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Deus Ex Machina: a Divine Comedy

por Maria Aragon

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Stewart Dunk's humble life takes an unexpected turn for the better when six very strange strangers move into the derelict house next door one Friday morning and begin renovations. The house next door is not the only thing they are there to renovate though. Stewart Dunk getting the life he deserves is their main goal, but to accomplish this they must make sure he gets back together with his long lost sweetheart Juliet, drive off his selfish, maneating mother Udela, his equally selfish, womanizing older brother Aiken, and at least throw his smarter than thou middle brother Erian off-kilter. In the meantime, these strangers, who go by the names of Apollo, Athena, Mars, Venus, Medusa, and Hermes, are grappling with their own baggage, which they've been carrying around since well before a certain war in the Aegean a very long time ago. The trick is to help Stewart get a good life at last without throttling each other in the process.… (mais)
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For anyone passionate about Greek mythology, prepare for a fun romp with Deus Ex Machina. Stewart Dunk, a socially inept young man under the thumb of his overbearing (and lusty) mother, finds out that his new neighbors are none other than a group of the Greek gods. Ares, Hermes, Aphrodite, Athena and Medusa all play their respective parts and Aragon has clearly done her research (by stating Medusa's Libyan ancestry, for example). However, the Greek mythology scholar should also prepare for a hearty dose of suspension of disbelief as Athena and Hermes become quite an item through Aphrodite's meddling and manage to produce divine offspring. Full of a sense of what would happen if you let Aphrodite handle the cooking (fish soup, anyone?) and Ares handle home redecorating (provided you don't need any walls left), a mythology lover will have a lot of laughs along the way.

The writing itself, however, often speeds along at too fast a clip (much of the book is dialogue and slapstick comedy), and could have benefited from a better sense of pacing. But if you manage to lend the author some patience, you will find a gem of a story and a rip-roaring good time. ( )
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Stewart Dunk's humble life takes an unexpected turn for the better when six very strange strangers move into the derelict house next door one Friday morning and begin renovations. The house next door is not the only thing they are there to renovate though. Stewart Dunk getting the life he deserves is their main goal, but to accomplish this they must make sure he gets back together with his long lost sweetheart Juliet, drive off his selfish, maneating mother Udela, his equally selfish, womanizing older brother Aiken, and at least throw his smarter than thou middle brother Erian off-kilter. In the meantime, these strangers, who go by the names of Apollo, Athena, Mars, Venus, Medusa, and Hermes, are grappling with their own baggage, which they've been carrying around since well before a certain war in the Aegean a very long time ago. The trick is to help Stewart get a good life at last without throttling each other in the process.

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