Eccentric is not a strong enough word to describe this book. It is eccentric, strange, unorthodox, odd and zany all at the same time. It has you laughing on one page and shaking your head on the next. Despite the unorthodox nature of the story, it is a somewhat enjoyable story with likable characters.
Once you get passed the strangeness of the town and characters, it is a very thought-provoking plot. It examines the relationship between science and religion. More than a few times, I chuckled at the characterizations. It leaves you wondering what the line is between religion and science.