Minion of Evil

Minion of Evil

by Shannon Ryan

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ISBN-13: 9781940509020
Publisher: Broken Typewriter Press
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Shannon Ryan was born in Riverhead, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1941 where he received his early schooling. He began teaching in 1956 and by 1968 had taught and/or served as school principal for nine years in Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories and had received a B.A. (Education) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ryan received a B. A. and M.A. (History) from MUN during the following three years and was hired by MUN in 1971, retiring as professor of history in August 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1982.

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Minion of Evil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
spaciemonkie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I rarely find time to read books. When I do, I am often disappointed. This book was a pleasant little surprise. By the first paragraph of this book, I could sense that I wasn't going to want to put this book down. The same way that a comedian uses colorful language to draw you in, each sentence of this book is beautifully crafted. The style of the author is refreshing--witty, but not "too smart" or intimidating with five syllable words everywhere just to make the author feel superior. The book is easy to get into and the characters are great. The main character, Dave, is a telemarketer who generally lacks ambition. Even though Dave is kind of a loser, I had a crush on him. Flawed as he was, I could really relate to him and I thought he was a good guy. The story is that Dave hated his job, then his girlfriend dumped him, and then he met a new girl, and then he figured out that his boss was part of a satanic cult, yada yada yada. That doesn't sound too interesting to me--BUT IT WAS. The characters are compelling. The dialogue has a great rhythm with each of the characters having unique speech patterns. The character named Raven is incredibly sexy. On top of everything else, though the sex scenes aren't very detailed, they are very good. The first three quarters of this book are genius. The last quarter of the book is full of action and fighting scenes. The last bit of the book loses what I admired so much about the first part of the book--the snide and humorous perspective of telemarketing and worker vs. boss relationships. The last quarter of the book drops down from "amazing" to "above average." All together, I'd rate this book a 5 out of 5. So many books disappoint me. This book tickled me pink. I was so moved by the characters that I began wondering what kind of author would write this book. The worst thing about the author of this book, Shannon Ryan, is that he has no other published pieces yet. Alas, I'll just have to wait. I WILL be waiting.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
A fun read that made me lol. Witty prose, with some bathroom humor thrown in, so that the book doesn't talk down to the audience. The main character, Dave, feels realistic because he's just a normal bloke with little-to-no luck. He has an emotionally abusive girlfriend and a dead end job as a telemarketer... until he loses his soul in a bad trade to his Satan-worshiping boss. While the mythos present in the book does focus on Christian theology, Ryan draws on themes found throughout several religions (Asian/Norse/Christian), using these similarities to show the ambiguously layered and somewhat twisty nature of evil without being preachy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, but I look forward to reading more by this author.
dmoonfire More than 1 year ago
Minion of Evil is a modern day tale of the most horrifying career imaginable: being a telemarketer. The story centers around Dave, a customer representative in a dead-end job and no future. He has a beautiful girlfriend that quickly becomes an ex-girlfriend and from there everything else gets worse. Dave's point of view is colored by years of telemarketing. He dealt with with the salt of the land, the common man, you know... morons. This is reflected with both his inner monologue and his actions. Where things that would drive most people insane, he deals with a casual humor that frequently ends up hitting him square in the face or working out brilliantly. In many ways, Dave's life is a train wreck happening in slow motion. You know someone is going to get hurt but it is enjoyable to grab some popcorn and watch the crunching metal. There is a surreal humor in this story. Little events pop up that seems to be minor and inconsequential that end up being significant in the end. Much of it is from Dave's point of view, but occasionally it got too much for me. There are a number of characters who have rapid mood changes, sometimes from paragraph to paragraph, and I found it confusing. Some of it is explained later in story, but it detracted from my enjoyment.