of Santa Ana.Note the difference The truth is somewhere in between, which I think is largely to blame for the gap in opinion.I love this book for what it is a fascinating character study about desperate people put under enormous pressure and forced to rely on their wits, strength and courage to out perform and out smart their fellow contestants The book is about personal struggle, not the struggle of man against myth demon alien what have you In fact, the few times that Samael, the other world presence, makes himself known, the reader is intentionally left wondering whether Samael is real or just a figment of a twisted eccentric s mind You see, it really doesn t matter what the truth of Samael s origin because the point is not Samael, but the game that is being played and the contestants playing it.The Samael sub plot is what keeps The Devil s Game from being a five star book for me You could strip every reference to Samael out of the book and it would only improve on the narrative You d be left with a wicked psychological experiment unfettered by the need to cater to the author s devout science fiction following.Beyond the basic plot conceit, I love the way this book is written Its unvarnished prose propels the story We know that Anderson wants nothingthan for us to flip, excitedly, to the next page But the book is also very cleverly written The game is set up as this each day one of the guests devise a task, or series of tasks, that they and the others must complete Anyone who fails at the task, other than the day s leader, is out of the competition and forfeits their share of the million dollar purse There is a day of rest between each round Each round is led by a new contestant Once the basic premise is set up and the game begins, the chapters alternate in narration from omnipotent third person on the interval rest days to first person narration by the day s leader for each round of the game Given the constant change in narration and the ingenious use of the first person narratives, we get to know, understand and truly care for the characters involved farso than had the entire book been written in third person.Let s face it, this isn t Dickens but it is a damned good read It entertains It makes you question fairness and the lengths which a person will go to to change their life And it s clever None of the situations are out of the ordinary and you can easily imagine what you d do in each one of them.The Devil s Game wasn t a success for Anderson, which is a pity It didn t and won t satisfy the ray gun set but, then again, I don t think it was every really meant to Pick it up and give it a try anyway You might just find you love it as much as I do.4 5 This is pretty unusual for Anderson the story has just a hint of fantasy sci fi that may be entirely in one character s head Instead, the story focuses on a sadistic experiment seven people are brought to an isolated island to compete for a million dollars Did the producers of reality TV read this 1980 novel Maybe, but Anderson has the competition watched only by a decrepit millionaire and his staff The competitors, completely free from outside scrutiny, are free to abandon the s and This is pretty unusual for Anderson the story has just a hint of fantasy sci fi that may be entirely in one character s head Instead, the story focuses on a sadistic experiment seven people are brought to an isolated island to compete for a million dollars Did the producers of reality TV read this 1980 novel Maybe, but Anderson has the competition watched only by a decrepit millionaire and his staff The competitors, completely free from outside scrutiny, are free to abandon the s and norms that restrain normal behavior, but not all of them do at least, not initially The players take turns devising challenges which become increasingly severe Things take a very dangerous turn as alliances are formed, and while the action is pretty thin, Anderson focuses on the characters internal struggles and continually shifts point of view so that even the most despicable of the players garners some sympathy I ve thought that this is really one of Anderson s most distinctive strengths as a writer his characters are always complicated enough to resist being simply heroes and villains Some of these internal monologues stretch on too long, and some of the conversations between characters are painfully didactic, expressing the author s idiosyncratic, libertarian politics But for the most part it s a pretty compelling story with several unexpected turns I used to guiltily enjoy shows like Survivor and reading this book has many of the same attractions, with the added bonus that Anderson is very competent writer, and by the half way point in the story I couldn t wait to steal a few free moments to read another chapter It s a classic premise someone of wealth gathers together a number of people who need money, and puts them through hell to get it This book managed to bring a few new tricks to the idea Simply reading the cover blurb and the first couple of chapters, one might think that the seven people are simply going to represent the seven deadly sins and their host the Devil Reading along, though, it s clear that the characters are farcomplicated They each embody a number of sins and virtues No It s a classic premise someone of wealth gathers together a number of people who need money, and puts them through hell to get it This book managed to bring a few new tricks to the idea Simply reading the cover blurb and the first couple of chapters, one might think that the seven people are simply going to represent the seven deadly sins and their host the Devil Reading along, though, it s clear that the characters are farcomplicated They each embody a number of sins and virtues No one is black and white Everyone is a shade of grey, a very dark shade of grey By the end of the story, one wonders just who the host was playing Devil to The fact that the author never fully reveals the exact nature of the being calling himself Samael might be cause for some readers to question categorizing this book as fantasy But I am not one to care too much about such things The author also never promised anywhere along the way to reveal the truth of Samael quite the opposite really That was very smart I m giving this book 3 stars mainly for the concept I personally thought this book was lacking in many areas and was confusing or annoying to read Overly described settings, changes from third person to first between chapters, and a long main character list that made it difficult to remember qualities of individuals since we are constantly learning something new about someone from all different perspectives and plots Really wanted to learnabout Samael and wisheddevelopment on th I m giving this book 3 stars mainly for the concept I personally thought this book was lacking in many areas and was confusing or annoying to read Overly described settings, changes from third person to first between chapters, and a long main character list that made it difficult to remember qualities of individuals since we are constantly learning something new about someone from all different perspectives and plots Really wanted to learnabout Samael and wisheddevelopment on that plot point This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was initially attracted to this book as I found it somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None While the concepts are similar this novel is considerably less suspenseful however I found the protag s relationship with his demon to be the highlight of the book. A good story about human greed and redemption Unusual,quick read from the sci fi master. With its multiple first person viewpoint characters, THE DEVIL S GAME has some similarities with Theodore Sturgeon s GODBODY Did Sturgeon read this novel before or while working on his final exploration of love We may never know, but I suspect he did Anderson s book, too, has a few things to say about love, but at its heart it san exploration of power TDG makes it quite clear that love, too, is a form of power that can be used for good and evil That makes it a darker book than Sturgeo With its multiple first person viewpoint characters, THE DEVIL S GAME has some similarities with Theodore Sturgeon s GODBODY Did Sturgeon read this novel before or while working on his final exploration of love We may never know, but I suspect he did Anderson s book, too, has a few things to say about love, but at its heart it san exploration of power TDG makes it quite clear that love, too, is a form of power that can be used for good and evil That makes it a darker book than Sturgeon s, but perhaps arealistic one It s up to the reader to decide if the novel is fantastical or not Either the gamester is insane, in which case the novel is mimetic, or he is not, and the novel could be considered fantasy, or horror, or even science fiction Since the gamester doesn t know whether he s insane or not, neither do we

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 251 pages
  • The Devil's Game
  • Poul Anderson
  • English
  • 01 January 2019
  • 0671559958