One-Quote Review: Wrestling with Jesus by Stephen Osborne

  • Wrestling with Jesus by Stephen OsborneTitle: Wrestling with Jesus
  • Author: Stephen Osborne
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Contemporary, M/M
  • Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press, April 2012
  • Source: Digital ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley ($5.38 ebook)
  • Length: 210 pages
  • Trope(s): Beta Heroes, Big Misunderstanding (heh)
  • Quick blurb: Small-time pro wrestler hits the big-time when his under-hypnosis recitation of the Sermon on the Mount in Aramaic is sold to the tabloids.
  • Quick review: The author was able to pull off the satire, but the head-hopping and character inconsistencies drove me crazy.
  • Grade: C

“All I know is that I tried hypnosis to stop smoking, and the next thing I know I’m in a tabloid proclaimed as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.”

The satirical premise was inspired (heh), with some truly funny scenes and dialogue. If only the rest of the writing held up – every character, no matter how minor, gets a POV, and the language of the internal monologuing is often inconsistent with the character. I kept comparing the main characters to Larry and Al in J. L. Merrow’s brilliant Muscling Through, and Randy and Kyle are just pale imitations.

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