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Book Review: God Hates Us All, by Hank Moody

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Before reading this book, I had expected it to be just another marketing gimmick. Surprisingly, God Hates Us All turned out to be quite the engaging read.

Firstly, for those unfamiliar with the legendary Hank Moody, let me provide a brief introduction. He’s the Bukowski-esque, promiscuous, cynical, and yet somehow likeable protagonist of the hit Showtime series Californication, portrayed by The X-Files alum David Duchovny.

The “bestselling” book, written by Hank before the events of season 1, follows an unnamed narrator, à la Fight Club, as he navigates his way through life in 1980’s New York. What makes the novel tick is its blatant prose, along with interesting and occasionally unhinged supporting characters, which include a mysterious supermodel and a rockstar-in-the-making.

Dark in tone and yet optimistic at heart, very much like its hero, God Hates Us All  is a short and engrossing novel, and also works well as a standalone work of fiction for those yet to binge-watch Californication.

For fans of the show, it offers an insight into Hank’s life before season 1, as viewers will know that Hank’s works are often semi-autobiographical in nature. The real author of this book, Jonathan Grotenstein, delves into the mind of Hank Moody and delivers a book that acts as a fantastic literary spin-off from the series.

You can also share in Hank’s frustration when you think of the film adaptation of this novel as a rom-com called A Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

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What are the best spy novels ever written?

I had originally written this post on Quora, as the answer top the question “What are the best spy novels ever written?”

You can check out the original post here.

Here are two novels, written by former spies, that couldn’t be more different from each other, but rank among the greatest in the spy genre.

From Russia,with Love-Ian Fleming

In the fifth novel to feature the legendary Secret Service agent,Bond is marked for assassination by Soviet Counterintelligence agency SMERSH, and young clerk Tatiana Romanova, along with a Russian decoding device, is the bait to lure Bond into a trap, orchestrated by the ruthless Colonel Rosa Klebb.

From Russia, with Love is everything we love about Agent 007- edge-of-your-seat drama, femme fatales and powerful villains.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold– John le Carré

Regarded as a masterpiece in the spy genre, this novel is as far as it gets from Bond-esque tropes.Set during the height of the Cold War, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is about the core principle of spycraft- the flow of information. The tension is slowly and meticulously built up through an intricate plot, full of twists and turns. This is a must-read for all lovers of the spy genre.