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Then I Invented the World (A Cosmic Comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Stanley M. Herman
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“Then I Created the World is an imaginative and iconoclastic novel that unfolds like a play.”

“…this was a fast and wonderful read and the plot and characters made it impossible not to devour each page as fast as I could!”

“…exciting...a page-turner, and funny as hell (sorry). And a refreshingly original look at the whole Good and Evil thing.”

“God is very much alive in this lively discourse in which the author pulls off the difficult trick of walking a tightrope between comedy and cosmology, using each to balance the other. A terrific reading experience.”

“This is a fun, meaningful and wise book. The conversations are funny and complex. There are moments for deep reflection along with hilarious interactions that leave one satisfied and deepened.”

“The author has a knack for 'divine comedy' which explores some of the big questions of Life. Reading the book reminded me of the ancient Greek dialogs put in modern and easy to read form.”

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Fanatical extremists, with a brilliant master plan, two big, dirty nukes, and a team of eager suicide bombers, plot a masterstroke of terror. Meanwhile, God is preoccupied in an online forum, chatting with a diverse group of human characters about his long simmering issues with humanity. The world’s best hope for survival is Legion, a cloned product of illegal Germline engineering, and perhaps God’s next prophet, unless he becomes Lucifer’s King of the World instead.

With God’s absence, Heaven is divided by internal dissension as its greatest general, the archangel Michael, and his colleague the archangel Uriel, plan a preemptive strike against Lucifer’s and his demons.

A startlingly credible “what-if” story that is as funny as it is exciting. Meet Lucifer, the slick yet sensitive leader of a bunch of misfit demons, in a hell that is crumbling from neglect, and his divine foes, archangels Michael and Uriel. Meet young Legion, the cloned billionaire industrialist who must choose between God's authority and the devil's temptations, including the irresistible Lilith—men go to bed early just so they can have bad dreams of her. And meet God, if that is who he really is, who needs to decide whether or not to just ditch this whole humanity thing and spend his time elsewhere.

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  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Stanley M. Herman (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOW00G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Then I Created the World April 20, 2012
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What do you get when God and Lucifer start hanging out in an online forum, conversing with an eclectic cast of characters that includes a 16 year old teenage girl, a weapons dealer named Legion, an ex-lawyer, a recently fired CEO, an ex-minister, a young waitress and diverse others? Well, to start with you get some terrific conversations just with God trying to convince these people that He really is God. And, of course, once he succeeds in convincing them you know they've got plenty of bones to pick with Him.

Throw in various angels from Heaven, and demons from Hell (all of them endearingly dysfunctional), and set them on a collision course to war and you wind up with an engaging book driven by a brilliant and original plot line and packed with witty and sometimes profound dialogue

Mr. Herman knows his religions, psychology and philosophy in depth, has a very dry sense of humor and shows a great appreciation of humanity and its foibles. A great read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly enjoyable! April 16, 2012
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This is a fun, meaningful and wise book. The conversations are funny and complex. There are moments for deep reflection along with hilarious interactions that leave one satisfied and deepened. The scenes are rich with imagery and one feels part of the action with every page. I particularly enjoyed the on-line discussions between characters. They really capture the rawness and funniness of their insights. I wondered and frankly worried about this God fellow who seemed to be stuck in the OLD TESTAMENT only to see an imaginative side later on. The novel takes you on an incredible journey weaving complicated, sophisticated insights with a refreshing laugh at life. IT is a wonderful book with rich insights into the religious mind not to mention some delicious scenes with Lilith! Stan Herman is a wise, creative and complex writer who invites us into his wacky, funny, wonderful world. It is a great book for groups that want to go deeper into the subject matter.

Fr. Willy Crespo
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book worth reading April 25, 2012
By Michael
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I read a couple other books by Stan. This is his first SF. I was quite intrigued to see how he does in this genre. My impression/assessment changed throughout the
book: curious at first, interested with the plot after, somewhere near the end i started to feel disappointment, as i did not see mind weapons, nor developing any conflict among the main characters.
The last sentence changed it all: all the pieces fell into their due places and the whole book got its unique meaning and made me start thinking anew about the topics touched in the book.
Some parts bear visible construction efforts (which is a mark of professional approach; this is a must for a good book), on the whole it is an outstanding one, there are no books like this one.
To me this is the sign of very high-end literature that makes people like me think, see well-known things in a new perspective.

Congratulations, Stan: it is a very good book, it is worth reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Original April 16, 2012
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God is very much alive in this lively discourse in which the author pulls off the difficult trick of walking a tightrope between comedy and cosmology, using each to balance the other. Perfect choice for book clubs because there is so much to think and talk about. A terrific reading experience.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Then I created tthe World April 16, 2012
By peej
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Then I created the World is an imaginative and iconoclastic novel that unfolds like a play. Its' protagonist is a very believable Abrahamic God who reveals himself, his creations and his evoluion through a dialogue with members of an Internet chat room, the Faith and Filosophies Forum. God frequently employs spot on quotations from the Old and New Testament and the Quran as he explains the complex system of natural law and cause and effect he uses to orchestrate human and world events. But his responsibilities obviously weigh heavily on him and his ennui and disappointment are both painful and palpable as he discloses his disillusionment to the lack of awe, respect and homage humankind now shows him.

As God considers abandoning the world both the self-righteous angels and Archangels of Heaven, and the repugnant demons of Hell contemplate the implications of his actions.Both kingdoms conclude that the probable outcome may be Armageddon. The mighty (and entertaining)archenemies in both universes begin to prepare for battle so that they can prosper from this long anticipated event.

The book is remarkable not only for its imaginative look at the subject matter and skillful use of biblical and Quranaic refefferences, but for its engaging and amusing descriptions and characterizations as well as a rich literary style that ranges from King James like prose to profance street language. It is sure to please
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Diversion April 19, 2012
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Wow, what a novel novel! It's fun to imagine God going online. And I can easily see how he (He?) would be disappointed with what has been going on here on earth - continual wars (many even religiously inspired), hate, greed, pollution, economic disasters, famine, disease, etc. Just listen to the news! He set us up so we could have a paradise - heaven on earth - if we got our collective acts together and did what was right instead serving our self-interests. There are interesting parallels between characters and alliances in the book and characters and alliances in the real world.

There are forces that you might call Good and Evil, but which side is Good and which side is Evil depends on your point of view. Everyone in the story has their self-interests--even God and his angels--just like in the real world

Definitely a refreshing read for early 21st century earthlings inundated by a constant stream of media about the trials and tribulations of internecine presidential campaign warfare, irresistible-force-meets-immovable-object congressional clashes, economic manipulations, etc. I enjoyed taking a break from the "real" world and seeing it as a "cosmic comedy"! Read it and enjoy a splendid diversion while there is still time - Armageddon may be just around the corner!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Charmingly inventive (speaking of "Invented" ;-) story, with technology, God and the devil playing starring roles. I eagerly awaited each chat room exchange.
Published 16 months ago by ShyReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny story...
I happened upon this author in a discussion group, where we occasionally held long discussions about God and religion. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yolande M. Persico
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, funny, but...
This is an interesting book. Many of the dialogs are very funny, some are thought-provoking. On the other hand, the story is jumping just all over the place. Soon I did the same. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Johann David Renner
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't like the format
the humor was ok and I could see what the author was going for but I just didn't like the format, like trying to read a screen play instead of watching the movie for me, you decide... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ron Kell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Remotely Funny
I slogged through 50 pages of this snoozefest before I was certain that I was duped. This is in no way a comedy. It is a few hundred pages of repetitive philosophy. Read more
Published on April 20, 2013 by L. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Never Read Another Like It
This book was absolutely fantastic. I could never describe it in a simple book review. Brick will say this: you don't need to be religious to enjoy this awesome piece of... Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by xDWOUx
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat
I think the author wanted to hide philosophical discussions under modern language and humor. However, I just couldn't see the humor, and the religious discussions are the same old... Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by Just Another
5.0 out of 5 stars God in an online chat room?
This book is by far one of the most entertaining and unusual books i have ever read. Normally I will finish a book within days. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by maria g kok
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, surprising success
Fast paced and entertaining, Herman's novel is certainly packed full of interesting ideas and funny quirks. Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Highly Entertaining Read!
A creative, intelligent, and entertaining book! It opens up a whole new perspective and take on religion and the bible (of which I know very little! Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Elizabeth V
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Stanley M Herman is the author of five books published by major print publishers, including the best selling "The Tao at Work--On Leading and Following". His work has been translated into Japanese, Spanish and French. He has also written more than 100 articles, stories and columns published in professional journals, popular magazines, newspapers and business press. Two of his books have been adapted as videos. He has appeared on The McNeil-Lehrer Newshour and been a guest on public radio's 'These Days', as well as other shows.

After three decades in the study of Eastern and Western wisdom, and as an explorer in many forms of spiritual expression, he brings a wise, yet light-hearted understanding to his writing. His current focus is on facilitating an individual's ability to tap into his and her 'personal spirit' in ways that have practical uses for enhancing life and labor. "As I see it", he says, "I'm a seeker AND a finder--someone who has been busily engaged in expanding and extending my perspectives, and I like passing on what I've learned, along with a few smiles to brighten things up." His books include The Tao at Work (Jossey-Bass), A Force of Ones (Jossey-Bass), Authentic Management (Addison Wesley), and the People Specialists (Knopf).

Herman has worked as an international management and organization consultant to senior officers in major companies, religious organizations and the US Army, where he won praise for his pioneering work in the field of authenticity and personal power in the world of work. He has taught at the University of Southern California, the University of Richmond, UCLA, Pepperdine University, and the Federal Executive Institute.


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