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God Hates Us All

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The critically acclaimed show, Californication, is one of Showtime’s highest rated programs. Averaging about two million viewers an episode, it is the most successfully rated freshman series in Showtime history. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical), Californication features an electric, likeable cast, led by actor David Duchovny, who won a...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Gallery Books (first published 2009)
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Shervin Maddah
Seeing as how many people have covered the story of the book, I do not see a reason as to why I should write a review. Instead I have decided to clear the issue/concern regarding this book and its relation to the Showtime hit series Californication

I personally did not know this book existed until a few months back, I knew the story behind the books from the show Castle, but did not know that the same was true of this show... However there IS a difference between the two which I won't get into he...more
Meredith
This is a very quick read. When I first opened the book to read it, I was expecting the story from Californication, of how Hank Moody has sex with a minor, with no knowledge of her age. Ask me why I thought this and I wouldn't be able to tell you.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Unsure of whether Hank Moody was writing about himself or a fictional character in the beginning, I was unsure of the first few chapters. It was then that I realized I couldn't put the book down. The story th...more
Knar   Avetisyan
All you need is a TITLE!

This book by Moody concerns nothing in it but the title. First it attracts you, then it makes you find the reason of choosing this title in th book, then it makes you sure, that there is nothing special behind this loud title but a spanish replica of a barman.

I read it because I was curious, but now I wish I hadn't - these aren't the fictitious Hank's words, these are the words of some dude trying to be as cool and edgy as he imagines Hank would be.

It just ends up being s...more
Waqas Mhd
This is a book I was attracted to because of its title and had some assumptions made already but it turned out to be totally opposite of what I had thought it to be.

Once the shock about the nature of book was over and I got the hang of it, I started to enjoy. Its very light and quick read. It has nothing to do with god or religion. Its a fun novel with a lot of sex and drugs situations which mostly feel cliched. Nevertheless, I liked the wittiness of the characters specially the protagonist. It...more
Sara
So I picked this up at the library because I was intrigued by the title. And it looked like a quick read. But something was definitely odd. There's a red blurb on the cover that says "As featured on the hit Showtime series Californication" which I have never seen. It says it's written by Hank Moody and there's a paragraph on the back cover about Hank Moody which also says the book has been made into a movie - A Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

This all seemed weird to me. What movie is this? So I...more
Yair Bezalel
Who would have thought supplemental/tie in lit could be so well written? Honestly, this is the first book I've read in quite some time that really does have something for nearly everyone. It's dark, funny, witty, compelling, and actually builds a convincing artifice of the real world so much that, if it had been a stand-alone novel, I would've liked it just as much.

The show in which this book sprang from, 'Californication', is a great one. I'm an unabashed fan (went through five seasons in less...more
Kelli
I reallly really enjoyed this book - I was brought this book as a gift from my husband - At the time what I thought was a very strange gift - Its not my usual type of book - but I am sooo glad I gave it a go.

Anyone familiar with the series Californication starring the ever yummy David Duchovny will know what this book is - Hank Moody in the series is a Writer - down on his luck - with writers block and this cult book that he wrote several years before hand - this is the book.

I originally though...more
Chris
This is the formerly-fictitious book from Showtime's Californication, starring David Duchovny. Duchovny plays writer (and man-slut) Hank Moody, who hit it big with this book - which was made into a mediocre romantic comedy. Until the book was actually published, for real, it was purely a prop and part of the show.

I absolutely loved this book. The writing is very much like the brilliantly written show, which is one of the funniest shows I've seen. The book isn't quite as funny or exciting - it's...more
Michael
While the book God Hates Us All does remind me a lot of Hank Moody and his self destructive lifestyle in the TV show Californication. This book reminded me more of Bret Easton Ellis’s cult classic book Less Than Zero. God Hates Us All follows the story of a lonely young man, desperate to find meaning to his lost and destructive life.

The book is a quick read, full of sex, drugs, rock & roll, abandonment, love, heart break and lust making this an enjoyable blend for an enjoyable read; but I t...more
William Johnson
Reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity:

I feel like I’m slipping in and out of my universe and into a strange bizarro world where my television heroes are real and I’m, somehow, important in their place in this new world. Because, for the second time no less, I’ve found myself purchasing books by fictional authors from TV Land. The first (currently on order) is Heat Wave by Richard Castle. Keep in mind that Richard Castle is not real. . .he is in fact played by Nathan Fillion on the TV Show...more
annik

Мудее нас уж больше нету.
И потому, идем по свету, мы сочиняя песню эту...©


Я посмотрела несколько сезонов Californication, и, заглянув как-то раз в книжный магазин, купила книгу не глядя, зная, что меня ждет очередное погружение в мир Хэнка. Спустя какое-то время интерес напрочь пропал, книга поселилась на полке и не собиралась оттуда слезать.

Это полное попадание в мировоззрение Хэнка Муди и мир Блудливой Калифорнии. Бездуховные нарики, барыги, сексоголики, элита шоу-бизнеса, связи, разврат, алк...more
Felicitas Träumer
I didn't really know whether to appoint three stars or four. I decided for three and here is why:

God hates us all is the book that Hank Moody from Californication wrote and that turned into the movie A crazy little thing called love. So far. It starts off with a weird love story that turns into disaster. Both main characters - each on their own - get from one disaster to the next in their lives until they meet and fall in love again. It works out fine for some time but then it ends with one of...more
Guillermo
Fictional books - as in, the ones that don't exist in the real world - always intrigue me. When I read Wonder Boys by Chabon, I wanted to read the collective works of Grady Tripp and those of "the first real writer" Tripp ever knew - August Van Zorn. So it goes without saying, when Californication came into my life, I wanted to read Hank Moody's novels. My prayers were answered when his novel, God Hates Us All, was released last year. Note: It wasn't the fact that I couldn't afford his book last...more
Claudia
A quick, fun read. I enjoyed the meta aspect of it: reading a fictional book of a fictional author from a TV show. But, more importantly, I enjoyed the actual book for its own sake: a wry tale of a jaded young man in NYC in the late 80's. Cue ill fated romance with models, parties with wanna-be rock stars and accidental drug dealing. It's basically a slightly less cynical version of Bret Easton Ellis' "Less Than Zero". Well-written and intriguing enough to make you wish it were a real novel by a...more
Madeleine
This was too much fun of a read that deserved neither more nor less time than the day it took me to read it. The Ellis-like whirlwind nature of the storytelling was the perfect match for the characters and goings on. And there's even a nicely packaged coming-of-age moral to it, to boot.

I am deeply envious of whoever got to ghostwrite this novel, who deserves extra kudos for so freakishly delivering a voice that could be no one but Moody. I can't say it was a bad thing to actually hear David Duch...more
Kagias
This is an easy to read novel, about a young man in his very early twenties. His experiences are hard to classify.
There isn't even a single scene reminiscing the wild, cult, dark humorous situations we see in the series. On the other hand it's not even a party-like, teen frenzy like American Pie. It's mostly about the protagonist's ability to go through - mostly non appealing to the reader - situations. While the main character does have some class for his age, all those surrounding him, and es...more
Thomas Shaw
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Kim
This book is exactly what I expected it to be...a veritable downpour of Hank Moody-esque dialogue and characters. In any other setting I might have written this book off as a male masturbatory tool, but given the fact that the book is supposed to be written by a fictional character known for such work, it fit really well. I recommend the book because it's a quick read and for all of you Californication fans, it's a good insight into Moody's brain.
Samantha Carvalho
"So," she asks. "How do you like me now?"
"Same as it ever was," I say. "You look like the woman I love."
She smiles weakly. "You know why love stories have happy endings?" I shake my head. "Because they end too early," she continues. "They always end right at the kiss. You never have to see all the bullshit that comes later. You know, life."
"Lady, this love story is just beginning. Rest up, because when you're feeling better..." I pause, because I don't know exactly what to say next.
"What?" she a...more
Laura Fudge
I’ve watched 5 series of Californication, and loved them, so I bought this book on a whim whilst browsing on Amazon. I didn’t expect much as it’s a book written by a fictional character, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I really enjoyed this and could barely put it down – only having to go to work or falling asleep with it in my hands stopped me from reading this in one go. It is narrated by the main character, and is very easy to read, with likeable characters, and funny dialogue.

The main charact...more
C
Jan 05, 2014 C rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 24-hours
For being what it is, it's definitely readable. It reads like a purple Bukowski. Can't miss chapter nine.

This was the first fiction book I finished on my kindle (having merely attempted that Robbins nonsense) and I was quite pleased with it. Not that reading a fiction book is any different than the theory texts or history I've read on it. But still.
Jo
I started reading this knowing not to take it too seriously. It is, after all, a book from a tv show, but i have to say that i enjoyed it. It was nothing original or spectacular but it was fun. Full of cliches but still enjoyable. Even if you haven't seen the show i still recommend it.
Eric
I read this because I really like the show (well, at least the first two seasons) and I wanted to see what they would come up with in this book. There were very few parallels between the two, and most of this book was one big CLICHE.
Tiziana
Hank Moody is one of my favorite characters from "Californication" so when I heard about this book, I had to read it. Very funny, witty, and entertaining. "God Hates Us All" is an awesome quick and comfort read.
Daniel Kroker
This is not a clone of the TV series that spawned the novel (Californication) but rather gives a real and interesting look at a youthful Hank Moody, one not yet burnt-out by dealing with real life, but certainly on the way to being singed. The novel successfully captures the Hank Moody voice, each page dripping with 'glass-half-full' tonality and metaphor as it takes you on an interesting ride on one man's early steps into adulthood. 'God Hates Us All' is a story that takes an honest look at lif...more
Vassilena Valchanova
Kind of Bukovskian, well written, but the end is a bit disappointing.
Sarah
The perfect combination of crazy, funny, and dark.
Jacob Meza
Fun quick book for fans of Californication.
John
A fictional novel that has now become real thanks to the success of Showtime’s brilliantly wry TV comedy-drama series, Californication. For me, this show has come like a breath of fresh air after the multitude of lame, tame, politically correct, sanitized garbage they churn out every year. In the series, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, substance-abusing, hedonistic, Hank Moody, played by David Duchovny, wrote God Hates Us All. He laments at the movie studios churning it out as yet-another vacu...more
Samuel Ch.
The phrase "Drugs, Sex & Rock'n'Roll" never felt so good before.

I'm impressed how this book broke up all my stupid expectatives.
At first I thought it was some kind of inside joke, like some promotion for the Californication series, or a simple prop like a Death Note or a cosplay accesory. Turns out the book is great, and it deserves all the attention.

God bless you, Hank Moody. Even if you don't deserve it. This book gives to the series an aura of reality. Hank Moody is a great writer, you do...more
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“You know why love stories have happy endings?” I shake my head.
“Because they end too early,” she continues. “They always end right at the kiss. You never have to see all the bullshit that comes later. You know, Life.”
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