At last, David Mogo Godhunter releases tomorrow (in the US–UK/Nigeria folks, you’ll have to wait two more days until the 11th, sorry!) Don’t have it yet? Get it, get it, get it!
This week is, in fact, a trifecta of things. First, today kicks off my digital global tour of book blogs for David Mogo, and tomorrow is also my first Reddit AMA at r/fantasy, where I’ll be online from 9:00AM EST / 2:00PM WAT to answer any questions you have about David Mogo, my writing and authorship influences, choices and career, writing advice and my teaching of writing, etc. Literally, ask me anything!
Now, on to matters arising today.
David Mogo Book FAQs
When fellow-but-not-so-fellow SFF author at Rebellion Publishing, Chuck Wendig, dropped his book Wanderers last/this week (which you should seriously check out because it’s dope), he posted an FAQ to try and answer the recurrent questions about the book. I thought it was a cool concept, and a good source to point people to for answers, so I decided to do something similar for David Mogo, Godhunter. Here we go.
The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, Lagos endures.
David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala.
No problem, right?
Is there a content warning?
I have seen a few folks make references to a few things, so I’ll repeat those here:
- Some high levels of violence and rising body counts
- Some allusion to abuse, of a physical or sexual nature, esp. underage
- *Disability “healed” or cured
*I noticed a few comments about how surprising this was, so I decided a heads-up might help
Who will like this book?
As a rule, you reading this, haha. But in more detail, this is right up your alley if…
- You love urban fantasy with a driving main character in the mould of Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher, Dresden Files), Peter Grant (Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London and sequels) or Shadow Moon (Neil Gaiman, American Gods);
- You think the genre godpunk sounds exciting, and Nigerian/African godpunk sounds even more so;
- You love (post)apocalyptic stories where the apocalypse is not at the centre of the narrative;
- You love Thor and Loki and Asgard, and even more so if they were Nigerian (if looking for something Percy-Jackson-y, you may not find it here, sadly);
- You’re completely fine with reading local vernacular that you may sometimes not understand, and meething characters whose names you may not be able to pronounce, but are fine with since neither will take away your ability to understand the story.
Is this part of a series?
Short answer? No. Long answer is more complicated: It could be part of a series, but depends on the plans the publishers have for the characters. Maybe you could love them enough to earn them some more page time! So, basically, the more you buy, the more likely you may get to see them again.
What genre is it?
To be honest, while writing it, I thought of it as contemporary fantasy based on mythology. But since its announcement, I’ve heard it described as Nigerian godpunk, urban fantasy, mythpunk, cosmological fantasy, godpocalyptic dark fantasy, etc. Honestly, if any of these terms work for you, go for it. The most important thing to know is that the story is fantastical, it does take place in Lagos, it does feature gods, and it does get a bit dark. Everything else is up in the air.
What if I can’t afford the book?
Libraries. You know, places where one can still get books for free and like, you know, spend time without having to pay or purchase anything? Those places. A cursory Google search or questioning your fave librarian will help you narrow down what libraries you can find this book in your locale.
And if they don’t have it, well then, ask them to get it! And you know where.
What can I do to support the book?
I’ll just repeat what Chuck said: Tell your friends. Tell your family, tell your Tinder dates, tell those who’re asking, “What should I read next?” Tweet about it, post a photo of your copy on Instagram. Leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon or B&N. Ask your local library to stock it. I would split myself into a thousand me’s and do all of this, but I’m not sure the world’s ready for more of me, so I guess this part falls to you.
Can I come see you and get the book signed?
Abso-dang-lutely. Look at my homepage for a list of where I’ll be at.
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Thanks for the love, everyone, and happy David Mogo day in advance!