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The Left Left Behind (PM Press Outspoken Authors #1)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Sardonic and merciless, this satire of the entire apocalyptic enterprise provides a humorous and timely interpretation of the bestselling Left Behind series—the adventures of those "left behind" to battle the Anti-Christ after all Born-Again Christians have ascended into heaven.From predatory preachers and goth lingerie to Indian casinos and “art cars” at Burning Man, this ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by PM Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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This was my 2010 "Book I Read During Inventory". This book was planned to be Tao Lin's Shoplifting from American Apparel, but that book hadn't been counted yet when I started to read, and this one had.

Because this is a BIRDI, it means that it's a short book that I could read in about an hour with lots of beeping going on around, people yelling and occasionally having to get up and point out where the ISBN number is on a book (I just realized how many times I've said the words "ISBN number", and
Fantastic idea, ask an SF author for a short story (or two) and buff it up with an intrview. The folks at PM are friends of mine, but as you may have noticed i try and be a bit extra hard when judging pals' books - so thee four stars is well merited. (Esp. as i have found Terry Bisson a bit hit-or-miss in the past.)

The best part of the book was the interview at the end. Acessible but more than just basic.

My one gripe - and i'm not even sure if it is enough to be a gripe - is the "show us your ti
Jamie Henderson
The two fiction pieces in this book are each pretty cute, and mildly entertaining. Both have the feel, however, of a cute idea that didn't quite warrant the length they were given. For short works by Bisson that are tighter and better paced, I recommend the 'Bears Discover Fire' collection instead.
Nov 05, 2014 Shel added it
Terry Bisson is editing PM Press' Outspoken Author series. I'm a fan! Each book includes a short story or two by an author and an interview. "The Science of Herself," by Karen Joy Fowler and "The Wild Girls," by Ursula K. Le Guin were fabulous and fascinating.

"The Left Left Behind," however, is farce and, OMG, silly.
David Schwan
This book has a short story "The Left Left Behind" and a short play "Special Relativity." The short story takes the idea of the rapture and twists it in a fun direction, with an appropriate ending. The play has Paul Robeson, Albert Einstein and J. Edgar Hoover as characters and takes revenge on Hoover. A short book with fun satire.
Enjoyable but slight. Includes a story that's a deft parody of the Left Behind Christian apocalypse books, which features a nice ending, and a play that's fun, followed by an interview and a bibliography. I've enjoyed all the Bisson books I've read, but this one could have had more substance to it.
Jan 04, 2010 Shauna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction
This book is part of an interesting series that focuses on authors. This book's focus is science fiction writer Terry Bisson. It contains a short story—a parody of the "Left Behind" series—and a short play by Bisson, an interview with Bisson, and a bibliography.
Based on the interview who'd known Terry was involved with radical politics? Or friends with Peter Coyote or Mumia All Jamal?
If you're asking I enjoyed"The Left Left Behind", but I have preference for stuff that makes fun of Evangelicals. YMMV.
I really wanted to like this parody of Left Behind, but alas, it's an incredibly broad and not terribly clever parody. The play that makes up the second half of the book, "Special Relativity," is better.
Man, why does most left-wing satire suck so much? Ew. I've been really enjoying Terry Bisson lately (more coming) but this just bit.
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Terry Ballantine Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories, including "Bears Discover Fire" (1990), which which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as They're Made Out of Meat (1991), which has been adapted for video often.

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