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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Demon With a Comb-Over

Demon With a Comb-Over Demon With a Comb-Over by Stuart R. West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of DEMON WITH A COMB-OVER by Stuart R. West

This is a sprightly and hilarious, yet sad, novel. High recommendation from a reader who doesn't do humour: I frequently chuckled, smiled wryly, and yes, even laughed out loud! Charlie Broadmoor is a feckless comedian-by-choice, product of middle-class parents, poor, divorced, with 50-50 custody of daughter Serena, and an aggravating, spacy, ex-wife Celia. Charlie really wishes his comedy career would rocket, but instead of lots of laughs and profitable gigs, Charlie picks on an audience member one night and gets way more than he bargained for. Charlie mocks the man's comb-over, only to discover, this isn't a man, he isn't human: he's the demon Kobal, formerly demon of mockery; and Kobal is infuriated. He's sending Charlie straight to hell, but first he's detouring through Charlie's life, pestering (and deleting) his neighbors, friends, and family!

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