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David Mogo, Godhunter

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  61 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
Published 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
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Trigger Warnings Implied predator / Implied torture / 'Curing' of Speech-Impaired Character

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
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.
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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I recieved thus ARC for review from Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing (thank you so much!) I enjoyed these stories very much. It's always awesome to see yourself represented in a story.

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
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
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent an eARC of this through NetGalley for my honest feedback.

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.
(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: netgalley, arc
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
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
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
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this immensely. I’m a huge fan of The Dresden Files and so when I saw that this book was being described as something similar, but set in Nigeria with a whole new mythos to explore, my expectations were set high. David Mogo did not disappoint.

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
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
I received a free arc of this book from the publisher via Net-Galley, in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know where to even start when it comes to talking about this one. It blew my mind to the point that even now, several days after I finished, I'm still reeling.

When I dissect what I read, it's a little difficult to figure out why it had so much impact; superficially, this is a story I've read many times, a coming-of-age tale wherein a young man must claim his full, supernatural potential
Patrick St-Denis
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Something about Suyi Davies Okungbowa's fantasy debut, David Mogo, Godhunter, intrigued me when I first read its press release. I mean, I've never read Nigerian god-punk. And though I had no idea what it could be about, I was curious to find out. And since I've enjoyed Nnedi Okorafor's works in the past, I wanted to give this new Nigerian author a shot. The book promised to be unlike anything else out there, which was reason enough for me to want to pick it up.

Suyi Davies Okungbowa has been a pr
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 / 5 ✪

David Mogo: Godhunter is a study in contrast. Looking back on it, there were so many things that annoyed me about it and yet I still can’t bring myself to give it a bad rating. That said, I did lower my initial rating due to the sheer amount of said annoyances and the fact that they did not sit well. The fact is, DM:G does just enough right to make up for its generally mediocre plot, confusing explanations, horrible inconsistency and just odd, uneven pacing.

First off, DM:G isn’t really
2.5 / 5 ✪

NetGalley furnished me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

David Mogo: Godhunter is a study in contrast. Looking back on it, there were so many things that annoyed me about it and yet I still can’t bring myself to give it a bad rating. That said, I did lower my initial rating due to the sheer amount of said annoyances and the fact that they did not sit well. The fact is, DM:G does just enough right to make up for its generally mediocre plot, confusing
Sarah Wright
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars — a vivid adventure of self-discovery as one man faces off against the Yoruba orisha

"War is blood, fire, and iron, and you are all three."

David Mogo lives in Lagos, Nigeria, a state now gripped by supernatural dangers that range from the mostly annoying godlings to full-blooded orisha: gods of legend with little affection for humankind. David is a demigod, although he doesn't know his divine mother; he uses his ability to sense godessence for small-time jobs like removing godling pes
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
Caitlin Farley
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been anticipating reading David Mogo Godhunter since January and I’m excited to say that this book met all my expectations. It’s a gritty, epic, and enthrallingly unique blend of dystopia and urban fantasy.

I loved the concept of the gods falling from the sky as an apocalyptic event and the contrasts drawn between Lagos pre- and post Falling. This is dystopia in all its gritty and filth-covered glory and it makes all other dystopian scenarios seem gentle and kind by comparison. This is, in p
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a nice change of pace from common Fantasy reads, both for the storyline and the setting, so if Fantasy is your go to then I suggest picking this up for a bit of a change of scenery as it were.

I enjoyed the story, which was fun and engaging, although initially a little bit confusing purely because the story starts very quickly, that being said this isn’t precisely a bad thing and the confusion doesn’t last long. It’s almost like being surprised for a short while because you’re suddenly i
McKenzie Peterson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Nigerian Godpunk is something that I think everyone needs a little more of in their life, however, I was greatly disappointed in some of the decisions that were made and the overall writing style of this book. The concept of this book is great. It's intriguing and could be great, however, the structure of this book is a problem. It's written in shorter almost episodic sections that if they had been expanded upon and developed more could have been full books in their own right. The author is well ...more
Z Aung
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
NB: ARC received from netgalley

Well. That was amazing. The first thing that told me this book was going to be right up my alley was the code-switching. Which, for those of you who don't know, is a linguistic thing where people's phrasing and grammar order etc changes between situations. It's particularly prevalent among multi-lingual cultures. I loved how Okungbowa writes Davids speech without trying to explain it. The book is unshamedly Nigerian and this is just one of the ways it does this.

Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The gods have fallen to Earth and the world has been irreversibly changed.

This is the story of David Mogo, a demigod who occupies his time in this post-Falling time by hunting down creatures called godlings and sending them back to the area of Lagos that has been occupied by the fallen gods. One day, he gets a proposition from a local wizard to score a lot more cash
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Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of the godpunk novel, DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER (Abaddon, 2019) and other African-inspired SFF stories. His internationally published short fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Apex, Podcastle, The Dark, and other periodicals and anthologies. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at t ...more