of 'Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God'
'Of the forty-odd novels I've read in the past
year, Mr. Sunshine's "Stealing Heaven" is certainly among my
Vandenberg (from a review in Underground Window)
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'With Stealing Heaven from the Lips of God, Dee Sunshine has created a
compelling work... a highly entertaining and thought provoking work this
reviewer recommends highly.'
(from a review in Literati Magazine)
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'Sunshine has created an arresting, believable, and even at times sympathetic
character in Robbie. I have no frame of reference for drug use (I have never
tried "soapbar," but if anyone could actually tell me what that is,
then maybe I have), but I can very much empathise with Sunshine's Robbie in
the love department. Which one of us (unless you are a poet or living under a
rock somewhere), has not experienced the palpable AGONY that comes with
opening your heart to another'
Lecrivain (from a review in Poetic Diversity)
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'Meant to email you sooner, to tell you I finished your novel (actually read
it in a day and a half, and am now re reading it). It's remarkable. Was more
than a little misty-eyed at the ending... You're right to be proud of it.
It's just unfortunate that a mainstream publisher wasn't interested, but this
must represent something nebulous like "market demands" or some
such shite. It certainly should not be taken as a poor reflection on the
book, which compares very favourably with everything I've read over the last
'I was, very generously, sent the e-book version of Stealing Heaven by the
author..and with no word of a lie, it blew me away. I don't know what I was
expecting, but certainly not something this damn good. It says that it was
originally published as a fake blog on LiveJournal, and I know that, had I
known about it at the time, I would've been addicted. It's a story of
depression, drug abuse, love, redemption, lack of hope, finding hope..but no,
it's more than that. It's very difficult to put into words, but for anyone
who has even danced around the edge of the world of drugs and parallel,
reality avoiding, lifestyles, it will be a roller coaster of familiar
emotions. And did I mention that it's well written? Sunshine has a way with
words that refuses to compromise; would rather you throw down the book in
disgust than censor it's language. In my view, it laughs in the face of
Trainspotting and books of that ilk, although I'm sure some will compare the
two. I, personally, see more similarities with Requiem for a Dream - a far
'You show great courage, and a self-lacerating honesty, in the depiction of
Robbie's mental and physical breakdown into spiritual redemption'
'I have just finished reading your book Stealing Heaven from the Lips of God.
I thought it was very readable, sensitvely expressed, (importantly)
non-setimental statement on the transcendental potential of human beings.
'Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God' is a grainy, black and white portrait
of personal disintegration and reassembly, death and resurrection, alienation
through relationships, and the art of self-consumption. It is unmistakably
"bloggish" - a journal of immediate pain and urgent self-discovery.
It glitters and is drenched in urban smells and sounds and expletives. It is
a remarkably poignant love story with a happy end and a tragic rest and a lot
of pornish sex. Like an expressionistic film, it is both hallucinatory and
exquisitely detailed and like a film noir, it keeps you on edge and guessing.
It is not easy to love the protagonist (the inevitable question: is it
autobiographical?) and all but impossible to hate or judge him. This book is
also a medieval morality play and the anti-hero gets his comeuppance as we
grieve for the lives - his and those around him - that he so cavalierly
shatters. Buy it now, before the author regrets his morbid generosity'
(author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited')
'I work for Roehampton university doing a rather drab and dull admin job and
one day amongst all of the usual e-mails about prospectus requests and open
day bookings your e-mail showed up telling of the immenant publication of
your novel. Quite how this happened I have no idea but glad that it did I
very much am. Intigued after reading the brief synopsis I went to the website
to find the five sample chapters, 'I expect they think I'll buy the book
after reading these sample chapters', I cynically said to myself as I clicked
on the link to the first chapter. After the first five I was hooked. None of
my local bookshops stock it though, in fact one of the guys that ran one of
them said that he's never even heard of the publishing house! But order it I
managed to and wait for it I also had to.Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed
it. You seem to be very much my sort of writer. I love the idea of the
anti-hero come good. The flawed character who we can all identify with who
knows his short-comings, does not seek forgiveness, just understanding. To me
you seem to follow in the fantastic tradition of Scottish writers (you are
Scottish are you not?) who do just this- Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner and Louise
Welsh are perhaps my favourites.
'I just got your book a couple of days ago, it looks fab. Have only read the
first few pages and already I'm enjoying it. Well done'
'I have just started reading your book and even though I have already read it
when you sent it to me as an attachment it seems different. I think that
having it in book form makes it more of a luxury. Whatever the reason, it is
coming across as very vibrant and your prose is incredibly visual. Sometimes
too visual, but you are not one to pull punches...I just wanted to let you
know how impressed I am with the book.'
'Your book is amazing. You are a fantastic wordsmith and I love the
'Thank you so much for the copy of Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God,
which I read right away. It was grimly authentic and though I can't exactly
say it was an enjoyable read (it wasn't meant to be, I know) it was a
memorable one, well-written and designed to put off anyone who thinks it
might be a laugh to experiment with drugs.'
Sheridan (editor of Pennine Ink)
'O_O I LOVE YOU! *flings self at you* n_n; Eheh! Anyway, I just finished
reading "Stealing Heaven From the Lips of God", and fucking hell,
it is -good-. One of the better books I've read in my time. I suppose this
isn't the place to be asking this, but what, exactly, are your drug
experiences?! Making a book with so many drugs so realistic, it would be
impossible for you to be a complete drug virgin. ^.^ Anyway, back the point:
Excellent read, awesome first person perspective, great to relate to and
learn from if you're a drug user (like myself). I give it five stars. ^.^'
dorismustdie711 (Live Journal user)
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