on September 22, 2010
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.