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It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put in ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Tor Books
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carol.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of The Matrix, The Rook, The Gone-Away World, A Madness of Angels, Daryl Gregory
From my blog at:
https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2015/...

I turned the last page of Afterparty in a daze. It was dark outside; the sun had set while I was reading, and all the curtains were still open. The dogs realized I was interactive again and came over to beg for (more) dinner. With a start, I realized swim practice started in five minutes, and there was no way I was going to be on time. I had rushed the end of the book, knowing time was passing, but unwilling to stop reading. I gave the dogs
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Bradley
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My expectations for this one did not match the depth of the thriller it became. :) What was I expecting? Biopunk social ramifications for new designer drugs a bit more designed than what we're used to. Maybe a little tragedy, more interesting developments in a thriller-ish drug-company evil mastermind kind of way.

But what I got was a good tale of redemption, working through the crazy, drug addiction, and responsibility. It's filled to the brim with great flawed characters across the board and a
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Mimi
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like smart sci-fi thrillers
Recommended to Mimi by: Tor
I've been trying to write about this book for months now, but couldn't figure out how without giving too much away. So I went back with the intention of skimming it, but ended up plowing through half the book in one sitting. It's just as good as I remember, maybe even better this time around because I know how the story ends. It's more than just a good book. It's unlike any I've read in the genre because it's the kind of book you come to expect from Daryl Gregory if you've read him before. He's ...more
Althea Ann
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This really exceeded my expectations.

Previously, I've read Gregory's 'The Devil's Alphabet.' I didn't really like that book, aesthetically, and thought it had flaws - but I thought the writing was good enough that I wanted to give the author another try. I've actually got 'Pandemonium' in my TBR backlog, but 'Afterparty' came up on NetGalley, so I requested it and it went to the top of the list.

I wholeheartedly loved it. What if, instead of technology, William Gibson wrote about drugs? You
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4.5 . . . I kinda/sorta loved this.
Lata
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I loved the narration of the main character, Lyda Rose, with her loopy take on everything and her arguments with her personal deity, Dr. Gloria, thanks to her former drug use. I also loved Ollie in all her paranoid competence, and all the Canadian references in the story, and was pleased that the Mohawk nation and the Akwasasne reserve got mentions.
Justine
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I enjoyed this more than Pandemonium but less than Raising Stony Mayhall.

Afterparty has all of the elements I have come to see as trademark Gregory: engaging writing, interesting character development and relationship examination, and excellent pacing. These are what make Gregory's novels so enjoyable to read, even if the overall story doesn't completely appeal to me (as was the case for me with Pandemonium).

This is a pretty solid read, especially so if you like Gregory's straightforward and con
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Charles
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has been on my TBR pile for a while. Despite good reviews from my cronies, I’d put off reading it—my mistake. This book was not a great read, but it was a fun one . It’s a deft near future mashup of pharmacology, religion, mental illness and whodunit. Looking closely you can see the noir influence. In places it’s wryly funny. Except for one little glitch in the protagonist leaping to a conclusion I couldn't foresee, the mystery was also well done. (I swallowed the red herring myself.) ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
“We are all spiritual people now.”
“Not all gods are created equal,” I said.


I came to read this semi-accidentally through my buddy reading group, otherwise I would not have picked it up. Drugs, mental illness, genres starting with neuro-something are not high on my list. Thank goodness for peer pressure! I really liked this book very much. I wouldn‘t be averse to reading something else by the author.

Great plot with a lot of twists. I was deeply immersed in the story telling. It just kept going a
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David
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neuroscientists who've seen God, guardian angel librarians, Imaginary Friends
This is the second book I've read by Daryl Gregory. He seems to like writing speculative fiction set in a near future, rather than settling into a series or a theme. Raising Stony Mayhall was one of the best zombie novels I've ever read. Afterparty, his latest, is also set a couple of decades from now, in a world where 3D printers have advanced to manufacturing pharmaceuticals, so anyone can "print" their own custom controlled substances.

Lyda Rose, the protagonist, helped create Numinous. It was
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Martha Freeman
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daryl Gregory’s books are an argument for label-free literature. Those who claim uninterest in sci fi/fantasy do themselves a sad disservice if they pass up “Afterparty,” thinking it’s a genre book. What it is instead is literature – beautifully written, thoughtful and provocative – besides being a supremely entertaining and suspenseful mystery with both humor and heart. Rather than summarizing the book -- which the publisher has done for me -- I will mention what I considered the highlights, wh ...more
First Second Books
One of my favorite parts of this book is the extension of the urban garden/locavore movement to bioengineering tiny farm animals for people to keep in the spare bedrooms etc. of their apartments.

This has literally nothing to do with the actual plot of this book, but: what fantastic world-building.
Stephanie
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Science fiction thriller about a woman who has been in psychiatric hospital for many years after overdosing on a drug that causes her to hallucinate. The hallucination is one that is manifested as a new spirituality, a faith in a higher power, or god, or whatever belief system the person has. Lyda Rose has been hospitalized for several years when another young woman is brought to the hospital with the same hallucinations as Lyda has experienced. When the young woman commits suicide, Lyda realize ...more
Hudson
Dec 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I just could not get in to this book. I think I was expecting more drug type stuff, maybe some crazy exotic drugs kids were making but there was not too much of that. The premise for the story was good but I ended up dropping it at 50%.

I did like the writing style though and I would pick up another book by Gregory in the future.
Rose
I’m now three for three with Daryl Gregory. He may have to go on my list of favorite authors. He writes what would usually be a regular fiction story but there is always some quirk that keeps them a genre apart. I like quirks.

In this case, it’s set slightly in the future when you can use a printer to spit out drugs (as long as you have the recipe and ingredients). One recipe being worked on is called NME 110 but has become known as Numinous. When used, it makes you feel connected to the univers
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Vanessa
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God sometimes you just don't come through. Do you need a woman to look after you?
--Tori Amos

Friends, long had Daryl Gregory languished on my TBR until I read the short story collection The Starlit Wood and unexpectedly found that his contribution was my favorite. That story was set in the same universe as this book....

....A universe in the very near future where the race is on to create smart drugs from newly engineered molecules and recreational drugs are minted on laser printers. A world whe
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Linda
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio
This is my fourth Daryl Gregory book and like the previous three it gets a four star rating. All of his books are enjoyable and thrilling reads, infused with just the right amount of humor and wackiness.

This one started just a little slow for me, but the second half ramped up quickly and there were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Overall a very satisfying read.

Tavia Gilbert did a great job as narrator of the audiobook.
Sarah
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh? It wasn't horrible, but I just never got INTO it. The hook is great, and this was a bit of a Strossian read for me in that the ideas were super interesting, but not the story itself. I can't even write a particularly good review for it, because I didn't dislike it, I just ... didn't care.
Robyn
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-sff, 2019
I really liked elements of this but overall was a bit disappointed with how it all wrapped up, or rather, didn’t.
R.S. Carter
Ever had a religious experience while intoxicated? In Afterparty, the drug Numinous brings this experience to a whole new level.

In this futuristic-scifi-Candadian extravaganza, new drugs are invented regularly, and printed on chemically-geared 3D printers (chemjets). It's a do-it-yourself party of one, or invite some friends and mess with their heads. A new drug under the street name Numinous has just hit the market. It provides people with the warming presence of God. But the withdrawals can be
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Jeffrey
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
"That was the nature of bubble relationships. Prison, army, hospital, reality show–they were all pocket universes with their own physics. Bobby and I were close friends who hardly knew each other."

This is a tough book to categorize, but let me take a shot at it here - Daryl Gregory's "Afterparty" is the love child of Snow Crash, with a hint of Robert Crais and a dash of Neuromancer.

It's a thriller / mystery with a scary schizophrenic-by-choice assassin who raises miniature (really miniature) bis
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Megan Baxter
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a little of that feeling about Daryl Gregory's Afterparty. This is really a very good book. It's tense, it moves quickly, the characters are interesting and my attention certainly never flagged. But it also doesn't do what I've come to expect books from Daryl Gregory to do, the reason I most look forward to reading everything he's written.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In
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Emma Sea
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book. Lyda is a great character and I would love to read more about her. I was a tiny bit underwhelmed by (view spoiler) but this could not take away from the strengths of the story.

One I would definitely recommend.

Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/04/...

Lyda Rose has just gotten out of the detention facility where, recently, a 17 year old committed suicide. Turns out the girl had taken a drug called Numinous, which helps its victims find God, but when she came down from the mind altering substance, joy turned to despair, and death is the only way out. However, Lyda is a little bit different from the typical addict. Numinous sounds suspiciously like a drug she herself helped develop, and she’s determined t
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-sf
Although he is not concerned with elaborate world building, the near future Gregory sketches out for his new sf thriller is entirely believable. (Except maybe for the little, tiny cows living in the carpet of the hit man's apartment.) Designer drugs are all the rage, and thanks to Chem Printers and recipes available on the internet, anyone from a hardcore partygoer to a small time entrepreneur can mix up a chemicals that range from intense psychedelics to new smart drugs tailored to specific occ ...more
Victor Tatarskii
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A hard sci-fi philosophical detective. One of a kind.
A biomed startup discovers a drug against schizophrenia. But it has one side effect - it makes you feel the presence of God. The team accidentally overdoses themselves with their own medication, leaving one of them dead, and all others insane. Ten years later the drug, Numinous, reappears again and its creators must find which of them broke the promise not to let it out in the world.
This one is perfect cocktail: a page-turner with twists that
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Ryan
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Afterparty was a pleasant discovery for me, comparable to recent Neal Stephenson or William Gibson, but less geeked-out than the former and a little snarkier than the latter.

The initial setting is a near-future Toronto. A former neuroscientist named Lyda is in a mental hospital, in the wake of a series of breakdowns. It’s about a decade after her biotech startup discovered, while trying to cure schizophrenia, a drug that enables users to experience God. Well, in a manner of speaking. More specif
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Jason
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Afterparty by Darryl Gregory sets the bar at the highest level for future science fiction thrillers to achieve. If you like science fiction, thriller novels, Darryl Gregory, or books that explore faith and science, then don't bother reading any reviews on Afterparty. Stop reading this now and go and get it.

This is an adrenaline rush of a novel that is almost impossible to put down. It amped me up. I absolutely loved this story and for once, I am pissed off that it isn't the start of a tr
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Stephen
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mr. Gregory's books are usually classified as science fiction but should more accurately be classified as speculative fiction. Mr. Gregory takes thought provoking ideas and extends them a small step beyond the world we know to create fascinating highly plausible narratives that feel like they really could happen, if only....

Afterparty can be read on one level as questioning the role of in pharmaceuticals the modern world. The real theme of the book however is a new take on a idea Mr. Gregory fir
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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
This is an odd book with weird characters, a twisted plot and a wicked sense of humour. Although the book came highly recommended to me, I almost passed the opportunity of reading it; I had my doubts given that last month I couldn’t even finish another well rated book with a drug induced hallucination theme:A Scanner Darkly. For me the two books are chalk and cheese.

Set in a near future, where people can manufacture their own drugs with the help of low cost printers, Lyda, is a patient in a ment
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