The Gods Wait

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The Gods Wait is a story of how the internet can connect and correlate existences across the world from each other in nonsensical ways. It deals with the changing socio-political landscapes of social media through the stories of many different characters, focusing on a sensitive boy who hits his head at a club and undergoes a new-age therapy for concussions. More

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About John von Dorf

John von Dorf is a farm-raised pseudo-intellectual whose work largely reflects his critical exposure to the voices of the internet. He believes his generation is defined by these influences, and he writes short stories and novels about how his worldview is effected. All of his available works are published through Vern & Sisters' Publishing House.

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Luke Sullivan reviewed on Dec. 20, 2017

I found this book because I like the Bukowski poem, "The Laughing Heart" and as an alcoholic myself I immediately recognized the line "the gods wait to delight in you". This novel is pretty good, although probably still a waste of pixels. Definitely better than his previous 'efforts' at literature: "JVD's Poorly Edited Collected Shorts", "JVD's I Played Rugby in College", and my personal favorite "Smugness, JVD's Highly Self-satisfied Life".

But back to the book. It is fun to read, I found myself laughing out loud at an incredibly high rate. The story, about a board on the internet, and the people who inhabit it, is well thought through. The whole thing is more satisfying to read than any of his previous works. The novel obviously borders on the offensive, but it handles the subject matter complexly and isn't as reductive as some of his earlier writings on the subject of race and gender.

JVD struggles a little bit with some of the stream of consciousness sections, and there were a couple of places where I got lost and found confusing. However for a new and very young author, it is a truly incredible piece of work.
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