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PZ Myers Posts his Review of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”

PZ Myers posted his review of one of the stories in my recently released short story collection today.  This one is of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”  I have no interest in responding to it, though perhaps when he is done may respond to them all.  At any rate, if you want to read his ‘review’ for yourself you can check it out.

However, it goes a bit without saying- although, apparently it must be said- there is no way you can possibly know if his review has any merit at all unless you read it for yourself.  That, incidentally, is one reason why I’m not too terribly interested in replying in any detail to Myer’s review.  It isn’t like I can count on people to have any knowledge beyond what PZ has presented to appeal to or point at and what not.

So, for the record, any one who leaves comments on this blog expecting their comments to be taken seriously without actually reading the book themselves is engaging in wishful thinking.  It ain’t gonna happen.

Buy the book and inform yourself, then we can talk.



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    • Jason on February 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    The Amazon product page now has a fake, parody review posted. You should ask Amazon to remove it.

    • Jeron on February 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Mr. Myers’ review is his usual polemical, unnecessarily offensive and rude response to anything in existence, and can be safely ignored as being merely fuel for his own fire.

    I will produce my own analysis as reading time permits.

    • E.Elish on February 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I am quite sure God is not half as unjust or evil as your stories make Him out to be.

    • Anthony on February 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Jeron,

    I’ll answer your other question here:
    Well, it is available on Kindle in the UK, but I guess that doesn’t help you any. It’s available on Barnes and Noble’s Nook. I don’t know if they are in Europe, though. If you can tell me how you normally get your e-books I can look into how to get it available there.

    E.Elish, does that mean you actually read the stories?

    • Jason on February 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I was asked to repost this from the earlier post:

    PZ’s first review is in, and boy is it exactly what you’d expect! Here’s an excerpt:

    “Heaven is apparently a land of petty accountants and full-time voyeurs. Everything is logged, and even thoughts the celestial autocrats disapprove of will count against your record. And before you are allowed admission, you will be excoriated for every trivial ‘offense’ — and what is the example of a horrible damning offense Horvath gives? Looking at a woman. Just looking at one of those evil creatures.

    “These stories, by the way, take misogyny for granted. All of the guards are awe-inspiring male non-humans, all of the interviewers are handsome young men—one might infer a bit of an obsession on the part of the author in placing beautiful young men in positions of authority everywhere—and these men are always smiling benignly on people who give the right answers.”

    “Petty accountants” and “voyeurs” and “misogyny!” Oh, my!

    His “review” is nothing of the sort. It doesn’t even qualify as criticism. It’s nothing but another opportunity for him to vent his rage and bigotry and throw around a whole bunch of baseless accusations.

    • Joe on February 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I read the review and I think we’ve found a new tagline for your site:

    Anthony Horvath: a man of no imagination and no depth who is simply shuffling puppets through the impoverished theater of his mind!


    • Joe on February 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    That was a joke, by the way.

    • Anthony on February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    God bless you Joe. I think you’re right. 🙂

    • Mike on February 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The joke is that Joe is right in his first post above.

    • Rob on June 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    You’re taking a big risk in posting a link to PZ’s critique, because, frankly, it’s a devastating indictment of your material.

    You couldn’t possibly know what happens in the afterlife – even if there is one – and your proffered scenario is one that stimulates my gag reflex.

    As PZ says, if this is what heaven would be like – if it existed – I’d rather go to the other place – if it existed.

    • Anthony on June 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    PZ is a blowhard and his critique is asinine and stupid. For someone who claims to have read it, he did a pretty poor job interpreting it. As it is highly doubtful that YOU have read it, I strongly suspect that you are in no position to speak to whether or not his indictment was devastating or not. Did you read it for yourself? If not, explain to me on what basis you make your assertion.

    There is no ‘risk’ in my linking to it, I assure you.

    You do realize that when PZ says, and you agree, that he’d rather go to the ‘other place’ this proves one of the points of the stories? Who then stands indicted? Is it not you and PZ? Yes, it is you.

    But of course, your last sentence strongly suggests that you haven’t read the stories for yourself, as the idea that the any of the stories encapsulate ‘what heaven would be like’ is utterly absent from them. That’s a case in point for why PZ’s ‘critique’ is well off the mark, and case in point for evidence that you yourself are almost certainly just a mimicking PZ-bot without a single free thought of your own.

    But thanks for visiting and leaving your comment!


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