Lucifer’s Son by Sergey Mavrodi
Translated from Russian, this book is a gathering of short stories interrupted by conversations between Lucifer and his son, in which the author tries to convey the idea that man is inherently evil. The son asks questions about religion and Lucifer mocks it. While somewhat interesting to read, this reviewer was not impressed.
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Publisher’s Description: Does the Devil exist? Is there really a fallen angel named Lucifer? Are the temptations that beset mankind really the products of an evil Satan? Are the fires of Hell a reality? And your answers to these questions are:_____? Undecided, perhaps? Then, read on.
Compared favorably by many to renown authors of horror and suspense such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker, Russia’s Master of Horror Sergey Mavrodi introduces us to his world… the world of angels and devils, of Lucifer and Lucifer’s son, the world of temptation and seduction in his latest masterpiece of deviltry and suspense.
In a world of horror and fear that is almost too realistic to be fiction, Mavrodi’s characters burst from the pages, come alive and open up their innermost beings… revelations that will shock and mesmerize the reader, who–while filled with fear and anxiety–will be unable to put LUCIFER’S SON down until the last terrifying conclusion.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
I think for this one I am going to start off with the things that bothered me about this book. Translated from its original Russian there are places that are a little rough: the wording becomes comical. This is not a big deal but it does take away from the horror/suspense that we are supposed to be feeling. While characters talking to themselves or thinking out loud can be a useful tool on the literary scene, this book has every one of the characters talking to themselves often for several paragraphs or pages and often what they say is repeated several times.
What I like about these stories is that, even though they can be comical or confusing due to translation issues, they make you think about human nature and redemption. Many of these stories can be turned into “what would I do” situations, which I think may have been Mavrodi’s point. I like that the stories all have different themes and ideas going on. Between mysticism, Satanism, poetry, intrigue, betrayal and guidance, and lust there is at least one short story that will appeal to readers.
Unfortunately, as someone who believes that people are inherently good I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would so this book is getting a two from me. But don’t let me discourage you! If it sounds good to you try it out…
If you like this book…
…and while you are at it you can try out these other books as well: Paradise Lost by John Milton, The Secret History of Lucifer: Evil Angel or the Secret of Life Itself? by Lynn Picknett, and The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff.