Divine Misfortune

Divine Misfortune

Book - 2010
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Like many people in this world, Phil & Terry are just looking for their personal slice of divine assistance. It's not their fault that they decide to settle on Lucky, a raccoon god of good fortune. At first, everything seems to be working fine. But they will soon learn that the world of divine powers is not to be entered into casually.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316041270
0316041270
Branch Call Number: FIC MAR
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 16, 2017

Light & frothy novel on a serious subject. How do forgotten deities deal with modern fast-paced modern civilization?
Cute subplots on protagonist gone groupie on god or another god going harsh collective's mellow.

forbesrachel May 06, 2016

The world has changed since ancient times, and the gods have had to change with them. It's TV, parties, and working to retain favour. For without tithes from humans, their powers weaken; some once-powerful gods now live sedentary lives because they've have lost their purpose. Divine Misfortune explores this new reality, as first-time devotees Teri and Phil "welcome" the god Luca, or Lucky as he prefers, into their home. A bevy of other gods follow, and immediately this couple finds themselves way over their heads. Luck, like the gods, is a fickle thing. Martinez delightfully plays with common deity-related aspects from mythology, such as appeasement, the nature of the divine, and the deus ex machina. His charming characters are funny, often wise, and learning (even the centuries-old gods grow). Divine Misfortune is a clever and thoroughly entertaining vision of what the human-god relationship might look like in the 21st century.

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RichardHead
Apr 02, 2013

Quite amusing, for example page 2 - using an online deity matching service. Not preachy (pun intended), light and fun.

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GuyN
Oct 15, 2011

This is as close as I've found to Terry Pratchett in humorous fantasy, at least for the humorous part, although The Philosophical Strangler is in the same niche with it. Its world is one in which various gods need adherents to have power. It's a bit confusing at first when our human is adopted by a very minor god of luck. Think of a god who eats pizza and sleeps on your couch. It is all very funny and unlike any other realm.

jdneochi Apr 25, 2011

Yeah it really is a great read. I've been adding it to the "staff recommendation" shelf regularly and hope that's where y'all saw it. If you liked this one, Try his other book, "In the Company of Ogres." Both are great reads.

His work reminds me of Douglas Adams' humor. And readers who read Eoin Colfer's, "And Another Thing...", which is based on Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, would like this book as well.

FearlessReader Apr 25, 2011

Wow, this is the author I've been looking for. For those of you who enjoy alternate reality/fantasy fiction, this is a quick, funny read that takes on the humanity of gods and the godliness of humans without taking itself too seriously.

gwsuperfan Apr 12, 2011

Irreverent and whimsical- a great read

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