The Trouble With Being God: 10th Anniversary Special Edition Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07BFRHSLG
- Publisher : William F. Aicher; 2nd edition (April 13, 2018)
- Publication date : April 13, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1237 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #900,378 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I admit, dear reader, that I read all of The Trouble With Being God in one evening. I started reading it, expecting to finish it in a few days like I do with most books but found myself so absorbed by the story that I couldn’t put it down.
Yet as much as I enjoyed the story, I simply could not stand the main character, Steven. I found him incredibly annoying. He is verbally and emotionally abusive to his girlfriend. He is rude and sometimes even mean to those he supposedly calls his friends. Though honestly, the same can be said of almost every other character in the book. Aside from Detective Miles, nearly every other character that plays a part in the story is bitter, selfish, and mean.
What saves the book from being a total dumpster fire is Aicher’s writing. The pacing and prose keep the story tight and suspenseful. It is enough to keep the reader engaged and guessing right up to and past the final page.
The way Aicher ends the story will certainly not appeal to everyone. I personally liked it since not everything in real life ends all neatly wrapped up like in books or movies.
The 10th Anniversary edition comes with additional extras like the original epilogue that was not published with the first edition of the book as well as a new afterword by the author. The afterword was interesting and gave insight in to the author and how his feelings towards the book have changed over the 10 years. The epilogue was worthless and didn’t add anything to the story. Personally, I’m glad it was scrapped.
Fans of Aicher’s books will likely enjoy The Trouble With Being God if they haven’t already read it. For any one else, I encourage them to at least give it a try.
Aicher’s ability to flawlessly pull his readers in from the very first page offers up subtle clues to his overall theme and direction with sickening detail and psychopathic flair before slowly whipping his created urban setting of Courtsdale into a maddening frenzy. From the moment readers are introduced to the main character of Steven Carvelle, part-time journalist and full-time drinker, we are already fully aware that Aicher intends to shatter any notion his work could be considered a cozy mystery or a simple crime thriller and for that, we should greedily devour his creation.
As the stakes are raised for Steven and the mystery deepens, Aicher’s talent for adding in a roster of townspeople, or possible upcoming victims for fans of thrillers and mysteries, adds to the overall feel of the book and fleshes out their connection to not only themselves, but to each other. Each supporting player is given enough information to make them believable and seem real through backstories and heartfelt snippets. It is with these additional players that Aicher’s skill at being able to plunge the knife deeper into his readers’ hearts when the death toll begins to climb, and people start showing their true colors, that shines a light on his creativeness and his overall understanding of the internal workings of man.
Much like an onion, “The Trouble With Being God,” has layers. Some layers are bright while some poignant, others dirty and stained but all work collectively to form a complete picture making this book truly work from every angle. Fast-paced throughout, Aicher quickly splashes the pages with hope and possible resolutions before kicking the brakes off his masterfully created elevator straight to hell and the free of charge provided horror show of seeing everyday citizens break down to their complete worst.
A theme or thought is brought to light within the work readers may or may not discover until hours or days later after the final page is turned on an ending that will most likely force people to gnaw off their own fingernails from the shock alone, that is Aicher has been possibly playing us all along. Crafting a world steeped in human emotion, cleverly disguised ruses, and crime scenes that will no doubt test the limits of most readers’ intestinal fortitude, Aicher has splendidly given us all exactly what we wanted the most in spades, even if we don’t fully understand or never grasp the gift for which he has bestowed until much later. Grab a coat and jump in a cab, Courtsdale is waiting for you as visitor or victim. Great read!
Everyone, except for Miles, in this book are jerks. They’re selfish, bitter, and mean. Even those who claim to love each other don’t step outside of themselves to be tender to anyone else’s needs. A perfect example being that when a little boy loses both parents, those charged with helping him ruminate on how much of an imposition he is. I have a hard time enjoying stories with unlikeable characters.
Aicher’s writing style saved the story for me, though. His pacing is on point, and the mystery is suspenseful enough to have kept me turning pages late into the night.
The ending is definitely not for everyone, but I prefer stories that aren’t wrapped up with tiny, perfect bows.
This is the first thing I’ve read from Aicher, and I will read more in the future.
If half-stars could be given, I would give this 4.5 stars, only because there were some odd punctuation errors that kept pulling me out of the story. However, as a book editor, I would worry if that didn't catch my eye. Even so, the story was so good that I couldn't in good conscience give it just four stars.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes suspenseful stories with a little bit of creep factor.