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Adam had clear instructions from God. Avoid the pomegranate tree. He could do anything and everything, except partake of the forbidden pomegranate. The tease was irresistible. Of course, Adam ate the pomegranate. It tasted so orgasmic that it was almost worth the hell it unleashed. God was pissed, so He forced three competing sadistic novels upon humankind. The Torah, the Bi Adam had clear instructions from God. Avoid the pomegranate tree. He could do anything and everything, except partake of the forbidden pomegranate. The tease was irresistible. Of course, Adam ate the pomegranate. It tasted so orgasmic that it was almost worth the hell it unleashed. God was pissed, so He forced three competing sadistic novels upon humankind. The Torah, the Bible, and the Quran. To avert eternal hell, most humans chose to follow one of these bronze age guidebooks. Atheists, heathens, and moderate Jews will love these twelve irreverent tales of self-inflicted horror. Find out what happens to those that attempt a seventh century existence in the modern world. This is twisted blasphemous filth at its finest. Religious fundamentalists will want to avoid this one. But like the pomegranate temptation, you are curious, aren’t you? Pour yourself a glass of pomegranate juice and enjoy!


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Adam had clear instructions from God. Avoid the pomegranate tree. He could do anything and everything, except partake of the forbidden pomegranate. The tease was irresistible. Of course, Adam ate the pomegranate. It tasted so orgasmic that it was almost worth the hell it unleashed. God was pissed, so He forced three competing sadistic novels upon humankind. The Torah, the Bi Adam had clear instructions from God. Avoid the pomegranate tree. He could do anything and everything, except partake of the forbidden pomegranate. The tease was irresistible. Of course, Adam ate the pomegranate. It tasted so orgasmic that it was almost worth the hell it unleashed. God was pissed, so He forced three competing sadistic novels upon humankind. The Torah, the Bible, and the Quran. To avert eternal hell, most humans chose to follow one of these bronze age guidebooks. Atheists, heathens, and moderate Jews will love these twelve irreverent tales of self-inflicted horror. Find out what happens to those that attempt a seventh century existence in the modern world. This is twisted blasphemous filth at its finest. Religious fundamentalists will want to avoid this one. But like the pomegranate temptation, you are curious, aren’t you? Pour yourself a glass of pomegranate juice and enjoy!

30 review for Pomegranate Juice: Sacrilegious Tales of Dark Abrahamic Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    Partly because kindle updates Goodreads as soon as i'm done so I never get to update the last story in an anthology, partly because I usually do this with anthologies anyway. 1- Three Escape Rooms- 4.5 stars 2- The Blow Job- 5 stars 3- The Chosen One- 5 stars 4- Losing My Religion- 5 stars 5- Greatest Moments in American History- 3.5 stars 6- The Worst Nightmare- 2.5 stars (missed the mark for me personally) 7- Richard Measuring- 4 stars 8- Jack Six of Spades- 4.5 stars 9- Tots and Pears- 4 stars 10- The Partly because kindle updates Goodreads as soon as i'm done so I never get to update the last story in an anthology, partly because I usually do this with anthologies anyway. 1- Three Escape Rooms- 4.5 stars 2- The Blow Job- 5 stars 3- The Chosen One- 5 stars 4- Losing My Religion- 5 stars 5- Greatest Moments in American History- 3.5 stars 6- The Worst Nightmare- 2.5 stars (missed the mark for me personally) 7- Richard Measuring- 4 stars 8- Jack Six of Spades- 4.5 stars 9- Tots and Pears- 4 stars 10- The Good Stuff- 4 stars 11- Unforgivable- 5 stars 12- Conformity is for Clowns- 4 stars Average: 4.25 This is a horrifying, at times funny, and thought-provoking anthology. Particularly horrifying in it's depiction of the real world we happen to live in and the people in it. It mentions it's offensive, and yea, though from my eyes it's calling attention to the religious fundamentalists, the extremists. The ones that actually cause harm, not your run of the mill people who are spiritual but not well...nuts for lack of a better term. It says in the blurb "Religious fundamentalists will want to avoid this one." and while those are the very people that should read it, if you ask me, I also know it would pointless. I would like to point out a part of the author's note in the book that I love. "My problem is with religious fundamentalism. If you avoid modern medicine to pray away your child's illness, if you mutilate your daughters vagina with a razor blade, if you are threatening your child with eternal damnation, then you are part of the horror. You deserve to be the butt of the joke. It has been a pleasure to participate in free speech." The entire note makes it clear there is no hate for religion/spirituality in general, it's the ones that actively harm people that are the problem. I very much agree with that note. If my illnesses (that I was born with, and will have for life) were attempted to be "prayed away" well...i'd be dead. I would have died a painful death as a baby. And why on Earth do people think it's ok to mutilate a child's genitals? And I was so frightened as a child of eternal damnation that I tried to "pray the gay part of me" away (i'm bisexual) for YEARS, crying my eyes out to God, wondering why I just couldn't be the "good straight little Christian girl" I was supposed to be. I was terrified of hell as a kid/teen, that I would go there, for something that no matter how hard I tried to "fix" I couldn't. And for awhile I believed it was my fault, I just wasn't praying hard enough. I'm not trying to say "woe is me" here. I'm just trying to get across how much I agree with that note, how hard it hits me personally. This book packed a punch for me, in a good way. The horror was all too real (I mean this in a good way), at times I laughed and even was on the verge of tears. The stories are all short, but they still made me stop and think sometimes. I am very glad to have read this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Royal Czar

    This book is more than a guilty pleasure. In fact, I am sure I am going to go to hell not just for reading it, but for enjoying it as much as I did. The book is like crack. Not cocaine, that's the stuff for soccer moms that you can do a small stint in rehab and get over. No. This book is the hardcore I am messing up my life and taking a chance each time I touch it type. I picked it up and read the first story. I knew it was bad and I should never do it again, but then realized how much I REALLY This book is more than a guilty pleasure. In fact, I am sure I am going to go to hell not just for reading it, but for enjoying it as much as I did. The book is like crack. Not cocaine, that's the stuff for soccer moms that you can do a small stint in rehab and get over. No. This book is the hardcore I am messing up my life and taking a chance each time I touch it type. I picked it up and read the first story. I knew it was bad and I should never do it again, but then realized how much I REALLY liked it and despite knowing I was angering God (whichever one you believe in), I had to go back and read more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. This collection of short stories has been written with the intent of being offensive to the devout Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers who encounter it. As an atheist, I found it very entertaining. It's a short book and a quick read. I finished it in less than an hour. It left me wanting more, and I can't imagine higher praise than that. Unless you're a devout religious fanatic, do yourself a favor and read these stories Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. This collection of short stories has been written with the intent of being offensive to the devout Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers who encounter it. As an atheist, I found it very entertaining. It's a short book and a quick read. I finished it in less than an hour. It left me wanting more, and I can't imagine higher praise than that. Unless you're a devout religious fanatic, do yourself a favor and read these stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I won an electronic copy of this book in a Goodreads' giveaway. Far more entertaining than I thought it would be and the plot twists are great. What's with the pomegranate juice?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve McGee

    I am from a small town that loves Jesus. After the recent shooting in FL, my school sent their thoughts and prayers. Mostly prayers. Jesus had nothing to do with the 19 kids that were shot, but saved the rest of the kids that escaped. Come on! I am a closet atheist that truly enjoyed the escapism that this book offered. It was just what I needed at just the right time. Each story had me laughing uncontrollably, sometimes scared shitless. The beauty of this book is that each story has a deeper mea I am from a small town that loves Jesus. After the recent shooting in FL, my school sent their thoughts and prayers. Mostly prayers. Jesus had nothing to do with the 19 kids that were shot, but saved the rest of the kids that escaped. Come on! I am a closet atheist that truly enjoyed the escapism that this book offered. It was just what I needed at just the right time. Each story had me laughing uncontrollably, sometimes scared shitless. The beauty of this book is that each story has a deeper meaning beyond the comedy and religious horror. I will recommend it to every non-believer and open minded religious friend that I know.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mellissa

    A little bit twisted, I loved it. I'm actually sad that it was over so quickly. I need more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Magnus Wilton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you for reading my book. If you have not, I will warn you before the spoilers begin. I have a large collection of short stories that I have written over the past twenty years. One day, I realized that many of them had a common theme, blasphemy with a twist. For some reason, I had coincidentally mentioned pomegranate juice in four of them. Soon thereafter, I had a chance conversation with a religious friend. She said that it was a pomegranate rather than an apple that tempted Adam in the Gard Thank you for reading my book. If you have not, I will warn you before the spoilers begin. I have a large collection of short stories that I have written over the past twenty years. One day, I realized that many of them had a common theme, blasphemy with a twist. For some reason, I had coincidentally mentioned pomegranate juice in four of them. Soon thereafter, I had a chance conversation with a religious friend. She said that it was a pomegranate rather than an apple that tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden. This, of course, was announced as objective fact. That is when I realized that I had a connecting theme for a short story collection. I loved the dark symbolism of the pomegranate and how it added another layer to my writing. I had found my niche. Magnus Wilton was born. I honestly feel that I have created an original genre. If there is a similar book out there, please let me know, because I want to read it. I enjoy when authors talk about the inspiration behind their stories. I am about to do that here, so if you have not read my work, please stop reading as there are plenty of SPOILERS AHEAD. Please buy or borrow my book and let me know what you think. While my stories are fiction, they were all born out of a non-fiction experience. Here is the story behind the story… THREE ESACAPE ROOMS This one began with a trip to a low-rent, pay-per-ride amusement park. I watched young children load onto a train car and disappear into a darkened tunnel. I realized there could be a wide variety of horrors for those kids in their brief time away from parental supervision. A Muslim mom, wearing traditional stifling attire stood beside me. It was the sweaty part of July. The story wrote itself from there. This was one of the last stories that I wrote for the book and I knew it would be the perfect opener. It explains the symbolism of the pomegranate as well as a brief chronological tour of the three linking Abrahamic religions. I think it sets the right tone for the book. THE BLOW JOB This was my opener before I wrote Three Escape Rooms. In fact, if you have one of the original paperbacks, this was your first story. I like the shock value of this one for an opener, since it is what readers would see in the preview panel. I love that readers stop reading to google this topic. Yes, it is true. In orthodox Judaism, a mohel (person that performs circumcision) removes the foreskin with their mouth. An appalling horror that lends itself to plenty of dark humor. I learned about this topic in the brilliant book, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. CHOSEN ONE The notion that a kind and loving God would ask a man to kill their son is ridiculous. I knew I wanted to address this in a story. Readers have told me that this story is the one that cost them the most bitten fingernails. On purpose, I had this story follow the one in which a child died. Hopefully, the reader thinks it is going to happen again, adding to the tension. THE CARTOONIST The Charlie Hebdo shootings infuriated me and I knew I wanted to attack it with the pen. For the longest time, I had the perfect twist in my mind. I just could not think of a good lead up to the twist until I read a Michael Connelly novel. The plot involved a man committing suicide by cop, which meant the man provoked the cops to shoot him. That is where I got the idea of suicide by cartoon. GREAT MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY I wrote this entire story to get to the last sentence. Believe it or not, someone had that as a tattoo. I started with the last sentence and wrote the story in reverse. THE WORST NIGHTMARE I was watching a religious debate and one of the participants said, “Islam is cancer.” I thought that was the perfect topic for a Magnus story. RICHARD MEASURING This one came together based upon about five different conversations. This is the first one that I started writing before having an ending in mind, or in my case, a twist. Most of the dialogue in the first two sections of the story are from authentic conversations. I wrote the first portion, then shelved it, since I had written myself into a corner. On a drunken walk home, I told a buddy about the plot. She said, “Why don’t you make the guy 6 foot 6 inches with a 6 foot dick?” Story complete. JACK SIX OF SPADES During poker night, I went all-in with the worst hand. My friend called my all-in and flipped over the better hand. There were only two cards in the deck that could win it for me with just one card left to reveal. I caught one of those cards and won the pot. My friend said, “I hope you go to hell and get dealt Jack Six every hand.” TOTS AND PEARS I saw a T-shirt that has a picture of tater tots alongside some pears, which I thought was the greatest T-shirt of all time. Very few people understand the meaning of this story. Tots and pears are thoughts and prayers. When the Dombrowski’s eat the tots (thoughts), their life improves. When they eat the pears (prayers), they are still hungry because prayers are an empty gesture. THE GOOD STUFF I simply took a taboo and made it into a humorous story with a twist. THE UNFORGIVABLE This was my first story after realizing the book would have a pomegranate theme. The church setting is based upon my childhood experience. I wasted a lot of precious time in that church, until I reached the age of reason. Replacing an apple with a pomegranate, most likely led my mind to the idea of replacing grape juice with pomegranate juice. LOSING MY RELIGION I tweaked a non-religious pre-Magnus story. The original was called, “The Revelation,” a story about a shy man who finds his confidence during a violent crap in a public restroom. I replaced the shy man with a Muslim worried that his violent diarrhea will be confused for a terrorist attack. I love that the book ends with religion being flushed down the commode. It is supposed to be a happy ending. The man is now free to progress without being crippled by ancient superstitions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    I do love some irreverent humor. If it takes the mickey out of Abrahamic religions, even better! Although, I wouldn't mind if it was taking the mickey out of scientists, or even philosophers. In today's ultra divided world, what we really need is to all have a good laugh together. What better than some black comedy to laugh to? All the being said, if you feel like you may have easily offended sensibilities, I wouldn't recommend you read this. Or even better, do read it, and have your sensibiliti I do love some irreverent humor. If it takes the mickey out of Abrahamic religions, even better! Although, I wouldn't mind if it was taking the mickey out of scientists, or even philosophers. In today's ultra divided world, what we really need is to all have a good laugh together. What better than some black comedy to laugh to? All the being said, if you feel like you may have easily offended sensibilities, I wouldn't recommend you read this. Or even better, do read it, and have your sensibilities heartily offended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I received Pomegranate Juice as part of a Kindle giveaway. It's about time we start talking about religion. Instead of keeping to our own cluster, it's time to wake up and embrace the different cultures and religions. These short stories are a great beginning especially for adults to start a dialog.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tori Harket

    This book was a pleasant surprise. I was intrigued by the title, and decided to give it a go. The short stories within blend a mixture of horror and comedy, and captured my attention the entire time. Magnus is on to something, and I look forward to future books by him. Give him a try, as you won't be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brook Glover

    If you are an atheist, you will love this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tom Denker

    I got this free as a Goodreads Giveaway - that hasn't affected my review. This ebook was worth about what I paid for it. The author warns that it's sacrilegious horror, and he's right about the first part. He also says it's hilarious, and I disagree pretty strongly there too. There are some kernels of good stories in here and a few that just don't work. The dialogue is generally stilted and forced (it's probably a personal quirk, but I didn't notice one contraction when people were speaking, but I got this free as a Goodreads Giveaway - that hasn't affected my review. This ebook was worth about what I paid for it. The author warns that it's sacrilegious horror, and he's right about the first part. He also says it's hilarious, and I disagree pretty strongly there too. There are some kernels of good stories in here and a few that just don't work. The dialogue is generally stilted and forced (it's probably a personal quirk, but I didn't notice one contraction when people were speaking, but I noticed many spots where most people would use them). Most of all, it feels like it's being written for the sake of being edgy, which was a disappointment when I was promised humor and horror. I did give two stars because the author does have a few stinger endings based on word play that made me smile, if not laugh (Specifically: Tots and Pears, Conformity is for Clowns, and, most of all, Great Moments in American History). The idea for the stories are there just not the execution.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky J

    Waste of time. I'm religious but not afraid of controversy and was hoping for something thought-provoking. This reads like it was written by a cringe-y 'edgy' fourteen-year-old and was the opposite of thought-provoking.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A. J.

    I didn't find this book funny at all for the most part, suprised that it has so many good reviews. Then again, even though most of the stories were sad and somewhat bland, I couldn't put it down, and read through the whole thing in a few hours.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Arroyo

    **I won this ebook on Goodreads so thank you.** This ebook has different kind of stories, some weird others scary, but in a way some have something to do with religion. If it were not for Goodreads I doubt I would have picked it up because I am not big on reading books that have religion stuff in them. It was entertaining and interesting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I, J

    These are certainly sacrilegious, mostly Abrahamic, but very little in the way of horror. It's mostly just sophomoric. Perhaps that's its charm? I'm a non-believer, but I was still hoping for something more thoughtful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  18. 4 out of 5

    Seisiwa Gosiame

  19. 4 out of 5

    K

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl mcgilvery

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  23. 4 out of 5

    Walker Humphrey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Bove

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benney Augustine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Armstead

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abdulaziz

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