THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY is like a good joint: slim but potent. This hilariously irreverent “tour de farce” has received three major recognitions: Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Humor, Finalist in the Humor category of the 2018 International Book Awards and Finalist for Humor in the 2018 Best Book Awards.
In this knee-slapping dictionary for coming to terms with modern culture (or lack thereof), politics (so-called) and life (such as it is), bestselling author Sol Luckman reinvigorates satire to prove that—though we might not be able to change the world—we can at least have a good laugh at it.
Then again, maybe laughter can transform the world!
genetically modified organism (GMO): (n.) member of the public who has regularly consumed the biotech industry’s food products.
Taking a page from Ambrose Bierce’s scathing satirical masterpiece, THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY updates the genre to include blistering contemporary references and no small sampling of risqué humor to make adults giggle like mischievous teens.
entanglement: (n.) quantum physics term for when the sheets wrap around two bodies in space.
treason: (n.) crime against one’s country and its people punishable by reelection.
shadow side: (n.) self you encounter when you do not look in the mirror.
🔥 A longtime researcher of shamanism and spirituality, Sol Luckman is an iconoclastic psychonaut devoted to exploring and exposing the truth about human history and potential—wherever that might lead.
🏅 His new novel, CALI THE DESTROYER—a page-turner of a sci-fi tale set in an Orwellian future seeded in the dystopian present that radically rewrites Gnosticism as well as the origins of the earth and humanity—was selected as Winner of the 2022 NYC Big Book Award and 2022 National Indie Excellence Award for Visionary Fiction, Silver Medalist for Visionary Fiction in the 2022 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest, Finalist in both the New Age and Visionary Fiction categories of the 2021 International Book Awards, Finalist in both the Paranormal/Supernatural and Fantasy categories of the 2022 IAN Book of the Year Awards, and Distinguished Favorite for Audio Fiction in the 2022 NYC Big Book Awards.
👁 His previous novel, the multi-award-winning SNOOZE: A STORY OF AWAKENING, was a deep dive into Hindu mysticism, lucid dreaming, parallel universes, and cryptozoology described by INDIE SHAMAN Magazine as “superlative fiction.”
🧬 In his two international bestselling nonfiction books on the “revolutionary healing science” (NEXUS Magazine) of his own unique form of sound healing, the Regenetics Method, Luckman examined the critical role played by DNA and consciousness in healing, transformation, and evolution.
🤣 On the lighter side, Luckman is also an acclaimed humorist. Of his multi-award-winning satirical lexicon, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY, Readers’ Favorite remarked that he “picked up where writers like Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce had left off.”
🎨 More recently, MUSINGS FROM A SMALL ISLAND combines fascinating memoir, hilarious comedy and inspirational philosophy in a stunningly self-illustrated coffee table book any Lowcountry lover or contemporary art aficionado would be proud to display. “It was a joy reading the musings of Sol Luckman,” wrote artist Nancy Tobin for Readers’ Favorite. “So joyous, I’ll reread it. I may even buy one of his paintings.”
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My only experience with Ambrose Bierce was in 10th grade, and my memory of him was that he was easier to read than both O Henry and Poe. I believe I read 2 of his stories, but remember them not at all. Sol Luckman seems to have experienced a greater depth in his governmental conditioning (public schools I would expect) than did I.
So when I picked up the Angel’s Dictionary, I immediately wanted to familiarize myself with his Devil’s Dictionary, and since it can be found for free on the net, a couple clicks later, I was set. What a hoot it is. And with his wit in mind I was better able face the wit of the Angel.
Remember also, that it was in the name of Satire that Charlie got his Hebdo shot off last year. One of the funniest aspects of the Charlie Hebdo False Flag attacks was the assertions that they had a “right” to practice satire as part of French Heritage. My thoughts ran more in the line of that you cannot blame Mantecore for causing Roy Horn’s stroke. (I might also note that Bierce also mocked Islam and the Koran in his day and in those pages without so much as a casual curse or thrown shoe from Mecca - that I or Wikipedia are aware of at least).
Satire is hard to master. And in this “enlightened” time (post 2012), much of society has lost its sense of humor for fear of melting the heart of the next snowflake down the road. I say, turn up the heat. It is much needed. And I believe The Angel's Dictionary does this with wit and charm worthy of notice.
Merriam Webster and Wikipedia stand aside. There is a new definition book in town worthy of helping us open our eyes and see the world of language.
The Angel’s Dictionary is a sardonic antidote to the trite and asinine slogans and catchphrases – the basic language - of Big Brother’s thought-control system. On one level, it’s light and witty comic relief, and beyond the playful satire, it is scathingly accurate! If you’re in need of some conscious, fun, and thought-provoking wordplay then you might start with The Angel’s Dictionary. Warning: reader may experience symptoms of higher consciousness, greater clarity, and general merriment.
Irreverent in its honesty and take-no-prisoners approach, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY: A SPIRITED GLOSSARY FOR THE LITTLE DEVIL IN YOU is an honest appraisal of words in terms of today’s sensibilities. Sol Luckman has picked up where writers like Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce left off over a century ago, identifying new associations for words and phrases to match what they really represent today. Some entries result in a genuine laugh while others engender a discreet giggle and still more are met with a nod of the head and a mental response—“So true!”
Along with Sol Luckman’s witty and sometimes piercing observations, you can enjoy relevant and related quotes by a number of contemporary and historical persons, famous and infamous alike. From George Carlin and Willie Nelson to Mahatma Gandhi and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY proves that in many cases, no matter how much has changed, everything has really stayed the same. We just use different names and excuses today!
While maybe not for everyone, especially those who are offended by anything not PC, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY: A SPIRITED GLOSSARY FOR THE LITTLE DEVIL IN YOU certainly provides a hard-hitting look at both how seriously we take ourselves and also how little we are aware of the greater world around us. Sol Luckman’s outlook is quite humorous but also a bit scary as he shows us a present and a future hinted at in works such as 1984 by Orwell and other science fiction stories. They say many a true word is spoken in jest, and perhaps Luckman’s humor is a well-timed wake-up call to be heeded while we still have time to ask important questions.
I've never had so many belly laughs in my entire life. It is absolutely witty, "spot-on" and I LOVE IT. I find that the Angel's Dictionary (Devilish as it may be) adds a quality of "lightness" in bringing about such laughter. I do sincerely feel we may each gain by experiencing more and more laughs in meeting the existing chaos WITHIN our space time. Keep them up, Sol !!!
Funny, strange and over-the-top, this satirical "dictionary" is something you do not want to miss. A fantastic exploration of culture and the basics of hilarity, The Angel's Dictionary's savage, raw humor may be devastating to some and fascinating to others.
The definitions are really good, ranging from sophisticated-but-funny to flat out bizarre, and the book always knows how to catch one off guard, IN A GOOD WAY. This book is excellent.