Thursday, October 26, 2017

Divine Misfortune

Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez  321 pp.

Teri and Phil are an average couple who never had the need for a personal deity because of all the extra work involved with altars, offerings, devotionals, etc. When Phil is passed up for a promotion they decide to pick one to improve their lot in life. They select Luka, the raccoon god of prosperity who promises them good luck with little in the way of payment . . . except for letting him live in their house. But the good fortune brought by Luka is laced with other problems. Besides having the personality of a somewhat sleazy used car salesman, his old fling, the love goddess Sif, becomes intent on getting revenge for what she sees as Luka's abandonment. Another god, Gorgoz, is bearing an old grudge and wants to destroy Luka and his followers. And Quetzocoatl aka Quick, the Aztec feathered serpent god, is not taking any followers and just wants to sleep on their couch. When Phil's life is on the line it can only be solved by a confrontation and conflagration of gods. There is humor in this story but it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny. Good but not Martinez's best.

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