Fated

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From the acclaimed author of Breathers—an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of getting involved with humans.

Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up.

Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny ...

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Overview

From the acclaimed author of Breathers—an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of getting involved with humans.

Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up.

Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five- hundred-year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human.

Getting involved with a human breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality-or lead to a fate worse than death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Browne (Breathers) unleashes the irresistible tale of Fabio Delucci, who's getting tired of his job as Fate. It's a grind, working the Fate Radar and the Fate Generatorprogram and reporting to Jehovah--known here as Jerry--who believes Fate's work has grown sloppy. Even his no-contact romance with Destiny has become distinctly unfulfilling. Then he falls in forbidden love with human Sara Griffen, and once he reveals his true self to her, their relationship is drastically transformed, and, naturally, big consequences threaten to crush him. Fabio provides an appealing commentary on the hazards of immortality, the uncertainty of destiny, and the lengths people will go for love, all wrapped up in a cute, funny package. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews

Another radically funny comedy from one of America's best satiric novelists.

California must have good stuff. California-based Browne (Breathers, 2009) hails from the same neck of the woods as humor powerhouse Christopher Moore and brings the same mojo to his sophomore novel. After getting down with zombies in the subversive romantic comedyBreathers, the author turns his attention to the human condition. His hero is the deeply flawed and conflicted Fabio, the nom de plume of the literal Fate, the predestination of your life on this crazy Earth. Fabio reports to Jerry, who sounds a lot friendlier than God but is actually a bean-counting bureaucrat complete with quotas and a serious deficit in the sense-of-humor department. Not that Fabio is the only anthropomorphized divinity on the clock—there are plenty of compatriots, among them Lady Luck, Gossip, Karma, Justice (who is a sociopath), Truth (the kleptomaniac), Dennis (which sounds friendlier than Death) and, the most troublesome, Love. Not to mention that his rival, Destiny, is gunning for him. Unfortunately, Fabio has fallen head-over-heels in love with Sara Griffen, his neighbor in New York City, from which he telecommutes to ruins most people's lives. Bummer for Fabio: His girlfriend is slated to be part of the "Big Event," the return of the Messiah to Earth, delivered by memo, no less. "Effective immediately, all staff members are instructed by executive order to prepare for the Messiah's arrival sometime within the next eighteen months as indicated in your individual job descriptions," scribbles Jerry. "Those not directly affected are expected to plan the baby shower." Genuinely comic novels are hard to come by, so grab a copy of this one. There will be long lines at Browne's book signings if he keeps this up.

These days there are very few American comedy writers bringing their A-game, but Browne is swinging for the fences.

Sarah Pekkanen
…[a] terrific comic novel…True love's struggle against all odds isn't an original story line, but the fate of "Fated" hinges on the details, which Browne nails comically time and again…This author's mind must be as active as a pinball machine surrounded by 10-year-old boys; the pace never falters.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451231284
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 429,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

S. G. Browne

S.G. Browne worked in Hollywood for several years before moving to Santa Cruz to be a writer. He currently lives and writes in San Francisco. Breathers is his debut novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    So Disappointing

    I've never written a review for any book before but I just could not let this one go. I was pretty excited about Fated because I had really enjoyed Breathers but I truly feel the author wrote this one while on the toilet. I got halfway through it and finally gave up. At one point the main character yells out "Oh Jerry" during sex. Why? Because that's what he calls God. God's name is Jerry. When the female asks him who Jerry is he simply replies...some guy who reminds him of God. What?! I felt the author desperately trying to come off as clever and everytime failing miserably. I have no choice but to believe that anyone giving this book more than a couple of stars is either friend or family of the author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

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    Another one of S.G. Browne's great works

    This book had everything I've expected, well, besides and twists and turns in between. Browne gets creative and creates Fate, Destiny ect.. as if they were human, so the characters take on some interesting personalities. The story did foreshadow some things I did not expect which made me love this book even more! Although I did not understand how the ending was possible, I did not expect it. But once again, S.G. Browne has made his way to One of my Favorite Books List! I would definately recomment this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Missed the Mark

    The fact that I hated this book as much as I did must be an indication of how much I really wanted it to be successful. I loved the idea of making all these things we talk about into people: Fate, Destiny, Death, Gluttony, Lust, etc.
    While the plot involving these people was indeed slightly interesting, the book as a whole was incredibly annoying. The character traits of each of the immortals were so obvious. Many times they were added in just to have a chance to mention the name. Let's see how many I can shove in there to show how clever I am.
    Just a little more thought could have made this great. It was like an idea occurred to him over breakfast and it was just thrown in there without further development. For example, for some reason God's name was Jerry. The dialog actually contained the line, "In the name of Jerry." Ridiculous.
    The endless repetition of the line "The thing about X is, X is Y" was so bloody irritating I threw the book across the room in frustration more times than I'd like to admit. (The last one being caused by the last line of the book, so that time it went straight into a trash can.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    A must read!

    I cannot express how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The main character is Fate. The Fate. And the book is told in "his person". The rest of the characters consist of the Seven Deadly sins, the seven heavenly virtues and everything in between. They are the immortals. S G Browne's take on them all are absolutely hilarious. From Love's, "Contrary to the rumors, I'm not blind." To Gluttony's, "Are you going to finish that?" to one conversation."Where did you hear that?" "Where do you think?""Gossip. That little whore." Destiny makes several appearances as well. "She's not a big of a slut as Lust is." and so on. From run ins with Karma to God's office to Death's attire to everyone quirks: "The thing about Lady Luck is. she has ADD". and a dozen more such as these will have you rolling on the aisle. I can quote literally a thousand things that made me laugh out loud. I know I will be thinking of passages every time I say certain words for months to come. I don't want to give any more away. I will have to insist you read this one. I've already given away more than I should have and I haven't even tapped into the main storyline. The love story. Fate falling in love with a mortal and how it changes his views on his job. That's all I'm giving you. It is really, really a must flippin' read!!! I don't care who you are or what genre you normally read. Read it!

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    An interesting, entertaining read.

    I was a huge fan of Browne's first novel, 'Breathers: A Zombie Lament,' so I was excited to start this one. Browne's style is witty and charming, but also smart. He uses entertaining plot and characters to remind us of things we all should know, but seem to forget. I'm thoroughly looking forward to his next book. With a style similar to Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk combined, this guys going to go far.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Must read! Quite possibly Best Book of 2010

    Fated by S.G Browne
    The thing about Fate(Fabio) is he's tired of his job. After centuries of going about the business and monotony of filling quotas and filing reports to Jerry(God) about his humans, Fabio Delucci feels an irresistible pull to help his humans to make better decisions. After all, why should Destiny's humans get to have all the fun? While hers go on to win Nobel prizes, Super bowl MVPs and more, his humans seem to always be one poor decision away from divorce, adultery, drug addiction, or death. Even non-contact sex with Destiny has become boring and uninteresting.
    While it is against everything he (and all the other immortals) were taught it divinity school, he decides to step in and show some of his humans the error of their ways and how they can improve their lives.
    Then he does the unthinkable. He falls in love with a mortal. Sara Griffen is on the path of destiny and because of that Fabio cannot see her future, but once he reveals his true nature to her, his immortality and her life become entangled with cosmic consequences.
    Fated is the best book I've read in quite some time. I didn't want it to end. It explores the failings of the mortal world comically but steers away from becoming preachy. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a comic love story or to anyone just looking for a great book. I can't imagine a person who would not fall in love with the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    Fated struck a cord with me. I believe in karma and I know that people are put in my life for a reason. I love the fell in love with the plot. My advice to you is, when you read this book, make sure you have enough time to read it in one sitting because you won't be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Loved this book

    I hadn't read anything by this author before, and I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Ignore the negative reviews and buy it.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Mr. Browne is Fated for acclaim (and sales) with this engaging thriller

    For several millennia Fabio Delucci has been Fate responsible with assigning the misfortunates that betwixt just under a mean plus one standard deviation of the human race. This 83% are the classic losers who seem to screw up sure hands. He is tired and envious of his distant hands off lover Destiny who has fewer clients but those are elite Nobel Prize winners while his are drug addicts and the worse dregs of society politicians.

    His superior Jeremiah counseled him over his recent poor performance. He can deal with a bad rating and his no touch romance with Destiny or even the schmuck clients. However, he has broken the Fate SOPs when he falls in love with purebred human Sara Griffen. When he reveals to his beloved who he is Fabio causes a shift in the cosmos, which could lead to the death of this immortal and his love.

    This is an amusing fun romantic fantasy as Fabio feels Fated to be with his Sara though that is original sin since it breaks the immortal rules of behavior with mortals. Using a tongue in cheek story line, S.G. Browne provides an insightful look at the disaster of love as people will do all sorts of insane things when caught in that debilitating disease. Yet also takes a clever glimpse at the pitfalls of immortality though ennui has been written in many vampire tales and The Wellstone by Wil McCarthy provides a wonderful well written concept that the heir to the throne remains the heir and not the king for eternity. Mr. Browne is Fated for acclaim (and sales) with this engaging thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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