While this was a good book that made important connections, it was also an obvious book. If you - like me - search out books in which God is murdered, this is certainly a necessary read, however, it lacks the subtlety of some other favorites. That being said, it is certainly creative, and absolutely relevant. Of my selections, this is the most connected to contemporary experience.
2. It Happened In Boston? by Russell H. Greenan is one of my absolute favorite books in the world, and indeed the one that sparked my interest in the murder of God in literature. Unfortunately, it has been several years since I last read it, and therefore I can't write on it as distinctly as I would like to. However, this book is interesting because the protagonist seeks to murder God. While he does this because he feels it will right a wrong, he is actively pursuing the death of his creator, and he wants to deal it with his own hand. As in God Is Dead, the author incorporates the murder of man into the murder of God. Unlike God Is Dead, this novel is set in the second half of the 20th Century, in Boston, and the murders that occur are not random acts of war, but incidents of well planned, individual murder. This novel is fascinating, well written, and an excellent story too. I would rhapsodize about it further; however, I need to refresh myself on its finer points, so all I can do is humbly recommend it.
3. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman is a young adult novel, and the third in Pullman's acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy. Despite that, it deals with the murder of God, which was supremely surprising when I first encountered this novel at the age of thirteen. This novel again uses a backdrop of war as the setting for God's murder. While the protagonists arguably bring about God's death, they are not written as murderers or ever particularly culpable. For one thing, they are children. For another they are compassionate when they discover God in his death throes although they have been mercilessly pursued by the church. Finally - and perhaps most importantly - they are simply pawns of prophecy. While they have free will, their parts in this ethereal conflict has been written and is unchangeable, which shirks them of all responsibility. God also accepts His death, which makes a huge difference in tone. Rather than focusing on destruction, this is a novel about creation and perseverance, and while it is perhaps not the most complicated or literary of novels, it is worth a read.
4. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is not about the murder of God. This is a novel about a novelist attempting to destroy himself. He does not simply wish to die, he wishes to wipe every trace of himself from the general consciousness. While you may think this doesn't fit, it is extremely relevant. In a college writing class I was told "you are God." In the classic conception of God, this is true. As an author, one is a creator. An author creates people in his image, and he creates worlds and rules for those worlds and characters. An author decides who lives and who dies, what circumstances people are born into and what they do with their experience. An author creates and decides everything in his story, so to write a novel about the eradication of the author is to write on the eradication of God. While the novelist seeks to destroy his worlds, others seek to destroy - to murder - him. This novel works its way in slowly, but it is important nonetheless.
5. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is about many, many things, and is potentially one of the greatest modern novels. It is engaging and amazing on many levels, and can be read over and over again. It is another personal favorite, obviously. While the murder of God is perhaps not thematic, it is important that a considerable portion of the novel is a retelling of Pontius Pilate's meeting with Jesus, and Christ's subsequent death. Depending on what you believe, this amounts to the murder of God. No matter what you believe, however, it is impossible to ignore this very clear mythical deity death. I won't write more on this novel because I simply won't stop if I get started. Suffice it to say, whether or not you're interested in the murder of God in literature, this is an engrossing and unmissable novel.