This was a novella about a philosopher named Saloninus that sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for 20 more years of life to pursue his intellectual pursuits. The demon that barters the deal is an actual fan of Saloninus’ writing about morality and if there is actual good and evil. Saloninus gets his way and begins to build himself an empire because the demon can grant him whatever he wants. The demon in return is very hesitant of Saloninus because Saloninus never tells the demon what he is going to be up to in the next 20 years. Soon the demon gets paranoid and believes that Saloninus is trying to find a loophole out of the contract.
I found this to be an interesting novella and something interesting to read about what is evil and how to identify evil. I ended up actually being on the demon’s side in the later parts of the novella because Saloninus is just so sneaky. It was funny to see the demon get all paranoid and try to figure out what Saloninus was up to. The pay off at the end was pretty apparent to me early on but the questions of morality were what kept me interested.
I enjoyed this novella, though I wasn’t blown away by it. Parker’s writing style was relaxing and fun to read, so I’m excited about getting into more of his work. I think this will be amazing for readers that like philosophy. There are definitely layers to this novella that I need to pick at for awhile in my brain and could be rereadable in the future.