Castalia House New Release: GOD HATES ME

Monday , 12, February 2018 4 Comments

Demon is such an ugly word.

Malach prefers “angelically-challenged”. After all, it’s not his fault that he was kicked out of Heaven.

And if you’ll just listen, he can explain everything.

GOD HATES ME: The Diary of an Ex-Angel is a smart, funny, and surprisingly moving tale of a demon who means well and would really like to figure out how to get back to Heaven one day. But how do you make a case for yourself when no one seems to care enough to listen?

The one thing you can’t say about Castalia House is that we’re too predictable. Richard Cain’s new book is… just a little different than you’d probably be expecting. It’s human history told through the perspective of a narcissist who never believes he is to blame for anything.

From the reviews:

  • It’s a zippy tale, told in a lively style that gets the reader leaning into the narrative. It’s a quirky faux memoir like something we might read if C.S. Lewis’s Wormwood had corresponded with Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. A few sections made me honestly laugh aloud, something I never expected to happen when cracking a book about a fallen angel. It’s as if Frank Peretti actually had a sense of humor…as if Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins actually knew how to jettison the proselytizing, cut the brake lines, and just let the story run.
  • Despite what the cover looks like, this isn’t a supernatural romance novel. No, it’s something much better. This is a story of a fallen angel seeking redemption. Unfortunately for him, every good deed he tries to accomplish ends up going awry.
  • In the manner of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, this book takes the reader inside the head of a fallen angel/demon. The perspective can be a bit troubling, as some of the more pointed passages about casual sins may hit too close to home for the reader. The author demonstrates considerable knowledge of the intricacies of the spiritual world as well as the foibles of the human psyche, upon which the demons prey.
  • Overall an entertaining and quick read.
  • boxty says:

    That is the worst Castalia House cover ever. I would not buy it because of the cover. I would assume it’s a romance novel and never even get past the cover.

  • jic says:

    Horrible, horrible cover for a book that’s supposedly “like something we might read if C.S. Lewis’s Wormwood had corresponded with Salinger’s Holden Caulfield”. It looks like the sort of thing that used to clog the Kindle Fantasy category before Amazon changed their tagging policy, and therefore most potential readers will simply ignore it.

  • George Henty says:

    Yep. No sale. Not even in an ebook where it would never be seen.

  • Terry Sanders says:

    Agreed. I saw it, said “kinky Urban Fantasy,” and almost didn’t bother to read the article. Castalia usually shows better marketing judgment than that.

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