Review - And God Belched by Rob Rosen
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Many people believe that there's someone special out there, meant just for them. Randy has believed that his whole life, perhaps more strongly than most. Only, it turns out that Randy's soul mate is actually from another, not quite parallel, universe; one that's been intermittently intersecting with Randy's since just before he was born. The pursuit of his true love takes the aptly-named Randy, along with his younger brother Craig, into the other universe, and into a world very unlike Earth.
“And God Belched” had me laughing from the very first page. I was immediately reminded of Douglas Adams' “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, although the humor here is much more flippant; more gay if you really want to put it that way, and I do.
Not very bright, good-looking — and he knows it — as well as horny, Randy is something of a gay cliché if not outright stereotype. But the story runs with it, effectively poking fun at the common perceptions, and there may be a moment here or there when you might actually believe that the universe — possibly both of them — really does revolve around Randy. In the end, he ends up being a quite likable, and more importantly, very believable, character.
There is actually a good-sized cast of characters other than Randy, such as his brother Craig, and they all seem very real and multi-dimensional. The humor stays consistent throughout, and that helps carry the story along. The whole setup of the story may be a little far-fetched, even for science fiction, but the characters and humor makes that seem pretty irrelevant.
“And God Belched” is available from Amazon.
Posted in Book Reviews on March 20, 2018