Score: 75/100 (7.5 out of 10)
Viila and the Doomsday Affair is an absurdist comedic erotic fantasy by Roger Danchik that follows a very horny rabbi (Rabbi Benjamin), his very horny son (Milton), a very horny vampiress with weaponized breasts (Viili), a very horny cat (Queen Pharaoh), and a disembodied Teraphim head with a conveniently long tongue... for when other characters are very horny.
This book was definitely not our cup of tea. That's not to say that it can't be your cup of tea or that it doesn't have some entertainment value. There are parts of this that are somewhat humorous, and there is a melodramatic plot in the background of this. Of course, there are a lot of erotic elements of this. So, if you're into absurdist erotic novels in which the characters want to screw everything on two legs (or sometimes four), this might appeal to you.
Fiction isn't a one-size-fits-all thing. Not everyone is going to like everything. Likewise, there are a lot of different approaches to comedy that appeal to different kinds of people. There's Eddie Murphy humor. There's Robin Williams humor. Then, there's Adam Sandler humor and Seth Rogen humor. This book lies more on the spectrum between Adam Sandler humor and Seth Rogen humor. It is extremely vulgar and sexual, often needlessly so. There's also a much higher emphasis on shock value—saying and doing the most grotesque, disgusting, and unthinkable thing(s) possible to get a rise out of the audience. This includes things like polyamory, hebephilia/pedophelia, and even bestiality.
This book pushes the envelope, and it often feels it does it purely for the shock value, sometimes at the expense of telling a better story or developing better characters.
This book is also immeasurably sacrilegious. If you practice or respect an Abrahamic religion—or any organized religion—in any way, this is likely to upset and offend you in some way. The main religion that comes under scrutiny in this book, unfortunately, is Judaism. Do you really want to do that? Do you really even want to play with that idea, especially considering the numerous examples of antisemitism in our history and the antisemitism that continues to exist in the world? We're not saying that this book is antisemitic because it isn't, but it seems to paint a negative picture of Judaism, showing Rabbi Benjamin and his son as being sex-crazed people with questionable morals and ethics who supposedly have to learn over 3,700 sex positions in order to advance in the rabbinical order.
Rabbi Kef, who is often quoted like some sort of Pope-level guru and representative for all Jewish rabbis, always presents the crudest, lewdest, most needlessly disgusting discussions of sexuality possible including bestiality with camels and oral sex with Teraphim. What Jewish person seriously sits around thinking about things like that? What percentage of people in general is actually thinking, hmmm... maybe I shouldn't rape my pet camel today. Which of my 3,720 sex positions am I going to use today? C'mon, most of us have like two or three go-to sex positions.
It also paints some of the patriarchs (and the God) of Abrahamic religions in a very negative and questionable light. Adam is described as being a reprehensibly sex-crazed being, driven to bestiality—having literal and frequent sex with all of the animals in the Garden of Eden. God himself is identified as some sort of sexual deviant, which is blasphemous in itself. Viili, the vampiress with the weaponized breasts, sleeps with many of the patriarchs.
Foreskins are passed down from generation to generation, and many sweaty balls are needlessly squeezed.
The tablets containing the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai are treated like Dragon Balls or magic lamps. That's just not how they work or were intended to work at all.
At the very, very least, this book has a plot. That's more than we can say about some books. There are very clear villains who are after the tablets, namely the Master of Death and the leader of the cult of nose-smashers/nose-bleeders (probably meant to represent the absurdity of organized religion in general). Yes, there is a literal cult in this book in which the leader advocates for breaking noses and making them bleed while also aspiring to becomes gods, this is the level of absurdity and ridiculousness that we're dealing with.
Rabbi Benjamin is, at the very least, somewhat chivalrous in that he stands up for and protects Viili when she is being taken advantage of or vulnerable. Viili herself is a character with a ton of potential: an immortal vampire who has seen and experienced it all throughout the centuries. If only we hadn't just read like three other books that featured an immortal vampire who'd had like 30,000 sexual partners. It seems to be its own vampire sub-genre.
Maybe this could be your cup of tea. You can check it out on Amazon.