- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 612 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Revision Books (4 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H25DQVG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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Burnt Jesus Kindle Edition
|Length: 240 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Doctor Who Meets Jesus - that's how I summed up the novel's tone at the beginning, and the assessment is pretty head-strong. If you're a fan of the alternate-dimension, space-and-time genre, you'll feel right at home in a matter of chapters, but those who shirk sci-fi won't find themselves overwhelmed with technicalities. Like the protagonist, Leon, you'll soon finding yourself simply accepting the concept of conventions of Jesusi and the magical appendix.
Burnt Jesus is neither irreverent nor preachy, and remains humorous without being obscene. The pacing is quick, and while the book keeps a humorous beat, main characters still develop and grow over the course of antics meant to save the universe. My only complaint - and one likely to be nullified with a later edition of this book - is the occasional typographical error. The laughter and smiles the story left behind, however, leaves me ultimately more than satisfied with this little gem.
This book is well written and filled with unique ideas. I can't imagine religious readers being offended by anything here, but if they were, I would say they were very insecure and/or have very thin skin. This tongue-in-cheek tale doesn't try to put down religion but instead multiples it across many universes.
If there WERE such a thing as alternate dimensions, the concept of Jesusi dying in different ways and at different times in history makes perfect sense. In fact, it's fascinating to think how much history would change if the Jesus we know had not been crucified but instead burned at a stake or drowned in a pool -- or perhaps he just slipped on a banana skin and banged his head; odds are that this would happen in some realities!
Author Alspiret spins an interesting yarn that is well-paced, suspenseful, and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor.
On a side note: The book's description uses the word 'sacrilegious,' but I would soften that to 'irreverent.' As a person of faith (and avid sf/f reader) I wasn't the least bit offended by this innovative and interesting twist on our reality's 'Jesus story.'
Uneven in places, but turns in unexpected ways.
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