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Browne (Breathers) unleashes the irresistible tale of Fabio Delucci, who's getting tired of his job as Fate. It's a grind, working the Fate Radar and the Fate Generator program and reporting to Jehovah--known here as Jerry--who believes Fate's work has grown sloppy. Even his no-contact romance with Destiny has become distinctly unfulfilling. Then he falls in forbidden love with human Sara Griffen, and once he reveals his true self to her, their relationship is drastically transformed, and, naturally, big consequences threaten to crush him. Fabio provides an appealing commentary on the hazards of immortality, the uncertainty of destiny, and the lengths people will go for love, all wrapped up in a cute, funny package. (Nov.) (c)
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"The fate of Fated hinges on the details, which Browne nails comically time and again...This author's mind must be as active as a pinball machine surrounded by 10-year-old boys; the pace never falters. Even when Browne seems to stall toward the end, he pulls out something so unexpected and pitch-perfect that it's obvious Creativity knocked him out of his chair and started typing herself."
-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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231287
  • ASIN: B0058M6KRW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer L. Melzer on November 2, 2010
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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 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...
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I read this book from an io9 recommendation and I thought it had an interesting premise. So first I want to start out with the things I loved about the book. It had a great plot, good writing, a pretty interesting mystery and a few decent characters. That being said, there were alot more things not to like.

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.
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This book came to me highly recommended from a friend, in her words it is a mix of the styles Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore (two authors I very much enjoy).

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.
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