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David Mogo, Godhunter

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Nigerian God-Punk - a powerful and atmospheric urban fantasy set in Lagos.

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’
Paperback, 360 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Abaddon
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The gods rained from the sky in a deluge known as the Falling, and Lagos will never be the same again. Godhunter David Mogo, half god himself, has taken on a job way about his pay grade and now everything he holds dear is in danger etc etc.

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
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 33%

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
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok

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
temi ★

[this has bad reviews, but idc idc 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾]
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)

Future Publication Date: July 9th, 2019

Execution: ⭐⭐⭐
Enjoyment: ⭐⭐⭐

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

Nov 15, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Dec 24, 2018 marked it as to-read

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.
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read, I liked Mogo's writing style and world-building, the story was exciting and unique with good character development. I love the cover art and the cultural elements. I did not know I was a fan of the "Nigerian God-Punk" genre but this book convinced me!

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
Rituranjan Gogoi
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
(e ARC received via Netgalley)

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
Mairi White
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Brief disclaimer, this is the first book I have received since signing up to Netgalley so I read an advanced reader copy for free in exchange for this review. I had been wanting to read the book since I first heard about it (also look at that cover, it is absolutely gorgeous). It’s described as Godpunk, which isn’t a term I have heard before, but sounded fascinating.

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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
An opportunity to read Suyi Davies Okungbowa's David Mongo, Godhunter for was presented, and I am a firm believer in never saying no to a free read. So I dove in, with nothing but the brief description provided by, and kept expectations and premature judgement at bay in order to write a fair review.

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
Dora Okeyo
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
David Mogo is a demigod. His mother is the god of war and chaos and his father, well, he was just a common man- a mortal which is why he hunts gods and godlings, because his essence can sense their presence. And also their presence in Lagos causes nothing but chaos for human beings and he is not pleased about it, not one bit.
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.3/5

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
Look, it's inevitable: someone, somewhere, is going to make a long and persuasive argument about the linkages between David Mogo, Godhunter and Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon . And that person isn't going to be completely wrong, in the way that anyone tracing a linkage between Leila del Duca and Ursula K. Le Guin would not be completely ... wrong ... and they would also not be saying much of use, either, other than "here are two excellent creators who come from the same place." Which ... well, let's j ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was one of those books which sadly promised a little more than it was able to deliver in the end - the main issue I had with it was that, while it was an interesting premise and well-written, it got bogged down in unnecessary amounts of exposition and felt as though it was a novella-length plot dragged out to novel-length.

The basic idea of the book is that it's set in Lagos, Nigeria at a time after a number of gods have come to the place, understandably causing chaos. Our protagonist, the
Miko Mayer
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
David Mogo, Godhunter
by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Published by Rebellion Publishing, Abbadon Books
Publication date: 09 July, 2019

David Mogo, Godhunter stirs the past, present, future, and mythological together into an action-packed urban fantasy set in Lagos, Nigeria. My knowledge of Nigerian culture is limited to what I’ve gleaned from novels, but I am endlessly intrigued by it and so was very much looking forward to this book. It delivered on infusing the story with culture, doing so in a no-holds-
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The gods fell to Earth over a decade ago. Lagos is in chaos, broken and flooded. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter has to capture twin gods—twin Orishas—high gods—and deliver them to Ajala, the city's most notorious wizard.

I was delighted to get an advance reading copy of this from Netgalley because I read it in its early stages when it was a single novella which Suyi brought to the Milford SF Writers' Conference in 2017, all the way from Lagos to a misty North Wales. Several of us said then, th
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Description of this book was amazing and that's why I requested ARC copy. Unfortunately, the execution wasn't so good. My main complaint is a lot of internal monologue. There were moments when I just skipped the pages to get somewhere where something's going on.

I liked David Mogo - he is interesting and his work as hunter of lesser gods is something that caught my attention in description. I just wanted there to be more character development and something I check in every book I read - interesti
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May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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The ideas are there but the execution is quite flawed. The book is formulaic with three parts that follow a typical question pattern: hero has problem, hero tries to fix problem, hero get solution wrong, someone tells the hero what to do, hero kills someone. This made it easy to anticipate. The book dragged overall and there was lots of info dumping with non-relevant information. This book needed an editor and to be about a third les long minimum. There also was hand waving away of real issues s ...more
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the setting and world building in this story. Lagos is a fascinating place. And I loved what the author did with it in this story. The Orisha war has resulted in Lagos being flooded with gods who have made the city intolerable for its inhabitants and the world has ignored Lagos. It is up to David Mogo, a half god, to help humans deal with the menace. Only problem is we have power hungry gods who want more and have made David inadvertently help them. David has to undo this wrong and this ...more
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Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of stories featuring African gods, starships, monsters, detectives and everything in-between. His godpunk novel, DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER, is out from Abaddon in July 2019. His internationally published fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various periodicals and anthologies. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else. Learn more at ww ...more