Gospel: A Tale of Human Mortality and a Girl

Simon Plaster
Mossik Press (2013)
ISBN 9780615779089

Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (4/13)

Article first published as Book Review: Gospel: A Tale of Human Mortality and a Girl by Simon Plaster on Blogcritics.

Below is the intro to the book “Gospel: A Tale of Human Mortality and a Girl” by Simon Plaster. The welcome! This is only the beginning of the newsletter for Week 31. I read this and laughed so hard. I could just hear the southern accent portrayed. I read it to my mother and she laughed hysterically.

“Newsletter…..THE GOSPEL…..Vol.XXIII, Week 31

Like the Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians and other early churches if the Christendom, with this epistle to the Bean Family Tabernacle & Chili Parlor, I send more good news to the Henryettans of Oklahoma!


God is a nice guy. He doesn’t want to sit up there in his heavenly air conditioned bedroom, and have you-His children-out in the yard, suffering from the global warming we’ve been having. God is a cool guy and wants you to be cool too. The Bible isn’t like one of those good news/bad news jokes. You remember-Say, an army sergeant, after two weeks of sweaty jungle training, tells his troops he’s got good news and bad news. ‘The good news,’ he says, ‘is that everyone is going to get a change of underwear. The bad news-Johnson, you change with Smith,’ he says, ‘Peters, you change with Williams’ and so on……”

This book is a satire of religions and what I would believe to be overly-religious people mixed in with what many would consider officially close-minded people. The tone of this book is very light. The town of Henryetta hasn’t had a death in some time. Henryetta, a young reporter, is in charge of the paper and making sure that the town reads a positive note to whatever is going on. When there are no deaths in town, she becomes concerned. What was going on? What was keeping even the old alive?

With all the strange things in this book, I have to say that author Simon Plaster can entertain. I am not sure what is more entertaining, the story or just the plain redneck dialect that it’s written in. From what I understand, this book is his fourth novel and is quite off the wall.

If you are overly religious or sensitive, this might not be the book for you. You must have an open mind and a great sense of humor to appreciate “Gospel: A Tale of Human Mortality and a Girl” by Simon Plaster. You must also be able to read with a hillbilly accent (if that makes any sense). I also gather, by the back of the book, that Simon Plaster is now on his path to achieve his honorary GED. I wish him the best of luck. Thanks for the good laugh! You are something special Simon Plaster. I would have to give you 4 stars for being able to pull this off.

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