Holly Lisle,
Sympathy for the Devil
(Baen, 1995)

It addresses a serious subject, but it's also one of the funniest and flat-out best novels from author Holly Lisle.

Just pick up the book and read the first page. If you're not laughing out loud enough to embarrass yourself, then Sympathy for the Devil is not the book for you.

Doubting and disgusted, heroine Dayne Kuttner challenges God to let the demons in Hell have a second chance. But -- just like in earthly physics -- for every action Hell's got an equal and opposite reaction. In this case, Satan sets demons loose in North Carolina to claim as many souls as they can -- including Dayne's.

The story examines good and evil, Heaven and Hell, but with a light brush. Sympathy is both amusing and thought-provoking. In my opinion, this is the best of Holly Lisle's work so far.

review by
Becky Kyle

6 December 2008

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