Published by Orbit on June 20th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Humorous, Science Fiction
Reviewed by: Kim
When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn't for them any more, it's inevitable that things get a bit of a shake-up.
It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things. Take Good and Evil, for example. For them, it's an outdated concept that never worked particularly well in the first place.
Unfortunately, the sudden disappearance of right and wrong, while welcomed by some, raises certain concerns amongst those still attached to the previous team's management style.
In particular, there's one of the old gods who didn't move out with the others. A reclusive chap, he lives somewhere up north, and only a handful even believe in him.
But he's watching. And he really does need to know if you've been naughty or nice.
If you are looking for a book that satirizes religion without getting too damn dark, THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF THE SUPREME BEINGS is perfect for you. It makes you think without drowning the reader in morality. It is such a fun read that the 400 pages fly by.
Our hero is Jersey Thorpe, an Indiana Jones type character who is a bit full of himself but quite good at discovering the biggest secrets left behind by previous civilizations. Unfortunately for him, the question of “is there a God?” is answered pretty clearly when God sells the planet to the Venturi brothers, who value money over actual right and wrong. They don’t want your soul, they just want your checkbook.
This book has a great HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY vibe, with just enough nonsense and planet hopping to keep things interesting. Despite the uncertainty and silliness, there is never confusion, and I never had to re-read in order to figure out how we had gotten where we were.
This book is timely and fun, with characters that range from hyper-intelligent fish to God himself, and everything in between. THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF THE SUPREME BEINGS is easily the funniest book I’ve read all year.More Reviews:
- For more fun by Tom Holt, try Falling Sideways
- For other hilarious books that deal with god and the devil, give Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by JL Howard a go.