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God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales Hardcover – 20 Aug 2011


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (20 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145161036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451610369
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jillette has made a career as a provocateur, and it is tempting to dismiss this book as another piece of carny shtick, but there is a forceful intelligence at work here that demands to be taken seriously. He has shaped his argument with care." --"Daniel Stashower, " Washington Post Book World

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By antialiasis on 28 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
Don't make the mistake of thinking this is actually a book about atheism, or you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. It is really a book about Penn Jillette just pouring his heart out about whatever crosses his mind, which sometimes has something vaguely to do with atheism (such as the story of how he became an atheist by reading the Bible in Sunday school and asking his pastor critical questions, and the story of the ex-Jew who asked him to eat his first non-Kosher meal with him) and sometimes really, really doesn't (such as the Penthouse letter about scuba sex, and the story of how he dropped his genitals into his ex-girlfriend's blowdryer).

This isn't to its detriment at all, just as long as you're willing to go with it. The stories vary in content from the merely amusing to the entertainingly lewd to the just generally crazy to the actually remarkably touching. Sometimes he explains his opinions on stuff, with thoughtful, unconventional reasoning that's interesting even if you disagree with it; sometimes he talks about emotions, especially his love for his family and what he's been willing to do because of it, which is again interesting and kind of moving even if you'd disapprove of what he did; other times he's just sharing something that happened to him once, or something his friend said once, or something that made him think. Most of the stories don't have a point, as such; they're just something he wanted to share with the world. He rambles incessantly, going off on tangents about incidental characters who appear for two seconds in one of the stories or his thoughts on what he just described, so that sometimes by the time he returns to the story he was telling you've completely forgotten what it was about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz on 12 Oct 2011
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As others have remarked, the title is perhaps a little misleading as this is not a book about atheism, so much as a collection of anecdotes from someone who happens to be a highly opinionated and outspoken atheist. As such, I found it thoroughly entertaining. In terms of it's rather rambling style it struck me as being somewhat similar to Derren Brown's Trick of the Mind - perhaps unsurprisingly since both authors share an occupation. It's an easy read but that doesn't mean it is light on content. Many of the anecdotes are very funny, some are moving, and whilst I don't agree completely with all Mr Jillette's views, his unique take on things certainly gave me pause for thought on more than one occasion. I was going to say if you're offended by swearing, blasphemy or homosexuality then this isn't the book for you, but on second thoughts, if you're offended by those things then perhaps this is exactly the book you need...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thomas doherty on 1 Oct 2011
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I loved this book.

I have to be honest, I have really terrible attention span, and it normally takes me months, or even years to get through a book. But I just couldnt put this down. I read it over 3 nights. Thats a record for me. :)

The book is a series of short stories from Penn Jillette's life. I like the fact that he doesnt beat athiesm down your throat, but its somehow always tied up in the story. It more or less gives you an idea of how Penn became an athiest, and helped guide other people down the path they were already headed. Its also got some funny, and sad stories thrown in for good measure. A book has never made me laugh out loud, or shed a tear before. This book really touched me in a way that no book ever has before. It really made me think, and actually answered a few difficult questions for me.

If you are looking to learn from the experience of a seasoned Athiest, BUY THIS BOOK!
If you are looking for something that will make you laugh out loud, but at the same time, help you learn to value the people you love. BUY this book!

Do not but this book if:

You are looking for "A book about athiesm" its not that kind of book.

But seriously.... BUY THIS BOOK! You need it in your life. :)
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This book is hilarious!!! Penn may not be to everyone's taste but I loved this book (and his more recent one too). I really liked the autobiographical style of the book too!
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God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales is a very witty and readable book. Penn is witty intelligent guy. Love reading his books.
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Not really a book on atheism so much as a collection of funny stories loosely themed around an atheists life. Good book
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By joanne bloomer on 22 Mar 2013
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The book came really quickly. It is funny and charming, just like the author! I enjoyed reading it a lot.
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I was slightly misled by the title 'God, No!: Signs You May Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales'; I presumed that the majority of the book would be focused on atheism, with the occasional personal story. Instead, I found that the majority of the book was personal stories from Penn, with a small amount of atheism intertwined within these stories. However, it was still a very enjoyable and easy-to-read book and I would recommend it to almost everyone (some of the stories were slightly graphic in nature, if you catch my drift...)

If you have ten pounds to spare then I would recommend you put it to good use and buy this book!
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