Article published on January 8, 2012.
‘Rule 1 – Don’t get involved with humans’ – to be followed by the immortal beings working for Jerry, or as most people know him, God. From Greed, to Destiny, Karma, Integrity, Hope and Death, humans have some pre-assigned fates and destinies; some are also given choices about how they go about their lives.
Fate, AKA Fabio, has had his role for over 200 000 years. Most of his humans are dealt a bad fate as opposed to the positive direction of destiny and Fabio, has over the last couple of thousand years become rather demoralised by his role; fed up of seeing humans head towards a future of doom and gloom after making bad choices. Many being drug addicts, alcoholics or general losers. He rather fancies his chances influencing people’s lives for the better, but then that breaks one of the fundamental rules…
This is a satirical view of what life could be like if all our lives were touched and influenced by God’s entities. Like humans they have their own idiosyncrasies and flawed characters – Vanity tends to be a bit of a hypochondriac, Flamboyance a misogynist, Gluttony fat and blatantly greedy. It’s a light-hearted take on life and how these intangibles, emotives and the deadly and lesser sin entities secretly observe human day-to-day life. It has a quick and witty pace with clever prose worthy of a good few chuckles.
Whilst already disillusioned, the moralistic Fabio, chances upon a human, Sara, who he cannot read or determine her fate. Drawn to her, he begins to secretly follow her until they strike up an interaction. Fabio is smitten. But Fabio isn’t used to having to communicate with humans. How does he answer questions about what he does for a living and explain why he doesn’t age or even develop stubble? Sara on the other hand is very astute, poignantly probing and advising Fabio. But he can’t afford to break another major rule, letting humans know immortals exist.
Not all his immortal counterparts are as supportive and honest as they should be and the risks of being caught interacting with humans risks serious Godly consequences. This book is a mix of imaging what if, these entities existed, what their characters would be like, what track would my own life take? It’s also a romance, although not dwelled upon too deeply, keeping the fun and comedic side of the story buoyant. Fabio cannot escape the all-knowing God, but what cards will he be dealt – bet you won’t guess the ending!
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