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I have thought hard about being the first to give the lowest possible rating - I'm usually not that far off the average assessment. But it all seemed very half-baked: The constant rambling on about the drug-induced revelations, not even trying to explain how that stepping from one plane of existence to another is achieved, and a very sketchy description of what those creatures are or want from their state of being. Apart from a shuttle to space - why exactly, not even the author seems to know...
I will not read any more books of this author. Or maybe I should give it another go, should I ever be under the influence...
Our very first clue to the method behind the madness is Cecil the scientific-minded researcher exploring worlds that no self-respecting scientist would touch with a 10-foot pipette. "OK," the skeptical reader thinks, "maybe this IS doable. Just so long as we don't get too complicated." What follows, of course, is a shotgun blast of random complexity. If Biddle had a chance in hell of making this all work, it just went up in smoke. But just in case he pulls it off, let's keep reading. And off you go: never really believing he can do it without somehow "cheating" but wholeheartedly rooting for Sergeant Simpson every step of the way. In the end of course, Biddle is true to both the yin and yang.Read more ›
A truly thought provoking story that had me contemplating life in ways I never imagined.
The author may call it fiction but I call it mind expanding magic for the soul.
I think if it were baseball the author has hit a home run out of the park with this book.
In Beyond the Will of God, David Biddle--who happens to be a one of those truly talented writers--takes full advantage of those possibilities. He's written a very weird book that works, and that playfully colors in- and outside the lines of different genres. Part murder mystery, part romance (verging, at times, on the "paranormal"), part government-conspiracy-type thriller, part parody of the latter, and part lyrical and and haunting meditation on music as a means of tapping back into the rivers of the spirit and the subconscious, Beyond the Will of God is anything but predictable.
Biddle, clearly passionate about music and the people who make it, doesn't see music as simple entertainment or even a "mere" artistic endeavor, and he uses it in the book to explore the possibilities of the human mind and heart (the well-researched role of hallucinogens in all of this also plays a big part, but in the end they're only one possible vehicle, and secondary to the music itself). Music is a delicate root that has the potential to tap into those spiritual rivers.Read more ›
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It just didn't do it for me. I am a fan of many of the musicians who figure in the book and saw a number of them in concert. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Susan
Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery book review
Biddle, David. 2012. Flat Branch Press. No place. [sort of appropriate]. X +368 pages. Read more
Author David Biddle refers to this novel as weird and he's right, but trippy would be a more accurate description. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Tahlia Newland
One of the better books I have read in a long time. The author clearly put his heart into this project and it paid off. Great book!Published on September 6, 2012 by Bobby Tzu
Good read in the start but gets a little monotonuos. I read and read as soon as I got it but now can not seem to be able to pick it up and finishPublished on August 14, 2012 by Lu
I just finished reading Beyond the Will of God, and I really enjoyed it! The book was interesting and unexpected in a lot of ways. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Krystle Cole
Great read! Somehow manages to bridge the divide between reality and fantasy, leaving us in a peaceful place where community and possibility are closer to our understanding and... Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by mwulff
Great read. A must read for anyone with an open mind who has been affected by music. It is a wild ride and I loved it. Not for the faint of heart or the cynical:)Published on July 31, 2012 by Larry Stanier
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