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The Astrological Diary of God

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A masterpiece of religious parody in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut.

Japs Eye Fontanelle, an 88-year-old overweight, retired Japanese kamikaze pilot, insists that he is the rightful king of the Holy Channel Island of Jersey. He also claims to be the Creator of the Universe. This is his autobiography, written while under armed guard inside the gold vault at Fort Knox. Fonta
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 7th 2001 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 1999)
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Paul Grimsley
May 24, 2008 Paul Grimsley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with a sense of humour
Recommended to Paul by: my friend ben
This book was truly funny and throws ideas at you in the same offhand manner as Philip K Dick might for instance. It's a fair size book but you can tear through it in no time at all and you will enjoy every page.
Aubrey
Apr 18, 2011 Aubrey rated it really liked it
A crazy, satirical look at religion and the desire to believe.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
A satirical novel about an obese ex-kamikaze pilot who decides that he is god and starts an astrological cult that manages to take over the island of Jersey at its peak. 'God' creates new galazies every time he ejaculates. This leads a demented UN official to bring suit against 'God' for creating just enough matter to ensure that the universe will eventually collapse back on itself, thereby making 'God' guilty of 'killing time'. Arrested and held in captivity in For Knox. 'God' proceeds to narra ...more
Jonathan
May 28, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
2 Stars seems a bit harsh, but if you look at the listed meaning "It was OK" is a fair enough comment.

In many respects this is a joyous, audacious, absurd and entertaining book about the foolishness of religion and politicians and most of mankind. That's all true and you do remember the good stuff after you finish the book.

The problem is that that book lacks "middle". I won't say "substance" because that means all sorts of things that don't apply to what I believe Bo Fowler was trying to do with
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Hugo
Jan 03, 2013 Hugo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Not a good start to the year, but I simply couldn't manage any more of this, despite being two thirds of the way through (notwithstanding that this novel is sparsely formatted - plenty of line breaks add to the white space on the page, and the astrological anniversary lists that preface every diary entry add absolutely nothing to the tale). The diary format necessitates a certain amount of repetition, especially as the narrator is imprisoned, but apart from some lightly compelling flashbacks (wh ...more
WT Sharpe
Aug 03, 2014 WT Sharpe rated it really liked it
This was funny and very off the beaten path.
Owen
Mar 23, 2009 Owen rated it it was ok
A clever, funny commentary on the mysterious workings of faith and scepticism in the minds of the masses which would have gotten 5 stars from me as a short story, but as a novel it simply drags on for too long.
Oscar
Dec 07, 2007 Oscar rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2007
What a disappointment after "Scepticism, Inc."! How did this get to be published? It could have been a good short story, but definitely not a novel: it's the same joke repeated over and over for 300 pages!
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