If at Faust You Don't Succeed (Millenial Contest, #2)
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If at Faust You Don't Succeed

by Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley
Release date: 1993
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

In Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming, two of the genre's greatest talents, Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley, told the story of a great Millennial contest between the forces of Good and Evil, both vying for control of the universe for the next thousand years. Well, it's that time again...

The demon Mephistopheles is in charge of the new contest, with the Archangel Michael back at his post. Standing in for humanity is the wily Dr. Johann Faust, brilliant alchemist, philosopher, and insufferable prig.

But all is not as it seems. The harried archdemon Mephistopheles mistakenly brings in a medieval cutpurse named Mack the Club, thinking him the learned Dr. Faust. The demon Azzie, rather disgruntled at not handling things for the forces of Dark, takes events into his own claws. And the pious angel Michael... well, let's just say some of his tactics are questionable.

Throw in Charon, ferryman of the dead who lives on a houseboat; a feminist Helen of Troy; heroes, dwarves, nagging Greek Furies, and a whole host of baffled creatures – living, dead, and otherwise – all of whom fight for their rights (and wrongs) in a great titanic struggle against the forces of Good and Evil.

If at Faust You Don't Succeed is a diabolical comedy about life, death, heaven, hell... and eternal bureaucracy.

updated 2010-09-07

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