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There Is No Dog

Rosoff, Meg (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.
Authors: Rosoff, Meg
Statement of Responsibility: Meg Rosoff
Title: There is no dog
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2013, c2011
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary: When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.
Subject Headings: Zoos Fiction Love stories Paranormal fiction God Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Zoos
Love stories
Paranormal fiction
God
ISBN: 014242384X
9780142423844
Branch Call Number: FIC R
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Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well, that was oddacious. That's right, both odd and audacious. In a good way, I think.
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"I think," because it's too soon after finishing the book to say for sure and at this point I don't want to think about it too hard, analyze all the analogies and metaphors and hidden meanings like a literature professor, but would rather let it percolate in my associative brain for a while. So, for now, I feel it was good and I enjoyed it. There is philosophy and theology here under the humorous surface, very clear statements about privilege and responsibility and love, but I can't tell if it's systematic and carefully thought out or more random and associative itself. Nor whether the narrative actions convey it effectively.
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At first I thought the unusual approach might simply be a nice intellectual exercise that would leave me feeling emotionally unengaged, but it didn't. I ended up getting caught up in the characters' worlds and interested in seeing how it would all turn out.
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So just what am talking about here? What is this oddacious story? Very sketchily, it concerns the intersection between two sets of characters: immortal and mortal. Ready?
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The immortals are the two gentlemen filling the job of God of Earth, Bob and Mr. B., Bob's mom, and a few others. Bob, the Creator, is an immature, lazy, horny, self-absorbed 19-year-old who shows flashes of brilliance and not much else. Mr. B is the repressed, stodgy, compassionate assistant who sees to the details and tries his best to fix all the messes Bob creates. Bob's mom, Mona, is an irresponsible, gambling-addicted socialite, who just gambled away Bob's favorite pet, Eck, in a drunken poker match to Mr. Emoto Hed, someone not to be messed with, who plans to eat Eck. And there's Mr. Hed's daughter, Estelle, who wants to save Eck.
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The mortals all center around Lucy, a beautiful, happy-go-lucky young woman who has become Bob's latest obsession. Bob has fallen helplessly in love with her and wants to figure out how he can have her. Lucy works at a zoo with Luke, who resents her for her good looks, and recent hire Skype, who is irrepressible. Laura, Lucy's mom, worries about Lucy like any good mom and seeks counsel from her pastor, Bernard. The humans have their hands full, though, because Bob's impassioned emotional state is playing havoc with the weather and creating a state of disaster in much of the world.
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It just gets stranger and more complicated from there. Yet somehow it all comes together to form a cohesive whole and make sense as a narrative.

Aug 01, 2012
  • ARTard rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Bob was really irritable and kind of ridiculous which made a lot of the parts that should have maybe been funny sort of tiresome after a while. A lot of the characters seemed either as flaky as Bob was or they lacked some quality that made you absolutely and completely fall in love with them (except maybe Eck). Despite that I thought it was a nice, quick read. Very quirky and despite some of the negatives, the writing and the way it was presented balanced it out fairly well. The ending was quick, but I think it definitely fit more than anything.

I shudder to think there may or may not actually be people out there like Bob (and even Mona). It makes me question my faith in humanity a little.

May 10, 2012
  • KileyP rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Alright teens, want to run the world? Have unlimited powers? Well lets see what would happen if a teenage was God.

The problem is, Bob - the teen in question - is a snivelling, spoiled and annoying character. I couldn't stand him. But some of the supporting characters were loveable (Eck in particular!) and the story was intriguing and keeps you wrapped in. Of course, we have to go through what happens when Bob/God has his raging hormones kick in. And you'll be unsurprised to find out it's a mess, but you'll smile all the way through.

Parents and teens can enjoy this one together - you'll get a good laugh, and maybe it will be a good reminder to teens when they say "...if I ran the world...".

Apr 19, 2012
  • MeganCallaway rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Aside from the fact that Bob was really annoying, I thought this book was great! The idea was charming, and I totally fell in love with the Eck. At times, this book didn't necessarily read as young adult. Rosoff's writing style kind of reminded me of John Connolly who, I think, also fits into the same category.

Apr 16, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun, fun, fun! A light, quick read, full of quirky humour and insight and delightful vignettes of life on earth, life in the world of the gods, and what happens when the two come into contact. What if God were a teenage boy? Well, for one thing, his raging hormones can really, really mess up the weather....Pulled me through, smiling almost all the way, to a very satisfying conclusion. Not entirely sure teen boys would appreciate their characterization here....?! but very enjoyable.

Dec 14, 2011
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Although Rosoff's latest novel may start out as an irreverent commentary on the state of the planet, teens may well come away with a sense of faith restored."
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