Published: 2015 (in fact, it comes out today!)
Genre: religious humor
Length: 131 pages
Setting: the book of Genesis
Interest: I was given an Advance Reader Copy of the book to review by the publisher, but all of my opinions are my own.
Summary: The subtitle pretty much says it all – it is a retelling of the book of Genesis, without all the formal language and skipping the boring parts (like all the begats). We start in the Garden of Eden, and cover all the major characters of Genesis – Noah and the flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. If you’ve read the Bible or been to Sunday school, you’ll recognize all the stories, if not the irreverent commentary surrounding the stories.
Final thoughts: This book is hilarious. I was chuckling and sometimes even laughing out loud in every chapter (and there’s a lot of chapters). The author’s broken the book up by cohesive verses instead of biblical chapters. Sometimes as few as four verses gets their own chapter, if they don’t fit with the surrounding verses, and sometimes it’s up to two chapters smooshed together because it’s all the same plotline. The foreword sets the tone of the whole book. If you don’t laugh at least once in the foreword (that you can preview on Amazon), you can probably skip the rest of the book. Personally, I liked it enough I had to read parts to my husband. The last paragraph in each chapter was the best – it summarized the absurdity of the chapter and set you up for the next bit of story telling.
This book is probably most appropriate for the lapsed religious individual (in other words, I’m the perfect target audience). It’s best for someone who knows the stories, but won’t be offended by poking fun at them. When you do some analysis of the stories in Genesis, there are some inconsistencies. (Like the whole double creation bit in the first two chapters of Genesis. What happened to the first people God created? According to the author, God lost them – he’s very forgetful and repeats himself all the time.) The only potential negative I could see was the few pop culture shout outs (Facebook, Candy Crush, Valar Morghulis) that may date the book in a few years. Now, they fit right in and add to the amusement of the writing. Highly recommended.
Title comes from: The subtitle tells you exactly what you’re going to get in this book. The title is a phrase you might use to start a story.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 73/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge (I’m totally counting it as a book, even though it’s technically only a novella. I’ve decided its still long enough to count.)
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