Player One: Douglas Coupland

Armageddon in a bar in a Toronto airport hotel, a building resembling “the third-best restaurant in the fourth-largest city in Bulgaria”

Preternaturally calm, the main characters muse on faith, love, reality and the meaning of life.

Coupland is often derided as being derivative and predictable. Doesn’t matter. He seldom writes a bad book.

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The Twelfth Imam — Joel Rosenberg

Too much preaching; not enough story.

Clunky, ham-handed; some interesting characters and plotlines buried under clunky writing, preaching and far too much self-justifying expository prose.