Today we are featuring Divine Intermission by L. David Hesler. Now I know this is a deviation from the normal YA, Paranormal, and Romance review, but it’s free for my readers today. I know you haven’t heard much about this author. I know I have been featuring his Deadtown serial every Monday. I have my reasons, one Hesler is talented and I’m betting on his rise to the top, someday. Two, I really enjoy his humor, he makes me laugh.
This novella starts with gods working in cubicles in a high rise office building and messing with the universe. Their desk calendars always end on Thursday, as in kuput end of the world. I know a bit twisted in an Office Space kind of way. We move on to Carl a mediocre writer, who lives a very strange life filled with bad dates and weird deja vu. He finds out he has a special place in his multiple existences. What happens can Carl fix things that are out of whack or does he end up a dung beetle, again.
This story reminds me so much of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy it’s not funny. It has a very similar type of dry humor. For this reason alone it is a three star read but for the added umph that is Hesler’s wonderfully descriptive writing style it gets 4.25 fluffy raccoon tails.
Meanwhile, outside and down the street from Carl’s house was a raccoon who had gotten into a half empty bottle of tequila left in the ditch by a vagrant or careless teenager; the raccoon had first only been curious about the liquid in the broken bottle, but as the taste grew more pleasant and the creature’s tongue grew more numb, the raccoon finished off the bottle in true collegiate fashion. The raccoon had then gotten the grand and drunken notion that it would be quite awesome to climb the tallest tree in the block.
To urinate on all the other raccoons who had told it not to climb the tree in the first place. It carefully crawled up the trunk of the elm tree, falling off only once and landing in a hedgerow, and made its way into the uppermost branches.
The view from atop the tree was, indeed, quite awesome, and he was about to urinate on all of his raccoon friends while explaining to them how completely awesome the view was when the tequila finally knocked the creature completely unconscious. Fortunately, the raccoon was utterly toasted in the binge-drinking sense of the word because it tumbled out of the tree and crashed into an old electrical transformer, where it became toasted in the grilled cheese sandwich sense of the word.
(No raccoons were harmed in the writing of this blog post)
PIZZA GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH author’s choice
From Taste of Home
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 slices bread
1 slice provolone cheese
6 slices pepperoni
3 tablespoons pizza sauce
Additional pizza sauce, optional
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice in a skillet, butter side down. Top with the cheese, pepperoni, pizza sauce and second bread slice, butter side up.
Cook over medium heat until golden brown, turning once. Serve with additional pizza sauce if desired. Yield: 1 serving.
1 serving (1 each) equals 413 calories, 27 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 1,049 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.
I made it for lunch trying to discover the perfect grilled cheese recipe. It totally rocked! The buffalo chicken and blue cheese was a bust though.