There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff [Review]

Meg Rosoff is one of those authors I’ve very much enjoyed since entering the book-blogging world, each one I’ve read has had its own unique style, as well as story.

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.

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8 thoughts on “There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff [Review]

  • November 17 at 5:44 pm

    I enjoyed this book, but I agree that it is not her best book.

    • November 17 at 7:04 pm

      Yeah, there’s something about it that just holds it back, compared to her other stuff.

  • November 16 at 9:45 pm

    This sounds very off the wall and unusual. I like Douglas Adams, but don’t know if I would be into this book. Which of her other books would you recommend as the best?

    • November 17 at 7:06 pm

      I personally think How I Live Now, her first one is one of the best.

  • November 16 at 9:28 am

    I’ve been reading some really mixed reviews of this one, but I adore Meg Rosoff just in general, and I will read it no matter what.

    • November 17 at 7:10 pm

      Oh, it’s definitely worth reading, but it is a little “out there” even compared to some of the things she’s written in the past. 🙂

  • November 16 at 2:11 am

    There is no dog sounds like a great read! I’m going to find out the book’s pub date in the United States.

    Did you know there’s a pop-up that appears when readers try to comment? It says something about your site requiring an username and password. I just press ‘cancel’ and it was okay.

    • November 17 at 7:13 pm

      Hope you enjoy it, when you get a hold of a copy.

      As for the pop-up, I’m not sure what was causing that. I’d added an extra level of protection to the admin folder, but that should not have effected the comments… I’ve tweaked that now though so, even if it was, it shouldn’t do so now. Thanks for letting me know.

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