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Bible Stories for Adults by James Morrow

Bible Stories for Adults (edition 1996)

by James Morrow

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Title:Bible Stories for Adults
Authors:James Morrow
Info:Harcourt Brace & Company (1996), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 243 pages
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James Morrow has been called the Salman Rushdie of Christianity, and it's books like this collection of satirical short stories which prove how much he deserves the title. Read about creationism turned on its head, robots who think they're the product of evolution. Read about Job's rematch with God, the other survivor of the flood, and a couple robots named YHWH and SATAN. And there are many more excellent stories than the few I've mentioned. ( )
3 vote fduniho | Dec 22, 2011 |
fav story - Daughter Earth ( )
  shazmaru | Jun 6, 2009 |
James Morrow's work consistently impresses me. This has his usual blend of dark seriousness and clever humor. I'd especially recommend this for fans of his Only Begotten Daughter. Not all of the stories are perfect, but there are some real gems in here. ( )
  labbit440 | Mar 10, 2008 |
This was a pretty cool collection. Morrow has some pretty original ideas and most of the time he pulls them off. Some of them are on the absurd side and remind me of Frederic Brown. My favorites were -No. 31: The Covenant- and -No. 46: The Soap Opera-. Below are my notes on each story, including spoilers.

No. 20: The Tower (Great idea to have God as narrator and reverse of Babel.)
No. 31: The Covenant (Cool and original. Funny but some of the arguments against the commandments were a bit of a stretch. Did Satan save the world or just trick it's last hope?)

No: 17, The Deluge (Cool captain's log entries, cool idea about how evil spread even after the deluge.)

The Confessions of Ebenezer Scrooge (Cool use of "Ghost of Present Perfect" type ideas but really just a trick and not that big of a deal.)

Abe Lincoln in McDonald's (I didn't get it at first but the end made sense. Abe Lincoln goes to the future to see what it will be like if he gives up on freeing the slaves. He witnesses a murder and that makes his decision.)

Arms and the Woman (Helen of Troy gets old, fat and wrinkled while the war rages on over her beauty. She's hidden so it doesn't demoralize the troops. When she decides to give herself back they try to kill her and install a fake Helen so they can keep having their war.)

Daughter Earth (Completely absurd but interesting. Woman has a baby that is a biosphere. When the government wants it to experiment on they let it go into space. They find out that the Earth was the experiment and the child is a new earth safe from all the mistakes we made.)

Diary of a Mad Diety (Really dark. Sister get's raped so he develops multiple personalities. Cool idea that he has so many personalities that he becomes God over the personalities.)

Know but to God and Wilbur Hines (I don't really get it. Kind of dark and strange.)

No. 46: The Soap Opera (Job wants an apology. Hilarious and quirky. Great idea.)

Spelling God with the Wrong Blocks (Robots are left to themselves to build a society. They end up establishing genders and worshipping darwin. Also burning heretics. Funny and a cool original idea.)

The Assemblage of Kristin (It was a great idea but confusing for most of the story. A girl donates all her parts when she dies. The people that get the parts get together and when they do she becomes alive in each one of them.) ( )
1 vote ragwaine | Jun 27, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156002442, Paperback)

Morrow unabashedly delves into matters both sacred and secular in this collection of short stories buoyed by his deliciously irreverent wit. Among the dozen selections is the Nebula Award-winning “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge.”

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Satirical stories on subjects religious and secular. In The Tower, God comes to the conclusion his decision regarding the Tower of Babel was a mistake, in Known but to God and Wilbur Hines the wrong man is laid to rest in the tomb of the unknown soldier, and in Arms and the Woman the son of Helen of Troy asks, "What did you do in the war, Mommy?" By the author of Towing Jehovah.… (more)

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