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From the acclaimed author of Breathers--an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of getting involved with humans.

Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by NAL
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The problem with discovering a writer you like at the beginning of their career is that you have to wait for them to write more books since they don’t have a shelf full of their stuff at the library or bookstore. I bought and finished Fated the week it released, and now I realize that I gotta wait for S.G. Browne to write a new book. I almost wish that I hadn’t read him at all until about five years or so in the future when (hopefully) he’ll have several books out that I could read in a giant fr ...more
Review originally posted on Fiction Vixen.

It takes a lot to get me to DNF a book. I have a compulsion to keep reading. I can’t help but think the book might redeem itself in the end. But, sometimes, I stumble across a book that is so incredibly irritating and frustrating that I just can’t keep reading. In my whole life, the number of books that I have DNF’ed can still be counted on one hand. So, needless to say, I’m not very pleased to add another to the list. Unfortunately, this book irritated
Jan 21, 2011 Elisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elisa by: A book club.
Cute, but lame. I didn't expect anything deeply brilliant or life-changing or anything form a kitschy humor book with a cute twist on an old theme, but the execution of it all was still weak. It felt like an unfinished draft that didn't take itself seriously--even (especially?) in the humor. The seeds are there for what could have been a sophsicatedly handled comedy based on moving meaningfulness, but they were left lazily unpolished. The prose in this book reminds me of the titular character's ...more
okay so I picked this book up because it looked terrible. yeah no really that was my justification. I finished a book at work and didn't want to read the other book I had with me, so I went to the fiction section looked at the cart and picked up the stupidest looking book (well once you edit out the genre fiction on the cart. I mean it wasn't a nora roberts kind of moment.) The back of this book just terrible. the blurb sounds retarded and like the author had no idea what he was doing. the cover ...more
I am typing this review mere minutes after finishing S.G. Browne's Fated - at past two in the morning, no less. I cannot contain myself, really, because a book hasn't made me laugh out loud as much as this one for the longest time, and this isn't something you can just sleep on and remember to write about in the morning. So here I am, way past midnight, gathering my thoughts, wondering where to begin.

Let's start with Fabio.

Ah, Fabio, more commonly known as Fate, the guy responsible for how our l
You know the little "meanwhile"s in Good Omens where the Four Hogmen of the Apopcalypse are on nigh, and it's amusing because motorcycles and Pollution has replaced Pestilence (due to the said invention of Penicillin)?

Well, strip any of the wit from that, magnify it to screechy book length, wrap it in faux-Chuck Palaniuk* style and then dip the results in a saccharine-love-story glaze, and you've pretty much got Fated by S.G. Browne.

Which is a little sad, because Browne isn't working with nothin
Ranting Dragon

Written very much in the style of S.G. Browne’s debut novel Breathers, Fated is a light, comedic novel that follows Fate (yes, the literal incarnation of the abstract force). Growing bored of assigning fates to the majority of humans for thousands of years, he soon finds himself falling for a mortal girl—which, of course, is absolutely forbidden for an immortal entity like himself. It isn’t long before Fate realizes that his affections could have drastic i
Lindsey Lang
i just basically have to say, READ THIS BOOK!!! i'm not usually a big humor type of reader but this book may just change my mind, that is if i could find other ones this good!! i absolutely loved the satire mixed throughout and actually found myself laughing out load several times. i don't want to give any of those moments away and since i know i definitely can't do this book the justice it deserves in my review i'll just say once again, everyone should read this book, seriously! even if you thi ...more
Fated is about Fate, who’s been around for more than a quarter of a million years. A quarter of a million years of watching humans who are put on his path (over 80% of us) making the wrong choices and rarely living up to their potential. He doesn’t get the Pulitzer Prize winners or the people who discover cures for diseases. Those humans are on the path of Destiny, who, it turns out, wears all red all the time, is more than a little slutty, and not very nice. After all this time, Fate, a.k.a Fab ...more
"Fated" starts out decently enough, the premise that all attributes, sins, emotions and life paths are personified is intriguing. The story starts to break down with the introduction of the Sara character.

While it soon becomes obvious that she is "destined" for something great (by repeated mentioning from the main character), the reader can't help but wonder if there is a lot of the author in the Sara character. Or if she is meant for the reader to insert themselves in her place. She is that sh
Fate – preferred moniker, Fabio – is an immortal in charge of the life paths for 83 percent of humans. Then he meets a mortal who happens to be on the path of Destiny and, despite it being against the rules, falls in love. This book is another entry into the currently popular trend of inserting gods and myths into modern times. This book is a wonderfully weird combination of humor and intellectual commentary on the nature of human existence – with an engaging plot to boot. I had trouble putting ...more

I think I was fourteen when I discovered Piers Anthony. I don't know where he ranks among fantasy/sci-fi fans, but he had a lot to do with my adult taste in fiction. I loved his "Incarnations of Immortality" series, perhaps because of my earlier infatuation of Greek mythology, and the idea that there could be modern incarnations of Death, Time and Fate really resonated with me. So it's little wonder that Fated by S.G. Browne, which offers another take on the personification of Fate, absolutely t
Jennifer Melzer
The thing about Fated is I was scared to read it.

I loved S.G. Browne's debut novel, Breathers, so much I wanted to savor that love forever, and was actually a little worried his new novel Fated wouldn't live up to my ridiculously high expectations.

Boy, was that stupid.

From page one of Fated, I was completely sucked into the narrative voice of Fate, known to his friends as Fabio. The thing about Fate is he's confused and tired of the same ole, same ole. I mean what can you expect from an immortal
Fantasy Literature
“You like Christopher Moore,” the bookstore clerk said, pushing a book into my hand. “You’ll like this.” I do like Christopher Moore, and I think S.G. Browne does too, but Fated fell short of the wry Moore-like comedies it tries to emulate.

Fate, who uses the name Fabio, is a world-weary immortal Personification. When the book opens, he is bored with his work and disdainful of the human race. Fabio is only one of many — dozens, scores, I don’t know, maybe hundreds — of anthropomorphized states. H
I received this novel as a book giveaway and I am happy to say I loved it. I am afraid to write too much about this book because it is so clever and part of enjoyment of the book is what the author reveals about being human. Fate, or as he is known by his friends, Fabio, is not happy. He’s tired of seeing humans screw up the life they are given by making horrible choices. Fabio decides to give them a little help, hoping to steer them off their path of Fate and on to that of Destiny. Destiny is n ...more
“A quirky and thoughtful reflection on what it means to be human.” – Mario Acevedo

Exactly. Being human is complicated and this book examines many struggles that humans have to deal with everyday. It’s hard for me to describe this book, but, being as the synopsis is already included on this site, I don’t really have to go into a lot of detail. It basically revolves around fate, destiny, luck, karma, and other universal energies that may or may not have an impact on our lives, depending on one’s o
I am torn about how to rate this book. I settled on 3 stars because without the end, it would’ve been a 4.5 star book. The ending deserves negative stars.

I purchased this book for my sister for Christmas on impulse after seeing it on the shelves at Borders (which won’t be happening again since they’re closing all of them. Thanks for sending me into the cold arms of Amazon!) and after she read it, she told me she thought the ending was so stupid, that she couldn’t believe how awful it was, but th
Fabio Delucci is Fate. He is entrusted with the task to stand by and watch as most of the population ruins their lives. Destiny has the much better job of guiding those in a more positive direction, but Fate has the child molesters, drunks, and general ne'er-do-wells. Not exactly a laugh fest. His life, after about 250,000 years, has become routine and dull. He hates his job; his no-contact affair with Destiny is empty and unsatisfying; and he doesn't really have much else going for him. Until h ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: extremely particular sense of humor, not offended by different versions of God and spirituality
Recommended to Jessica by: giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
First, I am so grateful for winning this book on giveaways. How fun to be one of the first group of people to be able to read this!

That being said, as much as I am telling myself to give it a stellar review because it might bolster my chances of winning another one, that's not really what this site is all about.

So I give it 2.5 stars. It was a difficult book to enjoy reading in the beginning. It starts off sounding like he has a serious agenda against the human race. And I didn't like the writer
Did you know that various immortals watch us at every moment? They do, and they report to God, who, by the way, prefers being called Jerry. But they're not supposed to interfere with us humans. In fact, Rule Number One is Don't Get Involved.

Fate, however, has broken Rule Number One. He's fallen in love.

Fate, who prefers being called Fabio, has grown tired of watching all of us screw up and wander off the paths he assigned us when we were born. This creates new work for him, assigning us each new
Kitabın tanıtımından ve kapağından çok etkilenmiş ve merak etmiştim.Beklentilerimde bayağı yüksekti ve kesinlikle bütün beklentilerimi karşılayan bir kitap oldu.Konusu çok farklı ve örijinal bir konu.

Kitabımızın ana karakteri Fabio namıdiğer Kader.250.000 yıldır yeryüzünde olan Kader işinden hiç memnun değil.Çünkü insanlar doğduklarında Kader tarafından onlara belirlenen yolda asla kalmıyorlar.Buda kaderin sinirini bozuyor ama asla bu durumu sorgulamıyor.Taki bir insana aşık olana kadar.Sarayla
This was a really creative twist on Fate (pun intended...maybe). It was laugh out loud funny and I think I may have enjoyed it more than Browne's other book, Breathers. That's a toss up. I love me some Zombies. But my other love is mythology. I love the embodiments Browne gives so many of the concepts that exist in mythology. The love story between Fabio and Sarah is really sweet and realistic. The book does get dark but I think it comes out very hopeful. A highly enjoyable read.

Updated 2/1/2012
After "Breathers," I wanted to read more by this author. And a story about a guy whose job is to be Fate, certainly had humorous potential.

That being said, I felt that the author overreached with this novel. He tried too hard to explain all the world's events, emotions, and religions with the actions of a single (Christian) God and a large handful of His immortals.

And throughout this story, I thought Christopher Moore could have (and did, "Lamb") done this topic better and with more laughs. Ther
4.5 stars. Very good book, in many different ways. For a while I was a little annoyed by what seemed to me a certain level of illogic and lack of consistency re how the whole immortal manifestation of Fate, Destiny, Death, Gluttony, Secrecy, etc etc worked as a concept - but as I read on I realized that really wasn't the point of the book at all - merely the backdrop of the (excellent) story. Unlike the one Christopher Moore book (The Gospel According to Biff, Jesus's Childhood Friend) I've read ...more
Fascinating concept, but poorly executed. Interesting enough to finish, but the writing style was repetitive and the plot was predictable. Meh.
Jed L
As I read this book I felt that it was originally a short story written at a writer's workshop. Everyone loved it and the author decided to expand it into a book. It has a fun premise: give a personality to all of the human emotions, feelings, sins and virtues, etc... and see how they interact with humans and with each other. But after 25 pages the uniqueness starts to wear thin and reveals a weak plot, shallow characters and an overemphasis on sitcom like jokes--not to mention the political inc ...more
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Amusing. Not sure how I felt about the ending but.. an engaging diversion for the subway.
I've never been a fan of S.G. Browne's writing style, but I do love his plots and characters. He isn't afraid to show the more unsavory sides to the people in his works. However, this is one of the books I read over and over.

Fabio is the personification of Fate, bored with his job and resentful for all the hate he gets for doing what he was made to do. He controls the fates of 85% of the human race - the people who do not do anything spectacular, who just go through life as unremarkable faces in
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In "Fated" the personified Fate, also known as Fabio, falls in love with a mortal.

S.G. Browne is one of those authors that wants to provoke. He deliberately chooses topics that might offend a lot of people, or manages to make a socially acceptable novel plot offensive. I'm in love with that, but in "Fated" he just failed. Yeah, writing about Gods and showing alternative versions to what actually happened 2000 years ago. might be a little on the profane side, so I'l
Adam Bricker
Disclaimer: I read this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This book was amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it kept me up until 1am and then I couldn't wait to finish it today. It's like Tyler Durden from Fight Club joins the cast of Dead Like Me, but with more feeling and depth. It's laugh out loud funny at parts and sad in an oddly comforting way.

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S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Less Than Hero, Big Egos, Lucky Bastard, Fated, and Breathers, as well as the novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. His short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel contains ten twisted tales and is available as an eBook.

He loves dark comedies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and is a sucker for It's a Wonderful Life. You can learn more about S.G. Br
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