He's two centimetres tall. He's fiery red. He has magical powers strong enough to wreck a normal human's life...all with the best intentions, of course.
George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an ancient incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of astonishing wizardry.
Unfortunately, Azazel refuses to do anything for George's personal gain - but he agrees to help out a few of his friends.
This devilish collection of stories follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut.
Told with great fun and in the inimitable Asimov style, Azazel makes for hours of pure impish delight.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/1990
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780553400687
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Review by jessicariddoch
something very different from asimov, which shows that he is a great writer and is not restricted to a single field.This is a collection of short stories all taken from magaizines about a man and a red imp who cannot help but try to help people. It is a contemporary setting although I almost feel that the characters are a little behind the times, even for when it was written. The stories apparently chaged from science fiction (the imp originally bine an alien) to more fantacy on request of the magazines (Asimov himself explanes this in the introduction) though having read the sotries I find it difficult to believe that they were ever different to what they are now.The individual stories all follow the same formula with one man telling another the tale of what happened this time when the imp decided to involve itself in human affares. This imp owner being the type of man who borrows money and never repays it and sticks his guest with the bill for the meal, the suggestion always is that the hearer of the story is non to believing of this marvelours being. It is a compforatble formula, with the story unfolding and then the twist in the tale. The interference for good never seems to work out and there is a moral that goes through them all.each story is well worked out and there is progression throught the book of the development of the relationship between the two characters talking and with the imp. an easy but satisfying read