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Call it a miracle or an accident at the sperm bank But Julie Katz, the half sister of Jesus, has been born to a celibate father Soon poor Julie is tempted by the Devil and challenged by neo Christian zealots and that s just the beginning of her fantastic odyssey through Hell, a seceded New Jersey, and her own confused soul Winner of aWorld Fantasy Award


10 thoughts on “Only Begotten Daughter

  1. Bradley Bradley says:

    I hesitate in calling this a satire because it s a highly charged emotional bomb of a great story IN ADDITION to being some of the cleverest novels of scattershot inversions, sly winks, and outrageously funny situations.You know, as funny as meeting Jesus in Hell is going to be, serving heroin to the damned in a soup kitchen just before they completely obliterate themselves Or the realization that Jesus has a sister A modern one A true begotten daughter of God Julie the one who talks to spo I hesitate in calling this a satire because it s a highly charged emotional bomb of a great story IN ADDITION to being some of the cleverest novels of scattershot inversions, sly winks, and outrageously funny situations.You know, as funny as meeting Jesus in Hell is going to be, serving heroin to the damned in a soup kitchen just before they completely obliterate themselves Or the realization that Jesus has a sister A modern one A true begotten daughter of God Julie the one who talks to sponges, gets scolded for performing miracles, gets embroiled in a plot of Satan, and who absolutely ADORES science.I love Julie She s so earnest A good kid And we get to see her grow up, get into trouble with her alcoholic best friend, save Atlantic City from a conflagration, and send herself to hell for 15 years, voluntarily Where she gets to know her brother.The aftermath ah well, the aftermath is the hard part, emotionally, but what a great read it all is Almost every line has a freaking SHARP comment to be made on religion and its followers From the conception of Julie by a Jewish man donating to a sperm bank only to have the authorities freak out because it somehow found an egg in the container, to the anticrucification of the antichrist Or what God actually turns out to be or where Satan winds up The text is SHARP Sure, we ve had a number of classics that skewered religion before, but few do it as regularly and consistently and as cleverly as this one The real devil is in the details, and this one gets under your skin like the buckshot of a shotgun I think, after reading only two of James K Morrow s books, I ve found one of my top favorite authors of all time


  2. Laura Laura says:

    I received this book as a gift from my boyfriend s parents, who read it for a literary program through their Unitarian Universalist Church The premise of the novel What if a modern Messiah was born What if a celibate man brought forth a daughter of God through a combination of miracle and modern science And what if everything you ve ever been taught about God, the Devil, Heaven, and Hell are wrong The concept driving the novel is a good one, I think, and I enjoyed a lot of the plotting My f I received this book as a gift from my boyfriend s parents, who read it for a literary program through their Unitarian Universalist Church The premise of the novel What if a modern Messiah was born What if a celibate man brought forth a daughter of God through a combination of miracle and modern science And what if everything you ve ever been taught about God, the Devil, Heaven, and Hell are wrong The concept driving the novel is a good one, I think, and I enjoyed a lot of the plotting My favorite scenes come when the protagonist Julie God s only begotten daughter voluntarily travels to Hell She meets her half brother Jesus there, where he works tirelessly to comfort the sinners by giving them water In this story s Hell, everyone who was ever thought to be condemned to Hell by someone else ends up going there to wit, we are all damned by the judgments of our peers Julie takes some powerful lessons from her brother, then decides to return to Earth at the cost of her divinity and miraculous powers because she can still do good work there Unfortunately I thought the story suffered from somewhat awkward writing and characterization The attempts to highlight the humanity of the divine Julie through constant referrals to her genitals and sexuality seemed unnecessary and I m not just some prude saying this it really seemed to distract from the main story The cast of characters surrounding Julie seem rather flat and stereotypical A story about a divine daughter of God is not intrinsically realistic, but it can still be populated by realistic people this was not the case in this book.I think the novel is worth reading if you re into thinking about the intersection between religion and speculative fiction, or if you re looking for a creative and engaging plot to follow without caring too much about the stylistic elements The book is driven by a promising concept, but fails to rise above the realm of genre fiction, which is a bit disappointing


  3. Nathan Nathan says:

    Act 1 In which we meet a bunch of personality quirks masquerading as characters And some basic background is laid down.A strange loner in a lighthouse learns one of his sperm bank donations has self fertilized, a new immaculate conception, this time in a test tube Meet Julie Katz, daughter of God, but unsure of her purpose Dad plays the worried Jewish man and fears her divinity will make her a target Best friend Phoebe thinks she should be out saving the world, rebellious teen with a big he Act 1 In which we meet a bunch of personality quirks masquerading as characters And some basic background is laid down.A strange loner in a lighthouse learns one of his sperm bank donations has self fertilized, a new immaculate conception, this time in a test tube Meet Julie Katz, daughter of God, but unsure of her purpose Dad plays the worried Jewish man and fears her divinity will make her a target Best friend Phoebe thinks she should be out saving the world, rebellious teen with a big heart And Julie herself will change personalities throughout the book like an actress playing multiple roles.But wait Is that some subtle foreshadowing I see A few hints of what s to come Nope, my bad I should be taking notes because you are literally having the devil make a list of things I should watch out for later in the book Never mind, no foreshadowing here, just a big billboard.Act 2 In which the daughter of God goes to hell, meets Jesus, and a reader starts checking the little status bar at the bottom of the Kindle..So our favorite ambivalent deity travels with the devil into hell and learns that quite literally everyone is down there They visit islands filled with people suffering specific punishments, which makes Julie sad but not angry enough to really show she cares Major logistical issues start showing up, such as why the devil spends so much time promoting sin in the earthly world if everyone is coming down to him anyway.A little bit of heavy handed philosophizing comes in there somewhere, having Jesus himself point out flaws in Christianity in oh, so clever ways Most of this section seems to involve Julie and Jesus giving water to the damned Oh, and somehow if a person dies in hell he truly is gone forever It is supposed to make since, though I never figured out all the details.Worst of all, for me at least, the section was boring One third of the book and only a couple of scenes stand out at all Moving on Act 3 In which the book starts to redeem itself, then falls horribly off the rails and defies all common sense.Julie goes back to earth as a normal mortal She starts doing some good in the world on a personal level Some touching moments as she attempts to help Phoebe clean up her life For a while there was something really clicking in this section as we saw Julie dogood without any of her god power than she ever did when she had it I thought the book was gaining a point, then once again got dragged back into a unfunny religious parody.To be completely honest I didn t buy into a single thing the author was selling me A religious revival causing a splinter nation from the United States, a twentieth century auto da fe ignored by the international community, a voice command replacement limb More heavy handed pointing out of inconsistencies in the Bible Somehow the devil loses power in hell because Julie won t be bad Once again though, I never could figure out the damn details.Act 4 In which there wasn t really an Act 4 in the book, but Nathan felt the need for a conclusion to his review.I think I would have loved this book late in high school Every time he skewered a specific religious tenant I would have been oh hell ya Hell, it is some of the same arguments every wannabe atheist starts throwing around when they rebel against religion The early nineties must have been the time for books like these, browsing through Goodreads I found Good Omens, Small Gods, and Lamb The Gospel According to Biff all came out within a few years of each other.I don t mind the blasphemous nature of the book, I am hardly religious But if that is the type of book you are looking for you would be better off reading one of the three I listed above They were actually entertaining and coherent This book was so heavy handed and self assured I barely got through it The areas where it redeemed itself when Julie actually tried to do good were too short and far between.That s it I am tired of trying to review this book and will now blank it from my memory.2 Stars


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I loved this book LOVED IT Then again, I m one of those people who enjoys this sort of dark humor and a good poke at all things sacred I can see how a vast swath of the population would find this book absolutely offensive, so be warned about that Julie s coming of age as the daughter of God is touching, frustrating, and funny Her journey to hell is enlightening, and deliciously thought provoking The ending felt perfect for the book as a whole Perhaps, however, the best thing I can say ab I loved this book LOVED IT Then again, I m one of those people who enjoys this sort of dark humor and a good poke at all things sacred I can see how a vast swath of the population would find this book absolutely offensive, so be warned about that Julie s coming of age as the daughter of God is touching, frustrating, and funny Her journey to hell is enlightening, and deliciously thought provoking The ending felt perfect for the book as a whole Perhaps, however, the best thing I can say about it is that Morrow will leave you thinking, thinking, thinking I finished this book weeks ago, and I will find it popping into my head daily at the oddest moments That s a true testament to the author s skill This isn t a book you read This is a book you absorb.Read my full review here


  5. Mia Mia says:

    This book requires a very open mind, the ability to suspend judgment, and a deeply ingrained sense of humor To supplement his income, Murray Katz made regular contributions to a sperm bank To Murray s surprise and to the surprise of the scientists at the Institute, one of his contributions was spontaneously fertilized and is being grown in an ectogenesis machine a female fetus Though he had never contemplated fatherhood before, Murray is unable to leave his potential progeny behind and This book requires a very open mind, the ability to suspend judgment, and a deeply ingrained sense of humor To supplement his income, Murray Katz made regular contributions to a sperm bank To Murray s surprise and to the surprise of the scientists at the Institute, one of his contributions was spontaneously fertilized and is being grown in an ectogenesis machine a female fetus Though he had never contemplated fatherhood before, Murray is unable to leave his potential progeny behind and proceeds to steal it.How was this potential for new life possible Well, Murray with the help of a woman who was a client of the Institute arrives at the only logical conclusion His daughter must be the half sister of Jesus Christ and begotten by god himself A second immaculate conception Aware of the many dangers the revelation of this information holds, Murray is determined to raise Julie in as normal a manner as possible He constantly admonished her not to reveal her divinity in any way, warning her that she would be taken from him should others discover her blessed identity.The knowledge of her divinity weighs heavily on Julie She is torn between fulfilling the full potential of divinity and the fear of being persecuted for it She is pushed and pulled in both directions, in a perpetual state of dilemma ONLY BEGOTTEN DAUGHTER is satirical fantasy and science fiction, tackling the subject of Christian mythology Or theology, if you prefer It projects a modern world where a new progeny of god is born this time a female Julie carries the full burden of the church founded upon the teachings of her half brother, Jesus This book shines a light on the excesses and extremism religion often falls prey to James K Morrow points out some of thecontroversial issues of faith the ways it can be inconsistent, incredulous and illogical For this reason, many faithful would likely find this egregiously blasphemous But any person willing to invest time in it while holding back any outrage would likely come to the conclusion that it is written by someone who painstakingly took the time to study Christianity.There is much insight to be gleaned from this book Even the devout can find new insight about religious beliefs if they could only embrace the concept that faith should constantly be questioned and tested Sadly, religion is often totalitarian, dreadfully serious and devoid of humor It rarely suffers challenge of any kind.If there was anything preventing me from giving this book the full five stars, it is my difficulty in garnering sympathy for any of the characters This is mucha plot or concept driven tale The characters seem to beof a vehicle to deliver the story, not as interesting as the twists and turns that Morrow subjects them to It is not as symbiotic a relationship between story and characters as to make it sublime and perfect.The story of ONLY BEGOTTEN DAUGHTER is rather novel It is an intelligent, insightful and thoughtful exploration of faith both its glory and its absurdity It is serious and hilarious, illuminating the divisiveness of religious beliefs even while poking fun at it I think this book was written bearing in mind that any belief system that refuses all inquiry and examination is wont to be stale, stagnant and irrelevant at best, blind and delusional at worst While written in 1990, its subject matter is no less relevant in today s world with its lingering religious quandaries


  6. Jody Jody says:

    This was such a clever book It raises the idea of what if there were a daughter of God This book is a very sarcastic fable story that delves into what would happen if God had a daughter in modern times I read this in college and had the chance to actually meet the author The only question he wouldn t answer was what was his religion He wanted to keep that to himself.


  7. Will Will says:

    The characters are one dimensional, by which I mean that Molly, the robotic hand, is just as interesting as anyone else in the book Moreover, the first third of the plot drags, and the rest of the book barely holds together There are bright moments when Julie, the begotten daughter, escapes her earthly life and a little later during her return, but they aren t enough to elevate the characters.Maybe my recent reading Camus The Rebel is biasing my impression, but one of Morrow s theses appears The characters are one dimensional, by which I mean that Molly, the robotic hand, is just as interesting as anyone else in the book Moreover, the first third of the plot drags, and the rest of the book barely holds together There are bright moments when Julie, the begotten daughter, escapes her earthly life and a little later during her return, but they aren t enough to elevate the characters.Maybe my recent reading Camus The Rebel is biasing my impression, but one of Morrow s theses appears to be that deification isn t what it s cracked up to be, but humanity is The book has enough metaphorical content to go around, but it s all thinly painted and fails to cohere Coupled with the skeletal plot, there s not enough here to recommend the book


  8. Roxie Roxie says:

    Great idea but poor execution.


  9. Robyn Robyn says:

    This is not an I have an afternoon to kill kind of book The commentary on religion, human nature and church history is enough to keep you busy for days, reading and re reading passages, and having discussions about what the author means, and whether his ideas are very pious or very blasphemous If you pick this up, you will get the most enjoyment out of it if you have a friend or loved one also reading it, so that you can have conversations and compare notes It s THAT kind of book However, This is not an I have an afternoon to kill kind of book The commentary on religion, human nature and church history is enough to keep you busy for days, reading and re reading passages, and having discussions about what the author means, and whether his ideas are very pious or very blasphemous If you pick this up, you will get the most enjoyment out of it if you have a friend or loved one also reading it, so that you can have conversations and compare notes It s THAT kind of book However, unlike many books of this type, it s still a smooth and entertaining read, written so that it s not just easy to get through, but compelling I don t know how much of what the author says are things I agree with, but he phrases everything so cleverly and frames his arguments so entertainingly that even if I disagree I still enjoyed the book If you get the chance, give this book a try, it is a hidden literary treasure


  10. Michelle Morrell Michelle Morrell says:

    Not at all what I expected, this is a gem of a book Julie Katz is the daughter of God and as hard as she tries to live a normal life, world changing events follow in her path Raised by a jewish scholar and a lesbian with a baby of her own, her vision of family is refreshingly modern, as is her belief in the divinity of science Her message to the world that science does have all the answers, we just don t have all the science and her well established lack of perfection lead Julie and her peopl Not at all what I expected, this is a gem of a book Julie Katz is the daughter of God and as hard as she tries to live a normal life, world changing events follow in her path Raised by a jewish scholar and a lesbian with a baby of her own, her vision of family is refreshingly modern, as is her belief in the divinity of science Her message to the world that science does have all the answers, we just don t have all the science and her well established lack of perfection lead Julie and her people on quite a journey, even as far as hell and back.From immaculate conception to eventual finale, this is an irreverent look of what might happen if God decided to have a second child, born in 1970s New Jersey