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Differently Morphous

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,211 ratings  ·  182 reviews
A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret.

After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brav
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Published March 6th 2018 by Audible Originals, LLC.
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Carl
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Yahtzee's books. They have their issues (and they all have pretty much the same issues over and over again), but I never find them boring. If you've enjoyed his other books you'll like this one.

Oddly enough, this is probably simultaneously both his best and worst book to date.

I say it's his best because it shows the most progression in his writing style. All his books have the same three female characters: the Socially-Awkward-But-Friendly-Normal-Girl, the Oblivious-Airhead and t
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Tony
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Stopped just over half way through. Couldn't stomach it any longer.
Wing Kee
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A quirky weird tale that suffers from minor plotting issues.

World: The world building is solid, it’s well built and thought out and there is no info dumping at. Readers learn this world from multiple characters making the world fairly alive and real without the need to explain it. The stage is set and the internal logic for the magic system is thought out well. It’s a fun world where more stories would interest me in the future.

Story: The story starts strong and chugs a little until picking up a
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Lauraloves
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I brought this book on audible as it was the daily deal a couple of weeks ago and I thought that it would be the sort of book that would really appeal to me. I do enjoy magical/young adult type books however for me it wasnt as good as I was expecting.

I really struggled to get into the plot of this and I got a little bit confused with the different characters. I think the main issue for me is that it isnt a book that is to be taken too seriously and for me I struggle with the writing style and hu
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Bram
In need for a light, entertaining audiobook for a long drive, I came across Differently Morphous when browsing Audible's recommendations. I've known Yahtzee Croshaw for years now through is work as a gamereviewer for The Escapist, which I find highly entertaining. So it didn't take much to convince me to pick this up. I was not dissapointed.

Story

It took me a while to figure out where the story was going, due there being a lot of time spent on the world building and character introductions, but o
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Kenneth Geary
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall the story is entertaining but the political undertones are districting and also not really clear on which side he's gunning for (which I guess is a good thing?) but I feel like it brings you out of the story too much. Also including various social media networks by name which is going to date this book that could make it draw you out of the story even more in years to come. The characters were fun though and the ending left me with the right questions without making me feel like the stor ...more
Will
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I didn't like, is I wanted it to go on for 10 more chapters.

Yahtzee Croshaw achieves the remarkable feat of developing a plot and characters dripping with sarcasm and satire while simultaneously writing an mystery arc that kept me guessing and reguessing to the final chapters.

The characters are often caricatures and mirrors of the extremes in personality we see every day, particularly online. That said, they still remain remarkably engaging almost believable and act in a way that
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Matthew Fitzgerald
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, brisk, and funny little novel that I can recommend in audiobook form. Croshaw does a superb job giving voice (and various accents) to his characters, and while I'm sure reading the pomposity of Diablerie would be fun, hearing Crowshaw deliver it is even better. I really like his Yorkshire accents, too, and his voice for the fluidics is great. The bulk of my enjoyment of this book came from hearing it; on the page, I don't think I would have found it as engaging.

There's some fun world-buil
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Jason Parent
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This audio book was entertaining but failed to match the grandeur of the first audio book by Mr. Croshaw I tried, Will Save the Galaxy for Food. While that sci-fi tale was a witty and sardonic look at space opera and the cliche of a hero, Differently Morphous was somewhat lacking.

It starts out promising, with a rather scathing satire of the Facebook-meme, ultra-PC climate in which we live and the blame-first, ask-questions-later mentality of social media. This amounts to some humorous banter and
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Stacy GeekRemixALot
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
More articulate reviewers have detailed some of the possible issues one might have when reading this book, namely that it uses the "minority group are monsters" trope and attempts, sometimes clumsily, to critique what it perceives as annoyances with PC or social justice culture.

While I can totally understand why someone might not enjoy the book because of those factors (I highly recommend searching some reviews for some thoughts on both), I still enjoyed the story. Based on other reviews I thou
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Drew
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve only read the first of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books, so I am admittedly no expert on Douglas Adams’s work. Even so, I kept thinking that Yahtzee Croshaw’s Differently Morphous is, for me, similar to Adams in terms of sarcastic, absurd humor that genuinely makes me chuckle. (A better comparison might be to Terry Pratchett, but I’ve only ever read Good Omens so I’m not sure how representative it is of his work)

Differently Morphous, although funny and entertaining throughout, does straddle a f
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Ray Campbell
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This is a very funny book. When gelatinous creatures appear in the English countryside asking for asylum, politically correct Brits make them a protected class of sentient being. As the Ministry of Occultism snaps into action, a serial killer chooses the nations newest immigrant group as a target. Our heroin is a teenage Ministry recruit who teams up with the a quirky magician/agent who provides comic relief as this magical mystery unfolds.

I've read a few reviews that lament the lack of laugh ou
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Matthew
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found Differently Mourphous to be Yahtzee's best work yet, barely edging out his previous work Will Save the Galaxy for Food. Taking the idea of magic and Lovecraftian horrors and pitting them against the terror that is modern bureaucracy and social media is a great concept, and one that lends itself well to Yahtzee's humor and writing style. The colorful cast of characters played off one another quite well, and their motivations were crafted well enough to keep you engaged in the search for t ...more
Lloyd
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first it felt like it would satisfy a Harry Potter hankering, but Differently ended up being differently satisfying by being an absurd specialty wizarding adventure combined with over the top commentary on race, political correctness, bureaucracy and some on youth and social media and gaming. I like that the story gives you the option to think if you want to or ignore or reject the either-extreme politics.

I would have enjoyed the focus to stay on the apparently demented magician.

The author is
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Jen
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unexpectedly hilarious.

Picked this up cheap on audible without really reading the synopsis - glad I did as it proved to be really entertaining, great surprise.

Parody of both the 'magic school' genre & modern life, with an emphasis on the latter
Julie Olson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Weird. And funny.
MTK
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Amusing but unremarkable.
Alison
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was originally recommended this book based on my love of Terry Pratchett, and with that initial expectation I was a bit disappointed. No one, it seems, can equal Pratchett’s whimsical turn of phrase.

But, after setting aside my preconceptions and accepting the original creation of this savage critic (the author is a well-known video game reviewer feared for his caustic wit) for what it was, I really enjoyed it. The characters are ridiculous, unique and well-established. The world is very well
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Lee Andrews
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
so this is what happens when a video game blogger from England attempts to write a novel. although you can tell Croshaw is a good writer. and he certainly did better than a Butcher from Georgia ever could. but this effort seem to be beyond the scope of his ability. the characters seemed more like stereotypes the real believable people. after a while you forget they have names and think of the as they are betrayed by the author. which reminds me the author narrates the book and does great. a real ...more
Tam G
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The audiobook performance definitely raises this one into the 4 star range for me. I've read bits and pieces of Croshaw's other work and he's more than usually on point here. Great characters. Humorous metaphors. Silly situations. Satirizing politics/political correctness without favoring or destroying one POV. Loses steam at the denouement but a fun read.

Reads a bit like Jasper Fforde's take on The Laundry Files series. Definitely get the audiobook read by the author.
Michael Burns
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did you just assume my morphic state!?
Yahtzee Croshaw of internet fame is an author I’ve had a complicated relationship with. I enjoy his works and they always at least make me laugh (the bare minimum for a ‘comedy’ book) but they also always leave me wanting. They always make me stop somewhere in the middle and lose interest, only to come back later when my mood has shifted.

I suppose what I’m saying is that his books never fully ‘grab’ me like some do. Maybe that’s an indictment of him, or the
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Sue Gill
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Matt Byrum
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not one of Yahtzee’s best - I still reserve that for JAM - but, still, it’s very fun. Yahtzee’s humor is here but his world building isn’t as good. I’d like to do a more comprehensive review at some point. This is more of just my thoughts at the moment.
His other books focus more on the characters, their growth and struggles, and part of the magic of them is that the worlds develop themselves organically. I feel like “show don’t tell” in movies, games, and comics should be more “demonstrate don
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ignus
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll have to think deeper on this one. Enjoyed it while I was reading it, but I'm not exactly sure what to make of it.
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Ok, I finally figured it out.
As I mentioned before, I enjoyed reading this novel. Whatever Yahtzee puts out - I'll read it.
This time he takes a spin on the magic realism genre. It centers around Alison, a girl with photographic memory, who is set out to work in the secret Ministry of Occultism in modern day Britain.
Otherworldly creatures "invade" the British countryside,
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Amanda
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've listened to the audiobook versions of (I do believe) every single novel Yahtzee has written, and this one definitely takes top spot! Seemingly influenced by everything from Lovecraft to Pratchett to Rowling, this is exactly the kind of entertaining romp that is great for listening to on long car rides or while doing the dishes. It even had a pretty decent mystery plot that kept me guessing until the last little bit. It was whimsical while still being very grounded in the here and now, with ...more
Elizabeth
3.5 instead of 4. Honestly, after my mixed feelings about Will Save the Galaxy for Food & the preceding hype for this book being "Yahtzee takes on SJWs," I was a little reluctant to pick this one up. (Ended up compromising & checking it out from my library.) But I was pleasantly surprised. First, the plot of Differently Morphous seems like a natural extension of Croshaw's game The Consuming Shadow & revisiting his version of cursed England felt like a way to get reacquainted with the ...more
Winter Arcane
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Douglas Adams and similar authors.
I picked this audio book up because I enjoy Yahtzee Croshaw's Zero Punctuation video game reviews and I wanted to hear him tell a story. I was not disappointed in the least. While it was substantially less vulgar than his video game reviews, it was very satisfyingly entertaining in a way not dissimilar to the late, great Douglas Adams. It made me laugh while also being an interesting story with multi-dimensional characters (which is sort of an unintended pun given the nature of some of them) and ...more
Hunter
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yahtzee Croshaw's fourth book, "Differently Morphous," is a genre mixing tale designed to act as a commentary on modern cultural attitudes and discourse. Half fantasy and half mystery novel, the book features interesting characters, witty satire, and a number of genuine laugh out loud moments. The thing that keeps it from being a five star book for me is how the plot wraps up.

Basic rules of magic are set up quite clearly early on in the story. Magic is the result of the crossing over between ou
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Charles
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Yahtzee clearly grows by leaps and bounds with every new novel and his performance of the audio is improving as well.

Despite the praise, the writing itself is a bit mixed. For all the unique and interesting characters, there are just as many cookie-cutter throw-away characters. I particularly liked Alison, her peg-leg boss, the demon-hunting dad and of course the villain (I'm horrible with names). But the two field agents were flat, as were most of the other character
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Luis Piloto
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I came to this book (and Yahtzee Croshaw in general) for the humor and fantastical story. In those two aspects, this book did not disappoint. Sometimes I literally laughed out loud during the audiobook. And the storyline was so fascinating. I cannot state this enough - I absolutely love the scenarios Yahtzee Croshaw dreams up and takes us through.

There were two (2.5 let's say) things I didn't enjoy. First, a lot of the characters were unbelievably unlikable. I don't mean I disliked them so much
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Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is an English comedic writer, video game journalist and author of adventure games created using Adventure Game Studio software. He writes articles for Australia's Hyper magazine, a major games publication. He uses his website "Fully Ramblomatic" as an outlet for his own work, including weekly dark humour articles, essays, fiction, and webcomics. He is currently m ...more