The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten

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Not since The Da Vinci Code! The only tome ever written by God Himself! INSPIRED BY ACTUAL EVENTS! In this compelling memoir, the first and hopefully the last of its kind, America's most divine author reveals the intimate and shocking details of His sudden elevation to the most coveted and least understood position in the universe. In early 2005 (A.D.), wearying of the world's religious schisms, doctrinal heresies, and manifold editorial sins, Thomas M. Disch took matters into His own hands and became the Deity. As controversial as it is incontrovertible, the moving true story of His awful transformation and its awesome aftermath reveals, at long last, the hidden web that links Disch, Philip K. Dick, Western wear, the Leamington Hotel, and Eternity itself. Read it in fear and trembling. But read it, or else. YOU WILL LAUGH. YOU WILL CRY. YOU WILL PRAY.

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"Satire, sociology, religion, and biography get tossed into a blender in New Wave poet and fantasist Disch's latest roller-coaster ride. Claiming that he himself is God, Disch (Camp Concentration) uses notions of divinity to explore his own, sometimes fictionalized life as well as modern culture, dancing in and out of the narrative and weaving in a short story that underlines and mocks the points made in bursts of biography, poetry, and no-holds-barred social commentary. Disch also brings in old grudges with fellow author Philip K. Dick, alternately harsh (condemning the 'bitter, burnt-out, alcoholic all-American loser' to a personalized hell) and tongue-in-cheek, but for the most part the narrative avoids getting lost in self-indulgence. The careful reader will tease out many solid truths from the tangle of humor, history, surrealism, and speculation. The density of ideas packed into this short book is as impressive as Disch's mastery of his craft." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Movie Pitch: Bruce Almighty as a pitch-dark Charlie Kaufman dramedy...a fitting coda to a career spent perfecting the art of the unsettling. Grade: A-." --Entertainment Weekly "...the kind of hairpin intellectual carnival ride old-school SF fans used to delight in." --?Los Angeles City Beat "The Word of God constructs a more complex relationship between the reader and what is read, between the implied author and the real author, and the implied reader and the real person...between reportage and fictionality, between text and pretext, than any book I can remember encountering." --Sci Fi Weekly "...a whimsy with sharp teeth and serious satirical purpose, about religion, literature, sexuality, and the art of being Thomas M. Disch." --The New York Review of Science Fiction "Thomas M. Disch isn't afraid of backlash for what some might consider the writings of a heretic...extraordinarily funny..." --Kirkus :...amusing and subversive... SF veteran [Thomas M.] Disch fires another salvo in the ongoing debate between atheists and believers." --Booklist "Tom Disch is the Devil! He says he's God, but he's not. Read this book against my warning, and at your peril. Every page you turn will send you deeper into the abyss. Tom Disch is America's own Mephistopheles!" --Alice K. Turner, author of The History of Hell "The god Disch is brilliant, startling, playful, vengeful, poetic, and kind of scary. As gods go, we could do worse. The writer Disch is brilliant, startling, playful, vengeful, poetic, and kind of scary. As writers go, there is no one better." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austin Book Club "Of course, Tom has always been Jovial...but an actual divinity? Only now must I relinquish my birthright atheism, in recognition of the presence of a literary god. An obscure Vietnamese cult worshipped Victor Hugo, and I was tempted, but that was long ago, and they have passed from the scene." --Norman Rush, author of Mating and Mortals "My faith was rewarded with a soul-satisfying reading experience." --Denver Post "I first came to believe in God when he successfully cured my cancer in 1969. A few years later he again answered my prayers by laying his hands on my first wife's belly and ensuring that our child would be a son. On almost every occasion when I have prayed sincerely and selfishly to God in whatever country I have been in, he has answered me with his generous blessings, most recently when he cured my diabetes in what I call the Miracle of the I-35 Dairy Queen. I cannot worship nor give my heart to a more beneficent or loving God than He. I have thanked God on every occasion I have been presented with a major literary prize or when those I consider my literary rivals and enemies have been denied awards or been struck with deadly diseases." --Michael Moorcock, author of Stealer of Souls and Behold the Man "A lovely, funny, interesting, incisive, and wonderfully blasphemous novel." --Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints and Madmen and Shriek "It has been the happy fate of myself, my twin brother Greg, and our two younger sibs, Gary and Nancy, to have grown up with a god for an older brother. Sometimes it has been difficult to get along with such a perfect know-it-all, but didn't Jesus's siblings have the same blessed problem? What can I say? We adore him." --Jeffrey James Disch "I had never thought of Tom as stooping to God before, but it turns out to have been a good idea. It's good to hear from a Voice up there that knows the score, knows how to share His laughter with those who are mostly victims of His terrible laugh, knows that He too is art of the Joke. So please stay on high. Do us all Worlds of good." --John Clute "[Disch's] audacious imagination, his fierce refusal to give in to conventional ideas, and his dark humor...are all on brilliant display in this satiric masterpiece." --Asimov's Science Fiction "This gorgeously wicked, heartbreakingly sweet satire settles old scores and initiates new ones, skewering its subjects with intelligence and wit. Disch's generosity as a writer, as well as the keenness and breadth of his intellect, shine forth in these pages." --Realms of Fantasy

Review:

"Let us now his praises sing." --Sister Michael, author, "Rules for Boys"

"One of the most remarkably talented writers around." --"Washington Post Book World"

"When it comes to Thomas Disch, label makers scratch their heads." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune"

"Diversely gifted . . . entirely original . . . joyously versatile . . . a unique talent." --"Newsweek"

"I must relinquish my birthright atheism, in recognition of the presence of a literary god." --Norman Rush, author," Mortals"

"[Disch's] voice . . . modernist, romantic, ironic, intelligent, and chilling . . . makes him one of the indispensible SF masters." --"The St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers"

"Tom Disch is the Devil! He says he's God, but he's not. Read this book against my warning, and at your peril. He is America's own Mephistopheles." --Alice Turner, author, "A History of Hell"

"Amusing and subversive . . . veteran [Thomas M.] Disch fires another salvo in the ongoing debate between atheists and believers." --Booklist"

"While Disch's frequent references to suffering and the afterlife can be painful to read after his recent suicide, they make for a fitting coda to a career spent perfecting the art of the unsettling. A-." --"Entertainment Weekly"

"Constructs a more complex relationship between the reader and what is read, between the implied author and the real author and the implied reader and the real person . . . between reportage and fictionality, between text and pretext, than any book I can remember encountering." ----SCI FI Weekly



"The careful reader will tease out many solid truths from the tangle of humor, history, surrealism and speculation. The density of ideas packed into this short book is as impressive as Disch's mastery of his craft." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Thomas M. Disch isn't afraid of backlash for what some might consider the writings of a heretic . . . extraordinarily funny." "--Kirkus Reviews"

"Amusing and subversive . . . veteran [Thomas M.] Disch fires another salvo in the ongoing debate between atheists and believers. " --Booklist"

"Constructs a more complex relationship between the reader and what is read, between the implied author and the real author and the implied reader and the real person . . . between reportage and fictionality, between text and pretext, than any book I can remember encountering." ----SCI FI Weekly



"Satire, sociology, religion, and biography get tossed into a blender in New Wave poet and fantasist Disch's latest roller-coaster ride. Claiming that he himself is God, Disch ("Camp Concentration") uses notions of divinity to explore his own, sometimes fictionalized life as well as modern culture, dancing in and out of the narrative and weaving in a short story that underlines and mocks the points made in bursts of biography, poetry, and no-holds-barred social commentary. Disch also brings in old grudges with fellow author Philip K. Dick, alternately harsh (condemning the 'bitter, burnt-out, alcoholic all-American loser' to a personalized hell) and tongue-in-cheek, but for the most part the narrative avoids getting lost in self-indulgence. The careful reader will tease out many solid truths from the tangle of humor, history, surrealism, and speculation. The density of ideas packed into this short book is as impressive as Disch's mastery of his craft."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Movie Pitch: "Bruce Almighty" as a pitch-dark Charlie Kaufman dramedy...a fitting coda to a career spent perfecting the art of the unsettling. Grade: A-."
--"Entertainment Weekly"
..".the kind of hairpin intellectual carnival ride old-school SF fans used to delight in."
--"?Los Angeles City Beat"
""The Word of God" constructs a more complex relationship between the reader and what is read, between the implied author and the real author, and the implied reader and the real person...between reportage and fictionality, between text and pretext, than any book I can remember encountering."
--"Sci Fi Weekly"
..".a whimsy with sharp teeth and serious satirical purpose, about religion, literature, sexuality, and the art of being Thomas M. Disch."
--"The New York Review of Science Fiction"
"Thomas M. Disch isn't afraid of backlash for what some might consider the writings of a heretic...extraordinarily funny...."
--"Kirkus"
..

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