Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Probability Angels by Joseph Devon - review, giveaway and interview!

Welcome to my stop at Probability Angels Blog Tour! This tour is organized by NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz and by the author Joseph Devon. My stop includes some information about the book and the author, review, short interview and giveaway. Enjoy!

Let's start with review!

Title: Probability Angels

Author: Joseph Devon
Genre: Fiction - Urban Fantasy
Published by: CreateSpace
Publication Date: January 7th, 2009
Age Restriction: N/A
Content Warning: Minor sexual scenes and gore
Recommended Age: 18+
Format(s): eBook and Perfect Paperback
ISBN 13: 1441403868
Number of pages: 282

Summary of Probability Angels:


Matthew knows that he died twenty years ago. He has, after all, been bouncing around New York City ever since, causing mischief and having fun as a supernatural being. But recently some problems have been cropping up: not only is he hallucinating things in garbage cans, but his mentor doesn’t think he’s working up to his full potential, his best friend can’t offer any solace but drunken confusion, and his wife is dying in Central Park.

See, the past twenty years haven’t meant a thing because now it’s time for Matthew to make his second choice and become a tester of humanity.

And that’s all before the zombies show up.

Come explore the world of Matthew and Epp and see what a samurai from Feudal Japan has to do with the course of modern physics, what a two-thousand year old Roman slave has to do with the summit of Mount Everest, and what a dead man from Brooklyn has to do with the fate of the world.
My review:

Probability Angels by Joseph Devon is an interesting book. I was surprised by this book and it confused me. Probability Angels takes the reader to the world of angels and these angels are different. This is exactly what makes this book captivating. Joseph Devon has quite unique perspective about what and how angels are and that made the story fascinating for me.

The beginning of the book caught me right away and then in the middle of the book I was confused both by the story line and by many different point of views. I had sometimes difficulties with understanding who exactly is "talking".

Otherwise the story was well-written and the settings which the author created were brilliant. I also enjoyed the characters!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Author Bio:

Joseph Devon was born in New Jersey and currently lives in New York. He's been a student, a nanny, worked at the Ground Zero recovery project after 9/11, and of all the things he's created he is probably most proud of the character Kyo. He writes a blog at josephdevon.com and also enjoys photography, so he's also at flickr, and tumblr, and twitter too, and sometimes he thinks maybe he has too many social networking outlets.

Author’s Website: http://josephdevon.com/
Author’s Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/#!/josephdevon 

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author Joseph Devon for short interview!

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I’ve had too many influences to mention. Tons of authors. Two teachers in high-school, Miss Alexander and Mister Borlo. They were my Latin and Philosophy teachers respectively. Borlo had us reading stuff in high-school that I never would have read otherwise, Zen koans and Frued’s writings and Milan Kundara. And Miss A had me reading the Aenead in Latin, which forced me to examine writing as something to be crafted. As far as my writing career itself, I kind of bounced around taking advice wherever I could find it, but not sure I really had an overall mentor.

Who are your top 5 favorite authors?

Hemingway, for his ability to make four words do the work of four hundred. Fitzgerald, because I can read The Great Gatsby over and over again. Salinger, for his calmness in using such a chatty writing voice. James Joyce, because he wrote The Dead. Cormac McCarthy, because I have no idea...I just pick up his books and they’re glued to my hands even though half the time I have no idea what’s going on.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I used to when I was starting out. My first book probably had ten different critique partners and beta readers. Over time I got a bit more confident in what I was doing so I moved away from that method. Also, it’s just not fun for those readers. I grew uncomfortable making them read a book and, even though they say they love to help, I sort of noticed that I was quashing all the fun out of it for them. And, lastly, I think I just realized that I wanted to write the way I wanted to write, and nobody can tell you how to do that.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That my first drafts aren’t as awful as I imagine they are. And that my rewriting skills can fix anything given enough time, even my awful first drafts. That’s one thing I try and beat into new writers whenever I can, you are building up skills, you are developing muscles, you are learning how to write and rewrite; you can start to rely on those skills after awhile even if you think you’re rubbish.

What book is on your nightstand right now?

The Common People of Ancient Rome. It’s research for book three of this current trilogy.

Thank you so much Joseph for answering the questions! It is highly appreciated!
And now, the giveaway!

The author has been very kind to give away 2 copies of his book: one (1) eBook and one (1) print copy. All Print giveaways for this tour are available to the US, UK and Canada only. All eBook giveaways are Global.

To enter, please leave a comment with your name, email and country where you are from.

The winners will be announced latest 20th of March. Good luck!

Thank you for reading my post and you can find the next stop of the blog tour here: March 6th – Bob Mi. @ Beauty in Ruins.

Happy touring and reading!


  1. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    I live in the United States!



  3. Sara Kovach

  4. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Love the cover!
    Julie L.
    email: puieread at yahoo dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me for the print copy.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  7. Thanks for the giveaway and for having it both ebook and print. I would prefer the print copy so I can share it with my daughter. I'm from the U.S.

  8. I would love to win a print copy of this book. I am from Canada.
    The storyline is very interesting.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com