Barlowe, Wayne -- God's Demon
Yes, that Barlowe. (He's the artist who invented all the alien
lifeforms in the current Avatar movie. Okay? Okay.) So, a while ago
Barlowe published an art-book of paintings of Hell. Then, it seems, he
decided to write a novel for which they were the art. It's not bad,
but it's not as good as his paintings. Barlowe is (unsurprisingly)
superb at describing sensory detail; Hell is vivid in all its
meat-ridden inverse-glory. The plot and characters, not so vivid.
There's a rebellion in Hell, and all the people (demons mostly) that
he painted get shoehorned in. I liked the idea of a natural ecosystem
of hell, complete with aborigines, from before the fallen angels fell
in; but not much is done with it.
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