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Then I Invented the World (A Cosmic Comedy) by [Herman, Stanley M.]
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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 903 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Stanley M. Herman (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOW00G
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By Kip Winsett on 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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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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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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I happened upon this author in a discussion group, where we occasionally held long discussions about God and religion. He introduced himself at the group and informed us he was an author of a book we might enjoy. Yes, most of us were interested in God and religion, so we welcomed him into discussions. A few of liked his ideas and his level of intelligence on a few topics. So...Yes, getting his book sounded worth a couple bucks for the Kindle download. His book is comical in quite a few places, yet the understandings of angels, devils, God and Satan are sometimes in sync with Biblical stories and teachings. Stan seems like his goal is to make it fun to read and he has succeeded!
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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 if it works for you
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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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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!), bringing it into today's world in a humorous, imaginative, yet believable way. It held my attention with the very human characterizations of God, biblical stories and characters.

One of the books high points for me was the relationship that developed between the mullah and the Israeli tour guide. It gave hope to the world's situation right when things were looking particularly bad (I won't give away the plot anymore!). Their characters were intriguing and believable. And even then, in that situation, Herman was able to keep an element of humor.

I agree that it would be perfect for any book club given that it's sure to spark conversation and exchange between both those familiar and those not so familiar, with the stories of the bible and the world's religions in general. And would absolutely recommend it for anyone looking for a good, attention-grabbing summer read with a lot more depth than most!! I look forward to another novel from Herman in the future!
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