Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review: There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

Monday, April 30, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Standalone
Source: Library

There Is No Dog
God is a 19-year-old boy named Bob living on Earth with Mr. B, his (understandably) exasperated caretaker and assistant. On top of being lazy and self-obsessed, Bob also has a tendency to fall in love/lust with various human girls across the centuries. Needless to say, this causes some problems. As in, tsunami-sized, earth-rattling problems. Yep, every time Bob falls in love, Earth is beleaguered by natural disasters and Bob has fallen hard for a girl named  Lucy. 

Mr. B is going to have his work cut out for him.

There is No Dog is a contemplative novel with a deeper meaning carefully hidden by a very entertaining story. It's a quick read- hilarious, touching, and surprising.

The cast, an equal assortment of lovable, pitiful, irritating, and hilarious characters, are perfectly written. Rosoff has a way of taking human behavior and translating it perfectly into print. Each character, even one who may seem insignificant, is realistic and three-dimensional. Bob, despite being selfish and insolent, is sympathetic. Mr. B, although overworked and tired, still holds on to a little hope. And Eck, while being a mistreated pet penguin-thing, is still seriously adorable.

Reading about Bob creating and "running" the world is incredibly amusing. Even life among gods isn't simple, and the politics and rivalries up there will make you smile. Rosoff's creativity with how things work (such as how Bob leaving the bathwater running causes flooding) is ingenious.

I'd definitely advise picking up a copy!
*5 stars*
Will you be reading (or have you read) There is No Dog
You'll  Like This If You Liked: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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