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Black Easter Black Easter is a Nebula Award nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day It was first published

  • Title: Black Easter
  • Author: James Blish
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  • Page: 248
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Black Easter By James Blish, Black Easter is a Nebula Award nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day It was first published in 1968 The sequel is The Day After Judgment Together, those two very short novels form the third part of the thematic After Such Knowledge trilogy title from T.S EliotBlack Easter is a Nebula Award nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day It was first published in 1968 The sequel is The Day After Judgment Together, those two very short novels form the third part of the thematic After Such Knowledge trilogy title from T.S Eliot s Gerontion, After such knowledge, what forgiveness with A Case of Conscience Dr Mirabilis Black Easter was serialised as Faust aleph null in If magazine.

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    1. I don t usually go for novels about black magic, which I tend to find boring and kind of stupid, but this one is pretty good Blish isn t being campy, or playing it for laughs The assumption made here is that black magic exists and really works, allowing you to summon demons from Hell and make them do your bidding The author must have done a lot of background reading, and the atmosphere feels authentic I particularly liked the descriptions of the demons, who are both chillingly evil and bizarrely [...]

    2. I don t usually dig skulls on my vintage horror covers especially photo versions , as they re so overdone, but this is one of the few exceptions to that rule This will be my first Blish read, other than a couple sf shorts back in the day.

    3. WARNING This review contains the BIG spoiler, but no others, so you may not want to read this if you haven t read Black Easter yet.Damn God is dead And James Blish is his killer I ve been meaning to read a Blish novel for years, having read and liked a short story of his How Beautiful With Banners in a Sci Fi class years ago, but Blish isn t carried in the book stores within my sphere of contact, and he s never been the first author I think of when I have money to spend online I lucked out, thou [...]

    4. 6.0 stars I just reread this book February 6, 2010 and I liked it even better than the first time I read it when I gave it 4.5 to 5.0 stars While always problematic to say that a book is the first to do something especially when you haven t read every book ever written , this appears to be the first book in which the art of magic is portrayed as a rigorous, almost scientific endeavor fraught with peril and potentially very unpleasant Add to that a great plot and one of the best endings I have ev [...]

    5. The book ends with three English words and a mathematical symbol commonly known as Aleph naught Or, in Rabbinic Judaic folk lore, a reference to the reward given to the Aleph by starting the Ten Commandments and also begins the three words that Make up God s mystical name in Exodus I Am That I AmThe revelation pardon the pun sans spoilers presents a compelling argument for the theological hypothesis raised by Blish I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear it will [...]

    6. This, and it s sequel companion DAY AFTER JUDGEMENT, are a pair of hilariously dark, end of the world novellas that astonish and delight in equal measure.Drawing extensively from actual magical rituals, the always delivers Mr Blish imagines an international arms dealer employing a real wizard to unleash all the demons from Hell onto Earth for one night of Revelations style armageddo fun while a Vatican rep watches on, observer style, because the Cosmic rules the contract between God and Satan pr [...]

    7. The only book with necromancy I ve ever seen that tries to be faithful to medieval visions of how sorcery should work which appeals to the historian in me Ande only book that asks the question all those End of Days Apocalypse novels and films never do What if the Apocalypse comes and things just don t go the way the Tim LaHaye types think it will Oh, yes Dark and clever and very, very different Worth reading, along with its sequel, The Day After Judgment.

    8. A wonderful story for Easter Should be required reading for all children God is Dead and things are not always what they seem.

    9. Storyline 3 5Characters 3 5Writing Style 4 5World 4 5Have you ever wanted toExperience the fantastic as an observer forbidden the relevant background knowledge View the earthly nexus between heaven and hell Meet detached, punctilious Evil Read about angelic fall Start a story before it begins Finish that story before it fully ends Piece together the allegory never made explicit Practice sorcery of the Christian tradition, via writings of the 13th to 18th centuries Then read James Blish s Black E [...]

    10. What Dracula and King s Salem s Lot is to vampires, Black Easter is to demons These days, vampires, witches and wizards are lovable creatures in fiction There are even neo Pagans today who embrace a belief in ceremonial magic as benign Blish says in his Author s Note that every one of the novels, poems and plays about magic and witchcraft he s read treat it as romantic or playful He sought to write a treatment that neither romanticizes magic nor treats it as a game His book is dedicated to C.S L [...]

    11. I have a soft spot for fantasies of the Apocalypse, as in the Biblical Apocalypse or Book of Revelations, but subverted or not played straight.Black Easter or Faust Aleph Null is a classic Nebula nominated work by James Blish, in which an arms dealer contracts with a black magician by the name of Theron Ware to literally let all hell break loose for one night on earth out of curiosity to see what would happen and to boost profits from arms sales Most of the narrative is an intricate exploration [...]

    12. I read this at the same time as Frank Herbert s the Heavenmakers and it was interesting to compare Herbert s worst book against Blish s best Where Herbert was known for sweeping sagas of great depth in detail and philosophy, Blish had his most commercial success in being the first to novelize Star Trek stories And the first adaptations he did of the original Star Trek epsiodes were JUST AWFUL But in Black Easter Blish truly suprised me with a rich story full of great characters and a plot that t [...]

    13. Contemporary fantasy even at its best, as in the Golden Compass tends to emphasize again and again just how spectacular everything going on is In some books it seems as though everything is imbued with a magical power, an otherworldly glow or a guarded history, and everywhere there are secrets upon secrets to be unearthed Also, there are probably sexy vampires It s fiction for the short attention span, which begs the reader Keep reading Keep reading Blish s treatment of magic here is to give it [...]

    14. Svart P sk r ett genomarbetat, p gr nsen till n rdigt, romanprojekt som b de omfamnar och genomsk dar den ockulta kulturen Jag tror att James Blish gjorde sig ett tanke experiment d r han helt enkelt fr gade sig hur v rlden skulle se ut om svart och vit magi som den beskrivs i skrifterna verkligen existerade.Att resultatet blir s lyckat beror p att Blish kan mnet i fr ga Regler f r framst llning av magiska f rem l och inte minst f rh llningsregler mellan vita och svarta magiker presenteras med e [...]

    15. Having been a long time fan of science fiction with religious themes, I inevitably got around to this one I found itwell, a strange book It s of the era when writers packed their ideas into modestly sized novels instead of exhausting themselves or the reader in 700 page worlds That said, there were chapters here that begged for some follow up It had a strangely disjointed feel that, in retrospect, may well have added to its impact What if magic were a real science What if there were ground rules [...]

    16. Eh This was an old paperback lying around More like a novella, it supposedly describes a technically correct black magic rite that summons demons and well I want spoil the ending It s apparently part of a trilogy The prose is fine, and the writer better known for science fiction approached it as an intellectual exercise, could he make this stuff seem logical and believable Ultimately, the cosmology and theology are rendered absurd by the final sentence, a bit of a joke that was au courant in the [...]

    17. One of my favorite books of all time a science fiction writer s take on the question What if magic worked as described in medieval texts Horrifying, but never less than interesting, right on down to the references to 60s technology and political attitudes Also, short and to the point.A corporate arms builder merchant, no longer satisfied by the little brush wars he is able to create, asks the world s last black magician to release all the demons of Hell into the world for a day, just to see what [...]

    18. This is a great little bookIt s of a novella or long short story than a full length novel, but it s a great read.A tale of a Sorcerer who uses the black arts to enact crimes of violence against targets of his client s revenge, it uses text from actual medieval grimoires such as the Clavicula Salmonis and The Goetia Lesser Key of Salomon for the ritual magick scenes.The ending is abrupt, and not nearly as satisfying as rest of the novel, but it s a fun book, and a very original approach to the s [...]

    19. This is a book of its era, slim by today s standards but still an intriguing read by SF author Blish As an experiment, a cluster of men decide to conjure all of the demons of hell and unleash them on the world for a single night A great deal of the novel is devoted to slightly repetitious conjuring toward the end of the book but its overall effect is intense and chilling.It s followed by Blish s the Day After Judgment.

    20. A disturbing tale of black magic against a background of impending nuclear war, with an extremely downbeat ending Blish shows his research into mediaeval grimoires perhaps a little too protractedly in the scene where lots of demons are summoned, one after another.Read as part of the After Such Knowledge omnibus and posted as an individual review as all the other GR reviews are under the individual books.

    21. A rather clinical look at Black Magic with a big dose of Catholicism A swift moving classic page turner I ve not read Blish before and I really liked his erudite prose An author I need to explore further It s a 160 page novel I guess nowadays it d be called a novella I miss the days when novels were routinely shorter A refreshing change from bloated novels of today.Recommended.

    22. Some interesting concepts concerning white and black magic Unfortunately, the back cover said it would scare hell out of me and it did not deliver I also wish Blish had expanded on the state of affairs in Heaven, but because he was going for a shocking concluding line I suppose that wasn t, in his mind, possible.

    23. A very interesting read Took me for a spin on something that was a bit outside my comfort zone.A bit of strange magic, and a Faustian bargain Kabbalistic, in general Jewish mysticism is used as the foundation for all of the magic incantations in the book, but there is also signs of Medieval superstitious beliefs about them.Also, nuclear warfare.Decent read, not too long.

    24. This seemed very interesting when I started it, but became increasingly less so as I approached the ending I realize that Blish claimed his intention was to write an unromanticized version of black magic, but somehow this resulted in his characters being incredibly flat, even to the point of being mere cliches.

    25. Oh foolish munitions manufacturer, letting loose the demons of hell for one night That ll teach you As erudite as Blish s masterpiece, _Doctor Mirabilis_, but with of the feel of a short story that he tried to pad out to novel length And, of course, it s only half the story of Armageddon, which he completed in _The Day after Judgment_ An interesting read, though.

    26. I actually really liked this and couldn t put it down Very fast read The research into magic was great and well deployed I feel the ending was a little thin, although I m off to read the sequel next Oh also it s incredibly fucking sexist.

    27. Very interesting story about Black Magic Blish goes into a great deal of detail of the rituals for summoning demons, which was interesting, however the prose is quite dry and the character very thin Still it is a short book and well worth picking up if you are interested in that kind of thing.

    28. Brief tale of the innvocation of evil spirits Main purpose seems to be showinf of Blish s knowledge of arcane black arts he claims that all the sorcery is based on historical texts Good fun, no real depth.

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