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June 16, 2014 / ljbradburn-Smith

Divine Misfortune



There are books that I look at and think that maybe I will like them, some that definitely aren’t my kind of thing and some that I just know, without a doubt, that I will love. Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez was always destined to be the latter, how could it not be with its combination of humour, godly shenanigans and a good old classic battle between good and evil? Besides if it was anything like another of my favourites, Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips,  then I knew it was bound to make it on to my “books I heart very much” list.

Teri and Phil are happily married with no children and no god. In a society where gods and humans live side by side and finding a god to match your personality is literally a click away, it only takes a few bad days, a wilted lawn and a minor cat related miracle for them to change their minds and hit the internet in search of a god to change their fortune. When they come across down-to-earth Luka, the god of prosperity and good fortune, he seems the obvious choice. His profile doesn’t ask for any blood sacrifices or weird rituals to be performed in his name and Teri is even quite fond of his “cute” racoon head, in fact it seems that Luka wants nothing more than to be welcomed into Teri and Phil’s home. Simple.

As Martinez’s protagonists are soon to learn though nothing is simple when gods, who are fickle and selfish by nature, are involved and being around for thousands of years means that they have all had plenty of time to build up their fair share of baggage, with Lucky being no exception. Unwelcome visitors, interspecies romances (which made me feel slightly sick and not quite sure how to look at raccoons anymore) and vengeful goddesses are only the tip of the very big iceberg!

Divine Misfortune definitely lived up to my expectations. Martinez’s novel was tight, funny and well written. Whilst the ending was a fairly simple and arguably a very predictable one, it made no excuses for being a lighthearted read and I was left feeling satisfied and more than a little bit amused. It even managed to accomplish something that I thought no book could ever accomplish and this was to endear me to a giant snake. After reading the line “the glitter went out of his scales and his rainbow feathers paled” how could I fail to find him as sweet as a tiny bunny? I’m still not sure how I would feel about a non-glitterly, un-rainbowy snake but I’ll deal with that problem if and when I have to.




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  1. ioniamartin / Jun 16 2014 7:38 pm

    That is a great cover, too. Thanks for sharing!

    • ljbradburn / Jun 25 2014 12:20 pm

      You’re welcome, thanks for commenting! 🙂 Cover is good isn’t it? x

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