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February 8, 2008

Religious Satire, or Unintentional Self-Parody?

Peter on July 24, 2008 01:31 AM EST writes:
Thanks for the tip.
I will be careful to avoid the book.
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Mary on March 2, 2008 03:35 PM EST writes:
Amazing how many people are taking the words of an obviously bitter and biased reviewer in lieu of actually reading the book. As one commentator aptly noted, if the book was truly this godawful, it wouldn't have gotten three pages of endorsements from people far more notable than Ms. Crain.
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Jody on February 16, 2008 05:44 AM EST writes:
Thanks for the review but...

This sounds like a book that is so dumb it never should have been published to begin with. The quotes from the book speak for themselves. Both author and publisher should be ashamed. Ms. Crain, I think you are a great writer, but I just have one question: when a book is this stupid, why spend so much energy and time reviewing it? It only gives it too much attention, I think.
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G.L. on February 13, 2008 11:50 PM EST writes:
Who writes things like this about themselves? How obnoxious! This Becky person bugs me as much as those ministers on tv. You can tell she thinks she is doing the world a big favor every time she opens her mouth, but when you get right down to it it's all about her. The world would be a better place if more Christians ignored her. Maybe she'd get over herself or just go away.
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Kickin' in Key West on February 11, 2008 12:15 AM EST writes:
I bet a hundred dollars she has a business card that says "Religious Satirist." An old buddy of mine years ago got a card made that said "Escape Artist." He'd use it talk up girls in bars.

I sure as hell hope her card works better than his did!
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Fran on February 10, 2008 11:20 PM EST writes:
Does anyone else find it strange that she calls herself a "religious satirist"? Never mind that she makes a big deal out of billing herself as any kind of satirist, which begs to be lampooned. I mean the "religious" part.

A "religion satirist" would be a satirist that skewers religion. Right? But what does a "religious satirist" skewer? Anything under the sun, as long as she remains devout?
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JD, Technical Writer on February 10, 2008 01:11 AM EST writes:
Mary Beth:

I have no problem with Becky Harrison emphasizing in her satirical writing that she is a satirist. I'm a technical writer--installation guides, network administrators' guides. I live in Chicago and have a midwest accent--details you probably think are irrelevant, "self-absorbed." I also had measles as a kid and my uncle was a welder. My point is that I always remind my readers I'm a technical writer and that they're reading a technical manual, not a hunting mag or a supermarket tabloid. I like to keep them focused, eyes on the prize. "Listen up," I'll write. "This is a list of annunciator response procedures, not a girlie magazine, so keep both hands on the book at all times!" Is that so wrong?

Please get off your high horse and give this satirist a break. BTW, Webster's defines break as "an abrupt decline of prices or values," a "rupture," a "fracture." Would it kill you to give her one? How would you feel if readers couldn't tell when you wrote satire? Would hurt, huh?
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sinbad on February 9, 2008 10:53 PM EST writes:
Religious Rebel...hey, that's alliteration. Sufferin' succotash, you sound like a religious satirist!
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religious rebel on February 9, 2008 10:45 PM EST writes:
Oops - I meant "lose respect" not "loose respect" - Freudian slip I guess but it's understandable given the loosey-goosey nature of this review.
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religious rebel on February 9, 2008 10:42 PM EST writes:
This review ain't satire, it's slander. Methinks jealousy may have reared it's ugly head cause this woman went well beyond critiquing a book. Do a quick google search of this reviewer's name -- for someone who claims to be a working journalist for 30 years, she doesn't seem to have that much to show for it. If Ms. Garrison responded to such drivel, I'd loose all respect for her.
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Little D on February 9, 2008 09:09 PM EST writes:
Critic missed it ...

Dang, I read the same book ... along with the three pages of endorsements by some very, very wonderful people. This "critic" sounds pretty omnipotent to me ... if she disagrees with ALL of them.
It's called "satire." Check it out sometime.
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Doug P. on February 9, 2008 06:17 PM EST writes:
Now THIS review is satire. If the author of The New Atheist Crusaders didn't know good satire before, she knows it now! She *thought* she could dish it out. Now I wonder how well she can take it!
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