Justin Villanueva is a speculative fiction writer, graphic artist, cosplayer, RPG fanatic and corporate slave. He writes stories to express his frustrations about corporate life, dogmatic religions, tradition, culture, overpopulation, slackers, and of course—tax.
His works include:
Chaos Panzer (Filipino/Corporate Culture/Science Fiction)
Conversations with the Light Bearer (Fantasy/Humor/Religious Satire)
Soupheads: Comic Strip (Corporate/Pop Culture)
on July 18, 2014 :
Finally finished it! This one reminded me of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Mythological creatures are literally everywhere, from white-collar workers to bishops in the clergy, almost everyone seems to be possessed by some angel, demon, or god, trying his or her best to live a normal human life. But as for the core of the book, I'd say it shares a lot of the atheism and anti-religion sentiments of Philip Pullman's HDM trilogy. As for the story, I'd say it was worth finishing. Yes, the main character "Vincent" may have started as an obnoxious wise-ass, but I eventually admired him around half way of the book towards the end. The twists were good and the ending was just so great that he won me over. I mean, to find yourself rooting for the devil, well, that's not something you get every day. Also, every chapter had this sort of bible quote relating to it, which IMO was a nice addition.
Overall a good read, specially for a long book that's free. The only problem I had was that I was not familiar with all the mythological names mentioned. (Lucifer has a LOT from different religions like Loki and Hades, though I don't know from which religion the other names came from). So many religions, I tell you. Other than that, it was great.
(review of free book)
on July 16, 2014 :
I was extremely disappointed in this book. The cover and synopsis are compelling and it has a good title. I like fiction that plays with dogma a lot, so I expected to like it and even recommended downloading it to a friend based on the summary alone. The writing did not live up to my expectations. It was sloppy. The author couldn't seem to decide on a name to call his characters by and used the various names of the demons/angels/creatures interchangeably, sometimes incorrectly, which was frustrating and confusing. The whole thing read like an excuse to rant about religion rather than a story--even satire. It was not at all as clever or as funny as it thought it was.
(review of free book)