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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 Top 10 TV shows ever made?

One TV show each from 10 major genres-action, comedy,crime, drama,fantasy,mystery,romance,science-fiction,thriller, war.

Action-24

Nine high-octane seasons full of explosive action sequences, thrills and never-ending badassery from Counter-Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer(“Dammit, Chloe!”). Kiefer Sutherland’s portrayal of the iconic CTU agent makes a man-crush completely legit.

Comedy-Modern Family

A hilarious, wonderfully written show full of memorable characters. A comic take on a dysfunctional yet loving family.

“I’m the cool dad, that’s my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face.”

-Phil Dunphy

Crime-Better Call Saul

A spin-off/prequel to the legendary Breaking Bad, this show traces the origins of Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut, two very engaging characters from Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is currently in its second season, and is in no way lesser than its predecessor. A gripping and brilliantly written and enacted crime drama.

Drama- Homeland

A bold and dark psychological drama with espionage and the War on Terrorism as its central themes, Homeland is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking dramas ever created.

Fantasy-Game of Thrones

This one needs no introduction. An intense, gripping, violent, dark,explicit and thoroughly entertaining political drama, the popularity of which has exploded across the globe.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”

-Cersei Lannister

Mystery-True Detective

On first sight, True Detective seems like a detective drama. However, it combines the detective genre with the philosophical and the metaphysical, to create a beautifully haunting series that will stay in your mind long after you watch it. The first season was a revelation, featuring riveting performances from Oscar-winner Mathew McConaughey and Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson.

Romance- How I Met Your Mother

An epic love saga that follows Ted Mosby’s search for the future mother of his children, along with his friends- Marshall and Lily, the perfect couple; the legen-waitforit-dary Barney Stinson, and the lovable Robin Sparkles.

Science Fiction- Star Trek

A magical journey full of epic space adventures.Live long and prosper!

Thriller: Breaking Bad

One of the greatest shows ever made. Walter White’s transformation from a decent family man into the ruthless drug kingpin Heisenberg is the core focus of this multiple-award winning and widely admired show.

” I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!”

-Walter White(Heisenberg)

War-Band of Brothers

A realistic, graphic and visually astonishing 10-episode miniseries that takes you right into the heat of battle with its spectacular and brilliantly shot battle sequences, based on World War 2.

I had originally written this post on Quora as the answer to the question “What are the top 10 TV shows ever made?”
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