History Literature / JobAComedyOfJustice

30th Jan '16 11:44:56 AM CheeseDogX
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* CaughtUpInTheRapture: The Evangelical Rapture is cited and explicitly occurs. [[spoiler: It's subverted, however, when it's revealed that God (who is a JerkAss) deliberately invoked it as part of a petty scheme to [[SecretTestOfCharacter screw with the protagonist's faith.]]

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* CaughtUpInTheRapture: The Evangelical Rapture is cited and explicitly occurs. [[spoiler: It's subverted, however, when it's revealed that God (who is a JerkAss) deliberately invoked it as part of a petty scheme to [[SecretTestOfCharacter screw with the protagonist's faith.]]]]]]
31st Jul '15 12:30:10 AM LBHills
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* BurnTheWitch: In an AlternateUniverse where the dominant religion is Wicca, the young Wiccan convert ''rejects'' the flame her parents worship because "fire means the way they kill us."
* CaughtUpInTheRapture: The Evangelical Rapture is cited and explicitly occurs. [[spoiler: It's subverted, however, when it's revealed that God (who is a JerkAss) deliberately invoked it as part of a petty scheme to [[SecretTestOfCharacter screw with the protagonist's faith]] and, moreover, God and Satan themselves are merely minor deities in a CelestialBureaucracy. The whole scheme ends with a massive ResetButton, except that the hero gets his girl and lives HappilyEverAfter in a GainaxEnding.]]

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* AnotherDimension: Played with. [[spoiler: It turns out the forces tormenting Alex aren't bumping him into other worlds, they're just changing the immediate area to make it look that way. On the other hand, Valhalla really does seem to be 'another dimension,' inaccessible to Jehovah and Satan.]]
* BurnTheWitch: In an AlternateUniverse where the dominant religion is Wicca, the young Wiccan convert ''rejects'' the flame her parents worship because "fire means the way they kill us."
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* CaughtUpInTheRapture: The Evangelical Rapture is cited and explicitly occurs. [[spoiler: It's subverted, however, when it's revealed that God (who is a JerkAss) deliberately invoked it as part of a petty scheme to [[SecretTestOfCharacter screw with the protagonist's faith]] and, moreover, God and Satan themselves are merely minor deities in a CelestialBureaucracy. The whole scheme ends with a massive ResetButton, except that the hero gets his girl and lives HappilyEverAfter in a GainaxEnding.faith.]]



* DevilInDisguise: Subverted when the protagonist finds out that the best friend he and his wife made through their ordeal was actually the devil himself. Not only had he shown him genuine mercy and friendship, he had turned down the bet with God, thinking it sick and cruel.

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* DevilInDisguise: Subverted when the protagonist finds out that the best friend he and his wife made through their ordeal was actually the devil himself. Not only had he shown him genuine mercy and friendship, he had turned down the bet Played straight with God, thinking it sick one 'devil' and cruel.subverted by another. [[spoiler: Satan first appears as a kindly Texan who encounters Alex by chance, while Loki assumes "eight or nine" guises in the course of making Alex's life miserable.]]



* MindScrew: [[spoiler: What all the world-switching is eventually revealed to be, and even the ending has strong elements of this.]]
* MyGirlIsASlut: It's implied that parental incest is itself a cool and groovy thing by the mother of a secondary female love-interest. [[spoiler: Of course, nothing is what it seems - "Father" is Satan in an assumed form, "Mother" is an Ascended Human, and the "daughter" is an unrelated afreet, but as they are played in an expository and sympathetic role rather than an evil one, this may not matter.]]

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* MindScrew: [[spoiler: What all the world-switching is eventually revealed to be, and even the ending has strong elements of this. It's not even clear which (if any) version of 'reality' is real.]]
* MyGirlIsASlut: It's implied Katy Farnsworth offhandedly suggests that parental incest is itself a cool and groovy thing by the mother of a secondary female love-interest. her family would be emotionally healthier if her husband 'discharged his incestuous yearnings' with her daughter. [[spoiler: Of course, nothing is what it seems - "Father" is Satan in an assumed form, "Mother" is an Ascended Human, a former damned soul, and the "daughter" is an unrelated afreet, but as they are played in an expository and sympathetic role rather than an evil one, this may not matter.the trope is still presented sympathetically.]]



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: When the ''second'' Mazatlán earthquake hits. [[spoiler: And if it had been a fair test, Loki should have won hands-down at that point. But apparently Loki was having too much fun to declare GameOver, and {{God}} does not like to lose. So the MindScrew continues until it attracts the attention of {{Satan}}.]]

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: When the ''second'' Mazatlán earthquake hits. [[spoiler: And if it had been a fair test, Loki should have won hands-down at that point. But apparently Loki was having too much fun to declare GameOver, and {{God}} does not like to lose. Or Alex was thought to be protesting on behalf of the Mazatlenos, rather than protesting his own misfortune. So the MindScrew continues until it attracts the attention of {{Satan}}.]]



* SatanIsGood: {{Satan}} is much friendlier and more accessible than {{God}}, who's portrayed as [[GodIsEvil kind of a dick]], [[spoiler:and neither of them is the true Supreme Being]].

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* SatanIsGood: {{Satan}} is much comes off as a PunchClockVillain, friendlier and more accessible than {{God}}, who's portrayed as [[GodIsEvil kind of a dick]], [[spoiler:and neither of them is the true Supreme Being]].



* SelfDeprecation: A tenant of hell mentions there being a lot of "motherhumpers" down there. Anybody who reads R.A.H works knows this is one of the author's [[AuthorTract tracts]].

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* SelfDeprecation: A tenant An occupant of hell mentions there being a lot of "motherhumpers" down there. Anybody who reads R.A.H works knows this is one of the author's [[AuthorTract tracts]].
7th Feb '15 1:22:52 PM LBHills
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* GodIsEvil: Played with. [[spoiler:Both {{God}} and {{Satan}} are revealed to be equal players in a [[CelestialBureaucracy much greater game]], several ranks below the ''true'' Supreme Being, and God is the jerk of the two, who insists on worship and relies upon inconsistent and unkind rules to rein in his creations. To his credit, he does follow through on his promises to those who follow those rules.]]

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* GodIsEvil: Played with. [[spoiler:Both {{God}} and {{Satan}} are revealed to be equal players in a [[CelestialBureaucracy much greater game]], several ranks below the ''true'' Supreme Being, and God is the jerk of the two, who insists on worship and relies upon inconsistent and unkind rules to rein in his creations. To his credit, About the kindest thing said of him is that he does follow through on his promises to those who follow those rules.]]
7th Feb '15 1:20:54 PM LBHills
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A Characters page would instantly be a WalkingSpoiler.
7th Feb '15 1:20:20 PM LBHills
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Alex Hergensheimer, pastor and manager of the 'Churches United for Decency', takes a relaxing vacation in the South Seas. But after he accepts a bet and walks across hot coals, he's astounded to realize that everybody thinks he's Alec Graham... and even more astounded to discover that 'Alec Graham' is a money-launderer working for OrganizedCrime. And then things start to get ''weird.''

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Alex Hergensheimer, pastor and manager of the 'Churches United for Decency', takes a relaxing vacation in the South Seas. But after he accepts a bet and walks across hot coals, he's astounded to realize that everybody thinks he's Alec Graham... and even more astounded to discover that 'Alec Graham' is a money-launderer working for OrganizedCrime.the Mafia. And then things start to get ''weird.''
7th Feb '15 1:19:58 PM LBHills
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Alex finds himself the plaything of the gods as he's shuttled from one alternate reality to another. What's happening to him? Why him? Is it a sign of the apocalypse? And can he save the soul of the beautiful young woman who has become his companion before it's too late?

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Alex finds himself the plaything Hergensheimer, pastor and manager of the gods as 'Churches United for Decency', takes a relaxing vacation in the South Seas. But after he accepts a bet and walks across hot coals, he's shuttled from one alternate reality astounded to another. What's happening realize that everybody thinks he's Alec Graham... and even more astounded to him? Why him? Is it discover that 'Alec Graham' is a sign money-launderer working for OrganizedCrime. And then things start to get ''weird.''

A farcical and sometimes thoughtful re-interpretation
of the apocalypse? And can he save Biblical Book of Job, which seems to be the soul misadventures of the a dimension-skipping CosmicPlaything - who would really rather be running an ice cream shop with his beautiful young woman who has become his companion before it's too late?
(but Asatru) OneTrueLove. But all these trials turn out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter with ''several'' twists at the end.

A Characters page would instantly be a WalkingSpoiler.
6th Mar '14 2:24:07 PM darthpaul
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* DistractedByTheSexy: This happens to Alex after the first time his world changes; dress codes are considerably more relaxed than he is used to and women go topless in public. Eventually he gets used to it.


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* JerkassGods: The central plot is [[spoiler:Jehovah and Loki destroying a man's Reality on a bet.]]
18th Feb '14 8:07:08 PM Sheora
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Alex finds himself the plaything of the gods as he's shuttled from one alternate reality to another. What's happening to him? Why him? Is it a sign of the apocalypse? And can he save the soul of the beautiful young woman who has become his companion before it's too late?



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10th Jan '14 10:23:39 AM StiffShots
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* JerkassWoobie: Alex. He's such an insufferable self-righteous prig that the TraumaCongaLine he endures seems almost like a justifiable BreakTheHaughty. Only after the character has won our sympathy with his troubles do we learn some of the things his "Churches United for Decency" stand for...
10th Jan '14 10:23:04 AM StiffShots
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* Jerkass Woobie: Alex. He's such an insufferable self-righteous prig that the TraumaCongaLine he endures seems almost like a justifiable BreakTheHaughty. Only after the character has won our sympathy with his troubles do we learn some of the things his "Churches United for Decency" stand for...

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* Jerkass Woobie: JerkassWoobie: Alex. He's such an insufferable self-righteous prig that the TraumaCongaLine he endures seems almost like a justifiable BreakTheHaughty. Only after the character has won our sympathy with his troubles do we learn some of the things his "Churches United for Decency" stand for...
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