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Bicycles of the Gods: A Divine Comedy by Michael Simms. Sihlouettes of three young boys on bicycles are superimposed on a fresco from the Austrian Admont Abbey Library

Bicycles of the Gods

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A Divine Comedy by Michael Simms

Satire / Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-956440-04-1 paperback $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-05-8 ebook $9.99

August 2022

In Bicycles of the Gods, the main character, Jesse, presents an earthly incarnation of Jesus Christ come to earth in the body of a 12-year-old boy in the company of Xavi, who is the earthly incarnation of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds, also a 12-year-old boy. The pair stand on a hilltop above the city of Los Angeles contemplating how best to destroy it as a precursor to destroying the entire world to rid it of humanity so it can refresh and rebuild. Xavi is ready to get on with the task The Big Guy, God, has assigned them, but Jesse has a problem. He isn’t sure that everyone deserves to be destroyed.

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Bicycles of the Gods: A Divine Comedy by Michael Simms. Sihlouettes of three young boys on bicycles are superimposed on a fresco from the Austrian Admont Abbey LibraryA Divine Comedy by Michael Simms

Satire / Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-956440-04-1 paperback $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-05-8 ebook $9.99

August 2022

In Bicycles of the Gods, the main character, Jesse, presents an earthly incarnation of Jesus Christ come to earth in the body of a 12-year-old boy in the company of Xavi, who is the earthly incarnation of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds, also a 12-year-old boy. The pair stand on a hilltop above the city of Los Angeles contemplating how best to destroy it as a precursor to destroying the entire world to rid it of humanity so it can refresh and rebuild. Xavi is ready to get on with the task The Big Guy, God, has assigned them, but Jesse has a problem. He isn’t sure that everyone deserves to be destroyed.

What people are saying about Bicycles of the Gods

A playful, provocative, and imaginative discursus, Bicycles of the Gods is an affront to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and heterosexism as it posits a Divine who will not be captured and used by white supremacists for their own purposes. Michael Simms has created an engaging new world order that functions within our familiar one.

—Rev. Dr. Moni McIntyre, author of Social Ethics and the Return to Cosmology

Whether Michael Simms is writing a personal essay about growing up with autism or poems about our dying planet, a barfight, or the mystery of a hummingbird’s radiance, he is a master storyteller whose narratives hold memorable moments full of fresh and telling details that unlock the heart. And now, in Bicycles of the Gods he has invented a new genre—apocalyptic satire. The novel is hilarious at times, but make no mistake, Simms is serious as a heart attack in a hurricane. It tells an old story in a completely new way, exploring issues of faith, politics, trauma, imagination, and the triumph of love over tyranny.

—Peter Makuck, author of Wins and Losses: Stories

 Set in today’s digital-age Los Angeles, with a delightful cast of characters, including celestial ones “in disguise to make it easier to move through the world,” you will encounter The Big Guy, Maria, Jesse, Xavi, Luke, and Abe, as well as Christine, Mikey, Patrick, the Six Sisters of the Piston, Father Jack, Stefan the Poet, Birdie, Dharma the Dog, and Caruso the Parrot, all of whom are caught up in the tragic-comic battle between the forces of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness. Michael Simms has given us a frolicking and “novel” approach to the Apocalypse of John that offers a front-row seat to the shenanigans of the times in which we are presently living. Bicycles of the Gods deserves its own Broadway billing as both “Dantean” and “Shakespearean.”

—Rev. Dr. Charles Davidson, author of Bone Dead and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God

 Author and poet, Michael Simms. He's shown hear with his a smile on his face, white hair blowing and wire-rimmed glassesMICHAEL SIMMS is an accomplished poet, writer, editor, publisher, teacher, blogger and entrepreneur. Seven collections of his poetry, three novels, and two widely adopted poetry textbooks have been published or are under contract with publishers. He has also been the lead editor of over 100 published books, including the bestselling Autumn House Anthology of Poetry, now in its third edition. Simms has taught at a number of universities, including Chatham University’s MFA program from 2005-2013.

Bicycles of the Gods is Simms’s debut novel.

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1 review for Bicycles of the Gods

  1. kpdavis

    I’m biased. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this book from the early editing stage, but it’s a new favorite. This book is filled with wonderful, imaginative scenes where lofty gods come to earth in the present day as 12-year-old boys on bicycles to get a feel for what is really going on down here. God wants them to destroy Los Angeles, but Jesse (aka Jesus) wants a little time to check things out. There’s a prophet/poet who lives under a bridge with a dog named Dharma. Michael Simms irreverently tangles religious philosophies at the same time he asks smart questions about them all.

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