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"Schulman has humour, wit and imagination, and I devoured this latest offering with pleasure." --Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider, After Life: Survival of the Soul, The Philosopher's Stone, The Mind Parasites & many others
"A fast-moving interesting story with surprising developments as Good and Evil face their final struggle. A challenging novel that should annoy all the right folk." --Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series & many other bestsellers
"J. Neil Schulman's Escape from Heaven is so heretical it threatens a new orthodoxy and so comic that it is one of the most serious novels you will ever read." -- Brad Linaweaver, author of Sliders, The Novel and the Doom series.
"It is the God damnedest thing I've ever read. If C. S. Lewis, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ayn Rand had teamed up to write a novel, something like Escape From Heaven would have inevitably resulted. I say `something like' because this blistering satire of contemporary culture, religion, and politics could only have been written by J. Neil Schulman." -- John DeChancie, author of Witchblade, Castle Perilous, and MagicNet.
"The Pilgrim's Progress of the 21st Century." -- Samuel Edward Konkin III, author of An Agorist Primer.
"It is full of the jokes, puns, and outrageous concepts joyfully explored which will have a strong appeal to the libertarian reader as well as a more general audience. (I recommended it to two Christian evangelical types while I was waiting to change planes in Kansas City last month.) This novel doesn't purport to explain it all to you, rather, it takes you along for a wild intellectual ride. Escape from Heaven is thus far from mundane." -Lynn Maners, Ph.D.
"I stopped reading after I had consumed everything Robert Anton Wilson wrote up to about '92. Escape from Heaven held me as spellbound as the Illuminatus! Trilogy. Though half blind, and knowing I was straining my eyes, I read until there was nothing but a blur. The novel is a brilliant Discordian way of looking at conventional religion. The characters were brought to life and had depth and substance. The plot was fantastic, the meter of the book consistently building to a perfect ending. The lovers are reunited, and you don't know who would have won. Overall I give it a 10." --J.R. Ploughman, author, The Book of the Holy Grail
"What a fun book! I pretty much read it all in one sitting. Escape from Heaven is definitely not orthodox as it contemplates ideas from Christianity, Judaism, and Gnosticism. But it reflects an authentic encounter between Jesus and the author, and Schulman doesn't take cheap shots. The first page grabbed me, and the rest of the book was fast-moving and full of surprises. I enjoyed the book as entertainment, but I found Schulman's ideas on free will theologically stimulating." --Chris B. McKinney of the Philippine Christian Mission
"Escape from Heaven is a masterpiece of satire in the tradition of Mark Twain's Letters from the Earth and The Diaries of Adam & Eve. It is a divine comedy in the original sense of the term. The book may offend some partisans of organized piety whose faith is so frail that it can't take a joke, but I can't think of any other book that is quite so serious about the concept of Christian love and forgiveness." --Robert Schneider, author, Shylock, The Roman
"Nothing but fun except where it was thought-provoking and that was fun too!" --Dyanne Petersen from Laissez Faire Books
"What a deliciously reverential offense! A little heretical blasphemy for all flavors of believers, agnostics and atheists. An edgy little book that defies categorization. A guaranteed mega-bestseller. It ought to make $$$$ like The Celestine Prophecy." -- Teny Rule, Fandom Publicist for Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings
This book just did not engage me at all. I found it boring and childishly written, not an enthralling page-turner.
Bad writing is bad writing...
Exactly what is this book? Maybe a religious, political, adventure, science fiction, fantasy satire? Well, the short anwser is that
it`s fun. Read more
This is not Schulman's best work. Unfortunately he has never really come up to the standards set by his first novel, Alongside Night. This book is readable, but not great.Published on December 8, 2002 by Matthew Asnip
I heartily recommend this book to all those who love Robert Heinlein. The Grand Master himself appears in this book, and is paid great tribute. Read morePublished on August 30, 2002 by Mike Ruff
I was intrigued by the idea that God's being might have a backup copy. Vastly amused by the idea of who Lucifer was (is?). The technology for ressurection is inspiring! Read morePublished on August 3, 2002 by Alan Ackley
Full text available :[on line] readers of libertarian fiction and non-fiction are familiar with J. Neil Schulman, whose classics Alongside Night and The Rainbow Cadenza have long... Read morePublished on July 31, 2002 by Thomas L. Knapp
"Escape from Heaven" reads like something J. Neil Schulman had too much fun writing. That can be tricky ground for a writer, but the results here are splendid. Read morePublished on July 7, 2002 by Beth Elliott
J. Neil Schulman, known to many freedom-minded individuals as a scifi author, has written an intriguing theological fantasy. Read morePublished on June 25, 2002 by sunni-snake
Ok. First off, BELIEVE THE DISCLAIMER. If you are too hidebound in your religio/philosophical bent to think outside of the box; break out the beads and pray rather than reading... Read morePublished on June 16, 2002 by B. Potratz