There is no Dog is certainly no different. And in case the fish swimming through the night sky on the cover, doesn’t clue you in, it’s a little bit bonkers as well!
I certainly can’t sum the plot up better than the synopsis on the back cover, so we’ll start with that.:
In the beginning there was Bob.
And Bob created the heavens and the earth,
and the beasts of the field,
and the creatures of the sea,
and twenty-five million other species,
including lots and lots of gorgeous girls.
And all of this he created in six days.
Six days! Congratulations, Bob.
No wonder Earth is such a mess.
Imagine that God is a typical teenage boy. He is lazy, careless, self-obsessed, sex-mad – and about to meet Lucy, the most beautiful girl on earth.
Unfortunately, whenever Bob falls in love, disaster follows.
Let us pray that Bob does not fall in love with Lucy.
Bob, is about a stereotypical, lazy, feckless teenage boy as you could hope to meet. And that is a much a part of his charm, as it’s one of his faults. (I was reminded a lot of Kevin from Kevin and Perry). Every time you start to feel sympathy for him, because of those conspiring against him, he does something daft like open his mouth! and makes you start to cheer for the other side.
Then, you’ve got Lucy his love interest, who longs to be much more that just a pretty face (and who actually is) but turns to mush, every time Bob turns up. (Admittedly, making use of his godly powers.)
It’s a sometimes sweet relationship, that both makes you want to cheer for it and yell at Lucy to run away as fast as she can.
Rosoff, doesn’t write simple love stories, there’s always a twist or something else going on. And the wonderfully bonkers world Rosoff has created, provide much more of the interest than Bob and Lucy’s relationship.
Ana, compared it to some of Douglas Adams’ stuff, and I can certainly see that, especially when Bob’s obsession with Lucy causes the world to flood, and fish to appear where no fish should! And the idea that deities family members get together and play cards, gambling stuff that isn’t necessarily theirs to, as well as the right to be a world’s god, is just brilliant.
But, for all I liked about There is No God (and there was lots I did), it’s the weakest of her books for me, there was nothing about it that I fell in love with, the characters (apart from maybe the Eck!) nor the plot quite did it for me.
Saying that, a very funny but (slightly) weak Meg Rosoff, is still a lot stronger than a lot of other books out there, so I can still recommend picking up a copy for yourself.