If this book were a TV show it would be Diagnosis Murder, or Murder She Wrote. It is filled with one dimensional characters and boring situations. From the science geek focused on gizmos to the air-headed fantasy addicts at the con, there is nothing here to challenge the reader in the slightest.
"But it's a comedy" you say? Well no one told the author. There are situations that should have been funny but the author explains them out to the point that they become as humorous as an over-used bumpersticker slogan. There were many times I thought, "That should have been funny", but I actually laughed only once in the entire book. Once.
On top of that it is quite dated already. There are Trekkies but no mention of the Next Generation, let alone the later series. It's unintentionally funny when one character talks about how he can leave a message in a file on the University mainframe and the recipient can access it to read the message. His long-winded explanation of email comes off like Monty Burns raving about "This so-called iced cream" on the Simpsons.
The murder is not clever or interesting in any way and the way they get the killer to confess is the sort of thing that only works on TV and in bad fiction, which this is.
Overall: uninspired and hackneyed.
If you're looking for humor get Catch-22 if you've never read it. Just don't listen in public because you will be laughing.
You can't get more 70's than this book. The premise is an outgrowth of the Chariots of the Gods. The main character practices self hypnosis, and it produces results. And the technology is what a 70's person would predict (the main character has to hunt down a phone at one point). Not that all of this is bad, per se. But it is a pretty boring read, to boot. I got to the point where the main character was going to reveal the killer (yes, it pretty much follows a murder mystery format) and realized I didn't care who did it or why, so I quit listening.
I thought this would be a scholarly review of how the concept of Satan came to be and how it has changed through history. Instead it is just a rehashing of the mainstream English Christian Satan story. The show even states flatly that Satan was in the Garden of Eden and tempted Eve. Ignoring the fact that the book of Genesis says it was the snake, not Satan. (Only in the New Testament is Satan retro-fitted into the story by saying the snake was Satan in disguise.)
If you are interested in the story of Satan and the fall go right to the source--Milton. It is much, much, better than this lame re-hash.
Overall this was a waste of a download and a waste of time.
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