walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_Dogs and Goddesses_, Jennifer Crusie et al

I love Crusie. I also like Lani Diane Rich. I do not love Anne Stuart, whose _Ice Blue_ I read and then decided I really didn't need to read a subgenre of romantic suspense in which one side of the (eventual) romantic couple starts out assigned to kill the other side.

_Dogs and Goddesses_ is a whack job of a book. It started that way, so truthfully, the only real shocker here is that someone decided to publish it. Which goes a long way towards telling you what happens when you are Three Very Popular Authors. You get to publish a book about three women who learn that they are demi-hemi-something-or-other-goddesses, descended from a line of same, priestesses to the long forgotten but recently summoned to contemporary Summerville, Ohio Kammani Gula, late and unremembered of Kamesh in Mesopotamia. She is unremembered because she basically killed all her followers in a fit of pique (this should sound familiar. Hint: Noah). She got brought back by an accident involving a really dumb baby name and google.

Of courses goddesses need consorts, and all three get 'em. They also need dogs, so they got those, too. Kammani summons them to her under the guise of a dog obedience course, doses them with "temple tonic" to amp their powers up, and then pisses them off but good. One of them takes to baking cookies. Another one researches Kammani. One of them is kind of a non-entity and dies at the hand of the sinister Mina. There's a math professor who hears the voice of a long-long-long dead Mesopotamian math whiz. There's the summoned soldier-god due to be sacrified by Kammani. There are assorted mothers and others.

The one with the cookies figures out a way to make an even better version of "temple tonic". There's a lot of sex. Did I mention the tonic lets them hear their dogs speak? And the dogs (and the resurrected soldier-god) really love bad movies like _Big Trouble in Little China_ and frequently quote it.

There's a blog (has been for a while) associated with the writing of the book. The three authors did a really good job of refining a joint authorial voice. There are moments when you just KNOW that Shar is Crusie's character, but in general, there is a consistent authorial voice.

If you are a contemporary romance reader who isn't into the whole urban supernatural thing, it's not clear to me whether you would like this book. Certainly, the idea of it strikes I. as just too silly to bother with. If you _are_ able to read the ordinary, run-of-the-mill urban supe kinda book, but are a little leery of going all the way over to the Romance Genre side of things, give this one a try. If by some bizarre stroke of good luck, you subscribe to a D&D view of deities coming into being by the belief of their followers AND you like romance novels AND you are a feminist but you suspect that an All Powerful Goddess might be a lot of trouble in just the same way an All Powerful God is, well, you are in Luck! It's quite midwestern, but that's okay, too.
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