Book recommendation: Divine Misfortune, by A. Lee Martinez

Humour is one of the best things you can have in a book. Well, for me, anyway. It keeps me in a good mood, and I appreciate how difficult it can be to truly pull off.

That’s one of the reasons why I like Divine Misfortune so much.

I first picked up Divine Misfortune because the summary had me intrigued. It involved a raccoon god crashing on the couch of two of his worshipers, a heartbroken love goddess, and finding gods online. None of which were things I had ever come across in other novels before.

While I didn’t like every little thing about the novel, I am glad that I read it. I found it funny, and I liked the way it looked at the relationship between gods and their worshipers. It wasn’t a heavily religious read at all – in fact, it really only touches on the more well-known Western religions, and the religions it does talk about are discussed in a more lighthearted manner.

Overall, I’d recommend Divine Misfortune to anyone looking for a fun, not-too-heavy type of novel. They won’t be disappointed.

Goodreads summary

DIVINE MISFORTUNE is a story of gods and mortals—in worship, in love, and at parties. 

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion – again-it’s time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. 

Choosing a god isn’t as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they found Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. 

Oh — and can he crash on their couch for a few days? 

Throw in a heartbroken love goddess and an ancient deity bent on revenge and not even the gods can save Teri and Phil.


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