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Of course, I don't know how accurate the picture is but it rings true. Actually I will venture to say his writing is very like Mark Twain, in it's sublime humor and colorful story telling. And with that glowing tribute I have to say I find the book unsettling.
The character Lucifer Jones is not a pleasant person.
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Entertaining yes, pleasant no. I would not trust him or anyone connected with him. Would cross the street and leave town to be clear of his machinations. And he's not even that villainous. Just totally without morals. So if you like a funny amoral con man, this book should suit. Mike Resnick Narrated by: Ian Eugene Ryan Series: Lucifer Jones , Book 1 Length: Publisher's Summary Mike Resnick's accomplishments to date include 64 novels, 21 collections, 40 anthologies, two screenplays and approximately short stories - resulting in a couple of shelves of major awards including five Hugos from 35 nominations and awards from various countries including Spain, France, Croatia, and Japan.
Adventures: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones 1922-1926
Nov 02, Bassel rated it it was amazing. Really recommend this collection of stories about the reverend. Always funny and amusing. Feb 26, Jeff Greer rated it it was amazing. Feb 08, Lana Sims rated it it was amazing. This is one of my all time favorite books. Completely irreverent as the Reverend Lucifer Jones, complete scoundrel that he is, winds his way through Africa in search of fortune. Jones takes the reader back 60 years the early part of the 20th century to the time when he was running about the continent of Africa.
He is a quick-witted con man with a penchant for getting into titillating situations but, like Indiana Jones, he has a run of bad luck as he always comes close to getting what he wants, but eventually losing it. He is also a man who takes things rather calmly, even when his life is in peril, relying on his wits and quasi-religion to talk his way out of bewildering scenarios. Although, in losing his fortunes that he is constantly trying to amass so he may build his Tabernacle of Saint Luke, he blindly helps many of the strange characters that he comes across in his travels.
These include, cannibal tribes, a rich widow, many con men, thieves, assassins, a goddess, a lost tribe, a whore house, and even a vampire, just to name a few. Don't believe for an instant that Adventures is a book harping on morals. Jones is very flexible when it comes to the way the world works and how his Secret Partner up above interprets things.
Although the novel doesn't go into detail about sex, its there. When it comes to death, it's not brutally exposed but left to the reader's imagination.
Resnick is a joy to read, per usual. Jan 12, Mjhancock rated it liked it Shelves: The Reverend Lucifer Jones travels throughout Africa, attempting to put together the funds to finally build his Tabernacle of Saint Luke. Only, not so much--Jones is a con man, content to go from country to country circa s to build his fortune, and the tabernacle comes at some distant point after that. In essence, the book is a series of comical adventures, as Jones tries to deceive a cast of similar con artists, and gets deceived in turn. The adventure format works both for and against the The Reverend Lucifer Jones travels throughout Africa, attempting to put together the funds to finally build his Tabernacle of Saint Luke.
The adventure format works both for and against the book's advantage. On the one hand, its light comedic tone would have been mismatched with a more rooted and traditional plot. On the other hand, it does mean there's a sort of repetitiousness to the proceedings: It all hearkens back to a pulp age of adventure novels, and part of whether you like this book will depend on your fondness for that sort of story.
Jones is basically just a prop to hang these con stories on; he's not smart enough that he can't be tricked, and not too dumb that he can't every now and then do the tricking. The book requires that the reader not take it seriously, though some of the jokes--slavery and selling a man into the sex trade--are, uh, questionable. I wasn't offended by the book, but I wasn't particularly amused either; when it comes to the historically-based comedy book, the Flashman series is probably a better way to go.
But it's a fairly breezy read if you're looking for something simple and light. Apr 06, Kate rated it it was ok Shelves: Slightly fantasy, mostly a pastiche of "boys own adventure" stories straight out of the 20s and 30s pulps. If you take it as that, it's not bad - a lot of rollicking adventures and cheeky commentary by a bad-boy not-really-preacher conman named Lucifer Jones. In many places, the politically incorrect "period" tone gets to be grating and less a pastiche than offensive - all the comments about white women and godless heathen blacks and all that are in keeping with the era, but using so MANY of the Slightly fantasy, mostly a pastiche of "boys own adventure" stories straight out of the 20s and 30s pulps.
In many places, the politically incorrect "period" tone gets to be grating and less a pastiche than offensive - all the comments about white women and godless heathen blacks and all that are in keeping with the era, but using so MANY of them starts to become offensive in its own right.
The episodic nature of the story made it move quickly, even when you started to get bored with Lucifer's antics, and it was fun to spot the influences - here's Casablanca, there's She, etc - but the story was really only engaging and fun when it lit out in an entirely weird direction, as with the "Tarzan" character or the actual running of the Tabernacle of St Luke.
All in all, not a bad story, certainly engaging enough for a quick afternoon's read, and I do enjoy a pulp. Probably won't bother with the rest of the books in Lucifer Jones's chronicles, as I think there's not much new ground to tread in the episodic adventures, but this wasn't too bad overall. Jul 31, Jean rated it liked it Shelves: In comparison to 2 other books I'm reading at the same time, I have to say Mike Resnick is an excellent writer.
The stories flow in a natural way with excellent insight into human character with a paucity of words. He doesn't snow the reader with long expositions - just says the most with the least, painting a vibrant picture of life in early 20th century Africa. Of course, I don't know how accurate the picture is but it rings true. Actually I will venture to say his writing is very like Mark Twa In comparison to 2 other books I'm reading at the same time, I have to say Mike Resnick is an excellent writer.
Actually I will venture to say his writing is very like Mark Twain, in it's sublime humor and colorful storytelling. And with that glowing tribute I have to say I find the book unsettling.
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The character Lucifer Jones is con man with limited scruples. Entertaining yes, pleasant no. I would not trust him or anyone connected with him. I would cross the street and leave town to be clear of his machinations. And he's not even that villainous.
Just totally without morals. So if you like a funny amoral con man, this book should suit. I'm a fan of Mike Resnick. In an interview he had said that this was his favorite series to write.
So I HAD to check it out. This is the first miss for me. It is not sci fi like everything else I have read by him. I guess that's why. It was still Resnick clever, and it was still set in Africa like many of his other works. For me it was too corny. I think I just don't understand the serial comedy adventure genre.
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I encourage everyone to read his other books. Sep 19, Pat Adeff rated it it was amazing. A complete, absolute, high-octane wonderfully written hoot of an adventure! Resnick's style of writing. Mar 13, Charl rated it liked it Shelves: I like Resnick's humor. I'm very likely to hunt up the rest of the Reverend Doctor Lucifer Jones' adventures. Apr 02, Avi rated it really liked it. Amusing, if occasionally childish. Dave rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Jerry Hyson rated it really liked it Jan 01, Mark Cook rated it really liked it May 12, David Lauritzen rated it it was amazing Aug 19,