December 19, 2011

There is No Dog

There is No Dog by Meg Rossoff
Release Date ~ 1/21/12
Publisher ~ Penguin Group, USA
Format ~ ARC
Source ~ Around the World ARC Tours
Rating ~ 4/5
Summary: Meet your unforgettable protagonist: God, who, as it turns out, is a 19-year-old boy living in the present-day and sharing an apartment with his long-suffering fifty-something personal assistant. Unfortunately for the planet, God is lazy and, frankly, hopeless. He created all of the world's species in six days because he couldn't summon the energy to work for longer. He gets Africa and America mixed up. And his beleagured assistant has his work cut out for him when God creates a near-apolcalyptic flood, having fallen asleep without turning the bath off.There is No Dog is a darkly funny novel from one of our most delightfully unpredictable writers.

My review: No more arguing about what god would be like... and if there even is a dog... Meg Rossoff settles all the hubbub once and for all!
    This book is something that will defiantly get banned, and I can see why some people would be againstt a book like this. You make a parody of Twilight? Sure! Harry Potter? Why not? But god? I'm not so sure making fun of  god is a good thing, and I think a lot of people would get rather angry about this book. Though if they actually read it, they'd find out it isn't that bad, just gentle fun. But still, Rossoff has a lot of guts to write this and Penguin has even more guts to publish it! 
    I thought the mythology surrounding Bob's appointment to god of earth was pretty funny, who knew god's mother won earth in a poker game for him? This is what the entire book was like. This book didn't take it's self seriously, but was an entertaining and dark book that kept me entertained for the whole 200 and some odd pages. There is No Dog is like something off South Park (the TV show). 
    The entire time I was reading this book I had one song constantly playing in my head: "One of Us" by Joan Osborne... feast your eyes upon the music video (which I thought was quite good)!
I love it when she asks if god was a slob like us ;-)
Despite my feeling that Bob (god) was just a tad lazy (though there are many words describe him, not one of them polite) I couldn't help but secretly liking him, despite his many flaws.

There is No Dog was a novel that had me engaged, laughing and upbeat. Not a must-read, but if you're looking for a breathe of of fresh air, There is No Dog is for you!
Cover Comments: This cover matches the book perfectly, quirky and fun! 

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds fun, irreverent, but fun. Taken with a grain of salt, it shouldn't be offensive to anyone. Like your review.


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