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Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
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Jun 04, 11

Read in May, 2011

Really, this is just a soap opera where some fo the characters, instead of being pretty white people, are pretty dieties. Any good fantasy book uses the supernatural as metaphores to explore the human condition. This book doesn't use it's gods as metaphores for humans, it just treats them as humans. They have some powers, but those are entirely tangential to the story. The gods are just people too. In fact, you could have substituted the gods with rich benfactors, and it wouldn't change the story at all. It's a cheap gimmick.

This book wasn't unenjoyable, it's good for an easy beach read I guess, but it totally wastes its central premiss and genre.

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