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Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

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Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

Post Number:#1 by Scerakor
» 31 May 2017, 08:38

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Good Tidings" by Daniel Burnette.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Things may not always be as they seem, events may not always have taken place how they were written down, and the power of perception over reality is a powerful thing. These are just a few of the themes found in this comedy / satire entitled Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette. I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book was very well written and it expertly took a well-known story, gave it an original twist, and served up a healthy portion of food for thought. There were times, however, where the way the book's set up confused me and ultimately held me back from giving it a perfect score.

On a remote planet called Terra, a mysterious book is found that tells the tale of divine powers. This religion spreads like wildfire and threatens the way of life as the Terran Empire knows it. Our novel generally follows the story of our protagonist, Joshua Chris (or a name that sounded vaguely similar) who was prophesized in this divine finding, as the various characters and factions on Terra try to use him, his fame, and his potential power to advance their own agendas.

Good Tidings makes no effort to hide the fact that the book is blatantly based on the New Testament, the activities of Jesus Christ, and those around him. From the Terran representative of the Empire (the prefect Phillip Pilatus), to the leader of a religious sect (Juan the Baptist), and even to a female companion sent to accompany Joshua Chris (Magda), character names are kept flagrantly similar. As Joshua Chris and his entourage carry out their adventures, you can easily see that there is more going on behind the scenes that meets the eye; The Empire is pulling all sorts of strings. Burnette expertly uses the powers of perception to satirically challenge the biblical story (or any story really) as we know it.

I really love how the author weaves the New Testament’s tales into this slightly futuristic setting and succeeds in making you think hard about how easily human beings take stories at face value. He takes the (very normal) character of Joshua Chris and tosses him into a situation where everything he does (and many things that he doesn’t even do) can be misconstrued as miraculous even though reality is significantly more mundane. What I liked the best was the dry/intelligent humour presented in this book and how Burnette uses literary Kung-Fu to add a satirical feel to the book, reminiscent of Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett?.

There were times, however, where the comparisons with either the characters or the stories from the New Testament, were a bit forced. It seemed like the need to find creative, but similar, names or situations from the biblical ones took away from the flow of the story. What I disliked the most was how the book was situated in time. It was set in the future but I really couldn’t stop my mind from wandering and picturing all of this happening in biblical times.

Despite either of the points above, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good satirical comedy. Anyone who is easily insulted if their religion is questioned, even in fiction works, should likely stay away from this book.

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Re: Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

Post Number:#2 by Jaime Lync
» 04 Jun 2017, 12:27

This sounds quite intriguing. I think that I too would always seem to want to place this story in biblical days, Great review.
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Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 05 Jun 2017, 13:16

This one definitely doesn't sound like anything I've ever read before. But I think the blatant reference to biblical characters and stories may be a bit off putting for me. Interesting review, thanks.
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Post Number:#4 by Unyct19
» 05 Jun 2017, 15:36

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Post Number:#5 by Spirit Wandering
» 05 Jun 2017, 19:12

Satire isn't normally my cup of tea but it does sound like this one is particularly clever, especially given the comparison to Terry Pratchett. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

Post Number:#6 by Scerakor
» 07 Jun 2017, 06:14

MarisaRose wrote:This one definitely doesn't sound like anything I've ever read before. But I think the blatant reference to biblical characters and stories may be a bit off putting for me. Interesting review, thanks.


It's a little more than blatant reference, it is completely based on the New Testament and Jesus growing up/preaching. It's done in a tasteful manner (I feel) and isn't insulting to anyone by any means. Thanks for the comment.

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Spirit Wandering wrote:Satire isn't normally my cup of tea but it does sound like this one is particularly clever, especially given the comparison to Terry Pratchett. Thanks for the review.


It definitely was the same type of humor that Terry Pratchett tends to use. The "matter-of-factly" stated point which we, as the reader, know is ridiculous, but never occurs to the characters themselves. Thanks for the comment.
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Re: Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

Post Number:#7 by kchnsa
» 07 Jun 2017, 13:35

"Things may not always be as they seem, events may not always have taken place how they were written down, and the power of perception over reality is a powerful thing." - I really like this.
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Re: Official Review: Good Tidings by Daniel Burnette

Post Number:#8 by Scerakor
» 07 Jun 2017, 13:38

kchnsa wrote:"Things may not always be as they seem, events may not always have taken place how they were written down, and the power of perception over reality is a powerful thing." - I really like this.


Thanks! It is not only a decent description of the book but something to keep in mind in our everyday lives when dealing with "history".
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Post Number:#9 by Rosemary Okoko
» 17 Jun 2017, 08:31

I would love to read this one. Thanks for the review.
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