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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff: Book Review

There is No Dog
by Meg Rosoff
Random House of Canada
978-0-385-66829-3
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Suggested Ages: 12+

Description: 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 ge...moreMeet 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 beleaguered 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

The Good Stuff
·         Best premise for a book ever
·         Unlike anything I have ever read before
·         Made me a laugh my ass off on many occasions
·         Wonderful existential questions, moral lessons and other things that really make you think (not being vague on purpose just don’t want to give to much away), blind faith
·         Love the various characters especially Mr B, Eck, Estelle and Luke
·         God’s name is Bob
·         Thought provoking
·         Love the Stephen King quote at the beginning of the book  and the praise about the book from  from Mal Peet at the beginning really explains the gist and why you should read

The Not so Good Stuff
·         God really was a prick
·         Could have used a bit more story
·         Mom’s a self involved b***h

Favorite Quotes/Passages

“Perhaps the way to proceed is to think of life on earth as a colossal joke, a creation of such immense stupidity that the only way to live is to laugh until you think your heart will break.”

“She thought of talking to God, her God – a benign, all-seeing sort of deity who didn’t get too involved with the day-to-day running of life, but who (she imagined) liked to be kept informed – a sort of thoughtful , philosophy professor of a god, passing his days in contemplation of the moral complexities of good and evil.”

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Only it wasn’t that simple as that.  The preferred candidate for God withdrew at the last minute saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, though privately everyone  suspected he was having second thoughts.”

Who should/shouldn't read
·         Thinking the seriously religious will have huge problems with this
·         Those who have a dry weird sense of humor like me will def enjoy
·         According to chapters marketed for 9 – 12 I would disagree I would say 12 + due to mentions of sexuality – a more mature 10 yr old maybe like I was but hmm 9 don’t think so
·         Great for a class read and for discussions

4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in Exchange for an honest review

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