Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: And God Belched
AUTHOR: Rob Rosen
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 204 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2018
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!
In And God Belched, the author brings us the story of a pretty, but not so smart young man from San Francisco who one day starts seeing someone else looking out of his mirror at him. He can only see the other person during earth tremors, and only in his bedroom mirror.
When it turns out the other person is in another universe which is bumping up against our own and allowing the cross communication, as it were, Randy is intrigued and recruits his brother Craig to help him when the man on the other side of the mirror disappears.
Off to the alternate universe they go. But things aren’t quite as rosy as they hoped. The other world is very empty. A huge city with only a few residents. Where is everyone? And why is the totalitarian government trying to capture Randy and Craig and silence them? The story moves on, and there are some trials and tribulations coming for them. Will they prevail or will the government?
Technically, I think the story could have had more development. It was good, and easily readable, but could have used a few more details. It could also have used a few less “for all intents and purposes” in my opinion. Overall, the story kept me reading because I wanted to see what happened in the end. I would say this one falls somewhere around our Good/Average rating.