Reviewed by Emilie
Title: And God Belched
Author: Rob Rosen
Heroes: Milo & Randy (and Craig & Tag, not a pairing just major characters)
Genre: M/M, Romance, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Available at: MLR Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: One human attempts to save two worlds, the handsome alien he loves, his entire family, and a self-aware watch in this riotously funny romantic adventure.
In this riotously funny romantic adventure, Randy and his younger brother, Craig, find themselves in a different universe, on a strange planet, desperately searching for Milo, a handsome stranger in imminent danger, all while being chased by the heavily armed local authorities. And that’s just the start of this epic journey. But what else does fate have in store for our brave heroes? And can one human save two worlds, the handsome alien he’s fallen in love with, his entire family, and a self-aware watch? Read on, dear Earthlings, to find out!
Such an interesting, different book. The writing style was very reminiscent to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s weird, it’s funny, it’s 1st person and filled with a writing style that shouldn’t work but does. Actually this whole book shouldn’t appeal to me. There’s insta-love (or Fate, whatever you want to call it), pretty convenient coincidences, repetitions and don’t even get me started on the sex. And yet, it was a great read. I felt completely immersed into the book and it was hard to put it down. I kept thinking about it, wanting to know how they would get out of this or that situation, if they would end up on Earth, Planet Six or separated.
The plot is quite good, with many things I didn’t see coming. Maybe because I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but probably because it’s well thought of. The concept is interesting, what would happen if all our needs were met? They have everything, they’re beautiful, they’re equal, but are they happy? Better off? Living? You get to decide, but it’s an interesting look and way to see things. And thank God (ha! couldn’t help that one) homosexuality isn’t a problem. It’s not even a question. Randy is queer, Milo is too, his brother isn’t and who cares? No one. Not a single person. Thank you author!
The characters were great and as interesting as the plot. All of them are well fleshed-out, all of them have personalities and change over the course of the story. Randy can be a love or hate character, because he’s toeing the line of being too randy a lot. Several times, I thought it might be too much, but the author was good as pulling back right before it did, and Randy is self-aware which makes it at least funny. I did roll my eyes almost as much as Craig did, but in an “annoying big brother” kind of way, not in a “I’m done with this book” kind of way. I wish the sex scenes were better, but since it’s 1st person and from Randy’s PoV, it made sense they looked the way they did. And yes, all the characters are beautiful, and handsome, and hot but again, since Randy is aware of it and plays with it, it worked for me.
I now desperately wish for a Tag in my life. Can someone please invent a Tag for me? Because he was, hands down, my favorite character. And with him/it, the author plays once again with a well known sci-fi theme, but one I love.
I wasn’t super fond of the ending, probably because that’s not how I wanted it to end, but it fits with the rest of the story. It makes sense, which is what matters the most.
The book, as the characters, doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s playing with the codes of the genre and twists them just enough to make it funny while still keeping the whole adventure, suspense, science-fiction vibe. I don’t think it’s a book for everyone, it’s a writing style that either works or really doesn’t, but if you read the first page and like that? Then hop in, you’ll be up for a wild ride. Filled with boners, but again Randy isn’t named Randy for nothing…
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*