Ferguson, Douglas. “The Forgotten Ones”, Reverse Rapture Press, 2007.
One You Won’t Forget
There are books you read and never forget and I predict that Douglas Ferguson’s “The Forgotten Ones” will be one of those. He looks at time, space and religion in a way that many might shy away from and some may find heretical. I find it wonderful. It may change the way you look at religion or even think about a supreme being and you will have several hours of wonderful reading as you consider what this author has to say. Ferguson looks at myth, divine myth and explores them and the blows them up and he does so with the most erudite blasphemy I have ever read. He does so with love and writes in a style that is not only extremely readable but delicious.
It is that time when the Great God Convention is to take place and the word has leaked out that there is a possibility of a second coming. It seems that nobody really wants Jesus around and as the gods meet in Vancouver, tempers get hot and the cosmos begin to take on a new appearance. Invited to the meeting is a group of gods which includes the Africa Orishas, the Norse Aesir, the Faeries, the Greek Pantheon and the Native American Animal Elders. Of course omitted from the invitation are Lucifer and his guys and the head and board of Patriarchy, Inc.
Jesus and Mary Magdalene are preparing for the second coming and they are sure to get it right this time. They have found for themselves a young teenaged prostitute, Angela, who is to be the mother of the new Messiah and the babe is a female this time. Neither the Jesus camp nor the Great God Convention bothered to remember a female named Lilith who had been the wife of Adam and the ex-wife of Lucifer and it is she who will determine how all of this will end.
Sure, the whole idea seems a bit ridiculous and completely out somewhere but Ferguson has written a novel that is so well penned that as out of the world the idea ay be, it will hold your attention and get you thinking. It seems that since “The DaVinci Code”, we are hungry for novels that deal with themes that were once considered anti-religion and the reading public has been eating them up. We have to be reminded sometimes that what we are reading is just fiction and should not be taken seriously. The fact that some people do take these writings seriously shows what a hold organized religion has on us.
Let me say that I enjoyed this book for what it is and for nothing more than a pleasurable reading experience. Those who want to see more than that have a problem that they have to deal with.
Even though the idea of the novel is completely heretical and blasphemous, it is a wonderful read and should be looked at as just that. It’s an experience that no one should miss.