When Reading This Book, Start at the End

PZ Myers‘ book The Happy Atheist is coming out in a couple of weeks and you should pre-order your copy now if you haven’t already!

You can read the pages and all if you’d like, but I suggest just skipping ahead to the back cover and then working your way backwards:

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Bert Russell

    PZ Myers? Eh, I’ll pass.

  • El Bastardo

    I dunno. If he is still looking down on “dictionary atheists” and telling people how to be a “real man” then I think I’ll pass.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    I remember his bit about “dictionary atheists” but what did he say about being a “real man”? I do not remember this kerfuffle

  • Gus Snarp

    So this is where everyone’s going to come to say how they hate PZ Myers because of his crazy socialist and feminist ideas and how he’s always telling them what to do so they’re not going to read his book? Great.

    I’m putting it on my list because I’m curious to see what he does with the book format and because I’m trying to compile as large a collection of books with “atheist” in the title (or “god” accompanied by some negative phrase like “not great” or “delusion”) on my coffee table to see when the pastors who are my sons’ friends’ parents notice and whether they freak out.

    I’m looking forward to it.

    The book, not the pastors freaking out.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    A lot of people on Amazon are stating this is nothing but his blog post slightly reworded and made into a book. I have nothing against PZ Myers but I will wait for this one to hit my library shelf.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I wonder if it has to do with elevatorgate.

  • Oranje

    You’re right, Hemant. Starting with David Niose’s thoughts is perfect.

    /wait, what?

  • Rain

    Happy book for his happy blog! It’s happiness all over the place! Sunshine! Puppies…

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

    The book includes reworked blog posts with additional original essays. If you read his site regularly, it’s probably not a big surprise what’s in there, but I think it will be a jolt to a lot of people who don’t read him regularly.

  • El Bastardo

    Indeed, I’m not bothering to trawl through his site to find the exact link, but is was in relation to the elevator incident.

    He claimed as he was married with kids (successfully was the word he used) the he was going to tell us all how real men act around women.

    Around the same time as his “Jen McCreight was right Richard Dawkins was wrong” post. We don’t need to form our own opinions, PZ will tell us what to think. No thanks.

  • A3Kr0n

    Well there you go.

  • DougI

    He’ll probably call me an asshole again if I don’t buy his book.

  • rg57

    “Nothing … is too sacred to dissect [except his own dogmas and hatreds]” FTFY.

  • Dan

    I’ll be sure to get the e-book via less than legal means. No need to spend money just to inflate his self-righteous ego.

    Don’t worry Hemant, I bought your book cause you’ve earned my respect and admiration. :)

  • Keulan

    “Nothing… is too sacred to dissect.” I’m not convinced that’s accurate for PZ Myers these days. His version of feminism seems to be too sacred to dissect, for example. I think I’ll pass on this book.

  • TeamRed_vs_TeamBlue

    He has an entertaining way of thrashing religious stupidity, but unfortunately he’s just too much of a liberal pinhead when he strays outside of antagonizing theists. I’ll pass.

  • Andrew

    And what, exactly, do you mean by that?

    Could you be specific please?

  • Andrew

    I think his point was that real men aren’t assholes to women. Unless your position is that real men are assholes to women, I don’t see what the problem is.

    And it’s his blog, he’s going to write what he feels is true. That doesn’t mean that he is somehow forcing you to accept that position.

  • Andrew

    Just what are those exactly?

  • GubbaBumpkin

    A lot of people on Amazon are stating this is nothing but his blog post slightly reworded and made into a book.

    Hemant certainly isn’t in a position to criticise that.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    I’ll be sure to get the e-book via less than legal means.

    Your clearly premeditated intention to violate the law will just be between you, every reader of this comment, and the NSA.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    He means that he can’t actually point out any flaws in PZ’s position, but he doesn’t like having his shortcomings pointed out to him.

  • Dan

    Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll be sure to look out for drones, black helicopters, and PZ nuthuggers loitering outside my house here in sunny Southeast Asia.

    Oh, and here’s a big HELLO to the NSA! Child porn. Terrorism. Dirty bomb. Al-Qaeda. PGP Encryption. Edward Snowden. Bradley Manning. Julian Assange. Uranium enrichment. Non-American communication. Allahu akbar! Am I missing any keywords?

  • Don Burnette

    PZ is probably one of the last atheists I would support with a book purchase. I hope it’s a flop.