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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more