I never really got the ranting angry bitter Goodreads reviews until now Seriously this is a terrible book I m not offended by the content or the characterization because I m a grown up and can unde
I never really got the ranting angry bitter Goodreads reviews until now. Seriously, this is a terrible book. I'm not offended by the content or the characterization because I'm a grown up and can understand the concept of fiction. But holy shit you've got to be kidding me James Frey. You've got to be kidding me. First off, let's address the thing about all of Frey's work. His writing sucks. His prose is atrocious. You know that rule that all beginning writers learn "show don't tell." And then you kind of figure out that okay I am allowed to "tell" a little bit. Frey's writing is all summary. It's all "tell" and no show. For writing about a Messiah who espouses the message that all that matters is right now and that the present is very important, the text and the narrative itself are absolutely flat. There's no immersion, I never felt like I was in the moment of the story. It was all summary. And it's not just this book. I've read chunks of Bright Shiny Morning. It's the same thing. It's all summary. Totally detached from any authentic immersion in the story. The only reason his first two books are any better is because they're about him. Second, all the characters are flat. They're boring. They're all huge caricatures of inflated stereotypes. Apparently every religious person thinks that God is a wish granting factory that you need to wish and pray for extra hard in order to get it right. Also apparently the goal of organized religion is condemning people to hell and siezing power. It's lazy, flat writing. Frey doesn't want any of the antagonists to Ben Zion to have any depth or anything beyond "I always use to believe but now I don't because Ben touched me/had sex with me." Of course the stripper is ethnic and of course both black men are preoccupied with their resentment and anger towards the oppressive government. Third, it's a troll book. The only reason this book was made was because Frey was like, let's see I can whine about religion a lot (remember he's the brave man that so heroically defeated addiction without completing the 12 step program in A Million Little Pieces) and I can just make my Jesus character as controversial as I want. So naturally a philandering bisexual non afterlife believing Messiah is the perfect troll. Thank Krishna I got this book at the library and didn't have to pay for it. Please stop reading James Frey. Go read Lamb by Christopher Moore. Go read The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Sarmago. I'm sorry to be such a bummer. I really hate reading these ranty, pithy types of reviews. If you follow mine I won't be such a bitch from now on. Okay? Cool. Good The Final Testament of the Holy Bible Author James Frey Viral Book James Frey isn t like other writers He s been called a liar A cheat A con man He s been called a saviour A revolutionary A genius He s been sued by readers Dropped by publishers because of his controversies Berated by TV talk show hosts and condemned by the media He s been exiled from America, and driven into hiding He s also a bestselling phenomenon PublishedJames Frey isn t like other writers He s been called a liar A cheat A con man He s been called a saviour A revolutionary A genius He s been sued by readers Dropped by publishers because of his controversies Berated by TV talk show hosts and condemned by the media He s been exiled from America, and driven into hiding He s also a bestselling phenomenon Published in 38 languages, and beloved by readers around the world What scares people about Frey is that he plays with truth that fine line between fact and fiction.Now he has written his greatest work, his most revolutionary, his most controversial The Final Testament of the Holy Bible What would you do if you discovered the Messiah were alive today Living in New York Sleeping with men Impregnating young women Euthanizing the dying, and healing the sick Defying the government, and condemning the holy What would you do if you met him And he changed your life Would you believe Would you The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.It will change you Hurt you Scare you Make you think differently Live differently Enrage you Offend you Open your eyes to the world in which we live We ve waited 2,000 years for the Messiah to arrive We ve waited 2,000 years for this book to be written He was here The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of his life.. James Christopher Frey is an American author and entrepreneur After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the UK.James Frey now lives in New York with his wife, daughter and dog He is still writing Most recently he has published Bright Shiny Morning, and his new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible will publish on 12 April and is available for pre order now.He is also one of the authors that share the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, author of the Lorien Legacies.Books coming out of James Frey s YA book packaging company Full Fathom Five list show 4. A viral Book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible Eh. I was hoping to proclaim this Frey’s best work. It sure starts off that way, and I think that says a lot coming from me ‘cause I sort of think he's a li’l punk. Definitely an interesting read, though, and the writing style is pure Frey (you either love him or hate him). He certainly tries to shock and awe, and even though I agree almost wholeheartedly with Frey’s views in this novel (the one area where I don’t is that I’m sort of pro-monogamy), and the idea of getting institutions like the Catholic Church all fired up absolutely intrigues me, I felt like it was altogether too preachy without actually delivering anything substantial—the plot kind of crashes and burns at the end. Definitely anticlimactic, and definitely not for everybody. In conclusion? I guess the Son of God is just way too horny, even for me.