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We hope everyone is having a great New Year so far! It's time for our first review of the year, and this time Puppilull was kind enough to provide us with a Review of the "Best Circle of Hell" series by Sasha Distan. If you haven't already read the series, then hopefully Puppilull's review will have you adding it to your "list". If you have read them, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Happy Reading!

 



Sasha Distan

 

Reviewer: Puppilull


Status: Incomplete


Word Count: 135,355

 

Like so often before, my choice of story to review this time is perhaps not for everyone. Sasha Distan’s The Best Circle of Hell stories are seven stories, six complete and one under way, all centered around a group of demons, including the Prince of Hell. Yes, that’s right. Demons. And these are real demons who go out and do demonic stuff. I won’t try to sugarcoat this. At times, these stories get rough. Gory, twisted and violent. Consent isn’t always at the top of the list for these guys. Also, there is a fair amount of explicit sex. So the warnings are real and should be read carefully.

 

The various stories each center around one or a few demons, who all go through that longing we all share. Longing for someone who is the right fit just for them. When you have eternity to do all that longing, the feeling seems to grow. With special powers at your command, boredom or perhaps a sense of having no purpose can make you do all kinds of twisted things. And then something or rather someone happens. Sometimes as an accident, sometimes as the answer to a prayer and demonic existence is not the same anymore. Even if, as I said, the way they express their affection is not exactly mainstream.

 

Then why read these stories? Won’t they just make you nauseous or depressed? Angry perhaps? No, not at all. For even though the demons sometimes have a quite, let’s say unique way to approach other beings, they are really just like us. Even though I hope you keep the number of slayings to an absolute minimum.

 

And of course, it’s not all gore and guts. The Best Circle of Hell stories are filled with warmth (not surprising as they spend a great deal of time in Hell… ;) ), friendship, loyalty and if I may be so bold even love. Maybe not the kind most of us go for, but love based on the most profound understanding and acceptance, on finding someone who lets you be you, even if that is a horned demon with hooves or a shapeshifting snake with seductive scales. Along the way, we get to know the inhabitants of Hell rather well and get to experience the curious sensation of rooting for beings who do pretty bad things. The characters are just that well written and believable, even given the subject matter.

 

So, can we learn from these demons? Perhaps that it’s never too late. Perhaps that a friend is someone to listen to, even if he has an irritating habit of using his empathic abilities to take over your inner voiceover. Perhaps that if we open our eyes and truly see the being in front of us, we might be surprised at what we find. It could be just who we are looking for.

 

Category: Fiction Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romance Tags: Demons, Abuse, Rape, Violent, Adult, Anal Rating: Mature

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Those might be some of the nicest things anyone has ever said about my work. Thank you so much!

They are definitely the nicest things anyone has ever said about the demons. They'll be so thrilled.

Yes Tim - there are two chapters with Kitt as we speak.

 

I keep meaning to got back and fix, edit, and generally tidy up the first few stories. They were written before I came here to GA, and are...untidy at best.

 

thank you Puppilull and thank you Renee!

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I keep meaning to got back and fix, edit, and generally tidy up the first few stories. They were written before I came here to GA, and are...untidy at best.

 

I dunno - some of the typos are really cute. Personally I love lion cloth when you describe Sitka in the first story.

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LOL - Sasha almost ended up with Anubis with a lion-cloth too!  I read the sentence three times before I was able to figure out what was bothering me about it.

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OMG, what a coincidence! I just began reading The Best Circle of Hell series! :D I gotta admit, this isn't the usual thing I read, but by the end of Stolen Pleasures, I was hooked. :)

Now, I'm off to read Tobias' story!

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OMG, what a coincidence! I just began reading The Best Circle of Hell series! :D I gotta admit, this isn't the usual thing I read, but by the end of Stolen Pleasures, I was hooked. :)

 

Now, I'm off to read Tobias' story!

 

Oh, Tobias's story is still my favourite. Though I adore them all.

Tobias and Zai have been hanging around in my brain since I was fifteen and they stopped me sleeping at night because I was so scared of them.

 

Enjoy!

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So excited for two more chapters of Kiorl! I love his grumpy tough on the outside, soft on the inside personality. My favorite Best Circle of Hell story so far. 

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Sasha has written a ton of amazing stories on this site. I'm pretty sure I've never left a review on any of them, mostly because so many of them are a few years old now. I will admit, this this particular series wasn't for me. But Sasha is awesome and deserving of so much praise.

 

My absolute favorite has to be Bad Sterotypes. With Direct Confusion and Don't Shout being close runner ups. Oh and of course more recently, Apprentice was really great. Currently I'm enjoying Confide/ant.

 

So Sasha I'm digging your writing, but I've been too lazy to write a review as of yet. I probably should do that.

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I agree with pretty much everything Puppi has said in her review.  The Circle of Hell series isn't for everyone.  There is gore, pain and unconventional displays of love and affection that might be disturbing (or at least not as enjoyable) for some, but each story is a fascinating read.  I enjoyed the fact that nothing was sugar coated and the demons acted.. well, like demons.

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My absolute favorite has to be Bad Sterotypes. With Direct Confusion and Don't Shout being close runner ups. Oh and of course more recently, Apprentice was really great. Currently I'm enjoying Confide/ant.

 

Don't Shout is one of my all time GA favorites. :wub:

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You should have seen the craziness between BSL and ASL, the version I had learned! Subtle differences that could totally change meaning!

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Sasha has written a ton of amazing stories on this site. I'm pretty sure I've never left a review on any of them, mostly because so many of them are a few years old now. I will admit, this this particular series wasn't for me. But Sasha is awesome and deserving of so much praise.

 

My absolute favorite has to be Bad Sterotypes. With Direct Confusion and Don't Shout being close runner ups. Oh and of course more recently, Apprentice was really great. Currently I'm enjoying Confide/ant.

 

So Sasha I'm digging your writing, but I've been too lazy to write a review as of yet. I probably should do that.

 

Thank you! We'd love to see you in the discussion forums too.

 

And thank you to everyone! I’m totally sitting over here on my sofa with my pup soaking up all the love. I'm not gonna lie, it's awesome.

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WARNING : Take extreme caution when reading Best Circle of Hell Series (one story in particular). Under no circumstances should one read these stories at 4 in the morning ! For the sake of one's sanity, one is advised to read them in broad daylight, preferably at a sunny beach, under a parasol lying on a deck chair, sipping a fizzy drink ... Without these ancillary items someone may suffer a complete emotional breakdown as I had done ...

 

OH ... I AM a weirdo ... time to book an appointment with my therapist ...

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WARNING : Take extreme caution when reading Best Circle of Hell Series (one story in particular). Under no circumstances should one read these stories at 4 in the morning ! For the sake of one's sanity, one is advised to read them in broad daylight, preferably at a sunny beach, under a parasol lying on a deck chair, sipping a fizzy drink ... Without these ancillary items someone may suffer a complete emotional breakdown as I had done ...

 

OH ... I AM a weirdo ... time to book an appointment with my therapist ...

 

Sweetie, you're not a weirdo! They are challenging stories, Tobias and Zai in particular. But daylight and a drink sound about right for it...

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