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The Book of the SubGenius : The Sacred Teachings of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs Paperback – May 15, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Fireside ed edition (May 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671638106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671638108
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Divine obfuscation has a purpose. This is the classic that ushered in so many imitators, imitators who did not get "it." "It" is slack, the desiderata that cannot be desired and is only attainable through "Bob," the evil god/male model who founded the Church of the SubGenius without bothering to "exist." If you read this holy book properly, you will learn to "pull the wool over your own eyes." While this volume may seem hilarious, it's also an incredibly adept deconstruction of religion in general and the human impulse to believe in and follow anyone who promises to give their lives meaning and structure. Plus, it's the only place to find the information you need to survive when the bad alien gods come out of the sky to kill, enslave, and entertain us. If you don't already have a copy, then hand in your hipness ID card and hang your head in shame.

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Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times)END

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Praise "BOB"!!!
ben
Just click on the little button up there...c'mon, you know you want to free yourself from the slavery of JHVH-1 and his many demons... You MUST get SLACK.
Bob Manson
This book slams ALL religions while promoting an alternative religion so strange that it actually makes twisted sense.
Jaxter

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By steve jackson on June 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Bob" Dobbs is a madman and must be stopped!
He is defiling the hearts, eyes, ears, and intestines of our nations' children! His insidious "slack orgies" and "suicide competitions" can turn your normal child into a deranged, slackjawed robot who pursues nothing but the teachings of this lunatic pornographer! If your children are acting "abnormal", are physically "ugly", or have been recently diagnosed with "ADD" or "HERPES" chances are they may have joined Mr. Dobbs' fraudulent sex-death-cult!
Buy this book so you can learn to protect your family from the teachings of this devilish and dapper man! THEN BURN IT!!!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
At first, I thought this book was pure EVIL. So I burned it, only to have it appear that night (in perfect condition, yet still warm and a slight smokey odor) under my pillow. So I burned it again the next morning. Yep, you guessed it, under my pillow the next night. I began to read and spent the majority of the next 3 months with gut-wrenching laughter and tears of joy as this confusing world was clearified and classified into an eternal perpetual joke for which only BOB has the punchline. YES!, Brothers and Sisters, You too can be saved by the Grace of BOB. Eternal Salvation or triple you money back!!! No other religion can make such a hefty promise! This is the world's only admitted "for-profit" religion. This book has changed my life. Before, I was a low-life loser who never had any money, women, fun, or slack. Now I am a low-life loser who has no money, women or fun,.... .... BUT I HAVE PLENTY OF SLACK!!!!! PRAISE BOB!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fred Nietzsche on January 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
The question has oft come up as to who is the greatest writer of all time. Shakespheare, Dickens, Joyce, Aristotle, the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Those guys... couldn't write their way out of a WET PAPER BAG. This I have learned after reading The Book of the Subgenius; razor-sharp wit, profound insight, and social commentary that is the TRUEST THING YOU WILL EVER READ. We need to airdrop thousands of copies of this thing across the USA like CIA leaflets over an impoverished Nicaraguan town. At first I thought perhaps Thomas Pynchon, Robert Anton Wilson and Hunter S. Thompson collaborated on this book, until I realized - IT'S STILL TOO GOOD! And that's when the horrifying, apocalyptic, pipe-smoking, grinning chaos of truth hit me like a Mack truck - BOB IS REAL!!! There is no alternative explanation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michigoon VINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
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Yes, I'm a card-carrying member, but that won't prevent me from trying to have an honest opinion about The Book. In short, it's a great piece of history that members must own, and that nobody else will probably care to, which is precisely what the book was made for.

If you don't know what the Church of the Subgenius is already, don't grab this book trying to find out. You'll get a much better introduction from a general internet search and existing wikis. The Book is intentionally made in a very provocative manner, meaning you either "get it" or you don't. Odds are that if you aren't already ordained, or if you haven't at least talked to a friend in the Church, you're only going to be confused by the work. The probability that you won't understand the book is even outlined in the opening pages, and you'll probably put the book down right where it tells you to.

The Book of the Subgenius has to be viewed as more than just a comedy book now, both due to its age and content. It serves as the cornerstone of the literature of the Church of the Subgenius (the "prescriptures"), and sure, it's spawned a couple of sequels that have done well for itself, but it does is best job doubling as a reference work. It opens up with a visually modified version of "Pamphlet #1" aka "The world ends tomorrow and you may die!" and contains several other rants and raves and prescriptures that have appeared elsewhere over the years, alongside some fairly unique material and some really excellent visual work with all the remixed pictures and classic use of clipart.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Pantoja on December 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Book of the SubGenius is a devastatingly astute dissection and indictment of our society and all the socio-political, religious and commercial institutions that sustain it masquerading as sheer nonsense. You will hate this book if you are a Neo-con or a radical Liberal and you will be scared witless if you're a comfort driven, conflict avoiding middle of the roader. If this is the case, then you are part of the Con and ironically most in need of Slack and therefore must buy this book and read it just as you would surely submit to the most extremely painful but life saving medical procedure.

The notion that the figureheads pushing and representing any ideology even those as contrasting as communism and capitalism have your best interest in mind has never been revealed so plainly and humorously as fallacious. Our post 9-11 society has not only failed to diminish the teachings of The Book of the SubGenius it has in fact reinvigorated them with a renewed sense of relevancy.

If you buy into the idea of language as a virus then The Book of the SubGenius is a computer virus for the human brain. It fits comfortably between your old collection of "Mad Magazine" and your well worn copies of "Brave New World" and "!(*$" better known as "1984". If it fails to reprogram or even mildly impress you, you can at least gawk at the funny pictures before returning to the comfort of the illusory environment that has been fabricated for both the benefit of your sanity as well as your unwitting cooperation in the continuation of the Con.
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