Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: "Divine Misfortune" by A. Lee Martinez

Divine MisfortuneDivine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could actually talk to the gods? I have, and that's why I read "Divine Misfortune", the story of how two ordinary people change their life with the contractual inclusion of Luka, the God of Luck and Fortune.

I am a fan of A. Lee Martinez other books, because I like how he creates worlds. This book proves to be no exception; Mr. Martinez presents the reader with a believable world in which anyone can log into Pantheon.com and find their own god or goddess. The author assembles the relationships between humans and gods or gods and gods, the quirky legality of the follower/god contract, and the discussions about the problems with living eternally into a book that is both funny and thoughtful.

I like how the gods have the same problems as the humans in terms of learning how to be better people, handling break-ups, and moving on after a crisis. Gods simply have more time to learn about themselves, and more time to really screw up their lives.

I also like how the humans teach the gods that humanity and being human isn't such a handicap. Sometimes it takes looming death to make a person realize the beauty and value of life.




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