What can I say? This is a novel of celestial proportions. The tag line alone (“a novel about taking reality with a pillar of salt”) had me sold on the eccentric Commander Pants’s irreverent speculative fiction novel.
The plot–a second incarnation of Jesus Christ returning to 1980s America to “infect” humanity with faith via public access television–is impudent, incredibly imaginative (bizarre might be a better word), and immaculately written. I expected the book to be good if not exactly godly, but Whom God Would Destroy turned is nothing if not great. For that, I am officially awarding Commander Pants the Scattering’s prestigious Heretic Badge of Honor for Spring 2011. Wear it well, mysterious pseudonymous author. Wear it well.
The best comparison I can make for the advanced SF reader would have to be Philip K. Dick’s classic The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Not only is WGWD in a similar league of impressive titulature, the author’s writing style has a comparable what the heck? effect. Like PKD, CP’s novel WGWD (see what I did there?) treads the border of idiosyncratic and incomprehensible–and does so admirably well.
Recommendation: Devout Christians probably shouldn’t read WGWD. No, devout Christians definitely shouldn’t read this book. Spoiler alert: Devout Christians might start crying if they read this book. But for the rest of us, Whom God Would Destroy is the most brilliant irreligious romp I’ve been fortunate enough to read.
Reading Time: 2-3 weeks in a busy month.
Availability: At $0.99 as an ebook, WGWD is a blasphemous bargain. This is one of the highest-quality indie books I’ve reviewed on the Scattering, and far and away the most entertaining. You can get it (really, get it) at this link to Amazon.