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Blameless in Abaddon Paperback – September 15, 1997
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I have only one disappointment to voice (not enough to rate the book fewer than 5 stars, but enough to produce a philosophical gripe): the notion (propounded by several characters in "Blameless") that "ontological necessity" is nearly irrefutable is bunk. A truly omnipotent God could create a universe in which people comfortably exist with what would seem to US to be paradoxical and unreliable laws of nature. There is no good reason why God should be confined by human notions of (onto)logical necessity. Some of Morrow's characters suggest that such a universe would be confusing and inconsistent; this is true, but only from OUR point of view in THIS universe. The eternally happy inhabitants of the comfort-verse would disagree. Thus, God is not exculpated, for God is not chained by paradox. He could have created a happier place, and our universe is NOT the best of all possible worlds.
This is an easy and obvious rebuttal to "ontological necessity." I'm surprised that none of Morrow's characters is brave enough to take it seriously.
None of this, however, detracts from the fact that Morrow wrote a damn good story. Hats off, sir. I'm currently reading and loving "Only Begotten Daughter."
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I rally enjoyed reading this book when I borrowed it from a friend and I purchased it to have on hand for re-reads. This is the best of the Towing Jehovah series in my opinion. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Josh Noel
Great novel, great writing, great cynical sense of humour. Definitely a page turner. Sort of an "Answer to Job" of the modern day with a twist. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Scrondo
I reviewed Morrow's first book in this series, "Towing Jehovah," in which God's enormous body is found floating in the ocean. Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by The Spinozanator
..make for a whopping good read! Our intrepid hero, a Justice of the Peace/ Magistrate in the Philly Suburbs, gets cancer, and his wife, a professional pet-lover, dies while... Read morePublished on July 26, 2004 by Hans Castorp
I really enjoyed Towing Jehovah. However, Blameless in Abaddon does not live up to the same standards as Towing.
For me, it bogged down in the middle. Read more
As a narrative, this is a very imaginative book. It has it's humorous moments, but it's not as humorous as it has been made out to be in other reviews. Read morePublished on January 29, 2004
I've read every James Morrow book I could get my hands on, and they are all magnificent, however, this one outshines them all. Read morePublished on August 31, 2003 by aynge mackay
"Blameless in Abaddon" continues the merry mayhem wrought by the Corpus Dei introduced in "Towing Jehovah. Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by R. Morell