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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893302288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893302280
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,253,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Bulley s prize winning fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Wilderness House Literary Review, 42 Opus, Echolocation, McSweeneys, Porcupine Magazine, Portland Monthly Magazine, Words & Images, Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, and many others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Johnson on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Don't let the length of this book fool you, or the subject matter give you pause. What you will find between two covers is humorous, ironic, heartbreaking, and human. David Bulley tells his story in third person - with panache - but with an intimacy that made me feel a part of everything.

Eddy Licklighter is a common man, soft hearted and humorous. Friends and acquaintances can't help but like the man. Eddy has simple hopes and dreams. Those dreams include a firm belief in God's miracles and blessings. He's happy with his lot, and does his best to make the most of what he has. He loves his wife and adores his little girl. Something breaks in Eddy when his wife and daughter are burned up in a house fire before his eyes. Friends can't believe that Eddy can still smile and share his sense of humor after such a loss. But behind that smile lives fiery rage, rage against the God who allows all thing horrible and heart breaking to happen.

Eddy buys a bed and breakfast in the shadow of Mount Katahdin with his wife's insurance money. He hires Melinda, a Native American straight off the Reservation to run it for him. In and out of Eddy's life move his friends Dan and Chief of Police Bruce Telyawhig. Added into this odd mix are Paul, a Baptist minister, and Stephen, a young gay man in search of safety and acceptance. Paul has left his church in disgrace when he's discovered in a sexual situation with a teenage boy. Fate brings him to Eddy's bed and breakfast and enlightenment.

Eddy's plan is to destroy God fast and neat. The world, according to Eddy, would be a happier simpler place without God in it. The more Eddy blasphemes and rages in the face of God, the more things go his way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2003
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This book starts right out so fast you feel like your head is spinning; you can barely keep up. The action is nearly relentless. Even so, it is not a plot driven work at all. THe core of the novel are two characters: Eddy, and Paul. Eddy wants to kill god. Paul comes to want to help.
Lots of reviews hit on plot points so I won't bore you with that. Things I thought worthwhile: Scenes where Bulley, the author, takes way too many words to describe a simple act like lighting a smoke. These passages slow down the pace and make us notice time passing in the same way that some real person might take his time to light a cigarette and think. Also, I thought the language used sometimes by the third person narrator was just awesome. So many books written in third person come off as dry and cold because the language is so detached. THe wtiter here uses everyday common speech, through the whole book. THe result is that you feel as if someone is telling the story. I like it a lot. I will buy Bulley's next book. And the next...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David S. Farnham on June 27, 2003
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I tore through Weapon in Heaven in only two days. Though the book was relatively short, about 150 pages, that's a feet for me. For that to happen a story has to move me along, interest me and make me beg for more when I put it down--and I couldn't. The characters are as strong as biblical heroes. They speak with a very real backwoods believable prose. I know these people Bulley writes about. He is truly a master of the craft and I applaud the challenge of taking on such an idea. Killing God--whoda' thunk it. Bulley, that's who.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Steele Agosta on February 7, 2003
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When Eddy Licklighter's wife and daughter are killed in a house fire and Eddy survives by an act of God, he's not one bit appreciative. No, in fact, he's mad as hell. Not content with an acceptance of God's 'mysterious ways', he sets out to demand some kind of accountability. If God is so all-loving and all-knowing, why doesn't He manage things better? Eddy carries his personal vendetta to an extreme, deciding to take matters into his own hands.
Along the way, he meets Reverend Paul Peterson, a Baptist preacher with some disillusions of his own. If God makes man in His image - how did some men end up homosexual? Why did God give Paul these desires if they aren't acceptable?
Between them, Eddy and Paul conceive a plan to bring justice. Eddy will defy God's so-called plan by killing Him. He'll bring a weapon to Heaven.
I was intrigued with the story's main argument - how can God get away with treating His people in a manner that He wouldn't want them to treat others? What happened to the Golden Rule? If mankind is supposed to relieve suffering wherever they see it, why isn't God held to that same standard? I have to admit, I've had a lot of questions like that myself.
This story isn't pretty-reading, but it's very human. There's anguish and pain, humor, vulgarity, love and hope. I wanted to know how it would end, would Eddy be able to achieve his plan and - if he did - what would happen. The ending of the book didn't let me down.
For a unique perspective on some age-old questions, I recommend Weapon in Heaven.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2003
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this book is great the authors idea for the plot is totally orginal. Once i started reading thisd book i could not put it down. The cast of characters are great. Eddy or Paul both are well thought out characters with totally different beliefs and they become friends in spite of it. people can learn alot about acceptance of others from this book.
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