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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2014: Lyda Rose and her colleagues had the best intentions: to create a drug that would cure schizophrenia. Instead, she's in a mental hospital, saddled with a permanent hallucination of a doctor with angel's wings. When a newly admitted teenaged girl commits suicide rather than deal with withdrawal, Lyda recognizes the symptoms and realizes that her drug has hit the streets. She arranges her own release, helps her lover (a paranoid ex-government agent) break out of the hospital, and tries to find out where the drug is coming from. Combining elements of near-future science fiction, cyber-thriller, and whodunit mystery, Daryl Gregory takes us on a pulse-racing, brain-bending adventure that reads like the enthusiastic retelling of a crazy acid trip--twisted and imaginative and frightening and funny and intense. Along the way we investigate drug-pushing churches, we double-cross a gang run by ruthless old ladies, we team up with Native American smugglers, we dodge a split-personality urban rancher, and perhaps most dangerous of all, we try to track down Lyda's old scientific team in search of answers. --Robin A. Rothman

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765336928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765336927
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daryl Gregory’s books are an argument for label-free literature. Those who claim uninterest in sci fi/fantasy do themselves a sad disservice if they pass up “Afterparty,” thinking it’s a genre book. What it is instead is literature – beautifully written, thoughtful and provocative – besides being a supremely entertaining and suspenseful mystery with both humor and heart. Many of the reviews already posted do a kickass job on the summary (this is a smarter than average group of reviewers – didja notice?), so I will only hit what I considered the highlights, which include Taliban granny druglords, a fried-on-meds gun-for-hire who loves only the miniature bison he raises in his Santa Monica apartment, a mute (but spunky!) child whose imaginary friends are more helpful than most, and an angel so magnificent (and powerful?) she seems to come direct from the Tony Kushner playbook.

The ripped-from-tomorrow’s headlines stuff about designer drugs’ being printed by everyman in the church storeroom didn’t interest me as much as it seems to interest other people. I mean, yeah, that’s gonna happen. What’s more fun to consider (and Gregory does) is the leveling potential. (Also, you might consider re-balancing your portfolio if you own a lot of Big Pharma.) In the end, the most profound question posed by “Afterparty” is not really whether God is just a manifestation of brain chemistry but whether it matters.
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Afterparty begins with a parable, which seems appropriate for a book that is about the intersection of science and God. Daryl Gregory's characters offer a variety of viewpoints about the nature of religious belief -- some have faith, some don't -- but the novel is intended to entertain, not to persuade the reader to adopt a particular viewpoint. The entertainment level is high -- humor is easy to mine from the subject matter, the plot offers the twists of a low-key thriller with a bit of near-future technology, and the characters are pleasant company -- while the underlying themes permit minds that are open to inquiry to interpret the novel's serious side in different ways.

Afterparty's protagonist is Lyda Rose, who begins the novel as a patient in a mental health institution. Lyda's issues include a history of drug abuse, unresolved grief for her dead wife, and an invisible companion. A teenage girl is admitted to the institution who had been living rough on the street until she found God, a discovery that followed her ingestion of a piece of paper that Pastor Rudy called Numinous. Lyda holds herself responsible for Numinous and she holds Numinous responsible for a very bad moment in her life, although her memory of that moment is incomplete.

Numinous was created by Little Sprout, a research company that Lyda and her friends founded to develop a drug that would spur the brain's production of neurotrophins with the goal of correcting the conditions that cause schizophrenia. A side effect of the drug makes the user believe in some version of God. It also makes the user feel God's presence, often accompanied by a visual image -- in Lyda's case, an angel. Overdose, as Lyda did, and the visual image never goes away.
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I have never read a book like this. It rocked my world!

This futurist novel artfully blends drugs, religion, science, relationships, and business politics together into an impossible to put down read. Part sci-fi, part thriller, the character development and writing style is outstanding. I admired Daryl Gregory's ability to take a really unusual storyline and develop a richly complex plot that I could not stop reading.

In addition to providing entertainment, this book also made me pause to think about ethics, technology, and greed and the possibility of the plot coming true.

I recommend this book for those who like sci fi, current events, thrillers, or technology-based reads. It would also be a good (weighty) book club discussion for those clubs who like heavier reads.
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Very enjoyable.
I appreciated how Gregory dropped you in the middle of his world and didn't spent a lot of time on set up or explanations. I appreciated that he assumed intelligence in his readers. And such interesting characters.... Simply drawn, but so interesting. A little let down with the ending of The Vincent storyline... In fact, the whole ending was a bit quick.... But the rest was a joy to read. I could totally see Vinnie's apt, with the grass and mini bison. Who thinks up this craziness for such a side character?! And how Ollie processed info while on her meds was something new and interesting. I want to spend more time with these characters!!!
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"Afterparty" offers a dystopic vision of pharmaceuticals in the same way that "Neuromancer" portrayed the future of the internet. A drug that makes you believe in God raises questions about faith, profit, the subconscious, and the very meaning of reality.
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I preordered Afterparty because I so enjoyed all Daryl Gregory's previous books i started reading it while exercycling at the gym, had to stop reading to go home and finished it in a straight shot. The premise is very Gregoryan, for those who are familiar with this author, and grabbed me from the start. Add to this a cast of crazily engaging characters, angels, Afghan millionaires, and drug pushers of every description and, appearing as himself, Ganesh.
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