Waiting on Wednesday #10 – UP JUMPS THE DEVIL by Michael Poore

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it’s a way to share with other bloggers the books you are really looking forward to reading. It’s always hard for me to narrow it down to one book, but this week I just happened to stumble upon an author I’ve never heard of before.  Plus, this book is coming out in July, so the wait time is short!

Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore. Release date: July 3, 2012 by Ecco/Harper Collins. Michael Poore has written and published numerous short stories, but this is his first novel. What drew me to this book was the cover. The devil roasting marshmallows? How can you not want to read a book like that? Here’s what Goodreads says about Up Jumps the Devil:

He’s made of wood. He cooks an excellent gumbo. Cows love him. And he’s the world’s first love story . . . and the world’s first broken heart. Meet the darkly handsome, charming, John Scratch, a.k.a. The Devil. Ever since his true love, a fellow fallen angel named Arden, decided that Earth was a little too terrifying and a little too violent, John Scratch has been trying to lure her back from the forgiving grace of Heaven. Though the wonders of Egypt nor the glories of Rome weren’t enough to keep her on Earth, John Scratch believes he’s found a new Eden: America.

From Pocahontas and the Pilgrims onward, John Scratch capitalizes on the bounty of this arcadia. Then, one dark night in the late 1960s, he meets three down-on-their-luck musicians and strikes a deal. In exchange for their souls, he’ll grant them fame, wealth, and the chance to make the world a better place. Soon, the trio are helping the Devil push his pet nation towards the height of civilization-or so he thinks. But there’s a great deal about humans he still needs to learn, even after so many millennia among them.

Overflowing with imagination, originality, insight, and humor, rippling with history and myth, Up Jumps the Devil is an immensely fun read, a richly entertaining, clever and madcap journey as irresistible and charming as the devil himself.

I’m definitely in the mood for a humorous story about the Devil. What are you waiting on this week?

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