If at Faust You Don't Succeed

If at Faust You Don't Succeed

by Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley
     
 

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The last Millennial contest—between the forces  of Good and Evil for control of the  universe—didn't work out quite so well for Evil and its rooters.  But it's time for the next round, and this time  the demon Mephistopheles is carrying the ball for  the forces of Darkness. But all is not as it seems. 

Overview

The last Millennial contest—between the forces  of Good and Evil for control of the  universe—didn't work out quite so well for Evil and its rooters.  But it's time for the next round, and this time  the demon Mephistopheles is carrying the ball for  the forces of Darkness. But all is not as it seems.  The harried archdemon mistakenly signs up a  medieval cutpurse names Mack the Club, thinking him the  learned Dr. Faust. The demon Azzie, still  stinging from the Evil's last defeat (and not being  chosen to head the current effort), takes events into  his own claws. And the pious angel Michael—well,  let's just say some of his tactics in the titanic  struggle to come are not quite cricket . . . .

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The fate of humanity rests in the hands of a failed monk in this comic sequel to Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (Bantam, 1991) .
Carl Hays
Continuing in the antic vein of the authors' "Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming" (1991), Light and Dark once again square off in the Millennial Deeds contest to determine which will hold sway over human fortunes for the next thousand years. This time, Good and Evil (respectively embodied by a somewhat naive archangel Michael and an appropriately urbane Mephistopheles) choose as the pawn in their stratagems none other than Johann Faust. Unfortunately, their Faust is not Faust but Mac, a failed monk turned thief who, while burglarizing the magician's chambers, is mistakenly whisked off to various turning points in history to confront the contest's challenges. In hot pursuit, of course, and resenting his replacement, is Faust himself, and Azzie, the fox-faced demon from "Prince Charming". Stylistically, Zelazny and Sheckley have never been better as they sprinkle the narrative with Dickensian detail and slip in colorful characters ranging from Helen of Troy to Shakespeare. Readers will have as much fun enjoying the many comic incidents and turns of phrase as the duo must have had writing them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553565485
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.03(d)

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