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What In God's Name by [Rich, Simon]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Praise for WIGN:
Divinely funny

(Vanity Fair 2012-07-01)

Deliciously funny (Kirkus 2012-07-31)

one of the funniest writers in America . . . Rich evokes enough of the hellish qualities of Earth (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Walmart, a screenplay for Finnegans Wake) and of the little things that we'll miss (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Walmart, a screenplay for Finnegans Wake) that it feels like a little love letter to the world. Thanks, life. Good of you to let me drop by. (Daily Beast 2012-08-01)

Truly hilarious (Eva Wiseman Observer 2012-08-05)

A light, amusing and readable book with a very modern take on the afterlife. (We Love This Book)

hilarious and touching . . . rest assured that you're in good hands here...obviously Rich is crazy good at hysterical sharp dialogue. But the bonus here is that his head is matched by his heart. Rich lends the potentially gimmicky story real emotional heft and avoids condescending to his characters (or readers). At its best, WHAT IN GOD'S NAME reads like a screenplay for a film that might sit comfortably beside Woody Allen's early absurd works in a Netflix queue . . . a clever, endearing novel. (Entertainment Weekly 2012-08-09)

Elliot Allagash, drew comparisons to Evelyn Waugh and P. G. Wodehouse. His new novel, What in God's Name, evokes another titan of English comedy: Douglas Adams. . . Funny and occasionally touching, What in God's Name is satire that avoids sanctimony . . . Rich knows how to balance the smart with the funny. When What in God's Name bares its teeth, it's because it's laughing. (Patrick Cassels New York Times 2012-08-03)

This depiction of the Almighty as an affable-but-oblivious overgrown frat boy probably isn't what you'd expect, especially if you happen to belong to a religion in which God does not use profanity and refer to "Free Bird" as his "jam." But that's the beauty of WHAT IN GOD'S NAME . . . it's as unpredictable as it is funny, and it's one of the best American comic novels of the past few years . . . Not too many authors could pull off a plot this gleefully absurd, but Rich mostly keeps a straight face throughout - like any great comedian, he's committed to the joke, and he doesn't break. His vision of heaven is both original and hilarious . . . the most amazing thing about WHAT IN GOD'S NAME is its unrelenting sweetness . . . The young author has an obvious affection for the underdog, and a soft spot for those who work hard at what they do. It's that sensibility that makes WHAT IN GOD'S NAME a near-perfect work of humor writing - strikingly original, edgy but compassionate, and most importantly, deeply hilarious. (Michael Schaub NPR.org 2012-08-08)

A romcom with Armageddon hanging in the balance, it's written with a lightness of touch that makes it a breezy read (Alastair Mabbott Glasgow Herald 2012-08-25)

Sweetly funny and moving (Kate Tuttle Boston Sunday Globe 2012-08-19)

Rich's play on office politics and his understanding of the comic potential of human relationships is accurate enough, producing an appealing mixture of subtle and laugh-out-loud funny. (Independent on Sunday 2012-09-09)

The super-funny Simon Rich . . . a literary romcom . . . Properly laugh-out-loud funny and sweetly charming. You'll be rooting for the angels to save the world. (Heat 2012-09-15)

Rich has a gently clever comic style . . . ideal material for a feel-good rom-com movie . . . God getting the best laughs, and the dialogue crackles along. It is the nearest I have read in a while to the spirit of the best screenplays of the late, great Nora Ephron, and there are few better compliments than that (David Herman Jewish Chronicle 2012-09-28)

Totally hilarious satire (Cooler 2012-10-01)

Funny and inventive (David Evans FT 2012-10-27)

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How can you help mankind, when they won't help themselves? Welcome to Heaven Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O5AMP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Writing comic fiction is hard, reading it is sometimes harder. I started Simon Rich's slender tome with a sense of trepidation, realising that I would be done in about an hour and possibly left with the same sort of pointlessly pigged-out feeling I get from scoffing a whole bumper bag of Revels in front of some terrible horror DVD. I needn't have worried, the Gospel According To Simon Rich is a total hoot from start to finish.
You want snappy dialogue? You got it.
Lashings of super-smart satire? Check.
A bit of a love story (not too mushy,mind!) going on at the side? Affirmative.
Will it offend your God-bothering grandma? Well...
I'm a religious sort of guy myself - I run my own cult (mainly for tax reasons)and I've predicted the world to end in a ball of flame on the 9th of June 2027, at about 4.15 in the PM - and I didn't take the teensiest bit of umbrage at the depiction of God Our Father as the CEO of a company which is running all the more efficiently without his active involvement. You've got be able to laugh at yourself, right? I shop for Cheerios at the all night Asda wearing my second best crown of thorns and you should see some of the looks I get. It's true what they say about a prophet never being recognised in his home town. At least I don't have to wear a funny green uniform - I CHOOSE to wear it, okay? I look gosh-darn good in green,a bit like Robin Hood in actual fact. Any of youse got a problem with that?
Another day gone, another day nearer our fiery end....Enjoy the book, my children.
And repent! Before it's too late!
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By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2012
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A very short and light story set in Heaven, with a God who can't really be bothered and a range of incompetent Angels making miracles to help a few humans out here and there.

It is supposed to be a comedy, but it didn't make me laugh. The plot was thin and the characters forgettable.
The author has apparently written for US TV - and I guess that shows in the light, fluffy style.
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By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2012
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What in God's Name is funny, off and on; the humour feels forced for the most part, though I laughed long, hard and out-loud at the bit with Regis Philbin. Other than that... I'm finding it hard to find anything to say about this book.

What in God's Name is a very short novel that imagines God as CEO of Heaven inc. God doesn't have much time for humanity, he doesn't answer prayers, he's lost what little interest he ever had in Earth. Humanity has become such a bore, God thinks he might just end the world soon so he can concentrate on his real love, an Asian-fusian restaurant he's planning to open in Heaven soon. Two Angels set out to change God's mind by taking a bet to make a seemingly easy-to-achieve miracle happen - a task that turns out to be the hardest thing they've ever done and... that's pretty much it.

The premise is all. The characters are caricatures and the plot - two Angels race against time to push two social inepts into each other's arms - was tired and predictable. Along the way, there are a few laughs. It's very filmic; at times it reads more like a detailed treatment for a sitcom than a novel. It's VERY American, there is nowhere on Earth or in Heaven that isn't a mirror-copy of the USA.

In short, it's a quick, sometimes funny read, nothing more. I still can't decide if the appearance of Alexander the Great as an impregnator of many women was meant to be a joke.
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This is a good book that I read with a smile on my face throughout.

It's about heaven which is an office, where the CEO is God, and the employees are angels. The main focus of the book is on the miracles department where Craig works. He welcomes new girl-angel Eliza who used to work in the prayers department. She then sees God in his office and takes exception to her previous prayers work not having been read. God sees her point of view and decides it is time for him to retire so he sets a date for the end of the world. Craig seeks a reversal of this decision and is given a lifeline because God agrees not to destroy Earth if Craig can answer a prayer within 30 days. Unfortunately of the possible prayers he has been given to answer most are out of date so they are stuck with one set of prayers where a girl and boy both want to get together with each other, except they are the two most awkward and shy people possible.

So the two angels set about working their mini-miracles to try and make this happen, but there are a lot of things still outside their control, as there are rules involved in what they can and can't do. They watch events unfold on their computer screens, and it is quite interesting the juxtaposition of these two angels watching and commenting on the lame attempts of the humans trying to get together when they too are in a similar situation.

Just a word of warning though. The book is very Americanised with references to American sports like the NFL and NASCAR; then talk of the East Coast and the South etc. and also the language. This is most apparent at the beginning but does become less in the later part of the story. All us English readers will just have to muddle through these parts, but the reward is worth it.
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