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Nothing Sacred: A Novel Paperback – March 1, 2004

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"...lay in Flynn's books without delay, much as you might equip yourself with any other of life's essentials." -- Free Inquiry, April/May 2004

"...suffers by comparison with Flynn's earlier science fiction novel GALACTIC RAPTURE... NOTHING SACRED is merely excellent..." -- Freethought Perspective, July 2004

About the Author

Tom Flynn is editor of "Free Inquiry" and the author of GALACTIC RAPTURE, THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, and numerous articles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,790,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beth Birnbaum on June 23, 2004
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In his fast paced, action packed, dazzling take on a future time alarmingly close to our present, Tom Flynn skewers religion as it's never been skewered before, as he also takes on philosophy.
Philosophy may never recover.
I laughed so hard that it took me at least five attempts to get through Chapter 5, the introduction of Enva Corglinu, the Prophetess of Nullity, who takes Nihilism to it's illogical conclusions. Which hasn't stopped me from re-reading it again and again as a quick "pick me up" since.
It wasn't the only chapter (or verse) in Nothing Sacred that I was happily forced to reread because I was laughing so loud, I couldn't hear myself. On top of that, I had to fight my husband and three children (1 in high school, 2 in college) who keep "borrowing" the book once they figured out the source of my mirth. It was easy to track the book; they weren't quiet either.

There isn't a computer geek or gamer alive who won't envy the relationship between Gram Enoda and Computer, his philosophical, biochip based computer that insists on calling him "Bucko." They're a pivotal part of the intrigue, which includes a quarantine of Terra (earth) by the Galactic Confectory to stop the further spread of its major export: the religions that have created major problems throughout the Galaxy. Meanwhile, drugs, the substitution of "reality" for life, business and media based religions, and so many other topics are satirized with such great wit and style, the seriousness of what Flynn has to say about our time is almost painless. Almost.
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Tom Flynn is the American Douglas Adams. He spins a delightful, imagination-nourished yarn; but on a deeper level, you will find ample underlying thought-fodder. Moreover, Flynn loads his work with rapid-fire witticisms, allusions, puns, and parodies, from subtle to raucous, across myriad fields of study, leaving you to marvel that one author could be so utterly versed. The allusions et al that I caught left me wondering about (and mourning) the many more I surely missed. Word of advice: first read Flynn's "Galactic Rapture." This will better set you up to enjoy all the more "Nothing Sacred," which is the sequel.
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Before reading this book, I never imagined Tom Flynn could spin such a beautifully written yarn. Be prepared for a wild, irreverent, caustic, satirical sci-fi romp. Great stuff.
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