The Book of Joby

The Book of Joby

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Baker & Taylor
A wager between God and Lucifer in which all of creation hangs in the balance culminates in the suffering and temptation inflicted on a once-idealistic youth who eventually finds himself in a seaside village of convention-defying eccentrics. A first novel. Simultaneous.

McMillan Palgrave
The Book of Joby is an epic fantasy complete in one volume.
Lucifer and the Creator have entered, yet again, into a wager they've made many times before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine year old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times, like a knight of the Round Table. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.
Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties and the question of obedience, they watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby's heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seemingly unconcerned.
And so when he is grown to manhood, Joby's once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer's victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants seem to defy the modern world's most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby's long lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous forces of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin.
As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, love or rage?
The Book of Joby is an instant classic of contemporary fantasy.


Holtzbrinck
The Book of Joby is an epic fantasy complete in one volume.
 
Lucifer and the Creator have entered, yet again, into a wager they’ve made many times before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine year old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times, like a knight of the Round Table. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.
 
Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties and the question of obedience, they watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby’s heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seemingly unconcerned. 
 
And so when he is grown to manhood, Joby’s once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer’s victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants seem to defy the modern world’s most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby’s long lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous forces of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin.
 
As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, love or rage?
 
The Book of Joby is an instant classic of contemporary fantasy.


Blackwell North Amer
Lucifer and the Creator enter, yet again, into a wager they've made many times before, but this time the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine-year-old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times, like a knight of the Round Table, like Arthur himself from his favorite book of the tales of King Arthur. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.
Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties, they watch Lucifer and his minions work virtually unhindered to turn Joby's heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seemingly unconcerned. And so when he is grown to manhood, Joby's once-luminous love of life seems altogether lost, transformed into anger and outrage.
What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants possess some strange powers that seem to defy the modern world's most inflexible assumptions and in the hearts of Joby's long-lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous demons of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin. As the long final struggle unfolds, filled with triumphs that infuse the heart and tragedies that wrench the soul, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell: Which will prove stronger, love or rage?

Baker
& Taylor

A wager between God and Lucifer in which all of creation hangs in the balance culminates in the suffering and temptation inflicted on a once-idealistic youth who eventually finds himself in a seaside village of eccentrics.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765316868
0765316862
Branch Call Number: SCIFI FER
Characteristics: 638 p. ;,25 cm.

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Uyc Apr 06, 2016

Pretty interesting read in the beginning, but it just drags on. Though the events that unfold are creative, it feels much longer than it needed to be to tell the story.
Lots about God and keeping the faith might have made me drift.

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skywalker13
Oct 24, 2012

This is a brilliant piece of work. It's stunning, really. It's realistic yet fantastical, and totally unique.

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