Generally I’m a big fan of KJ Parker’s stories, but this is probably my least favorite that I’ve read by him. It was OK – but I expected better.
An alternate history, set at the time of Shakespeare and Marlowe. Our narrator prides himself on being able to identify items of quality and authenticity, whether they are the plays he puts on at his theater or the antiquities he buys and sells at a profit. But he’s caught by surprise when the “demon in a bottle” he’s acquired turns out to be genuine. Then, the story of the Book of Job gets thrown into the mix.
There are some funny moments, but all the elements didn’t come together as well as they could have.