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The Trouble With Being God: A Philosophical Thriller

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Steven Carvelle is a journalist and a self-diagnosed alcoholic. Lately his dreams have been taking a turn for the worse, and the violence that was once only in his mind has begun to manifest in the world around him. When a series of murders overflows into the lives of Steven, his girlfriend, Karen, and best friend Miles (a detective on the local police force), Steven is ...more
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Published October 19th 2008 by
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Todd Fonseca
Jan 17, 2009 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it
Brutally murdered, a catholic priest hangs crucified on the side of an abandoned brewery. Steven Carvelle, a feature reporter for the Courtsdale Courier, covers the slaying. One murder leads to the another, each one more heinous, and a serial killer is born. Tormented by his own internal demons while covering these cases, Carvelle begins having his own nightmares of increasing brutality. Subsequently, his relationship with his girlfriend, best friend, as well as his inner self deteriorates and ...more
Sep 29, 2010 Charriza rated it it was amazing
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My God.

I couldn't put this down. The entire time reading this novel, I pictured a movie. It was a very fast read with truly mentally deranged points of view. There are religious criticisms and descriptive psychological disturbing acts layed out in the book. In a movie, it's the shock and gorge that scares a viewer, but as a reader Aicher is able vividly create an image in your mind that you can't shake. You can't cover your eyes and say to the person next to you "I'm not looking, tell me when i
Mar 14, 2013 Nicholas rated it did not like it
The characters were flat and the dialogue amateurish. It violates the most basic premise of writing, namely show (through dialogue and plot) don't tell (through third party description and overly dramatic adjectives) your story. Though very violent, the plot did not build dramatic tension, but then gimmicks and cliché seldom do. After reading this self published (and apparently self edited) novel, I can only conclude that the rave reviews are from family, friends, old classmates and the author ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Molly rated it it was ok
I loved the idea of this novel, it had potential. I really feel the characters lacked depth and sometimes the conversation they carried on seemed somehow staged. Like the author wanted to say something through the story and just threw them in. People say it was graphic? I don't see that in the least... When it comes down to it I feel this novel is a watered down version of a b rate movie with bad actors and an even worse script. If you want something better read Will baer or really anything ...more
Jennifer K
I thought this book had a unique take on the multiple personality phenomena. There was one Steve (albeit a prick in his own right) that was inherently good even though he was a harassed, harried journalist. However, at night, he became what he really wanted to be; a person who could take out all those people who had done him an injustice in the world.

A strange but incredibly fascinating book. I liked the suggestion to listen to a certain song at points in the book. Never knew anyone who liked th
Feb 04, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it
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This was a super-quick read. It was definitely incredibly graphic and disturbing in places (I'm not sure I would have made it through the movie adaptation of this at all), but it was interesting. You think you figure it out halfway through, but there's a twist on the very last page that really gets your brain going. This is one I'll be thinking about for a while, for sure.
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults that enjoy murder myseries with a twist
I really enjoyed reading this book. Bill keeps you engaged in the characters activites and does a great job of keeping you guessing as to what is coming next. The ending is not what you expect, but Bill does make his point with it (which is what he intended!)
Jan 03, 2011 Khrissy rated it really liked it
Umm what?!? Mind blowing, so psychological, so crafty. Definitely a good read on a dark and lonesome night.
Hope Aicher
Jul 30, 2008 Hope Aicher rated it it was amazing
Truly troubling.
Travis Boss
Apr 14, 2011 Travis Boss rated it liked it
Book was good but the ending was absolutely god awful.
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Jun 10, 2009 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio marked it as to-read
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This guy is from the same little pocket of small town Wisconsin that I grew up in. And this book sounds pretty interesting.
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William F. Aicher is an independent author who primarily writes what he describes as "philosophical fiction." His latest book, 'A Confession' has been called "a refreshing, riveting read offering more than just a story, but a mix of introspective thoughts." He holds degrees in journalism and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and works a “day job” as the Chief Marketing Officer for a ...more
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