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The idea of Heaven as a business - a call center to be specific - tickled me from the outset. In the opening pages we meet God as he's forced to attend sessions with Freud. The CEO of Heaven, Inc. Nietzsche, wants Freud to find a reason to fire God. As Nietzsche works to herd a cast of other deities, philosophers and thinkers who make appearance as board members or employees, bigger problems soon intrude as the Norse gods descend to earth to wreak havoc.
The writing is sparse and a bit choppy, which isn't a bad thing. It's just not to my liking. I prefer smoother phrasing. I found some of the philosophy a bit heavy - as another reviewer said, some of the points were over my head. This isn't necessarily light reading for everyone. But if you like similar books (American Gods springs to mind) you should enjoy Operation Cosmic Teapot.
The premise makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Innovative thinkers like DaVinci, Einstein, Freud, etc. have had a big effect on the way we see the modern world. They’ve become the ‘voices’ that have lead our culture. Gods, on the other hand, are the ‘ears’ that (seemingly passively) take in mankind’s spiritual thought. All of this is well-and-good, until Heaven Inc.’s current CEO, Friedrich Nietschke, begins to let his own personal demons affect his professional decisions. Nietschke turns his sights on God, and that’s when the craziness really starts.
The book is a wild satire that blends a lot of historical, biographical, and theological into a fast-paced read. I’m sure some of the references went over my head, but also it all feels very authentic and thoughtful.
God isn’t the only character who has his history examined and ‘poked fun at.’ There’s plenty of workplace incidences with whacked-out deities like Ishtar, Mars, and Buddha. Everybody here is an open target for satire, especially the philosophers in Heaven Inc.’s celestial C-suite. My personal favorite characters were the French writer Satre and Freya (the Norse goddess).
If you’re into humorous takes on religion, like Dogma, Good Omens, or Gods Behaving Badly, I’d say you need to check this book out!
Whist trying to overthrow God, they question him on his relationship with the mother of his son, and one of his commandment. “You shall not commit adultery.” And states, as she was married, he had broken his own rule.
You have Norse God’s running a muck on earth, trying to get to Asgard. And Gods sent to kill them Gods, and using tweets to communicate: (From the book ) “I am Mazda. I am here to vanquish evil. And that means you. Mazda took his Galaxy out to tweet, @TheNitzschat last. found them at the viking festival in gimli manitoba. Time to lay down some pain #cosmicteapot.
This is not for the faint hearted; you need to have a sense of humor. It’s thought provoking, philosophical and at times, laugh out loud; and well written. A little more showing and it would have been 5 stars. For a first time author, this was a great read.
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