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God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance and everything looks pretty good – so he takes a holiday. In Heaven-time this is just a week's. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Believe me, this book is going to cause one almighty stink Deeply Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. eBook . John Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. The Amateurs, The Second Coming, Cold Hands, Straight White Male, The Sunshine Cruise Company.
Cornerstone ISBN: The cover of The Second Coming will entice any atheist to pick it up off a shelf; and its contents don't dissapoint. The Second Coming is just plain hilarious: John Niven's third novel is by far his funniest. I laughed out loud many times.
Speaking of excellent characters, Jesus goes from being a Bill-and-Ted-type stoner to a more rounded person as the chapters fly by and I ended up really liking him. He's funny, well grounded, and is basically a good dude. Niven doesn't have him be overly preachy, or overly good, just be a decent person. And on the flip side is Steven Stelfox the name is the only thing separating this character from Simon Cowell who is the nasty British judge on American Pop Star.
His rants and screaming sessions before and after the shows were particularly brilliant and reminded me of some of the scenes from Niven's last novel, the superb "Kill Your Friends".
I could write words on what I liked about this book easily but I'll keep it short.
The scenes on the road trip from New York to LA were fantastic, clever, and touching; the scenes on American Pop Star were exciting and funny; and the scenes following in Texas shows Niven's ability to go from comedy to drama to high octane action effortlessly - Niven is a true master of fiction and this book showcases his abilities fantastically.
And the music! You wouldn't believe how well Niven writes music, about how it's performed, how it sounds, without even needing to hear it, you hear it on the page, and it's exhilarating! I recently read another "Jesus returns!
John Niven's "The Second Coming" is different in that it doesn't question the basics of Christianity - there is a Heaven and Hell, a God and Devil, etc - but it does question some of the dogma of the religion and does so with humour and intelligence. More importantly, it's never repetitive or predictable except for the end of course , and never once was I bored reading it. If you're looking for a good book this Easter, hell anytime of the year!
If you dislike profanity then avoid this book. Conversely, if you enjoy perceptive humour that nails many a sacred cow, and that simultaneously manages to be perceptive, quietly profound, compelling, original, amusing and outrageous th Many moons ago I read Kill Your Friends and I loved it, so I am not sure why it took me so long to read another book by John Niven however I have now, and I am very glad that I finally got round to it.
Conversely, if you enjoy perceptive humour that nails many a sacred cow, and that simultaneously manages to be perceptive, quietly profound, compelling, original, amusing and outrageous then make time for The Second Coming. Quantity Add to basket. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. View other formats and editions. Synopsis Author. God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance and everything looks pretty good - so he takes a holiday.
In Heaven-time this is just a week's fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by. When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: There's only one thing for it. They're sending the kid back. JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: Be Nice!
His best chance to win hearts and minds is to enter American Pop Star. But the number one show in America is the unholy creation of a record executive who's more than a match for the Son of God Steven Stelfox. Deeply, intelligently satirical.
In lesser hands it could easily have become a crass rant. Yet Niven provides hilarious, perceptive entertainment Only the truly ignorant will take offence. In the midst of it all, there is compassion, and insight into the way the impulse for truth can lead to dark acts indeed Behind all the curses and the gags, orthodoxy reigns in Niven's MTV-style gospel as Jesus battles oppression, hypocrisy and the satanic forces of Simon Cowell - sorry, "Steven Stelfox".
Consistently funny and smart Visit the John Niven author page. Added to basket. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman.
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