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(Tales of the Polity #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The past can be a difficult thing to escape…

Decommissioner Thirty-Seven is not the most conventional decommissioner at the Ministry of Divinities, but she takes her role of helping fading gods to retire seriously—and feels bad when things go wrong. Take the decommissioning of Laloran-morna, former god of warm ocean waves: she botched that, somehow, and now he spurts saltwa
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Published March 3rd 2021 by Annorlunda Books
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Jacob Proffitt
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is second in a series and it builds on some of the worldbuilding and character arc from the first. So I definitely recommend reading them in order. Also, the first is pretty short, and really really good, so that's an opportunity!

Having read the first, you know more or less what to expect. In a good way! In this story, we see Sweeting in her home region and we meet coworkers and see some of the aftermath of decommissioning the gods. It was great to see them in their retirement, though in a
A.C. Wise
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lagoonfire by Francesca Forrest is the second novelette in the author’s Tales of the Polity series published by Annorlunda Books. I reviewed the first entry in the series, The Inconvenient God, for The Book Smugglers in 2018. The novelettes each stand alone fairly well, centering on Decommisioner Thirty-Seven, also known as Sweeting, as she deals with a discrete case involving the decommissioning of gods once their worshippers have moved on.

In Lagoonfire, Sweeting is sent to investigate an incur
Sherwood Smith
I’ve been an ardent fan of works by Francesca Forrest ever since she published Pen Pal, a standout novel set in contemporary times with a brush of magical realism. That novel is built around letters between a little girl living precariously in a houseboat off the Gulf Coast and a political prisoner suspended above a volcano in a Southeast Asian country. Pen Pal was my favorite book of 2013.

In that novel, and in her other work, Francesca Forrest seems to be drawn to the liminal spaces in our worl
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As per my request, I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Lagoonfire in exchange for my honest review.

Having read and very much enjoyed Francesca Forrest’s The Inconvenient God, I was thrilled to find out there would be a sequel. I am a Whopper-of-a-Tome kind of gal—someone who likes loooooooong stories—so my only gripe, as such, about The Inconvenient God was its short length. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t like tales that are wordy for the sake of wordiness, rather ones that enchant me into lives
Peter Tillman
Marissa K. Lingen gave the book a rave review here:
"Decommissioner Thirty-seven, also known as Sweeting to the former gods who are her friends, spends her work hours easing former gods out of lives of divinity and into human old age. The Polity is a modern government, where citizens should appeal to abstractions, not to gods, and they’re willing and able to un-deify whatever gods they need to. Thirty-seven has a fondness for the previous gods and visits them
Cairo Marques
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored reading the second part of this series. Decommissioner Thirty-Seven is the main character, as it happened on the shorter, yet as great first part, “The Inconvenient God”. This book brought me closer to her, helping me understand so much about her upbringing and personality traits, and I found this proximity excellent. So excellent that I’m really looking forward to next chapter of this creative and rather unique story. The secondary characters are greatly built, so the pace of the story ...more
Mar 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I could have possibly asked this book to be any better than it is, what a pleasant surprise! ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a follow-up to Forrest’s first novelette from Annorlunda Books, An Inconvenient God. Both books star Decommissioner Thirty-Seven, known as “Sweeting” to her friends. However, both books can be read independently; I loved An Inconvenient God but you do not need to read it first to enjoy Lagoonfire! But if you did enjoy the first book, you will love the follow-up, which deepens our understanding of Sweeting, her past, and her world.

Sweeting is a decommissioner at the Ministry of Divinities
I'm so happy to have this lovely sequel to Francesca Forrest's novella *An Inconvenient God.* And I'm thrilled she's working on a third episode from her carefully thought-out alternate world, where Decommissioner Thirty-Seven labors in good faith to support the goals of an authoritarian state called the Polity.

The job of Decommissioner Thirty-Seven is to decommission deities that devotees no longer pay much attention and to help the Ministry of Divinities convert the populace from worshiping qui
John Folk-Williams
Here are the first two completely captivating Tales of the Polity: the novelette The Inconvenient God and the short novel Lagoonfire. Their author, Francesca Forrest, suggests there will be more stories in her interview with the Little Red Reviewer. And I hope to see them soon. Forrest has a uniquely fascinating imagination that blends charming story-telling, thoroughly quirky characters and serious ideas in ways I haven’t encountered before.

From the moment we meet Decommissioner Thirty-Seven, w
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Decommissioner Thirty-Seven’s jobs never quite follow the Ministry of Divinities’ protocols, no matter how dedicated to the job or conscientious she has trained her whole life to be. Does she simply get too attached to the gods she must ease into retirement? She does have enduring relationships with retired gods, which some of her colleagues envy.

We meet more of these colleagues in this second installment of the series, thus gaining insight into Thirty-Seven’s personality. But Book 2 also takes
Natalie Waddell-Rutter
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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**I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest review.**

Forrest fulfills her promises laid out in The Inconvenient God. Thirty-Seven is involved in another unconventional decommissioning, but she makes sure the right thing is done. Thirty-Seven strongly believes that she should do the right thing, the truth will out, and she needs to fulfill her promises to her few friends. She has to decide whether it's more important to follow the rules or do what is right. She chooses to do wha
Edith Hope
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such a fun and wonderfully inventive novella where the government of a rapidly developing world has the authority to decommission gods. But what becomes of these divine retirees and what happens if any are missed? And what of the deities that came before recorded history? Such lovely questions that Forrest answers well. I particularly enjoyed the lush seaside setting and the imaginative relationships in this story.
Nerine Dorman
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Love, love, love Francesca's writing so much, and especially this setting.
Nikki Mitchell
Sep 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in Francesca Forrest’s Tales of Polity series. I messed up, and actually read this one before the first book! The cover was just so pretty I couldn’t help myself ;). But despite my over-eagerness, this novella works perfectly well as a standalone. There is no need to read the first book, first! Now, on to the review:

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