Angel On My Shoulder, Demon In My Ear

Angel On My Shoulder, Demon In My Ear

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by Kristina Marrick

The old wives' tale says: every person has an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other. I bloody well wish someone would have told me it was true.

At the age of 32, I, Theodore Banner, was the most unlucky bloke I'd ever had the displeasure of coming across. I had a horrid job, a dirty wanker of a boss, and a pathetically shanty flat. Then, one


The old wives' tale says: every person has an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other. I bloody well wish someone would have told me it was true.

At the age of 32, I, Theodore Banner, was the most unlucky bloke I'd ever had the displeasure of coming across. I had a horrid job, a dirty wanker of a boss, and a pathetically shanty flat. Then, one random day, as it so often happens, I met the most charming chap and most beautiful woman I'd ever seen - and both wanted to befriend me! And as if that weren't queer enough, it turned out that the man was my demon, and the woman was my angel. Bollocks, that was quite a bit to wrap my head around. But even that, I could handle. Then, they began to fight over me...

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Angel On My Shoulder, Demon In My Ear 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is not your average book. I don't think I've ever read anything like it, and I'm quite the book hound. All my likes were met in this elegantly written text. I'm a huge fan and studier of Shakespeare - I love anything to do with the plays and sonnets. Marrick used Shakespeare influence in every way from the very subtle (having Ted say the title of a play in random conversation: 'What you will'), to the in-your-face and obvious (having the actual poet himself as a character in the book). Excellently done! How a young woman in her mid-20s can write like a 400 year old English playwright, I'll never know, but the word choice and structure was beautifully done. I also loved all the 'celebrity' appearences. Poker Alice was acharacter, as were Oscar Wilde and Judas. I could see those individuals behaving and speaking the way the author wrote them - it was a real treat! Most of all I loved the sort-of triangle that was Ted, Gorhen, and Catia. (Someone here compared them to the Ego, Id, and Superego, and I thought that was brilliant.) Gorhen and Catia fought, Ted was the mediator. Gorhen and Catia represented evil and good, Ted was indifferent and could be swayed either way. I loved the fact that both Gorhen and Catia had weaknesses. They became so real. The reader can relate to them, in spite of the fact that they're not human. Their struggles become real, which is why it's not difficult to see Ted's growing compassion for both of them. In a perfect fairy tale, Ted would have shunned Gorhen for being on Lucifer's side, and instantly gone the way of goodness. But this book, despite it's fantasticism, manages to be strikingly realistic. What would we do if presented with the same choice Ted is presented with? It is not as easy to turn away from temptation as we might think (or assume we can). Yet true good is difficult to accomplish as well, for we as human beings cannot completely think of others before ourselves. All of these ideas are brilliantly illustrated in this novel. Do not miss it. It might change the way you see things.
Mina_Dark More than 1 year ago
My cousin suggested this book to me, and I loved it!!! It was so good. I was really impressed by the characters, especially Ted. He was really real to me. The plot starts off so funny but gets really heavy handed later. Like some of the other people here said: it has something for everyone. Read this book!
J_Blaze_Magic More than 1 year ago
I don't read a whole lot, but I was told I'd get a kick out of this book, so I picked it up. It was really a great book. So funny - especially Ted. Gorhen (he's a demon) was hilarious too, cause he would just say the craziest things, but he'd mean it, and be able to back it up. His abilities were out of this world! I wish I could do half the stuff he could do. He had a lot of babes at his beckoning call, too - I liked Mary and Bianca, funny stuff. A lot of guys might get put off by the title and cover, but this book is awesome! It's not "just for girls."
AmorDeLibros More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I know simply because I read as little as I possibly can (the last time a read a novel was over a year ago), yet I finished this book in three days. The characters are absolutely superb, and Ted is just the most likable guy. It moves along at a quick pace, keeping the reader interested the whole time. I'm thrilled I stumbled across this book. I would definitely read another novel by this author!
Hamlets_sidekick More than 1 year ago
This book has everything - EVERYTHING!!! - a reader could ever want! Such amazing, deep characters, a funny yet incredibly intelligent plot, a completely original spin on an ancient fued, beautifully written dialogue and descriptions, and passages that practically make your heart stop because the text brings up things you haven't thought about in years. I can't get over how multifaceted the characters were! All three main characters especially were so gripping to read about. I can't explain how much I loved this book! I hope this writer comes out with another one soon!
Esmeralda_Gypsy More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed with this book! I normally try to read things by new authors because old favorite authors can become routine and predictable. This novel was original, fun, witty, and incredibly insightful. I cannot believe a girl in her mid-20s wrote this! There are some extraordinary philosophical issues discussed in the text. But also it's a hilarious piece with excellent dry humor and funny situations. Ted's British way of speech was right-on - I know first hand. The characters were amazing, and became more and more complex as the book went on. The chapter featuring William Shakespeare (a very innovative idea!) was elegantly written and thought provoking. (I can't believe Marrick can write like a 400 year old poet/playwright!) The scene where Ted and Gorhen popped up in Spain and Ted was still smitten with his old crush (Guadalupe) was very near and dear to my heart. All around this book is perfect for anyone. No one should miss this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Shakespeare's plays. I've been reading them since I was in my early teens. This author has a true ear for Shakespeare - the dialogue for the Interlude in which the man himself is a character is simply amazing! And there are so many references all through the book, I doubt most people caught them. If you're not a Shakespeare fan, no worries - there's plenty for you as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say, even if you don't really care for reading, or don't read that much, you'd like this book. So much of it is humorous and light-hearted, with Ted being an extremely likable and easy to relate to main character. There was so much about him that just felt so familiar! Me being a guy, I knew exactly how tempted he must have been at times in this book, especially regarding Bianca and Mary, yet he had a good heart and did what he thought was right. (Good thing, too!) The way he had both sides of the afterlife, Heaven and Hell, trying to gain his alligence, made things complicated and conflicted in all the best ways. Gorhen's (the demon) side seemed to be so beautiful and tempting - everything Ted could ever want, and most of the time he didn't even have to ask! However, perhaps there could be consequences later on. Catia (the angel) was much less flashy and had more rules to live by, but as they say, there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel. What's a poor, unlucky, unpopular guy like Ted to do? Well, I really can't say...You'll have to read the book. Ted being British was also a cool idea. I think that made him even funnier and more of an outcast in his hectic New York City world. Also in Vegas! Those Interludes were great! Take my word for it: you WANT to read this book. It won't take The Force to persuade you! Wink!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many books that try to do what this books does, but none of the others are this successful. This book really is something special. The underlying war between Heaven and Hell over human souls is the oldest form of good vs. evil - but in this book, it feels like a brand new innovative concept. The way the angel and the demon have such human flaws makes them far more fascinating than if they were just cardboard representations of good and evil. They are so HUMAN, yet, completely something different that we can only begin to understand. The arguements between them were very well written and really have the ability to make a person think. Ted is a literary gem. I think a lot of authors are going to be kicking themselves for not thinking of him first. He's the most unlikely hero imaginable, yet, by page four, you wouldn't change anything about him. His growth during the book is wonderful and very realistic. I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Theodore Banner. He goes from being a less than a nobody to a very important martyr. He's a guy everyone can relate to, yet most people would ignore. I think everyone can relate to Ted at some point in their life, and that's what makes him so likeable and fun to read about. He would not, however, have had a book-worthy adventure had it not been for Gorhen and Catia (the demon and angel, respectfully), and they are what makes this a complete story. I loved that the author wrote in all three points of view as it let us see forshadowing we otherwise would not have seen. I also thought the crazy all-star supportive cast was great: Elvis, Weezer, Judas, Shakespeare, Poker Alice, Oscar Wilde, cool. I also noticed that 'Iago' the doorman and 'Bianca' the easy chick are characters from 'Othello,' and that was really a cool touch. I thought this book was good all around, with a little something different for the people who are looking to read something unlike their usual. I definitely recommend it!
Digging_the_Dancing_Queen More than 1 year ago
This book was both a light-hearted treat and a philosophical slap in the face to read. I never thought that combination would be possible, but a brand new author (and a young one, by the looks of her picture) managed to pull it off. At first, the book seems to simply want to entertain you with biting comedy and wit and funny characters, but as the story goes on, the plot and conflicts get heavier and heavier, leaving you unable to not ponder on "what's going to happen to Ted!?" (Though the dry humor of our main character remains even in the most serious of times.) Ted's admiration with Gorhen and his fascination with Catia really makes you see into his mindset and get to know him inside and out. By the time you're done reading the book, you feel like you've known him for years. It was also a really cool touch to have Gorhen and Catia tell some of the chapters in first person. They became even more human that way. All around a wonderful book, and something not to be missed. Kristina Marrick may be the next Stephanie Meyer. Watch out!
Bad_Joke More than 1 year ago
This book had the feel and intelligence of Mark Twain's "Letters from the Earth," and though their plots were not alike, the two novels delve into many of the same philosophical issues regarding the most ancient and most baffling battle: Heaven vs. Hell. Marrick's characters were smart and believable, and by the end, you begin to wonder what you would have done if put in Ted's position. A novel that, at first, seems to exist solely to make you laugh ends up making you think much harder than you have in a long time. This novel makes you feel and remember things, as if the author can see right into our hearts. I would difinitely buy her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up being kind of skeptical, not really sure if I would like it or not. But it was so good! Right from the beginning you want to know everything -- the suspence is killer. The characters are so lively and real. I think everyone could relate to them on some level. Especially Ted! He was so funny, yet so very complex when you got right down to it. This book was fun, exciting, unique, deep-rooted, and an absolute page turner! Do not pass it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book from beginning to end. The characters and their voices are unique and innovative. The plot is fast-paced and keeps you laughing and guessing all the way through. The idea of three narrators works wonderfully for the style of this book and keeps things interesting while giving enough foreshadowing to make you not what to put the book down. The style and voice of this was impressive all around. The best Heaven and Hell conflict I've ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was outstanding. I found, even when I 'only had a few minutes to read,' I would end up reading 8 or 10 Interludes. Ted and his corky sense of humor are impossible to put down, even if you know you'll come back later. I only bought the book a few days ago, and I've finished it. I love how the three main characters kind of represented the three parts of the thought system (according to Sigmund Freud). Gorhen was the Id, all desires and immediate gratification, Catia was the Super Ego, all rule abiding and doing the right thing, and Ted was the Ego, trying to regulate the two. But his job was more difficult than that, he also had to choose. This is not a book to be missed! It will keep you laughing and guessing until the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I very much doubt most people caught all the cool, and very subtle, literary references. Lines and characters from Shakepeare plays are mentioned many times, and ideas from all sorts of old novels are brought up. I loved this! Marrick has such an imagination! And her main characters (the few in the book that are truly fiction, as most of the people she mentions really did exist) might be the most realistic and intriguing of all. Ted's wonderful! So, guy-next-door, yet so one of a kind! I really love him. Gorhen and Catia are a great Yin and Yang for each other, and add so much to the book, both in humor and in thought-worthy arguements. I don't think this book could've been better. READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, I loved this book! From beginning to end, it was such an enjoyable, refreshing read. The conflicts in it are thousands of years old, yet this book manages to display them in a new and interesting way. This author has an amazing ear for dialogue, and also seems to know exactly how to bring a story together, not leaving any ends untied. She certainly makes you hold your breath and bite your nails until the end, however! This book was completely satisfying. Everyone should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's something for everyone to enjoy in this, the story of Ted. A lovable hero, famous people from as far back as 2000 years ago, a betrayed love, a war between good and evil, charming and witty characters...I could go on. No matter what you're into, you will like this book. It touches every sense, and will make you think long after you're done with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidently came across this book when looking up 'angel.' I'm so glad I did. It was a really great read! I enjoyed the characters so much, they're impossible not to like. Even Gorhen - you know you shouldn't like him, shouldn't trust him, but just like Ted, you can't help it. He's just so FUN! Catia was impressively written. I loved how she had such tender, heart-aching moments. She was so human, yet totally not human at all. I thought it was really cool how the angels and the demons were like opposing sides of government secret agencies or something. Such a cool twist on an ancient fued. I loved this book! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really enjoyable book! I loved it from the first page. The first sentence, actually, because it grabs you in and makes you wonder what this character (Ted) is all about. He's so ordinary, it's perfect. I really enjoyed the fact that he was a British man in New York City. How better to 1) add humor, and 2) make him even more of an outsider, which of course he needs to be in order for the demon's plan to work. The demon and the angel were both wonderful characters! It would be so easy to be boring and stereotypical when writing about an angel and a demon, making them simply good and bad, and very one-dimentional. This was not the case for this book, however. The demon had painful memories, and guilt that plagued him, and the angel had weaknesses and sometimes struggled with powerlessness. It made both those characters very real and very complex, like human beings instead of representations of Good and Evil. I was impressed all around!
Oh_Yeah_Buddy More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I loved everything about it. It was funny, and witty, and touching, and shocking. I don't know anyone who wouldn't get something out of this book. The characters were some of the best I've ever read about. The trio of main characters especially, as they were so REAL! But also the whole cast of supporting characters like Shakespeare, and Poker Alice, and Judas. (I can't believe how many people don't know that Poker Alice is a real person! She is, people!) Anyway, a great, very original book - read it! Right now!
Ruby_Slippers More than 1 year ago
While waiting for the new Kat Richardson, I didn't know what to do. Then I stumbled upon this because someone who had reviewed a Kat Richardson book recommended it. I was blown away! It was so good! This author treads on some very thin ice by bringing religious themes into a very fiction book, yet she does it so gracefully and so humorously that it couldn't be better. She knows her stuff, and her characters were so real and likable, especially for their flaws. Even the angel kind of had flaws. I was so impressed! I loved Ted, he was a joy to read about, and it only took about two pages for me to completely feel for him and care about him. That's some good writing! This book should not be missed by anyone! Also, I heard the author will have another out soon - maybe in June!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! This was the best book! I absolutely loved Ted! Gorhen was super cool, and Catia is my new role-model. I don't want to give anything away, cause it's good from page one! Read this! You'll thank yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is there going to be a sequel to this book!?! I hope so! Ted's story might be finished, but I want to know what happens with Gorhen! (And Catia.) Oh, these characters were soooo cool! I felt like I really knew them. They way they spoke to each other was great, very realistic. Even if there's no sequel, I hope this author writes something else soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great in every way: the characters, the plot, the surprises, the 'guest appearances,' the conflict, and the humor! All wonderful! Most of it was so funny, with such clever literary references made in the most subtle of ways. But there were also parts that almost brought tears to my eyes. I think this book would be great no matter what your taste!