Gods Without Men
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In the desert, you see, there is everything and nothing . . . It is God without men.
—Honoré de Balzac, Une passion dans le désert, 1830
Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed—but not unchanged—the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.
Driven by the energy and cunning of Coyote, the mythic, shape-shifting trickster, Gods Without Men is full of big ideas, but centered on flesh-and-blood characters who converge at an odd, remote town in the shadow of a rock formation called the Pinnacles. Viscerally gripping and intellectually engaging, it is, above all, a heartfelt exploration of the search for pattern and meaning in a chaotic universe.
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From Publishers Weekly
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Easy to read but no real plot
The author goes to a lot of trouble to spin an elaborate yarn about alien abduction and the mysticism surrounding places similar to remote southwestern desert areas such as area 57, as well as making a big deal about cultural bigotry and attempts at statements about racism that you may find humorous if your family falls into that category, but by themselves fall flat on their faces. This novel jumps all over the place, which is too bad because the writing style is decent with a great deal of well-integrated humor, and some of the novelettes are an interesting read, but it's hard to tie it all together. One of those books where you spend several hours of your life and are left feeling somewhat cheated, quite frankly. Having read it and thought about it, I still don't know what this novel is about. If I had to read it again, i'd get the audiobook so you can listen while you're tied up in traffic or can otherwise set your brain on the desk.