David Mogo, Godhunter
Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’ ...more
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Split into three interlinked sections, this follows a pretty typical path of self discovery. Yet what starts out as a decent intro quickly morphs into torturous internalising, over explanation, repetition, and a serious lack of forward momentum. Even the figh ...more
The worldbuilding, steeped in both Nigerian and other African myth and in Lagos itself, is fantastic and the dialogue in particular terrifically vivid. I love the different gods, and the way David's found family grows around him. I kind of wan ...more
Enough of this negative talk, here is why you should read David Mogo, Godhunter.
1- It’s a pleasurable adventure. A d ...more
While "David Mogo, Godhunter" started off on the right foot with a Nigeria-set "Phillip Marlowe meets 'American Gods'" atmosphere, I was put off by many of its writing decisions that became more and more obstrusive as it went along.
What worked: the setting and world-building. The story takes place in modern-day Nigeria a few years after an event called The Falling, when gods had been kicked out of their pantheon and are now forced to roam the surrounding the region of Lagos. David Mogo ...more
Future Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Key Descriptors: Gods, Godpunk, Novellas, Urban Fantasy, African Fantasy, Nigeria, Lagos, OwnVoices
Applicable /r/Fantasy Bingo Squares: Novella (hard mode), Twins (hard mode), #OwnVoices
Premise: The heavens have burst and the gods have fallen. Some are minor pests, mere godlings, but some are high gods with unknown magics and powers. David Mogo, a half-god, contracts himself out to the people of Lagos to help with godling infesta...more
This book is so good and magically, in my ...more
Urban Fantasy is not a genre that i hold in the highest esteems. There's something about fine tuning mythology that just makes me unable to relate to the genre. That being said, i'm not going to hate on a well written book simply because of the genre.
This book started out great and crash landed into terrible. It was insane how much of a 360 it did in terms of going from good to bad.
📌Suyi Davies drags out this story in ways it should not have been dragged out for. Honestly if the story ha
Described as a Nigerian god-punk, Okungbowa’s David Mogo sounded like something I absolutely had to read. The story, told through the first-person POV of titular Godhunter, dives into Orisha mythology. The story develops on the street Lagos. As European I found the setting fascinating and exotic.
David works freelance hunting lesser godlings. It turns out a powerful wizard plans to use one of his catches to seize control of the city. David has to fix his mistake and save the day.
I like the ...more
Some specific things I loved:
-David's voice, whi ...more
The code switching was very interesting to see. It's something that I have to do in my life as well. Seeing the main character use it was relatable.
The was tons of action and description. Some might say info dumpy, but I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to learn a little bit about the some of the Gods of Lagos a ...more
David Mogo, Godhunter is an interesting own voices fantasy novel set in our world, that with a bit of extra attention could have been great. Instead it flies just short of falling flat.
I was quite honestly very excited for this book. I mean it is an own voices book when it comes down to the culture. Lagos, Nigeria is where the author comes from and just that alone is something that sets this book apart. A ...more
But David’s not perfect: he is conflicted about a host of things that go as far as his birth, being abandoned by his mother, always feeling like he doesn’t belong and now th ...more
DNF'd @ 35%
The concept of this book absolutely reeled me in from the get go. Unfortunately though the actual execution of the story didn't work for me. There's way too much tell and infodumps that it bogs everything and loses its forward momentum - and my interest. Thanks anyway, NetGalley.
Thomas from SFF180 in their SFF180 🐉 Anticipated Fantasy 2019 video published on 24 dec. 2018
I beginning to feel a bit superficial because I think most of the books that ends up on my TBR get there because I watched somebody's video and the cover intrigued me...
Do I really care?
Not really. ...more
This book came under my radar courtesy of Amyn and because I haven’t read speculative fiction in a while, I gave in and requested a review copy. It turns out I was right when I said Children of Blood and Bone did a terrible job of portraying Yorùbá gods🤷🏾♀️.
David Mogo Godhunter tells the story of a half-god/half-human, David Mogo, who inadvertently has to save Lagos from complete destruction and oblivion, and on the same quest, reconcile with his ‘otherness’. While not flawless, I maint ...more
Synopsis: "Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat ...more
David Mogo, Godhunter was an interesting story by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. The book is told in first person POV that is action packed portrayal of an apocalyptic fall of gods. The chapters are short and always leaves the reader in a cliff hanger to keep the page turning. If you are a fan of the supernatural and urban fantasy with amazing characters, this book is for you. I loved also the inclusion of the language involved (such ...more
I really liked the premise of this story but sadly, it didn't grip me as much as I wanted.
Bit of a confusing start, jumps right into the story without giving the reader enough background to be invested.
Literally describes 'Naruto running' in it.
I enjoy the idea behind the story but find the flow difficult.
I will try and keep at least some of the review spoiler free since the book isn’t out yet, if there is anything that has spoilers i ...more
This novel had immense potential, but it was uneven in terms of plot, pacing, and the execution of the story. It is basically dipped in Orisha mythology and the Yoruba folklore. I was eager to read this book because of the awesome description in Goodreads, and had high hopes of an action-packed, and a thrilling story. But, it didn't fulfill my expectations. There is action, and some of the characters were really intriguing, but, the book showed more, rather than tel ...more
Although the mythology is super interesting, the narrative choices were very jarring to me. The unexplained switch between a Nigerian dialect and typical Western English every now and then kept forcing me out of the story - the characters spoke in dialect but David's internal voice didn't, which didn't make sense. And it's very telling, not really showing.
In general, I was very disappointed with this story.
David Mongo, Godhunter is told by David, and in his first-person experience portrays the story of his fight and survival after the apocalyptic fall of gods. The story itself was not what ...more
David Mogo, a half God who is also extremely complaining and way too proud person, decides to take up a job that looks impossible.
Now, we all know how the story of demigods goes. Sprinkle a lot of self-righteous speech, with a dash of self-doubt. And then trust the author to kill the rest of the plot. This book is repetitive, monotonous and has a pace slower than a snail.
What started as an extremely promising pot, it soon turned out to ...more
Review of a free Netgalley Review Copy.
David Mogo is a hunter of godlings, a cleaner of messes made by the minor deities running loose in Lagos, Nigeria after an event called the Fall, when Gods and Goddesses of Africa's pantheon(s) come to earth and start raising havoc. He himself is a demigod, the son of an unknown goddess who possesses strength, stamina, and an attitude to match.
His mentor, Papa Udi, is a wizard and a man of few words, and togethe ...more
I don’t know if I’m getting harsher, but I was bummed that this book didn’t land bett ...more
In particular, I love how the author uses First Person point of view in this book. David’s voice was smart and quick, funny and authentic, and fun to follow through every twist and turn. His way of seeing and describing things kept me reading thro ...more
Review: So here’s the deal. I like movement that builds the characters that play in the story line sand box, especially in SciFi/Fantasy novels. Things like; lengthy internal dialogue that covers anything from scene descriptions to backstory tend to halt the movement. This stuttering really lends itself to non-fiction novels. I get that author’s are trying to enrich the pages with humanistic blather but you can only take so much angst ridden, soul searching hero-rhetoric. And boy ho ...more