Science fiction and fantasy
Happy Hour In Hell
by Tad Williams
Yet a rebellion is brewing. Bobby comes across a secret society known as teh Lifters, who are something like a heretical sect. They believe in the possibility of getting out one day, and that an eternity of damnation is too much. Bobby also meets Gob, a boy born in Hell and therefore condemned without having done anything to deserve it.
Hell gets to everyone after a while, and Bobby starts to take on more of the character of his demonic alias Snakestaff the longer he is there as he learns how to blend in and survive. He's doing it all for love, but the story abounds with examples of how love itself can be a Hell of jealousy, hopelessness, and conflicting goals. "Love is Hell" is an apt tagline.
If you have a strong stomach this is a very entertaining read. Flesh Horse, Phlegethon, Fistula, Poor Meat, Heartbreak Soup, Lower Mandible, Brokebone, and Shrill Hollows are some of the features of Hell's geography, and Tad Williams seems to have had as much fun coming up with Hell's sights and characters as he has with coming up with its names. The dark world is painted with wicked attention to detail. All of this is accompanied by Bobby Dollar's dry, cynical humour. This novel develops the mystery around celestial and demonic relationships that began in The Dirty Streets of Heaven, and in spite of taking place in a realm beyond physics the story remains believable and psychologically real. It left me intrigued and eager to find out how the next novel would pan out.
26th May 2017
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