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The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Tachyon Publications (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lobstergirl
Jul 15, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Rick Warren
Shelves: own, fiction

I picked this out of the book dumpster more for its pristine condition than anything else. I'd heard of Disch but never read anything by him.

It's definitely fiction, but aside from that a bit hard to categorize. Disch mixes real-life elements of his personal biography with fantastical storylines. As the first person narrator, he is God, who is Thomas Disch. Real-life Disch had some history with the sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick, who is one of the main characters; we first meet him in Hell, wher
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Mykle
Jul 31, 2014 Mykle rated it liked it
Another moment of silence for Thomas Disch, the SF/poetry/children's author who shot himself in 2008, right as this book came off the presses. This is quite obviously his long goodbye, for which he prepared a bravura performance of his best tricks. He is exquisitely literate and writes beautiful, clever sentences. He's got the left-wing gift of arch critique, and no shortage of things to say about the demon Religion. He appears to have a major axe to grind against Phillip K. Dick. He knowledgeab ...more
Bruce
Oct 04, 2011 Bruce rated it liked it
What an odd, sad, clever and funny book this is. It begins with the boring shooting fish in a barrel activity of satirizing organized religion combined with equally trivial autobiographical details.

Finally a ray of light gleams and a short story appears in the text. Then back to more triviality that grows more sadly interesting as the maudlin discussions of death of a man who would not so long after this book was written kill himself.

Occasional short stories continue to gleam forth like lights i
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Parker Avrile
Sep 24, 2015 Parker Avrile rated it liked it
Shelves: satire
Someone who knew I was a Disch fan gave me this book the other day. God, it's...disturbing. I had heard he was writing a book where he was God but never realized it came out before he died. Not sure it should have. He hints pretty blatantly that he's suicidal. During the writing of this memoir mixed up with made-up religious stuff is the mention that his lifelong partner is not yet dead but dying. Plus he's evidently bitter that everyone knows Philip K. Dick reported Stanislaw Lem to the FBI but ...more
Mike
Sep 01, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
Disch alternates his thoughts about how the world would be if he were God with a strange fictional storyline in which the late author Philip K. Dick is sprung from Hell to alter history so that Disch is never born and the Axis win World War II. As fellow sci-fi writers, Disch and Dick had a passing acquaintance in real life. After Dick's death, Disch found out that during one of his bouts of drug-fueled mental illness, Dick had reported him to the FBI as possible subversive. Dick believed he was ...more
John
Jul 25, 2008 John rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I picked this up after I heard the author (now sadly deceased) read from it a couple months ago at the Seaport museum. It is difficult to fit this into any real category or genre, the book is mostly an eloquent and erudite rant about religion delivered semi-sardonically through the voice of the author himself who claims to have been elevated to a divinity. Think Screwtape Letters with a god instead of a devil. Interspersed among Disch’s rambling monologues are short stories and poems – most of t ...more
Gabriel
Jul 29, 2009 Gabriel rated it it was ok
"What emerges ... in Disch's final work is a portrait of an extremely intelligent, extremely funny and extremely cynical man—but it's the cynicism that won in the end. And I think it's that same cynicism that painted such a starkly-divided picture of what faith is and does in The Word of God. If Disch hadn't been that cynic, if he had allowed for a bit more nuance in his understanding of the things in the world he didn't like, he might still be alive today. But then, would he have still been Tho ...more
Edward
Feb 23, 2009 Edward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sf
This book reads like a collection of short stories interspersed with personal commentary or, should I say, personal commentary interspersed with a few short stories.

The conceit of naming himself God works as both a biographical and literary framework. Some may wonder if they really need or want to know so much about the author himself but I thought it worked perfectly as a "blog in print" and I'm not a big blog fan.

My favorite piece: The other God and St. Peter visit earth to view Mel Gibson's
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Ann Michael
Aug 30, 2011 Ann Michael rated it liked it
Tom Disch was a funny guy. This book is uneven, but intellectually stimulating and often hilarious. As usual for Disch, there are allusions, fables, a few poems thrown in, and an ongoing allegorical takeoff featuring Philip K. Dick in Hell.

Heretical in intent, it is actually not a terribly dangerous book. As God, Disch is more modest than one might expect, and more tolerant than most deities. He's also got his tongue planted in his cheek here. Memoir...fiction...philosophy...cultural commentary,
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Neale
Apr 09, 2013 Neale rated it liked it
I haven't read this book yet - it isn't available as an ebook, so I'm waiting for a hard copy to arrive. But Disch was a great writer, and any book that has the temerity to take the p*ss out of Philip K. Dick deserves three stars just for that. I hope to up the stars after reading.

Dick was a great writer, of course, but also a shocking fraud - a cross between a genius and a junky spinning a self-justifying story. (And one who had once informed on Disch to the FBI in a state of drug-addled parano
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Michael
Jul 11, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
You'll read this and shrug, and then a day later you realize it's the most insidious, shape-shifting work you 've read in a long time. Because Disch covers the morphing real/unreal, what is it-ness of the book with smooth, liquid prose style, You're going to underestimate what the book is doing. It doesn't spring its meta-tricks on you, so you don't get those a-ha moments of how smart you and the author are. But much legerdemain and bait-and-switch is going on here. It's more than just unreliabl ...more
Jon Wilson
Mar 23, 2016 Jon Wilson rated it really liked it
Well, that was strange....
Keith Davis
Nov 23, 2009 Keith Davis rated it liked it
A collection of linked short stories connected by a bizarre narrative in which the ghost of Philip K. Dick is released from Hell and sent back in time to prevent the German author Thomas Mann from fathering Thomas Disch, who may or may not be god. Full of Disch's oddball humor and melancholy, but in retrospect it reads like a book length suicide note.
Glen
Aug 10, 2011 Glen rated it it was ok
This is standard Disch fare. An interesting concept where he put himself in the role of God and some different observers to see how the different events in the past and currently play together.



I especially liked the idea of a church in hell that was an exact duplicate to the crystal cathedral.
ben
Mar 25, 2009 ben rated it it was ok
Okay, it was funny sure. A collection of stories really, tied together with Disch's narrative, it flowed well I guess, but it just wasn't for me. Interesting concept too… just not played out well…
Steven
Jul 08, 2008 Steven is currently reading it
Impossible not to revel in theodicy over this very title. And how dare the author kill himself on the 4th of July!
Nick
May 05, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, fiction, biography
It's difficult to categorize this Disch book, other than to say it is hilarious, insightful and very well-written.
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Poet and cynic, Thomas M. Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked. His sf novels include Camp Concentration, with its colony of prisoners mutated into super-intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genu ...more
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