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To ask other readers questions about Azazel , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Azazel. Never mind. Especially when the supposed plaintiff is a moron. George Bitternut - you will learn of his ancestry and how Betterknut became Bitternut , won't you?
It wreaks havoc on people's lives. Worse how? He is simply going to master the game of basketball. Azazel is going to make sure it happens. What happens instead? He overdoes it. And, he becomes a physicist, worst of all!
She is supposed to enthrall the audience with her high note. And, Azazel jumps in to help. But, what happens when Azazel won't be around the next time? And, her jilted lover won't listen to anyone sing anymore, worst of all! George's incredible account of Azazel's ludic behaviour is certainly bound to entertain the readers. Asimov's asinine ideas hold sway in every way, because he is.. View all 12 comments.
I try hard not to believe what my friend George tells me. How can I possibly believe a man who tells me he has access to a two-centimeter tall demon he calls Azazel; a demon who is really an extraterrestrial personage of extraordinary, but strictly limited, powers?
As it seems to happen anytime someone is granted a wish by a supernatural being, Azazel's "fixes" tend to backfire, or at least go a little cattywampus.
There are eighteen pretty funny stories here about how things tend to go pear-shap I try hard not to believe what my friend George tells me. There are eighteen pretty funny stories here about how things tend to go pear-shaped when Azazel is called upon to lend a hand. Take the case of the woman who longed for her husband to take her to Paris. She said, " He's getting started again next week.
He said he wants to cross the Pacific and go to Hong Kong. He's going on an oil freighter. He says that's the way to see the ocean. I said, 'Listen you screwball creep, you ain't going to get me on no slow boat to China so I can be all to yourself alone. He said, 'Very well, my dear. I'll go without you. He said, 'Down to Gehanna or up to the Throne, he travels the fastest who travels alone. What's Gehenna? How did a throne get into it? Does he think he's queen of England?
I never kippled so don't tell me he did. He can hardly do it missionary. So, give this a try. Even if you don't find the stories funny, you'll at least learn some valuable lessons in getting others to pick up the check.
Do you remember the old saying: be careful of what you wish for? If you do, then you grasp the concept of this collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. If you've read other works by Asimov, then you'll notice that the style of this short story collection is quite a bit different from what you may remember from, for instance, his "Foundatio Do you remember the old saying: be careful of what you wish for?
If you've read other works by Asimov, then you'll notice that the style of this short story collection is quite a bit different from what you may remember from, for instance, his "Foundation"-series. The stories here are short, light and easily read in one sitting. Some of the stories are more memorable than others, which one would expect from a collection of short stories.
The humour in this book is throughout sarcastic, something that I personally enjoy a lot. The satire and underlying social commentary, that is thrown in for good measure here and there, is quite refreshing also.
Not something that I would expect from a work of fantasy. Like other reviewers have mentioned elsewhere, this book could have benefited from having fewer stories than the 18 it has, for they do tend to get a bit repetitive in the long run.
After all, how much variation of the theme can there be? Get a 1" high demon to grant you a wish on someone else's behalf, in order to improve that persons life to the better, but instead the results turns out to be quite the opposite and disastrous.
Because of this I would advice you not to read more than stories in one sitting, and when you do pick the stories up, try to have some time go between them. For they are fun and enjoyable reads, you just don't want too much at once. Less is more, so to speak. View all 3 comments. Aug 14, Stephen Robert Collins rated it it was amazing. In the latter half of the introduction - which, by the way, I consider one of the best parts of the book - Asimov warns readers that the style is more reminiscent of PG Wodehouse than it is vintage Asimov.
This assessment is certainly true, and accounts for what I both loved and hated most about Azazel. The humor is undeniably brilliant. The spoken and implied dialogue is charming and witty, especially the insults directed towards Asimov himself. But the collection of short stories is like a bas In the latter half of the introduction - which, by the way, I consider one of the best parts of the book - Asimov warns readers that the style is more reminiscent of PG Wodehouse than it is vintage Asimov.
But the collection of short stories is like a basic sitcom; no matter how well-written or well-acted, the storylines all begin to sound the same after a while.
By the end I was reading the dialogue-heavy beginning and end of each story with enthusiasm but trudging through the middle when the dimwitted and pompous storyteller and his 2cm tall demon would inevitably ruin someone's life trying to 'fix' it.
I'd suggest that readers take a long time between stories to better savor them, and I'd tell Asimov he should have included 10 stories instead of Perhaps I would suffer the same disappointment if I read my entire Jeeves collection back to back, but I'm not about to try. Aug 12, Goran Lowie rated it liked it. Asimov's take on "Be careful what you wish for".
A very fun and entertaining read. I like Asimov's short stories books and science books much more than his actual novels. Maybe 3. First humor book I read from him, not bad.
Isaac Asimov's Short Fiction: Azazel Stories Index
George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist and deadbeat, stumbles onto an ancient incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of astonishing wizardly. With Dr. This is definitely a book which Asimov the writing of which was Asimov indulging himself. If I have anything against them, it is that they are the most common form of short fiction Asimov wrote in the last few years of his life I believe. It does tend to make me sad to think that the man whose short fiction in his first decade as a writer was dominated by the early robot and Foundation stories had a last decade as a writer whose short fiction was dominated by George and Azazel stories.
Though known primarily for his works of science fiction, with such classics as the Foundation series and the Robot stories, Dr. And among those many genres, Asimov dabbled in the realm of fantasy. Azazel is a collection of eighteen of his modern fantasy stories, all written during the s. They originated in a story Issac Asimov wrote for a monthly mystery magazine, but, as the editor objected to the recurring fantasy elements, he soon found a home for an altered version of the concept at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. However, since the ultimate decision was to label them as fantasy, I have no hesitations about bringing Azazel to your attention.
Isaac Asimov’s Azazel
Azazel is a character created by Isaac Asimov and featured in a series of fantasy short stories. Azazel is a two-centimeter-tall demon or extraterrestrial , named after the Biblical demon. Some of these stories were collected in Azazel , first published in The stories take the form of conversations between an unnamed writer whom Asimov identifies in the collection introduction as himself and a shiftless friend named George named in "The Two-Centimeter Demon" as George Bitternut. At these meetings George tells how he is able to conjure up Azazel and their adventures together.