Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Books Review: SATAN: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kasslar, JSPS

Author: Jeremy Leven

Genre (s): Comedic supernatural, biblical satire.

Description: Funny shit.

Summary: Alas, poor Satan. He's not happy. No one seems to like or understand him; people have got him all wrong. And his relationship with God is a hostile one. Unloved and misunderstood, he's come back to Earth in search of a psychotherapist; he's prepared--if cured--to deliver the all-important Great Answer.

Why I Read It: The title kicks ass.

Review: (Spoilers) From the very first chapter, when his father dies in front of him, leaving behind memorable last words ("Go to hell"), you know that Sy Kasslar, soon-to-be-PhD is destined to overall failure. This may just be me, but his constant misfortunes in life (finding out that his new wife is a batshit-insane, bipolar bitch, becoming a psychotherapist only to eventually have it all taken away by a patient with a grudge, his children being taken away by said batshit-insane bitch-bride, etc.) overshadowed the intercutting sessions with the misunderstood Prince of Darkness (who, as it turns out, is the pompous God's brother, and therefore Jesus's uncle). Most of the time, this book is funny, but I both loved and hated the end (especially the penultimate scene in which the Great Question, aka the meaning of life, is answered).
By the way, JSPS stands for Just Some Poor Sap.
Rating: 7

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