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)
Norwegian, creatomaniac and a lover of fantasy and adventure audiobooks. I usually put one on while I am making whatever takes my fancy.
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.
This is a hilarious, funny, touching, and all-around wonderful story. I laughed out loud and got angry and sad and happy and all-in-all was completely enthralled. What a great audiobook!
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.
I heart scifi, and have become addicted to listening instead of reading, or even watching tv.
I laughed my @ss off. This was great. Led me to buy three other A. Lee Martinez books, but this remains my favorite so far.
Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!
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.
I would recommend this book to friends who like a little absurdity, or friends who like trashy science fiction movies.
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.
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.
Once again, I find Martinez has written an original story. They aren't great stories, but they are very good stories and I feel comfortable hearing more.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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