Cannonball Read IV: What Would Satan Do by Anthony Miller
Those of us who simply love to read will know that some books barely scratch the surface of your soul, while other books leave an indelible imprint on your psyche. For me, this was one of those books. We meet Satan while he is on his way to his job teaching a History of Religion course at Georgetown University. There are frogs everywhere and they are thoroughly disgusting to the Prince of Darkness and he would love to stomp them to death, but doesn’t want to ruin his expensive Italian leather shoes.
Before he can really get into his lecture, students pepper him with questions about the recent string of bad storms and plagues that some were calling signs of the Apocalypse. The students want to know if it is the end of the world as they know it. Satan replies, “I had nothing to do with any of that!…Nothing! And if I didn’t do it, it can’t be happening! So it’s nothing!”
Meanwhile,the pastor of a megachurch in Texas has been preaching about Judgment Day, even offering services to help parishoners get their worldly affairs in order. He wasn’t worried about not convincing people of the end of the world. He had inside information.
After Satan realizes that someone is indeed trying to bring about Judgment Day, he drives off in his white Lamborghini to find the culprit. Along the way, he has encounters with archangels, televangelists, militia members, CIA agents and a Jesus impersonator named Festus P. Bongwater. They all converge at the megachurch to find out if the world will end or not.
If you loved Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, you will feel right at home with this book. The writing is witty and clever and made me really laugh out loud in spots. This book is so good, I wish I had written it.
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