Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Novelette

Number of words : 11000
Percent of complex words : 13.3
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Number of sentences : 490
Average words per sentence : 22.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 14.3
Flesch : 52.9
Flesch-Kincaid : 11.4



PEOPLE

Neil Fisk

Born with a congenital abnormality not caused by God.

Sarah Fish

Neil's wife, killed by the angel Nathanael.

Nathanael

An angel.

Janice Reilly

Deformed in the womb by the angel Bardiel.

Bardiel

An angel.

Ethan Mead

Visited by the angel Rashiel.

Rashiel

An angel.

Claire Mead

Ethan's wife.

Robin Pearson

Lost her husband to cancer, saw him via Hell.

Makatiel

An angel.

Phil Soames

One of the visitation support group.

Benny Vasquez

Lost his eyes via Heaven's light.

Barry Larsen

Executed serial rapist and murderer who went to Heaven.


PLACES

Heaven

Where God hangs out.

Hell

The opposite of Heaven.


CONCEPTS

EMT

Emergency Medical Technician.



PLOT

The story follows three people and their experiences after angelic visitations in a world where Heaven and Hell are literally true and observable. Visitations can cause deformity and disaster.

While seeking to view Heaven's Light the paths of all three cross again and finding what they seek changes them yet again, with their discoveries. "God is not just, God is not kind, God is not merciful, and understanding that is essential to true devotion."


3.5 out of 5

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