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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...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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Emily May


I didn't get it.

This is the third book I've read by Meg Rosoff, fourth if you count my failed attempt to start Just in Case. What I've discovered to be most true about Rosoff's novels is that reading and liking one is far from a guarantee that you will enjoy the rest - or, in fact, any of the others - so I cannot offer words like: "if you enjoyed How I Live Now (etc.) this will be your kind of book". This novel is a million miles away from anything Meg Rosoff has previously written, and general...more
Owen
Bob is 19, a lazy, undisciplined kid, but he has enough sense to want to escape his reckless mother Mona, who most recently has gambled away his pet Eck in a poker game. On top of that, Bob's job is way over his head and his appointed helper Mr. B has come to resent picking up after him. Then Bob meets Lucy, a lovely young woman working at the zoo, and though Mona and Mr. B and everyone else can tell no good will come of it, Bob decides he's fallen in love with her.

Standard YA rom-com. Except Bo...more
Sam
I remember picking this up and thinking it sounded really interesting so I put it on my to-read list and that's where it stayed for a while. I saw that there was a talking book edition available through the library so I decided to get it.

I hate to give this 2 stars because I've heard great things about this but unfortunately it wasn't for me. I found myself becoming bored with the characters. Bob didn't really irritate me or make me feel anything about him at all. Lucy was also boring, the chara...more
Tara Chevrestt
At first, I found this book hilarious and was spending more time laughing than reading. Let's pretend that God is really a teenage boy who's really horny and every time he falls in love with a chick, a mortal chick, the earth is destroyed by crazy weather. Every time he forgets to turn off the water in his bathtub, the earth is flooded. And this is a very lazy, self-centered, God named Bob who's mother won the planet earth in a galaxy poker game. The author gets a star for uniqueness alone. LOL

B...more
Courtney
OK folks. There's some good news and some bad news. The good news is: God exists. The bad news? God is an arrogant, insolent, lustful, forgetful teenaged boy named Bob. Bob's mother won our corner of the universe in a poker game and pawned it off on her underage son. Bob had some fun creating our world, but grew bored rather quickly and let things get tremendously out of control. The only thing really holding it all together is Bob's personal assistant, Mr. B. Mr. B is sick of dealing with Bob a...more
Amy
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Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers HERE

As we all know, in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. But the preferred candidate for God withdrew at the last minute because the Earth was so badly positioned, off the beaten track in a rundown part of the universe. Time was passing and since no one would apply to the job, the administrators decided to offer the position as part of a bet on a game of poker. The winner promptly turned it over to her temperamental and inexperienced t...more
jo mo
2.5/5
who is god?

is god a man? or a woman? or a fish? or a goat? is god old or young? fat or thin? [..] is god invisible? out to lunch? listening carefully? or just a very silly idea?

does god live in heaven? on a cloud? somewhere in outer space? in our heads? in the bible? or no place at all?

maybe god is a toad. or a crow. or a dream. or a tree. or an idea someone thought up ten thousand years ago. or all those things. or none of them. why not? no one can really tell us who or what god is, or ev...more
(Benji) The Non Reluctant Reader
No more arguing about what god would be like... and if there even is a dog... Meg Rossoff settles all the hubbub once and for all!
This book is something that will defiantly get banned, and I can see why some people would be againstt a book like this. You make a parody of Twilight? Sure! Harry Potter? Why not? But god? I'm not so sure making fun of god is a good thing, and I think a lot of people would get rather angry about this book. Though if they actually read it, they'd find out it isn't t...more
Courtney Johnston
What kind of God would make a world like this? It's the question we ask when we start testing our theological chop in our teenage years: a world of wars and rape and environmental disaster, of pimples erupting just before the school dance and turning up to the ball and seeing your arch-enemy in the same dress as you (but a size smaller).

Meg Rosoff's answer? A negligent, floppy-haired teenage boy god - irritable, distractable, sex-mad and short-tempered, yet also rather luscious and prone to the...more
Jennifer Rayment
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 fro...more
Wealhtheow
Bob's mother won Earth in a poker game, and gave it to Bob to get him out of her hair. He's a terrible God, lazy and selfish and foolish, but he does have flashes of brilliance. Luckily for Earth, he also has an assistant, Mr. B, who is as responsible, far-seeing and wise (if a bit stodgy) as Bob is not. Between the two of them, Earth mostly manages to putter along.

But then Bob falls in love with a human girl (again--you'd think he'd remember what happened the last few times he tried this) and E...more
Jan
Hmmm. This eagerly anticipated (by me!) book left me scratching my head a bit. It is a fantastic flight of imagination, to be sure. God aka Bob, is a hormonal adolescent boy who loves to create but isn't so great at following up on the problems left in the wake of creation. That job falls to his assistant/secretary, Mr. B. Mr B. tries, but fails, to get Bob interested in the problems of Earth. Bob, however, is quite interested in a lovely young lady that he has just discovered, and like the sex-...more
four_eyes

Eck! God save the Eck!

What a refreshing and hilarious take on the story behind creation and how all things came into being. Rosoff tells of our planet earth being overseen by a hormone-hopping teenage boy named Bob and his ever weary assistant Mr. B. Together they experiment and create all that is beautiful and all that is aghast on earth. When sulky Bob gets into another one of his bouts of lusty, amorous moods and falls for a human girl, all hell, literally, breaks loose on a biblical scale wi...more
Kiki
This is definitely NOT a typical Meg Rosoff book. I've read a few, and this one is completely different from any of her other novels. That being said, this was not a bad book. Just don't go into it expecting something as beautiful as How I Live Now or The Bride's Farewell. Rosoff is making some kind of statement here, I think, although didn't figure out what that was, but it was highly entertaining. And, I want an eck!
Jamie
Clever, but not necessarily enjoyably clever.

I also felt it was a little condescending to teenage boys, although it seems some teenage boys have read it and not felt that way.
Kelly
Feb 15, 2012 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
God is a teenage boy. And a total d-bag.
Heather
I love books that have existential questions in them, and this one does not disappoint. Arising naturally from the narrative are such topics as the purpose of God, the level of his involvement with mankind, and what people expect from Him. It includes characters of all levels of belief, and Gods of all levels of goodness and maturity. I think it is fascinating to see how the idea of God has evolved since ancient civilization and compare that to the immortal characters in this book. I also think...more
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: THERE IS NO DOG by Meg Rosoff, Putnam, January 2012, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-399-25764-3

"What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home"
--Eric Bazillian, "One of Us"

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
"Only it wasn't as 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 thoug...more
Kerstin
Kurzbeschreibung:
Stellen Sie sich vor, Gott heißt Bob, ist ein 19-jähriger Schnösel, der ein paar Straßen weiter wohnt und den halben Tag verschläft. Vor einigen Jahrmillionen hatte er seine kreativen sechs Tage, aber seitdem hat er am Schicksal der Menschheit das Interesse verloren. Vielmehr interessiert er sich für die hübsche Lucy. Mit ihr will er zusammensein, koste es, was es wolle. Doch wenn Bob sich verliebt, versinkt die Welt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes im Chaos.

Zur Autorin:
Bevor sie an...more
Brian
I liked Meg Rosoff's There is No Dog. It's funny, though a bit scattered, and an odd little story that I wasn't expecting. I think when you read the blurb on a book that tells you God is a stereotypical teen boy, you get some expectations--like seeing a preview for a Will Farrel movie. I expected much more zaniness than this story brought, and I really appreciated that.

Rosoff takes the idea that God is a perma-teen named Bob seriously. He Gods the planet earth with the assistance of an older ge...more
Julia
There Is No Dog is a strange little book, and I found it to be an enjoyable one. The book mainly revolves around the god of planet Earth, who happens to be a teenage boy named Bob. Bob is a lazy and apathetic god, who has recently become smitten with a human girl named Lucy. As Bob develops a misguided relationship with the girl, and as problems arise with Bob's mother and with an adorable little penguin-like creature called an Eck, the world plunges into a more and more chaotic state. The futur...more
Barbara
This book won't be for everyone, partly because it's so different, and partly because the main character, Bob, is so hard to like. Self-absorbed, lazy, and intent on bedding as many females as he possibly can, Bob is an adolescent boy who also happens to be the god of this planet, an assignment he got after his goddess mother won the position in a poker game. There are Biblical references about the creation of the heavens and the earth interspersed with the storyline, which involves the indolent...more
Valentina
What a fun book! I was luck to receive an advanced copy of it, and I can honestly say, it was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while.
The writing is a joy. It is so fresh and witty that it makes the reader smile pretty much every few paragraphs. There is a huge amount of creativity in this novel. The characters alone are fascinatingly over the top, with Bob, a teenager who also happens to be Earth’s creator and God as the ring leader. It is impossible not to laugh at his antics. Mr. B., B...more
James Webster
Love the concept, babe. God is a horny teenage boy? Run with it. Oh yeah, and his love interest has a name that means "light" and his pet is a weird one-of-a-kind penguinish elphant thing that Bob (God) ignores until Emoto Hed (yes, God is not the ruler of Everything) wins him in a poker game and decides to eat him.

Well, of course. The whole Christian Church is based on eating God, so why not eat his pet? And then give him a name like Eck. No, not Dennis Eckersley, the great relief pitcher for t...more
Joe Humphreys
There are certain authors who you know are a safe pair of hands ahead of reading their books. You know that the quality of their previous output is almost a guarantee that their latest book will be a good read. Meg Rosoff is one such author. She hasn't looked back since bursting on to the scene with her jaw droppingly outstanding debut How I Live Now (soon to be adapted for the big screen). For those of you not familiar with her prolific output, I strongly suggest you track it down. She writes w...more
Emily
~Amazon Description~
What if God were a teenaged boy?

In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed.

Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it's usually Bob's beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humanki...more
Caren
Aug 12, 2011 Caren rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I think I just don't "get" Meg Rosoff. Her books are highly acclaimed, but I haven't enjoyed any I have tried. I did read this one through, mainly because I had purchased it, but I had to make myself finish it. All of the god-like beings and the ways in which their rather human mood swings, etc. affected life on earth, reminded me of the idea of the old Greek gods. In this case, the head deity, Bob, seems to be one in name only. He is a teenage boy who is in thrall to his hormones. All the real...more
LeAnn Suchy
Meg Rosoff is very imaginative. What if God were a horny teenage boy whose libido causes natural disasters? That's the premise behind There is No Dog, and I was so excited when I started reading it.

God, or Bob, falls in love with a beautiful human, and the more he tries to have sex with her the more natural disasters happen. One day there's a downpour of rain, the next day all the water is frozen, the very next it's scorching. When Bob is frustrated, so is mother nature, and Bob's secondhand man...more
Norrin2
Actually if God was a spoiled, self - obsessed teenager who slapped the world together in six days because he was too lazy and too distracted to take the time a well put together planet demands - well, that actually explains a lot.
I notice that most of the negative reviews of this book criticize it for not being what they expected or what they wanted it to be. Just let it be itself. It's a lot of fun.
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction: the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.
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