I'm working on an epic novel divided into a series - the working title is "The Bible, Part II". It's basically "Left Behind" but with the antichrist as the protagonist who fights back against God's invasions and finds a way to save humanity. However, while the content will eventually lead to a harsh criticism of faith (in the book, Christianity is a complex breeding system to produce meek and humble slaves for an alien race), I'd rather not show all my cards with such an outlandish title. Instead I'd like to find a name for the series and a name for the titles that is more ambiguous, but so many names have been taken. Aliens/fallen angels, a breed of superhuman hybrids, a human revolution against a colonizing alien power, mixed with religious history, corrupt church power, vampires (Jesus giving his blood for eternal life of followers, etc.)..... Book 1, 2 and 3 are basically "beginning, middle and end". Need some kickass names. If you supply it you'll get signed copies of every book of the series when they're out.
One of the great things about religious language is that they have had thousands of years to work on the poetry of it. One of the things that makes it so seductive. Anyway, a great word for the second coming of Christ that Christains use a lot is "Parousia". Lovely isn't it. I've googled and it doesn't seem to have been used at all for fiction titles. The great thing is Christians must google 'Parousia' all the time and when they read a segment of your book they will get all hot and bothered and pretty much do your marketing for you.
I thought maybe "The Parousia War" promises action and conflict without signaling the satirical content, which is what I think your after.
The Parousia War
Part I: Parousia Dawn
Part II: Parousia Noon
Part III: Parousia Night
The part titles keep the "Parousia" name going and use a simple progression to emphasise the order they come in.
Anyway, I hope it all goes well,
Those are great suggestions! I'll let you know if I use them.
Sounds a bit like good omens by terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon
Hi - yes a bit, but more action/suspense rather than thoughtful and humourous. Mine will be on a very short list of "anti-apocalyptic" novels.
Hmm, I think if you actually end up using "The Bible: Part II", you're going to draw a lot of attention from big, ugly churchies with lawsuits (unless you're not in America, in which case - go for it!).
I have a few suggestions:
- The First Horseman
- Perdition's End
- Abaddon's Gift
Also, in the sequels, I'd probably steer away from suffixes that imply changing time (like Joe Donnachie suggested - sorry, dude!). It just reminds me a little too much of Twilight...