Book Reviews

And God Belched by Rob Rosen at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Romance / Humor/Comedy / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-January-2018

Book Blurb

In this riotously funny romantic adventure, Randy and his younger brother, Craig, find themselves in a different universe, on a strange planet, desperately searching for Milo, a handsome stranger in imminent danger, all while being chased by the heavily armed local authorities. And that's just the start of this epic journey. But what else does fate have in store for our brave heroes? And can one human save two worlds, the handsome alien he's fallen in love with, his entire family, and a self-aware watch? Read on, dear Earthlings, to find out!

Book Review

Science fiction of the weird, wonderful, and hilarious kind, that is what ‘And God Belched’ has to offer. But it is also built around the fascinating concept of parallel universes, the intriguing idea of aliens who may look like us but are far superior (in a few ways, if not all, as it turns out), and quirky characters who are multifaceted and so interesting that I would love to meet them in real life. As for the plot? Fantastical is putting it carefully – I don’t really have the words to describe it. Some of what happens and the style of this tale reminded me of Douglas Adams’s ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ – only a more modern version with a very different outcome and written in Rob Rosen’s inimitable voice. I guess you’ll have to read this novel to find out for yourself. Oh, and you’ll have to suspend your disbelief when you read this book – serious science fiction, this is not. The blurb accurately describes what to expect – so if this sounds like your thing, just dive right in and enjoy!

Randy shares his entire life history before the story really begins, but as it turns out, much of what he talks about is actually very relevant to what happens. Also, his explanations are highly entertaining. At the point the story starts he is twenty-two, knows he is gay, and doesn’t have much of a relationship with his younger brother, Craig. But that soon changes, when Randy sees eyes and then a face of a handsome stranger – read alien – in his mirror and needs Craig’s help to figure out what is going on and how to get to this parallel world since, by then, Milo has suddenly vanished.

What follows is an adventure of the best sort: Randy and Craig explore this strange world, search for Milo (the alien from the mirror), and find themselves involved in various dangerous situations. As it turns out, it isn’t just Milo who is in need of their help, the fate of two worlds depends on them. Between Craig’s adorable nerdiness, Randy’s dedication to saving Milo, and Milo’s having fallen in love with Earth (via Facebook, no less!), the action-packed events enthralled me to the point where I was unable to put down the book. What a ride!

If you like improbable stories that stretch your imagination, if you believe that two men from parallel universes deserve a happy ending just like anyone else, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that might just make you laugh, cross all available fingers and toes for the various characters involved in this action/adventure, and bite your fingernails because you have no idea what else to do, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s extraordinary in a whole new way!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 212 pages/62000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-January-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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