I also can’t believe it took me this long to pick it up. I bought it about two months ago, but then got caught up in other stuff, and it went missing for a little while.
But. Yeah. It puts me vaguely in mind of Nabokov, and Humbert Humbert. Or PERFUME. And Poe.
More later, when I’ve finished.
OH! and in other news, I’ve been Klausnered. Read her review of DEMON ANGEL here (includes spoilers). The verdict?
This a fascinating romantic fantasy with obvious religious overtones. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of star-crossed lovers while the war between the minions of heaven and hell is set up with several different enthralling spins beyond the typical religious dogma. Though the tale would have been better suited to eliminate the centuries between the opening encounter and the modern saga, sub-genre readers will appreciate this delightful saga.
Hmm. Interesting about the vignettes (the in-between scenes, as I call them — the post-HOT SPELL excerpt in the blog entry below is one of them). It was a difficult decision to include the scenes, and how many, and whether to have them together or as flashbacks in the main part of the story (and if I did that, which order to put them in, and how to keep from breaking up the forward motion of the story), and to make them relevant to the plot and the ultimate solution, not just the Hugh/Lilith history. Individually, I like them, and I think they’re necessary to show what leads to Hugh killing Lilith, but it does lend an unconventional structure to the book, and I can see that it might not work for everyone.
It’ll be interesting to hear how those scenes affect others’ views of the book.