Arthur Fenn is an ordinary young professor with an esoteric specialty, Comparative Mythology. He is in financial trouble and suddenly finds himself in possession of a magical spell that allows him access to the realm of the gods. He may be a professor, but he's got no common sense--so when he goes there, he makes the mistake of inviting a con-man god and his companions back to Earth. What develops is a fantastic mess full of rich opportunities for humor, satire, and surprise. Arthur's mistake unbalances his own life, life on Earth, and the lives of the gods in their realm...and universal darkness threatens to cover all. Chaos spread on a greater and greater scale until all creation is threatened. It's a good thing that Arthur is able to find the courage and self-confidence to save the day, even if the universe has to die and be reborn
A master of humorous SF and fantasy tackles, with only moderate success, the old tale of human desperation leading to war among the gods. In Florida, Professor of Comparative Mythology Arthur Fenn, facing financial ruin due to unsuccessful stock speculation, uses the spell that allowed King Solomon to communicate with the gods and his own academic knowledge to travel to Godshome, a nursing home for retired and crippled deities. Fenn hopes to find a High God who can help him out of his difficulties, but the only one willing is a trickster named Leafie. When some of Leafie's less pleasant friends show up to help found the New Awesome Religion of the Wonderful Ancient Gods (NARWAG), Fenn realizes that losing his fianc�e and having to become a televangelist are only the beginning of his troubles. Indeed, the High Gods know that the fabric of the universe is in danger. The less humorous second half of the novel concerns the High Gods' scattershot efforts to keep the universe intact. Afflicted with adolescent-style cynicism, jerky pacing and a good deal of silliness, Sheckley's (The Alternative Detective) latest fails to measure up to his usual standard. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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January 01, 2000
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