Years of covering the antics of End Times cults for The Banner, a religious news magazine, have left Christine Temetri not only jaded but seriously questioning her career choice. That is, until she meets Mercury, an anti-establishment angel who's frittering his time away whipping up batches of... read more
While on assignment in Nevada, Christine Temetri isn’t surprised when yet another prophesied Apocalypse fails to occur. After three years of reporting on End Times cults for a religious news magazine, Christine is seriously questioning her career choice. But then she meets Mercury, a cult... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
While on assignment in Nevada, Christine Temetri isn’t surprised when yet another prophesied Apocalypse fails to occur. After three years of reporting on End Times cults for a religious news magazine, Christine is seriously questioning her career choice. But then she meets Mercury, a cult leader whose knowledge of the impending Apocalypse is decidedly more solid than most: he is an angel, sent from heaven to prepare for the Second Coming but distracted by beer, ping pong, and other earthly delights. After Christine and Mercury inadvertently save Karl Grissom—a film-school dropout and the newly appointed Antichrist—from assassination, she realizes the three of them are all that stand in the way of mankind’s utter annihilation. They are a motley crew compared to the heavenly host bent on earth’s destruction, but Christine figures they’ll just have to do. Full of memorable characters, Mercury Falls is an absurdly funny tale about unlikely heroes on a quest to save the world.
“People of a “scientific” bent have been known to ridicule those, like Harry, who believe unlikely notions such as the idea that the Universe was created in six days and that the first human being was formed by God breathing into a lump of clay. It should be noted that the latest scientific theories entail that (1) all of the matter in the Universe was once compressed into an area smaller than the point of a pin; and (2) life came about when a chance collision of molecules accidentally lined up three million nucleic acids in exactly the right order to form a self-replicating protein.”
These days she tended to think of herself as a Heisenbergian Christian: she believed in the broad outlines of Christianity, but she was unable to pinpoint the specifics of her creed. She was OK with the wave; it was the particles that tended to escape her.Highlighted by 69 Kindle customers
The illusion of free will is straining under the weight of determinism.'Highlighted by 42 Kindle customers
'You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice; if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.''Highlighted by 38 Kindle customers
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. Woody AllenHighlighted by 35 Kindle customers
You find, after a few thousand years of corrupting mortals, that people with the most rigid religious viewpoints are the most predictable and therefore easiest to manipulate. They'll do something completely against their better judgment if you can convince them that their doing it fits into some Divine Plan that they can't understand.Highlighted by 34 Kindle customers
'What I don't get,' said Gamaliel, 'is what's in it for them. I don't understand what makes someone want to accept what amounts to a prepackaged belief system. Wouldn't the sane thing be to evaluate every part of any belief system, in case there were mistakes in it somewhere?'Highlighted by 33 Kindle customers
Panton in suus vicis, or 'Everything in its time.'Highlighted by 29 Kindle customers
No actual productive work is done in the Courts of the Most High, but the staff of the Courts have the proud distinction of having prevented more work from being done on more planes than any other entity outside the United States Congress.Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
'You know what happened to the last guy to make a pact with Lucifer, right?' 'I thought he was still hosting American Idol.' 'Exactly,' said Perp. 'A fate worse than death.Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
Christine shrugged. 'Don't underestimate the appeal of unwarranted moral certainty.'Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
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