22 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Chosen by John G Hartness

Oh my. I don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into fully when I started reading this book. Hilarious doesn’t even begin to describe this book. It’s funny. It’s well-written. It’s sacrilegious. It’s blasphemous. It darn well nearly made me pee my pants I was laughing so hard. I absolutely loved it!

The whole concept is so outlandishly delicious that I really wanted to pour chocolate over it and dig it. And dig in I most certainly did. I will caution that if you take yourself or religion too seriously, you might be a little offended by this book (I mean Adam – yes THAT Adam – is beating people up and cursing), but well… again, I loved it. But if you can sit back and enjoy the story for what it is, you will absolutely roll with laughter.

The dialogue (and there is quite a bit) is very well done. It’s snappy, it’s snark-filled, and it’s snort-worthy. Eve (yes THAT Eve) will say something completely inappropriate and Cain (yes THAT Cain) will reply in kind and I just want to giggle and share it with all my friends. It’s THAT kind of funny.

The editing is okay. There’s a few parts where there are problems (Emily talking to Emily, for example) or a spelling error here or there, but nothing serious. The ending was satisfying, but the first “choice” made me wonder why the author bothered with that character at all. It seemed just kind of “tossed in” for no real reason. I don’t think either really takes away from the book, but it is something to consider.

This book is recommended for those that, as I said, don’t take themselves or their religion too seriously. It is HIGHLY recommended for Christopher Moore fans as it fits well into that genre and writing style. I really did enjoy this one and hope you will too!

What do you get when you mix the father of all mankind with a snotty archangel, the Father of Lies, a couple of snarky waitresses from Texas and a tattooed street preacher from Tennessee? A cross-country trip to save the world, of course! Adam (yeah THAT Adam) has been around for a long time, but even he’s never seen anything like this. He has to gather his ex-girlfriend and his youngest daughter with his ex-wife (you remember Eve, right?) and his oldest surviving son (Cain) and get them across the country for a meeting with Archangel Michael and Lucifer to determine the fate of the world. Along the way there are strip clubs, cheap beer, expensive whiskey, biker bar fights, shotgun blasts in motel parking lots, sing-alongs in public parks and other wild adventures as our group of intrepid immortals and universal icons travel to save the world.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 90

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