Blue Balls and Brown Slugs

fredDivine Impulse

by Kelleen Silveira

“Everything was the same as usual, except for the small glowing orb hovering several inches above her head and the rotund slug-like creature curled around her neck.”

Finally, a response to Par Lagerkvist’s bleak view of relationships between ladies and their gods. Female Arthur Dent stumbles into a minor god getting his ass kicked in an alley.  As a reward for scattering his would-be abductors, the god of Impulse (see what she did there) makes her his disciple. Turns out, it’s a shitty reward. Meghan (lady Dent) has been a devout follower of Bureaucracy since she was wee. Existential crisis aside, she learns from Lack (god of Impulse) that cultists have been nabbing gods for months. The plot ratchets up from there as Meghan helps Lack solve the mystery of the gaffled gods. This story has a rough-hewn Gaimanesque quality. It’s not as epic as American Gods, but this is definitely on par with Anansi Boys or Neverwhere. Meghan and Lack follow a solid line of evidence to uncover a Die Hard style plot. This is also a contemporary novel. While this has a timeless fairy tale feeling at times, aspects of the conflict root this in a post 9/11 world.

Why I Chose This One

I saw a very enthusiastic review on Goodreads and clicked through to Amazon. On Amazon, this book only has two reviews and they’re both from December 2016, the month it went live. So, I was curious. This book is deserves better than two reviews. Either people aren’t buying it or the scumbags aren’t leaving reviews.

What I Liked

  • The small gods concept. All the gods here are regional and preside over very narrow concerns. Justice, for instance, is the god of road rage and cutting in line. This was a twist on the theme.
  • Strong female protagonist.
  • Consistent protagonist. She’s no Stanley Goodspeed. Meghan solves the mystery and resolves her conflicts in character. She starts as a paper pusher and follows a paper trail to victory.
  • Throw marks.

What I Didn’t

  • I felt this book had a pronounced tilt toward the YA end of the spectrum. I would have liked a little more depth.
  • The pacing felt slow in the second quarter to middle third of the book. The family dinner/dodgeball scenes. I was ready to get back to the crazy stuff.

Read This If You Like

  • New god/small god/god-in-trouble stories a la Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett
  • Tenant era Dr. Who. Meghan feels like a young Donna Noble.
  • Drop Dead Fred. Obvs.

Buy Divine Impulse

Read indie, scumbags! And for Lack’s sake, leave a review!



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