Please help me find the name of the novel where God literally falls to Earth, stone dead, from Heaven.
April 27, 2010 6:52 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for the name of a novel in which God, portrayed as a gigantic being thousands of feet tall and weighing millions of pounds wearing robes and having a flowing white beard, quite literally falls to earth from heaven, stone dead. The story is all about the repercussions on Earth after this event.
posted by DrDreidel to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Towing Jehovah?
posted by phoenixy at 6:53 AM on April 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


phoenixy is right.
posted by Prospero at 6:54 AM on April 27, 2010


Yes! I knew Ask MeFi would come through. Thank you phoenixy and Propsero.
posted by DrDreidel at 6:58 AM on April 27, 2010


Oh, and a follow up since my question got answered so quickly: Is it any good?
posted by DrDreidel at 6:58 AM on April 27, 2010


Yes.
posted by iwhitney at 7:03 AM on April 27, 2010


I quit reading it a few chapters in. So, for me, at least, the premise was more interesting than the execution.
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:03 AM on April 27, 2010


I read the whole thing and didn't care for it much, but I wasn't interested in "questions about God" in the first place.
posted by cranberrymonger at 7:09 AM on April 27, 2010


It was good, but I thought the followup Blameless In Abaddon was better. They put god on trial for allowing evil in the world- the section where they take a trip through the mind of god is really great.
posted by InfidelZombie at 7:13 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's the first of a trilogy--I read and enjoyed all three. Only Begotten Daughter by the same author is also pretty good.
posted by leesh at 7:24 AM on April 27, 2010


I agree with InfidelZombie. Towing was pretty good, but Blameless was fantastic.
posted by General Malaise at 7:37 AM on April 27, 2010


It might also be worth checking out Bible Stories For Adults by the same author.
posted by zombieflanders at 8:18 AM on April 27, 2010


I was reading Blameless In Abaddon on the bus, and a certain person's testimony made me cry uncontrollably in public. I've never had that happen before. It's an awesome book- funny, full of ideas, extremely creative. And it doesn't run out of steam like a lot of "big idea" books; the ending is fantastic. Again, Towing Jehovah is pretty good, but Blameless in Abaddon is a top 10 book.
posted by Clambone at 8:34 AM on April 27, 2010


Another fan of the trilogy and Bible stories for Adults too.
posted by mearls at 8:48 AM on April 27, 2010


Even if you enjoy his other books you might want to avoid This Is The Way The World Ends. If I remember it was fairly depressing and confusing than his other works. YMMV.
posted by UMDirector at 10:01 AM on April 27, 2010


I really liked it.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:05 AM on April 27, 2010


The pacing is erratic, but it's a worthwhile read.
posted by Billegible at 2:14 PM on April 27, 2010


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