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Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
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Feb 03, 2009

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This book had moments of genius, but I didn't walk away going, "WOW!" So I can't quite rate it as more than 3.5.

There are a lot of grotesque shows of religious piety in this book, and Coupland often touches on the theme that people generally get spirituality totally wrong. But all four narrators of this story are, in some way, believers. So, I think it's a nice quality to combine the skepticism with these (generally) sympathetic characters.

I found a couple of the storylines related to Jason to be unnecessary. And every so often, some of the dialog was a little Diablo-Cody-too-quippy-to-be-true. Generally, though, Coupland is brilliant with his writing.

A nice quote to finish off with:

"...I do believe in God - I think that He created an order for the world; I believe that, in constantly bombarding Him with requests for miracles, we're also asking that He unravel the fabric of the world. A world of continuous miracles would be a cartoon, not a world."
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