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Review: What in God’s Name

March 5, 2015

What in God's Name

Heaven isn’t, well, as heavenly as you’d think.  God isn’t all that interested in what’s going on on Earth and neither are most of the angels.   Craig and Eliza are, though.  They’re both assigned to the Department of Miracles and they know their work makes a difference.

When God decides he’s had enough, he announces that he’ll retire in one month and destroy the Earth at that time.  Craig and Eliza beg God to reconsider and he agrees to spare the Earth if they can make the most impossible miracle happen.

I’m a fan of Simon Rich and his humor so decided to explore one of his earlier books, What in God’s Name.  I liked this book and found it entertaining but didn’t love it the way I have his others and I’m not really sure why.  It’s well written and was a fast, light read.  It was full of Rich’s trademark humor and social commentary.  The only difference is the other two books were short stories and this one’s a novel, so maybe it was just a little too long for me.  Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of Rich’s humor.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2015 7:44 am

    I haven’t read any Simon Rich, but I love the sound of this book! I am going to check out this author.

  2. March 5, 2015 8:20 am

    I haven’t read Simon Rich either, so this may not be the place to start…

  3. bookingmama permalink
    March 5, 2015 8:47 am

    I haven’t read Simon Rich but I might start with a different one.

  4. March 5, 2015 11:55 am

    I haven’t read this author but the concept of this one does sound intriguing!

  5. March 5, 2015 12:17 pm

    I am yet another who hasn’t read him!

  6. March 5, 2015 12:24 pm

    I haven’t heard of this author before but this book sounds good and I could use a little humor.

  7. Patty permalink
    March 5, 2015 1:42 pm

    I have ever even heard of this author!

  8. March 5, 2015 3:14 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I haven’t read this author, but your review intrigued me; it sounds like a fun read.

  9. March 5, 2015 3:39 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this book. I was laughing to myself while I read the premise of this as described in your review.

  10. March 5, 2015 9:44 pm

    New to me author and series. I’d like to read at least one of these books.

  11. March 6, 2015 2:09 am

    It sounds like a fun premise! (Well, to read, I mean. Wouldn’t want such a thing happening in real life, even if it does turn out well!)

  12. March 6, 2015 2:27 pm

    I haven’t read this author before, but sounds like his shorter works are best.

  13. March 6, 2015 11:44 pm

    Looks like I’m not he only one who hasn’t read him. Yet 🙂

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    March 10, 2015 3:24 pm

    I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds like a fun book.

  15. March 12, 2015 10:22 pm

    I haven’t read any Simon Rich. I will have to check him out one of these days.

  16. Ryan permalink
    March 14, 2015 5:34 pm

    As soon as I was done reading your review, I went and added the book to my wishlist. I’m also going to have to hunt down the short stories as well.

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