While I continue to read the novel, Lucifer’s Odyssey, a few thoughts came to mind. Usually when I read an author’s book, I tend to look for reasons NOT to read the book (ranging from poor introductions, grammar, setting, storyline etc.) and find something to comment on that is usually not so kind. Fortunately, this author passed my expectations with flying colors, writing his book with an original storyline and good execution. In fact, I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a clear-cut example of what I am looking for in a typical sense of fiction.
However, this post is not about providing accolades because of its work.
The reason why I am writing this post is because I think he has developed a new genre that is still in the making. Over the past few months, I noticed the tremendous amount of ‘takes’ authors tend to produce month after month in trying to reinvent Christianity, Stephanie Meyer style. While I tend to laugh at these kinds of things, I am beginning to realize something in common for those who stumble into this category of books.
Now that there is an ongoing plethora of these kinds of books, especially with this novel, I have finally coined a new term for this type of genre.
I call it: pseudo-biblical fiction.
Although I would like to use the label of ‘meta-biblical,’ the reason why I chose to use ‘pseudo’ instead is because there is a series of biblical and non-biblical reasoning to that fits the above term more snugly than the term ‘meta’ itself. In light of what I have said, I am continuing to read the book in hopes that the plot advances toward something intuitive, because the feel of the work comes off like I’m reading one of C.S. Lewis’s Screw-tape letters.
With thanks to this book, I now can explain the characteristics that would make this book and others similar to it fall into this category. Although I could go immediately into discussing the genre with this post, I’m afraid that by doing so would garner too space for an extra 1,000+ words. So instead, I think it would be best to reserve my comments for another post. Nevertheless, I will be continuing with reading the ongoing drama in Lucifer’s Odyssey.