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Divine Misfortune | [A. Lee Martinez]

Divine Misfortune

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.
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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.

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"Wonderful... from start to finish." (sfsignal.com)

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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 03-06-13
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "Office Space rewritten by Disney"

    A fun book. An interesting take on religion, benign, not heavy or preachy. Definitely funny, and strangely atheist friendly. There is some extrapolations on humanitarianism, but it stays in the shallow end. A novel approach to the relationships and mythos of deities and their followers.

    Divine Misfortune is one of those books that's easy to relate with. A good pick me up listen after your car breaks down, or your boss yells at you. Lucky struck me as kind of douchey Raoul Duke (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,) but perhaps that was intentional.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-06-14
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it!"

    This is an amusingly clever tale of online deity shopping gone wrong. In an attempt to improve their situation Phil and Teri sign up as the newest followers of Lucky, a minor god of fortune. Lucky fails to tell the young couple about his baggage, mainly a former girlfriend and goddess of misery who is stalking him and the god of wrath and destruction that is trying to poach and eat Lucky’s followers in a misguided game of one-upmanship. It’s original, funny and well written.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 08-06-12
    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2006

    Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!

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    "A Fun book, good for a laughs!"

    I'm a big fan of this author and the bizarre tales he tells. It also reminds me of some of the Christopher Moore books in many ways. This one was good, but it took a few chapters to really capture my attention. Once it did it was a good listen. The characters, although truly bizarre began to develop nicely throughout the book and despite being pulled from religions throughout the centuries became very real to me. I would definitely give this book a listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hilde Bergen, Norway 06-11-11
    Hilde Bergen, Norway 06-11-11 Member Since 2010

    Norwegian, creatomaniac and a lover of fantasy and adventure audiobooks. I usually put one on while I am making whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Mystical fun"

    The worlds of A. Lee Martinez are filled with a delightful and sometimes nonsensical mystery, and show how thin the border can be between ourselves and everything we can't explain.

    Divine Misfortune is a hilarious and oddly believable look at how the world could be if the Gods truly showed themselves, existed all at the same time and adapted themselves to our time.
    It was a very enjoyable audiobook, and one I will find myself returning to, often.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 12-08-13
    Tango Texas 12-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Gods Gone Wild"

    If you listen to the audio clip for Divine Misfortune, you will not only get a good sample of the nice narration work of Fred Berman, but you will be immediately clued in to the zany tone that carries through this whole book. A. Lee Martinez includes a whole pantheon of Norse, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and more gods in this farce and the story is presented strictly for comedy; no deep thoughts or religious commentary here. It won't bring new insights, but it will probably make you laugh out loud. The tone of the book reminded me of the Iron Druid fantasy series with gods behaving in ways that would make atheism very attractive. Great listen for some good laughs.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 09-04-12
    Ryan CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Worthy fantasy humor. I loved it."

    If you like Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Robert Asprin, Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett, then this is a mug of ale or glass of wine from the same brewery my friend. Some good ol' light-hearted fun.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Melbourne, Australia 07-01-12
    Mr Melbourne, Australia 07-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to friends who like a little absurdity, or friends who like trashy science fiction movies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story paced itself just right. It kicked in the absurd early on, and then built on it slowly using loads of humour, cliche and "I saw that coming but still got a surprise" type moments to get to a obvious but still surprising climax.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book based on my previous purchased of his book "Automatic Detective". Initially I was a bit disappointed that this book had a less noir style, but soon I forgot about that and enjoyed this book for it's own merits. It's not good literature, but it's a good story and a fun listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13
    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Kente M'Bulu

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    "AGAIN! Another masterpiece!!"
    What did you love best about Divine Misfortune?

    The concept of the universe in this novel with gods living among mortals and it is a way of life. Didn't like gorgos defeating thor though! Lol!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divine Misfortune?

    LOL!! The god of the wind sucking gorgos into a bag and kicking and stomping him! The god of deaths displeasure and the god of the wind retorting "What?!? It gets the job done!" Then the god of death joining him . .. . awesome.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fred Berman is only matched by Chris Aiello! I now choose books not only by author but also by reader. these two are my favorites!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed hysterically for about 20 minutes at 1:00 am (ish). My wife woke up and looked at me but I couldn't stop laughing so I went downstairs to finish laughing. I wish there was possibly a drawing of lucky.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SkyTigress Columbus, OH 03-17-13
    SkyTigress Columbus, OH 03-17-13 Member Since 2011

    SkyTigress

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    "A delightful, fun read"

    This is a wonderfully fun read for a rainy afternoon. Martinez throws you into a story where old world gods can be "signed up for" via the internet, and can end up crashing on your couch like uninvited college friends.

    This is definitely a comedy. Don't be put off by the Goddess of Heart-Break. Her melancholy quickly becomes the funniest part of the story, in my opinion. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 06-25-12
    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 06-25-12

    wheee

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    "Gods for sale!"

    I thought the concept of the novel was fun, the narrator was animated, and even the characters you hated made you laugh.

    While not quite in the realm of similar classics like "Good Omens" or "Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul", this book did a good job of resurrecting the age of polytheism for the modern commercial age, and along the way demonstrated how living forever can screw with someone's value of life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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