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Fated Paperback – Bargain Price, November 2, 2010
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-The Washington Post
"Another radically funny comedy from one of America's best satiric novelists. California must have good stuff. California-based Browne (Breathers, 2009) hails from the same neck of the woods as humor powerhouse Christopher Moore and brings the same mojo to his sophomore novel. After getting down with zombies in the subversive romantic comedy Breathers, the author turns his attention to the human condition. His hero is the deeply flawed and conflicted Fabio, the nom de plume of the literal Fate, the predestination of your life on this crazy Earth. Fabio reports to Jerry, who sounds a lot friendlier than God but is actually a bean-counting bureaucrat complete with quotas and a serious deficit in the sense-of-humor department. Not that Fabio is the only anthropomorphized divinity on the clock-there are plenty of compatriots, among them Lady Luck, Gossip, Karma, Justice (who is a sociopath), Truth (the kleptomaniac), Dennis (which sounds friendlier than Death) and, the most troublesome, Love. Not to mention that his rival, Destiny, is gunning for him. Unfortunately, Fabio has fallen head-over-heels in love with Sara Griffen, his neighbor in New York City, from which he telecommutes to ruins most people's lives...Genuinely comic novels are hard to come by, so grab a copy of this one. There will be long lines at Browne's book signings if he keeps this up."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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Top Customer Reviews
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 who's been guiding the fates of mankind since Jerry created Earth.
Yeah, I said Jerry. That's God's real name. I bet you didn't know that.
Fabio's lackadaisical approach to his humans takes a turn when he finds himself intervening with a beautiful woman named Sara who's not on his path. The thing about Sara is she's on the path of Destiny, and Fabio can't see her future. Unfortunately, Jerry's rule number one says the Immortals aren't supposed to get involved with humans, but Sara is everywhere and before long it's impossible for Fabio not to involve himself. He stalks her, learns everything about her and breaks another immortal rule by falling in love with her.
And breaking this rule when it comes to Sara triggers something inside Fabio that prompts him to interfere like he's never done before. Before he knows it, he's altering the future outcome of his fated charges, even sending some of them off his path and into Destiny's care.
Imagine, if you will, all those things that make human life what it is... Humor, Laughter, Anger, Resentment, Honesty, Secrecy, Karma, Gluttony, Sloth, War, Luck, Chance, Aggression, Mediocrity, Justice, Death...Read more ›
The biggest problem is that the book revolves around a romance, but the love interest a practically the definition of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which in a nutshell means she was a female character with weird quirks but whose sole motivation is to bring life and meaning to a bored or depressed protagonists life. You can google it for a more detailed description. It's a boring, lazy and cliched stereotype and I expected way more from a book so highly rated. What was also frustrating is the female lead was "On the path of destiny" which it turns out was incredibly predictable and even a little bit offensive. I'll say this, her destiny is not tied into what she does AT ALL, and I wish I could go into it more without spoilers. Just in a nutshell, it felt like the love interests worth was only judged by what was between her legs, and it was a HUGE turn off.
The "mystery" was somewhat interesting, but it felt like Browne just gave up on that subplot and tossed some vague sentences about it in the end and called it a day, which was incredibly unsatisfying and anticlimactic.
What was also frustrating is the book is about the forces of God/Jerry in action on Earth, yet somehow Fate, Destiny, Death and all the other characters only seemed concerned with first world problems. Fate/Fabio contemplates that "people" only care about possessions and short term goals, as if third world countries don't even exist.Read more ›
Worried that perhaps my expectations were now too high, I still bought the book... with hesitation. As I started to read the book and began to hear the voice of the lead character "Fate", I began to worry even more.... was this entire book going to be about a character whining about what his role in life is obviously meant to be and has been for eons? I literally paused for a moment and then trudged on reading the book (not such a strenuous thing).
And that is when the book spun into the light for me.... first the author, S.G. Browne, paints the main character with such frustrating vividness that I was groaning, and then the author begins to slowly spin the main character in a different direction in their life and describes all of the chaos that results for that change in delightful detail.
The pace was quick, the characters, while not deep, were delightful (I keep using that word, but it fits). I loved the different names the characters had for each other and all their quirks.... Death's name is Dennis, he's a bit of a germaphobe... and so on. God's name is Jerry, and through the book you hear them exclaiming things like "Oh my Jerry!".
Overall, the story is nice and fun. Not epic, but fun. The characters are deli... darn good and it is very enjoyable to see the conversations with each of the different characters and how they fit their quirks into the story.
I loved the journey that this book took me on! I would call this the perfect summer read (since I'm writing this during summer).
What a fun, light, and just overall fantastic read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
S.G. Browne is my favorite author. For whatever reason, whatever he writes just clicks with me. His writing resonates and I keep coming back to his work. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mr. Browne's Fated is such a unique and entertaining read. I got a kick out of the many characters who have such names and personalities as Gluttony, Destiny and Karma. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JBib
Can't get enough of his work. The thing abut S.G. Browne is he's brilliant and funny. Had me at Breathers.Published 15 months ago by Joaquin Murrieta
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. Read more
I was excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be funny and have a lovey dovey ending. I was, of course, wrong. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rebecca