Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online.
Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.
Divine Misfortune is a story of gods and mortals - in worship, in love, and at parties.
©2010 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Wonderful... from start to finish." (sfsignal.com)
The story and topic seems pretty interesting and unique. But the narrator delivers the story with the same voice for all characters. That and his annoyingly loud breathing between every other word made it impossible for me to make it very far from the beginning.
Who'd a thunk? Funniest, well, ONE of the funniest books I've had in a long time. A most enlightening and entertaining author. I'm setting up an altar to A. Lee Martinez in an out-of-the way corner of my home. Hey, couldn't hurt..
The voice performance was perfect.
I gave everything 5 stats because this was a great book! however, I'd like to make the disclaimer that this is not a serious book, it's fantasy, so if you were looking for a serious read or hate fantasy, then this book is not for you. I love how the book opens right in the middle of this fantasy world, but you don't feel confused by what's going on. I love the characters and the story line, and the narrator really pulled everything together. I highly recommend this book!
I really enjoyed this book, although the story became somewhat derivative towards the end. Overall however, I found this very entertaining. And I would read something else by this author again.
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
If you haven't read Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain, I'd recommend starting with that one. I think it's by far Martinez's best, and it's the reason I've read four of his books, even though I think two of them were mediocre at best (Monster, and Chasing the Moon). I'm moving on to other authors, but I would definitely recommend Emperor Mollusk, and I would say Divine Misfortune is worth the read but not a must-read either.
It was a clever idea; very clever in fact. It stayed shallow, though, and I don't know how that could have been changed.
This one is worth it if you like your gods to behave badly. Martinez scores once again.
Very funny urban fantasy in which choosing a religion is done like online dating, and the pantheon of gods are revealed to be just as imperfect, petty, and unique as humans. Fans of fiction like John Scalzi or Tim Robbins' work will enjoy this irreverent romp of a story.
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