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Ladies and Gentlemen…… THHHHEEEE ATTTIEEE!!!!

September 8, 2009

attie_1x600Okay, so this week’s attie might be boring to some of the atheists. You already know about this week’s award winner and might consider him old news. But, stay with us, Christians probably don’t know about this guy.

This week’s winner has written one of the WORST books in modern literature. Seriously, this book is bad. I won’t give a full review, as my Purdue friend Jen has already done this.  Read her review, it’s hilarious.

Anyway, the title of this book is called “The Professor and the Dominatrix”.   It’s basically the atheist version of the Left Behind books. Bad writing. Bad propoganda. Bad stereotypes. I’m not going to slam on him because he self published. There is actually a growing movement among “respectable” publishers to take up self published books that sell. But, if you are going to self publish, you need to a friend who can actually edit your book. Why? Let me give you some sample passages from this book:

“Homosexuals would be demons working for Satin.”

A dog is described as having balls “the size of honeydews”.

And my personal favorite:

“She was a connoisseur. A gobbler of whangs par excellance.”

Yeah, so, this only captures part of the mad cap hilarity of this book. The end of the book is just hilarious, with the atheist professor kicking a televangelist’s ass figuratively and literally is worth it’s weight in gold. Think of this book as a possible drinking game/Mystery Science Book night or something.

So, John Harrigan, for your contribution to bad literature, here is your ATTIE. It’s well deserved.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 9:11 am

    I was hoping to forget this book ever existed, haha. Though I’m afraid I may have given John Harrigan a heart attack or something with my review. After sending me many cranky emails, I never heard anything about him ever again…hmmm…

  2. thomas2026 permalink*
    September 8, 2009 9:38 am

    See, Jen, I think the book will be like “Manos: The Hands of Fate”. It’s so bad, it’s good!

  3. September 8, 2009 10:03 am

    Oh boy, I couldn’t stand Manos either. I think I’m just one of those weird people who don’t want to waste their time watching bad movies ;P

  4. September 8, 2009 10:09 am

    Maybe Satin made him write it. Maybe he has a pet Brahma bull named “God”, and he is dyslexic. That last quote though, I’m just gonna leave it be. 😉

  5. September 8, 2009 11:10 am

    This week’s winner has written one of the WORST books in modern literature.

    Wait, I thought Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged?

  6. Ms. Crazy Pants permalink
    September 8, 2009 5:06 pm

    Propaganda books for atheists? I hadn’t heard of these.

    I made it partway through the left behind series before I decided they were telling everyone that killing me was perfectly ok. I did some serious thinking about arming myself heavily for protection after reading those. I’m noticing that all the Christians in my family are heavily armed (including the one who by law is not supposed to have a gun, and a different one that never uses one seems to need a heavy assault rifle ), and me, the one atheist, has none. I’m suddenly not feeling much like visiting…..

  7. Richard Eis permalink
    September 9, 2009 5:39 am

    The review I think, said it all.

  8. September 9, 2009 1:55 pm

    I dipped my toe into this book before recoiling in horror and followed Jenn’s account of her interactions with the author. As an atheist, I think the only good thing about the book it that it is a perfect counterpoint to the apologists’ line that atheism is a dogma, since pretty much every single atheist I know would vehemently disagree with much or all of the book’s protagonist’s outlook.

    So see, not all of us atheists are bleeding heart, socialist, feminist lib-ruls. You can be atheist and be a homophobic, misogynist too. Yay!?

  9. Patrick Truitt permalink
    September 11, 2009 11:28 am

    Ms. Crazy Pants, if you haven’t heard of the slacktivist blog, you should check it out. He’s been doing a page by page commentary on the Left Behind series for a while now. It’s funny stuff.

    http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/left_behind/index.html

  10. John Harrigan permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:13 pm

    To Jenniferret’s Blog Readers:

    This is from John Harrigan, alive and well, and you might say still uncomfortably cranky. I remain surprised that the bright people who totally accepted Jen’s roiling words ignored the introduction to The Professor and the Dominatrix by Roy P. Fairfield, for thirteen years an editor of the Humanist along with Paul Kurtz, the person who established Free Inquiry, Skeptical Inquirer, Prometheus Books, and CFI.. Doesn’t it seem unlikely that Fairfield would praise a poorly written, homophobic, anti-fem, and anti-black book?

    The current issue of The American Rationalist contains a review of my book by G. Richard Bozarth, an experienced reviewer for free-thought publications (see Reviewer’s Bookwatch). Some quotes: “The sexuality is pure vanilla, though I suppose a prude would be very offended . . . The cultural analyses, since they are based on Freethought and Secular Humanist philosophy, are often better than what is offered by many contemporary crime investigation authors . . . Chapter 4, Critical Thinking 101 succinctly hits many different Freethought and Secular Humanist nails squarely on the head . . . The Professor and the Dominatrix should be supported by us, and I’m certain many will be very glad they did.”

    The publisher has corrected the sixteen typos and is by my request reducing the price to $21.95, effective in early November.

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