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Beyond Redemption

(Manifest Delusions #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,527 ratings  ·  494 reviews
Faith shapes the landscape, defines the laws of physics, and makes a mockery of truth. Common knowledge isn't an axiom, it's a force of nature. What the masses believe is. But insanity is a weapon, conviction a shield. Delusions give birth to foul new gods.

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken—men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality
Paperback, 495 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Harper Voyager
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5/5 stars

I don’t think I truly knew what I was signing up for when I started reading this book because it was beyond anything I could ever dream of, and was insanely marvelous.

Beyond Redemption, the first book in the Manifest Delusions series by Michael R. Fletcher is what I foresee as the beginning of a masterpiece series in the grimdark fantasy genre.

"In a world where belief defines reality, the Gefahrgeist is king.”

This was an incredibly dark, riveting start to a series. The Gef
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Well that was different. It didn't seem like a grimdark to me but I'm crazy so who knows.

At first I was finding the book boring but I kept going and it turned out rather good =) Yes, there are all kinds of killings and some narley stuff with mirrors (don't ask) but it was good!

Here we have the 3 stooges who hate each other more than anything (not really) and they are rather funny. I just wish the Stehlen wouldn't spit every 5 minutes and Bedeckt with his sinus infection! Dear God! And Wichtig
Luna. ✨
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"A sane man is simply a man afraid to unleash his inner demons."

This is one of those books that you don't expect to be so good, like it runs up behind you and coward punches your face in until you love it. I went into this book knowing I would like it because of that blurb, but having finished it I'm just sitting here mind blown, literally like I'm questioning my own sanity right now. This is one of the most thought provoking novels I've ever read in my entire life. The plot is so
Petros Triantafyllou
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At around 15-20% through the book, I was thinking that IF it got a lot better soon enough, it might get four stars, or else it will have to do with three. Finishing the book, I can only say this: A perfect five is not nearly enough.

In a World not far from our own in the Middle Ages, people can define reality with their beliefs. Think that someone loves you desperately, and he will die serving you. Think that you can manifest flames, and you will burn everything around you. Think that you can cr
Nicholas Eames
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I described it to friends as follows: “It’s like reading ‘Game of Thrones’ except every character is Walder Frey.” Which is to say they are morally repellent assholes, every one. And yet, somehow, it works. I found myself, improbably, rooting for the bad guys–in part because everyone is a bad guy."

Read my full review at https://nicholaseames.com/2016/07/20/...
Books with Brittany
Dec 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Exquisite mayhem and madness, Beyond Redemption is a novel which appears once every few years; a harbinger of things to come that takes the familiar fantasy tropes and twists them into something fresh and original. Like Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law or Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire, Mr. Fletcher has now become a trailblazer, breaking away from the traditional path of epic fantasy as he crafts a world full of grimdark characters, delicious madness, and stunni
Sanity. Insanity. Genius. Rampant stupidity. Frankly, I can no longer tell them apart.

An intriguing BR with The Queen of Cheese Stew :) Thanks for BR this horribly awesome book with me! <3

I guess I’m beyond redemption. When I saw this book firstly, read and reviewed by my GR friends, I thought: To hells, no way I can read this cruel book. Then almost a month passed, going around it, kicking it from the TBR list, adding again. What really helped
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

💀 DNF at 46%. To hell with the shrimping MacHalo challenge, I'm done with this crap thing.

This review is dedicated to all the silly Barnacles out there who were naïve enough to think I'd lost the Magic DNFing Touch (MDT™).

This book should have been awesome. Except that it wasn't.
This book should have been super uber cool. Except that it wasn't.
This book should have been gloriously brilliant. Except that it wasn't.
This book should have been...Sorry, what? You get the idea? Oh, good. Cleve
Michael Britt
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Belief defines reality"

My God this book is dark. This book makes all others in the grimdark genre look like Dr. Seuss wrote them. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't anything close to this. I think that partly what makes this so dark is the Geisteskranken (the Delusional). It's all based on real world mental illnesses. You've got your Dysmorphics (body dysmorphia), Gefahrgeist (sociopath), Kleptic (kleptomaniac), Mehrere (schizophrenic) and so on. This book ventures into the "what
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review now up!

Shout out to Sarah. Who picked this for our BR!

'The voices in my head just told me they were hearing voices. The said the voices wanted them to do something dangerous.

Make room in the grim dark pantheon for Michael Fletcher. Beyond Redemption is a gritty and bloody journey through a world where delusion is reality. The German terminology and names, along with the different variations of Geisteskranken (The Delusional) made this unlike anything I have read before. MF d
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/10/23/b...

Would it make sense to call a book “grimdarker than grimdark”? This question was the second thought that crossed my mind as I pensively closed the cover on the final page of my copy of Beyond Redemption. It followed right on the heels of my first thought, which was “Damn, that shit was a hundred different kinds of awesome.”

Grimdark, after all, is a term frequently used to describe fantasy fiction with mostly dystopic, br
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“I was sane once. It was horrible.”

I have seen much praise for this book from almost all my friends who read it. I listened to my friend David’s Podcast with the author and decided that it was time to finally pick it up so I got myself a copy. You may want to take this review with a grain of salt because genuinely it is me not the book this time. I felt it did all the right things and yet I did not love it as much as I wanted to (I expected
Scott  Hitchcock
If Nietzsche wrote GrimDark this is the book he would have written. So phenomenally original, thought provoking while savagely viewing the worst of humanity. And yet I laughed my ass off continually. It was American Psycho meets Catch 22 where the macabre was turned hysterically humorous.

I don't want to give away too much but Konig and his doppelgangers alone were worth the price of admission with all the different personalities all playing off of each other and where one starts and another beg
Anthony Ryan
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in a world where madness equates to power, Michael R. Fletcher's Beyond Redemption is often as nightmarish as it is fascinating. An alarming, original and compulsive tale laced with a blackly comic sensibility. Highly recommended. ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No way this was ever going to be less than 5 stars! Totally , literally, figuratively insane! There is a publication called the DSM - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders used by clinicians and therapists. The cast of this novel must read similarly! We have kleptomaniac, pyromaniacs, schizophrenics, all types of phobics, paranoia, delusional states, narcissism, sociopaths, dysmorphics, doppelgängers, and that's just the ones I've heard of! I actually looked them up to find out i ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned-ebook
!!!!! Man, that was brilliant!

The layers of worldbuilding here are fascinating, as is the mere concept of the delusional world shaping. Wow. Mr Fletcher, I would be afraid to see inside your head.

Really though, this is a unique work of grimdarkian delusional fantasy. One must simply read it to understand. And even then...

I've compared this story to a blend of Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson. But even that doesn't do it justice, nor capture what really makes this book special. But yes, if you
Mar 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is the closest book we'll ever have to The Suicide Squad. So. Brilliant.

Imagine if Falcio, Brasti and Kest from The Greatcoats hated each other? You have Beyond Redemption.
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow did I sleep on this one or what?!

I mean, what an absolute smash this book is! I'm only sorry that it's been sitting untouched on my bookshelf for so long, because this book had everything I look for in a fantasy novel: darkness, death, betrayal, and one hell of an epic world to get lost in.

The older I get, the more I appreciate grimdark fantasy for all the exploring it allows authors and creative types to do within the genre. Gone are th
Chris Gousopoulos
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Redemption was a really unique reading compared to the usual tropes of the fantasy genre. In some years it might be considered groundbreaking. It comes from the grimest corners of the grimdark. There is no light here. Only an endless spiral of insanity. The whole world is evolving and decaying by the delusions of the most powerful delusionists. It’s a chaotic patch of dystopia where every land, every city-state represents the insanity of the psychopath that has emerged as its ruler in a c ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
Some crazy shit to be read here xD and I mean it in a good way. Thankfully I could share the disgusting things with Orient, not sure I couldve digested this without her ;)
You get some great recipes and the plot causes wet buttcheeks. Next to that small discomfort or for some not it was delusional. I have no idea what I just wrote but it must be reality XD

Ok what...

Anyway...awesome grotesque fantasy horror! The only thing I missed was suspense. But the plot (it took me a few pages) when it starts
Dyrk Ashton
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I have to come clean on something. I started this like a year and a half or more ago, and only realized recently I never finished it. That is no reflection on the book, as you'll see from below, but on me being incredibly flaky and having gotten caught up in God knows what else at the time and just never getting back to it. In the meantime I read Fletcher's Ghosts of Tomorrow and loved it. How I'm just getting to finishing reading Beyond Redemption, I have no idea. Like I said, flaky. I di ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is tough to rustle up a review for such a strange book as Beyond Redemption. It is best described as original, inventive, grimdark fantasy. The concept behind the magic system was absolutely fantastic and shaped the nature of Fletcher's whole fantasy world. It was a world full of evil characters doing really awful stuff! The genius of the book is that it never got too bleak or depressing despite the dark happenings because it was all told in a very engaging and darkly comic tone. The other re ...more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was really really good. But also truly disturbing and incredibly imaginative!

People who have a trouble with 'grimdarks' should steer well clear of this one... For it is grim, it is dark, it is twisted and (first 5-20% section in particular) downright revolting.

At the same time, this book is unputdownable. It is a remarkable example of fantastic storytelling and worldbuilding (amazing implementation of the 'belief-insanity-reality' connection idea!) It is hard to sound fresh in the fan
Jenna Kathleen
It's been a while since I read this book and I'm still thinking about it. Every character is absolutely terrible but in the best kind of way. It's grimdark at its very finest: dark, and funny, inventive with lots of violence and crazy worldbuilding.

The Doppels are one of the most unique and thought-provoking additions to a character list in fantasy with all their creepy glory. The worldbuilding behind the Doppels, Mirrorists and delusions is unique and unlike anything I've read in fantasy.

I rea
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions - the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional - have the power to shape the world.

And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god...

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken-men and women whose delusions manifest. Sustained by their own belief - and the beliefs of those around them - they can manipulate their surroundings. For the High Priest Konig, that means creating order out of the chaos in his c
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve stopped writing my incoherent ramblings about books for a while now because of...reasons, but I kind of want to explain my rating as I comfortably sit here in the minority corner.

There is a channel on YouTube called First We Feast which features a show called Hot Ones. It is about celebrities being interviewed by host over a platter of increasingly spicy chicken wings, each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. As the wings get hotter, the guest begins to display the effects of ea
Twerking To Beethoven
February 13th 2019.

I remember going through Michael R. Fletcher's BR.

God, how I loved this book. It was so bloody amazing a novel, I just couldn't believe it. I remember turning the pages, shaking my head, and whispering "Fucking hell, Fletcher." while smirking.

"Beyond Redemption" had it all. It was gritty, it featured the right amount of the blackest shade of black humour, and it followed a bunch of wretched characters that were every different flavour of FUBAR.

To cut it short, "Beyond Redem
William Gwynne
Apr 21, 2022 added it
Shelves: audible
My brother, Ed, read Beyond Redemption a few months ago, and said it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Since then it has been lingering on my mind, and now I have finally read it. Some people have said it is like The Greatcoats in terms of the hilarious trio, but if they hated each other. That is so accurate. Their apparent dislike and disrespect for one another is done in a hilarious way, but one that is not too dramatic. It is an understated humour that really clicks. And as you go through the ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 5-stars, grimdark
This completely unique and wonderfully grim book hauled me out of a reading slump and left me in awe of the writer and a truly incredible story. I loved every moment of it, even the bits that had me almost throwing up. Full review to come.
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Michael R. Fletcher is a science fiction and fantasy author, a grilled cheese aficionado, and a whiskey-swilling reprobate. He spends his days choreographing his forklift musical (titled "Get Forked"), and using caffeine as a substitute for sanity. Any suggestions that he is actually Dyrk Ashton in disguise are all lies.

Blog (kinda): http://michaelrfletcher.com/

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