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Godshome [Paperback]

Robert Sheckley
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From Publishers Weekly

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 fiancee 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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

When mythology professor Arthur Fenn finds himself facing financial disaster, he invites a bevy of forgotten deities to Earth to solve his dilemma?a move that plunges the universe into chaos. Though a few witty moments enliven this tale of the return of the lesser gods, Sheckley's tongue-in-cheek fantasy suffers from a haphazard plot and lackluster characters. A marginal purchase for large libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

First solo appearance for Sheckley since Dramocles (1983) following a series of comedy collaborations with the late Roger Zelazny (A Farce to be Reckoned With, 1995, etc.). Thanks to bad investment advice, impoverished mythology professor Arthur F enn topples into a financial black hole. But then he receives the Key of Solomon from a fellow scholar. Arthur uses the key to visit Godshome, where he meets Leafie, a manic-depressive trickster god who agrees to helpin return for unlimited access to Eart h. Unwittingly, Arthur signs up. Leafie soon fixes Arthur's financial problems, but then he and a bunch of repulsive friends move in with Arthur. Mimi, Arthur's beloved, takes one look and bolts. Sammy, Arthur's reckless stockbroker friend, likes the gods , though, and makes money fencing the antiques, jewels, and TVs they steal to feed their disgusting appetites. Leafie decides to set Arthur up as the figurehead of a new religion. But in contacting Godshome, Arthur broke the universe. Another god, Asturas , came into being to fix things; unfortunately, Asturas's evil brother, Ahriman, wants to destroy the Earth and arranges for an invasion by alien religious fanatics. Another subplot involves the apprentice love goddess Mellicent, who, accidentally struck by Cupid's arrow, falls for Arthur. Leafie and friends, meanwhile, devastate the Earth. Somehow Arthur, aided by an interactive HELP file and an articulate black hole, must save the planet, or the universe, or something. Time was when Sheckley routinely t urned out terrific SF short stories, though his novels have always been poor; here, the framework's broadly amusing but few laughs bubble up through the increasingly desperate improvisation. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights r eserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Robert Sheckley is a slick stylist and a clever storyteller whether he's writing SF, detective fiction, or fantasy. Godshome is fast-paced, witty fantasy in the Unknown Worlds tradition of L. Sprague De Camp, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert A. Heinlein--pure entertainment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robert Sheckley lives in Portland, Oregon. He is one of the great living writers of SF and fantasy, and is well-known as an author of detective fiction. He is distinguished by a bright, witty, pyrotechnic prose style and a portrayal of humorous absurdities in his fiction. He has been writing since the 1950s, and is the author of more than forty books, many of which have been translated worldwide.
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