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Timothy Carter was born in England during the week of the final lunar mission, and he turned thirteen on Friday the thirteenth. He still thinks those two things are pretty cool.
Timothy grew up in Canada’s National Capital Region, and studied Dramatic Arts at Algonquin College. His YA novels include Evil?, Epoch, Attack of the Intergalactic Soul Hunters, and Closets. He has also written the adult-themed novel Section K. Timothy lives and writes in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two cats.
on March 28, 2015 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's like Dante's Inferno mixed with A Christmas Carol, with a little bit of action movie thrown in for good measure... and did I mention it's funny?
Normally (being a jaded editor type) I don't get 'hooked' on books very easily, and I'm a slow reader, but I read this in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. It has a steady stream of action and jokes that kept me engaged right from the get-go, Carter's imagination and creative interpretation of Hell kept me waiting to see what else he would dream up, and as the story progressed, I was surprised to find a lot of heart in there as well.
I find that sometimes comedic books, especially ones with jocky male protagonists, can get a bit surface for me. Not so with 5 Demons. Carter really delves into the mind of someone who is, at first and through much of the tale, essentially unlikeable, and makes the reader follow him, and believe that somehow, he might actually come out of his adventures a better person. I won't give any spoilers, but there were a few parts where I was genuinely moved.
This book is a lot of fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes YA, humour or quirky re-imaginings of mythology.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 06, 2014 :
Once again, I find myself reading a Timothy Carter book, and wishing the hell (pun intended) these books had existed when I was in middle school.
Timothy Carter uses his humour and charm to tackle a subject that is thorny for many people: bullying. This action-packed story takes us through the trials and tribulations of a young bully recently sent to hell for rehabilitation. But as AC/DC once said, hell ain't a bad place to be, when you have demons to face. (Even if some of them do have ulterior motives.)
I'll avoid spoilers and just say this: I was glued to this book to the very end. While the tale itself is lighthearted, (like with Cupid Wars) I'm deeply moved by the symbolism of it all, in relation to the subject matter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)