The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis has always been on my reading list. Alas, I have never read it, but I would imagine As One Devil to Another by Richard Platt would probably illustrate the storyline well.
I’m not sure why Richard Platt wanted to imitate the work of C.S. Lewis, except that this is a more modern version with references we’re all familiar and can resonate with. As One Devil to Another is a series of letters from Slashreap to his nephew Scardagger. Filled with wisdom and amusing anecdotes, Platt brings C.S. Lewis into modern times by illustrating basic concepts of good and evil. The scant illustrations are also amusing.
In talking to his nephew, Slashreap talks about the internet:
“With this gift of His Infernal Majesty, we have been blessed with the nanosecond attention span, the erosion of patience, the exponential growth of crediulity and gullibility, the silent profiliferation of pornography, and the removal of most of the societal barriers that formerly obstructed it.” (pg. 125)
As One Devil to Another feels like I have just come upon the collection of letters from one demon to another demon and get to eavesdrop. You can’t help but feel some sympathy for Scardagger and the other demons who know where they are headed and that they can’t possibly win.
I give this novel four stars. It’s a good casual read.
Tyndale has given me a certificate to give away to any of my readers. If you would like a copy of this book, leave a comment. On May 7, I will draw a name from the comments and announce the winner on May 8 on my twitter and Facebook page.
*Book given by publisher to review.
Update: March 8, 2012 – Slam Dunk won the certificate.