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The Trouble With Being God: A Philosophical Thriller Paperback – December 12, 2008
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William F. Aicher is an independent author who primarily writes what he describes as "philosophical fiction." His latest book, 'A Confession' has been called "a refreshing, riveting read offering more than just a story, but a mix of introspective thoughts." He holds degrees in journalism and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and works a “day job” as the Chief Marketing Officer for a major online music publisher. A proponent of the value of creative work, he is also a champion of intellectual property rights in the digital age, a topic covered in his second book, 'Starving the Artist.' He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 with degrees in philosophy and journalism and currently lives in the middle of Iowa with his wife, three sons and a trio of crazy cats.
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I actually finished the whole thing, just because I (foolishly) kept waiting for something interesting, philosophical, thrilling...none of it ever happened.
The story (I guess) has to do with a series of grisly murders. Problem is, they weren't grisly enough to make this book succeed as a "shocking" horror novel--at least, the descriptions didn't make them so. And perhaps therein lies the problem with the book--it was written at about a fifth grade level. The language was simple and boring, and when you combine that with a weak plot and uninteresting characters, you just end up with total garbage.
So much of the story was this back-and-forth arguing between the main character and his girlfriend...so I thought, ok, maybe this book is supposed to be about this relationship, and not just a slasher-wannabe story. Well, couldn't find that either. I found their relationship completely worthless--they didn't seem to like each other at all, there wasn't any interesting dialogue or chemistry between them, and frankly I just couldn't figure out why the author wasted so much time just having the same silly arguments over and over.
The title of the book really caught my eye; too bad the cover is the only page with anything interesting on it.
The main characters of the story have little depth, and little distinction in character from each other. The main character (not to ruin too much of the story for those of you who ignore my warning) eventually goes crazy, but the switch from "sanity" to "super crazy" feels like it's done over the course of a few pages, which I found confusing. A more progressed transition would have been much better instead of the sudden snap with no clearly defined reason as to why his psychosis manifested. I actually went back to before it seemed to appear to look and see if I missed something.
And, I'll draw your attention to it being "Volume 1", which means the story doesn't find resolution at the end of the book.