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From the 2012 John W. Campbell Award Nominee and Two Time Parsec Award WinnerPraise for the Afterlife Series"It’s like a Unifying Theory for all religions and mythologies, binding together diverse cosmologies into a coherent, end-of-the-world tale in which the deepest human values may not be enough to save us. Full of surprises and pointed observations about human behaviouFrom the 2012 John W. Campbell Award Nominee and Two Time Parsec Award WinnerPraise for the Afterlife Series"It’s like a Unifying Theory for all religions and mythologies, binding together diverse cosmologies into a coherent, end-of-the-world tale in which the deepest human values may not be enough to save us. Full of surprises and pointed observations about human behaviour." ~Minister Faust, author of From the Notebook of Dr. Brain and The Alchemists of Kush"Lafferty is a funny writer, with a clear obsession for afterlife mythos and an admirable hand at drawing likable characters... one of the most promising writers... It's great to see her turning out such good work already!" (Cory Doctorow)The popular Afterlife Series continues with the end of Kate and Daniel's long journey!The time has come to free the captured gods of this new world and to save Heaven and Earth from the forces of Chaos. Kate and Daniel know they have a big mess to clean up, and hope that their secrets never come out. But their companions are gods, and possess powers that may allow them to learn how much of the troubles of the world were caused by Kate and Daniel themselves.Nominated for the 2011 Parsec Award for Best Novella Podcast...

Title : War
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War Reviews

  • Jen Fabico
    2019-02-08 05:35

    Book number 32 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is War by Mur Lafferty. War is the fifth and final installment of The Afterlife Series.In War Daniel and Kate find themselves still unable to move forth from the areas of Meridian, Lathe and Leviathan and later, find out that it is because of (view spoiler)[ Chaos, the first and original creator of everything in existence. (hide spoiler)] It is up to Kate and Daniel to gather their troops and defeat this obstruction. It is claimed that this is the very thing that blocks Kate and Daniel from re-entering Heaven and in order to regain the power to their current world and to their previous worlds, (view spoiler)[they must defeat Chaos. Note: Chaos originates from Greek mythology and is said to be the original being that gave birth to many gods and goddesses whom we are more familiar with, later on. In addition, Chaos is linked with other cultural mythologies as well, such as the Japanese mythologies. (hide spoiler)]I have been a fan of Mur Lafferty's for a long time, and it was actually this very series that introduced me to her as a host (in some of her projects) and as a writer. When I first had a listen to the first installment of this series, Heaven, I feel in love immediately. There was a calm and playful innocence and love between the characters and the narrative itself. As the series progressed, it became much more somber and burdened --almost as if this series was a person who realized all of the hardships in life all at once. The characters tended to brood often and the narrative became very heavy with angst and foreboding.Lafferty is very honest by stating that she began this series as a test to herself: to see if she was capable in writing serialized fiction. And here, we are presented with not three, not four, but five novellas to The Afterlife Series. So I suppose the answer would be, yes, Lafferty is capable in writing serialized fiction, but not well, unfortunately. And as much as I enjoy her as a writer, I would like to argue my point.Each novella in this series has very strong and attractive qualities in their narrative. Each time, I found myself engaged and immersed within the telling. However, as each new novella passed, I found that new doors were opened without properly closing the previous doors and answering those probing questions which kept us so intrigued in the prior novellas. Throughout the series, we have found ourselves in Heaven, Purgatory, Hell, on Earth, on new earths, and in a wasteland. There is so much exploration of the metaphysical plains and varying gods, goddesses, and key figures to each culture, new and old. And as strong as each novella was on its own, it seemed not to lend itself to strengthen the previous installments and vice versa. I believe that characters, and stories, need to be able to feed off of their past as opposed to sanitizing it from memory; otherwise, it would have been much more impressive as a stand alone or spin off. Each following novella is a far departure from the novella before it and the only major asset that ties all books together are the main characters: Kate and Daniel. The narrative has changed so much from the first few and there are so many answers have been left to escape into the rest of Mur Lafferty's metaphysical space. For example:* What ever happened to Daniel's sister Meghan after they found her? When they found her, only a brief few minutes were spent with her before Kate and Daniel have some quality time in the closet. If that was the case, why put forth so much time and effort stressing about Meghan?* What happens to the hobos? They hand their packages back to Kate. She says, "oh sh!t," and then nothing. I want to know the aftermath and the effects.* What happened to Heaven, Hell, Earth 1 and Earth 2?* (view spoiler)[It is suggested at the end of War that Kate and Daniel are reborn within the city of Meridian. They do not know of their past and their importance; and a cycle of their past/present/future lives is suggested as well. However, that does not clarify or justify the fourth and fifth novella which states that in order to fix the first and second Earth, the third one must be worked on.(hide spoiler)] And if that is the case, how on earth are they supposed to go back now with the ending that was given in War. Is this a suggestion that Daniel and Kate have forgotten lives past even before this occurrence and that there are even more corrupted worlds in existence due to their errors and naivety?I am not arguing that War or any of The After Life novellas were of poor quality. I just believe that they act better as stand alone books as opposed to a series. The fact that they are in a series without further novellas in between (2.5 or 3.5, etc.) to clarify these questions, is a downfall. I do understand that this was Laffery's first attempt at serialized fiction but I am not holding it on par with other serialized fiction that I have read or listened to in previous times and within my entire experience as a writer.One other aspect which I would like to bring up is her method of storytelling. Novellas one to three contained twelve chapters. The fourth novella contained ten very short chapters, while War contained (I believe) twenty chapters which were excruciatingly long. And the only reason why I feel that they were excruciatingly long is for the fact that Lafferty usually sounded winded after several of them. There were times where the intermission music would play every one or two minutes due to a change in point of view. There were also times where Laffery would speed-read through chapters. I found myself having difficulty in continuing to listen to it because of the lack of consistency, and it almost seemed like Lafferty just wanted to get it over with as well. And of course those feelings transgress into the reader as well.Mur Lafferty is a wonderful writer; I will not deny that. She has a lot of charisma and charm in her writing as well as a good mix of glorious geekiness, which is always much appreciated. I have listened to several of her other serialized works and stand alone works, and I have noticed the improvement over time. The more she wrote, the more she was able to refine her writing style as well as hone in her focus. Latter works by Mur Lafferty have more focus and control but perhaps that is also something that is a struggle when attempting to write fantasy: how do you stay in line and keep your narrative in tact so it continues as a fantasy and does not stray into a science-fiction? --But science-fiction seems to be a strong point for Lafferty anyway.Overall, I am rating the fifth installment, War 3 stars out of 5. If it was a stand alone book, I would have rated it 4 stars out of 5. But there you have it!The next two books which I will be visiting is Graceling and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. Similar to Mur Lafferty, it is serialized fiction and begins as fantasy; however, I believe that Cashore ends with her series still as fantasy. I shall soon find out. Additionally and once again similarly, Cashore took a long time to present her final novel and this series has been in the works for several years. (I believe it was around the same release time as Heaven.) But there you have it! 3/5!

  • Chris
    2019-02-11 07:26

    Better end to the series than the previous two books. Liked seeing the War begin and how the various newly created gods fought.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-02-22 09:40

    Kate and Daniel travel their second world to free the gods imprisoned on this world. They need all the help they can get to go to war to save Earth 1, Heaven, Hell, and even this world. But, no matter how hard you try, not everyone wants what they think. Kate and Daniel work to try and save the worlds they've created.The story does start with a fellow voice friend giving a recap of the four previous stories, to bring us completely up to par for what this book has to hold for us. I really liked this reminder of where we started and what Kate and Daniel worked through to get here.Mur has taken us everywhere through this series. This story; floating city, gear works, and to an under sea city. Never thought, in starting this series, that we would travel so far and create so much. Good and bad, as everyone - even gods - make mistakes and aren't perfect.We face that there are peculiar storms in the Earth 2. I want to know about the Chaos storms as I think it has to do with Heaven and Hell war, or what's happening there. The anticipation grows with the story!In the end we learn what has caused their journey from the beginning. The influence to why they were given their quests, in looking for the lost souls and leading them on their path of troubles. Why the souls were taken and what was stirring that they had no idea of. How far with Kate and Daniel go to save all?This is the conclusion to the world and story of Kate and Daniel. It was one I got caught up in, and with all the gods that surface along the way. A blend of so many elements in one place. The story had moments where I had to re-listen to areas as I wasn't sure what was going on. Things happening a bit rushed, but at the end the world in in dire need of a rushed rescue.I have found, I AM a Mur Lafferty fan. I will be watching this author for as much as she'll put out.

  • John
    2019-02-08 03:27

    This one's quite interesting as it explores, in more detail, the group of gods that we left at the end of the fourth novella. The realisation that the blackness that surrounds the first Earth is related to the improbability storms is an important one that makes it clear that there is work to be done, and a central problem around which the gods must rally. They approach different gods, attempting to draw them to the cause, and not always succeeding.(view spoiler)[ I loved the concept of the ideas shop, selling bad ideas as discounted trinkets and good ideas as the foundation of battle and business plans. The sun god, Bellis, and his addiction to the ideas was really cool. I also loved that he only had his powers when the sun was down, because that was when he had the energy. I found some of the human characters to be a bit ephemeral, though.Ultimately, the end battle results in a win for the gods, the release of the first Earth from the darkness and Kate and Daniel switch, again, to become the sun and the moon. It seems to be implied that they are actually in the sun and moon, despite the fact that the previous sun and moon had personifications on the ground; this isn't really addressed, but hey, it's all mythology, right? The separation we were promised at the end of the second novella is finally achieved, after a fashion. (hide spoiler)]

  • Cameron
    2019-02-16 09:45

    Interesting way to round out the series. Without giving anything away, the main characters have come full circle in their journey, seeing the results of their actions, how they affect others and how to take responsibility for that. It reminds me of the Buddhist concept of the three stages of life. In the first stage our heroes very much lived in their own worlds and were perfectly content there. Then they were called on a mission, and they were forced to leave their worlds (egos) behind and become part of their community. They met many people along the way who reflected back aspects of themselves, and they had to struggle to learn from those experiences while dealing with the effects of their actions upon the world at large. Finally, in the end, they gave of themselves completely for the better of the community.I was impressed with this series, though to be honest I felt it lagged from time to time (probably just me, I have a short attention span!). The characters were well drawn, as was the worlds they inhabited. The symbolism was interesting and reflected a lot of care by the author to tie together the metaphor of the characters' journeys.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-06 09:40

    Fantastic end to the series. Kate and Daniel come to grips with the mess of things that they've made, and work with the other new gods to find a way to fix things.One of the things I especially appreciated about this novella was the way Lafferty expands on the concepts introduced in the previous volume, Wasteland - not only the airborne city Meridian and its twin, Lathe, but also the different gods that were introduced. Their archetypes will be familiar to anyone who's studied Greek mythology (or, probably, to anyone who's read enough DC comics), but they're infused with enough personality and idiosyncrasies that you don't see them as divine archetypes but actual, real characters, which is something that's often difficult when writers are writing about divinity.There's also a climactic, apocalyptic battle against the primordial force of chaos that threatens to destroy two worlds. Let's not forget about that.If you're interested, and/or if you're a fan of Gaimanesque fantasy, I'd say give the series a read, but don't start with this volume.

  • Jay
    2019-02-06 01:25

    Quite the ride. I loved the idea of this series, and was a bit disappointed when I discovered the two protagonists were the embodiments of barely-clued-in teenagers. Even at the end, when they've been post-human far longer (presumably) than not, they still dropped pop culture references and audibly fumbled with comprehension. They felt like archetypes, as if everything that happened to them, every change and realization and discovery, was like a thin coat of clear varnish on a garishly painted piece of wood; no amount of layering would obscure their base natures, which were apparently locked in at the moment of their deaths.That said, I rather liked all the ensemble players. Free from the expansive backstory of Kate and Daniel, the rest of the characters were free to be static or dynamic without pretense, and played their roles with aplomb.All told, I liked the series, and while I couldn't connect with the main characters, I certainly could enjoy their adventures.

  • Jason
    2019-01-28 04:43

    Great series! I stumbled across it just recently and burned through all five seasons at work. First, thank you Mighty Mur for the entertainment. Great books always make my housecleaning job more tolerable. Second, in a world full of carbon-copy books, it was so refreshing to listen to something unusual for a change! This series had me guessing incorrectly at outcomes so often, I gave up around the third season and let the story pull me along, not knowing what was going to happen next. Well written, well read, great story, and nicely developed characters. The only disappointment I had with this series was when I had no more to listen to. Thanks again, great stuff!!!

  • Anna
    2019-02-14 04:25

    I listened to the first half last fall, and then due to unforseen circumstances, I didn't pick it up again until last week. So, the beginning is a little murky in my memory. However, after following the journey of Kate and Daniel for five years, I am pleased to note that the book moves with the twists and turns readers have come to expect from the series. Everything has a purpose. Everything has a place. And our heroes know only slightly more about what's going on than we do. You might get lost in this book if you haven't read the first four, so go back and start with Heaven, and you'll be here in no time.

  • DDog
    2019-02-19 01:41

    I cannot recommend this entire series highly enough. It truly is amazing. Much brilliance and humor and drama and nail-biting action. Kate and Daniel have become some of my favorite characters over the course of five books, and their love story is also one of my favorites. Many philosophical nuggets to chew on. I really enjoy what Lafferty has done to weave familiar mythology together with her own new mythology.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-09 03:36

    WHAAAAAAT?!?!?! I can't believe that's how it all ends. It's not a terrible ending but I feel that after all the work Kate & Daniel put in to be together they end up getting separated anyway. It's a complete 180 from the cookie cutter ending I was expecting & that's why I give it 5 stars. Mur Lafferty gives you a HUGE punch in the gut with Heaven: War but it's like that final blow between two best friends who are play fighting. LOVED IT!

  • Saretta
    2019-02-05 07:52

    Continuano i tentativi di Kate e Daniel per salvare le divinità del nuovo mondo, obiettivo finale: guerra e riappropriazione di paradiso e inferno.Le cose si complicheranno su vari fronti: alcuni non vogliono essere salvati, altri hanno trovato nuove strade, altri hanno una tendenza alla dipendenza da idee.Anche la guerra non andrà proprio come era stata immaginata e avrà una conclusione inaspettata; come nel Signore degli Anelli il percorso riporta all'origine, però si torna cambiati.

  • Catherine
    2019-01-24 06:35

    I'm not one for endings. I personally hate when things are over. Gotta hand it to Mur though: The ending was a true ending. It didn't leave a lot of questions about what happened (although though I would love to know what happened in the after math of things for the Earth 2.0 and the characters from "Earth" like Kevin and Jane) and it set up a great ending for Kate and Daniel.

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-24 04:50

    A very interesting end to this great series. Lafferty has created a very believable mythology and some fantastic characters. I felt a few loose ends weren't tied up, but I look forward to reading more of Lafferty's work.

  • Scott
    2019-02-11 02:41

    Fabulous conclusion, she masterfully balances the often conflicting motives of wrapping up threads and maintaining the pace and tone of the series. No worries, you won't have a Lost type fizzle at the end of this series.

  • B.Barron
    2019-02-06 04:47

    Solid end to a solid series.

  • Holly
    2019-02-06 07:23

    I wish I had been able to pay more attention to this entire series, but that's what you get for listening to audio books when you're at work pretending you can read Russian.