Anyway, let's go back to the first two sentences --
In the beginning, about 13.7 billion years ago, to be reasonably precise, there was a very, very small dot. The dot, which was hot and incredibly heavy, contained everything that was, and everything that ever would be, all crammed into the tiniest area possible, a point so small that it had no dimensions at all.Now, if you are an anglophile and a nerd like me, you probably will have found yourself reading those sentences in a John Cleese-ish jaunty narrator's voice. In fact, I just might have read the entire book to myself in that voice. I'll even admit to going and listening to a sample of the audiobook to make sure that they had chosen the correct sort of narrator for this book (which they had). So, what sort of novel gets an entire faux voice in my head? One where young Samuel Johnson accidentally watches his neighbors summon up some heinous demons from hell whose duty it is to prepare the way for the Great Malevolence to come to Earth and destroy it. I don't even know quite where to go from there because this book is all over the place (but in a good way). We meet demons of all sorts (bad and not-so-bad), Samuel's mom, his friends, his wiener dog, some police officers, a vicar, a verger and a few scientists who work on the Large Hadron Collider and play Battleship. It's not an incredibly suspenseful tale but it's certainly worth the ride. A word of warning, though, to any readers who dislike footnotes -- this novel is full of them (and they're funny).
Ready to read it again already,
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