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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894917669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894917667
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,763,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Godblog is disturbing.

And that's a good thing.

While a fiction novel, GODBLOG is also a critical, compelling look at fame and celebrity on the internet, a place where anonymity is fetishized and mob mentality is championed. GODBLOG is the tale of Dag, a washed up snowborder, and his attempt to channel his anger into a creative and constructive journal, the novel becomes a rollercoaster ride through the horrible events that precipitate from Dag's increasingly infuriated edicts to his online followers as the Hero of the Teeming Masses. From defying airport security measures to organizing nation-wide spontaneous donations to canned food drives, Dag holds power as the Hero that he can never have in his real life as a forcibly-cheerful barista, and the split is tearing him apart.

It all comes to a head when a hostage taker demands to meet the great and glorious Hero, and what happens when the world realizes that the there is no Hero to save the day at all.

The prose is sparse and carefully chosen, a great reflection of Dag's outwardly bland reactions and roiling inner turmoil, and Channer offers up the sort of beautifully damaged characters that have made stars of her literary fiction counterparts.

This book is stunning.

It also makes you want to go and delete your Facebook account and start twirling at the security gates at the airport, and that, I think, is the mark of the best kind of book there is: the kind that makes you want to DO something about the world.
I recommend re-reading the prologue as soon as you finish the book - if the tears in your eyes allow it.

I look forward to Channer's next masterpiece.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy E. Frost on June 5 2009
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What if you had control over people's actions? Would you use your power for the forces of good or the forces of evil. That is the choice Dag has to make in this look at the inner workings of the world of the coffee barrista. An engaging novel with fully fleshed out characters, and the author's trademark twist of events.
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Reads Like a seven-shot Espresso Dec 21 2008
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Laurie Channer's new novel, "Godblog" is one of the most original books to come out in years. Dag was a budding snowboard legend, who suddenly "lost his tricks." After an especially disastrous half-pipe run, he stumbled into Black Arts Coffee, a soul-impaired corporate chain, and quickly became their most popular barista. Dag has a secret, though--an online alter-ego whose popularity and influence quickly explodes out of control. The story is fresh, the chain coffeehouse details rich, and the characters quirky and well-drawn. Ms Channer infuses her narrative with wry, funny observations about corporations, internet culture, and people in general. She does so in a caustically gentle way, though. The writing is sharp, the dialogue true, and the book never bogs down. A sui generis joy to read. (And no whiny damn vampires) Highly recommended.
An entertaining and humorous romp through the relationship of cyberspace and the real world Feb. 9 2009
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The internet is anonymous, and when that cover is removed, trouble can brew. "Godblog" follows Dag as he wage slaves his life away in a coffee shop. By night, he gains notoriety as a highly opinionated blogger, who has a problem with the corporations that Dag happens to work for in his day job. Dag's secrecy and job are in danger, making "Godblog" an entertaining and humorous romp through the relationship of cyberspace and the real world.

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