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Publisher's Summary

With magic declassified in the UK, the fake psychics and fraudulent healers are running amok, and it's up to the Department of Extradimensional Affairs' newly appointed Skepticism Officers to crack down. But when they set their sights on Modern Miracle, a highly suspicious and fast-growing faith healing cult with remarkably good social media presence, even their skepticism is put to the test.

Is Modern Miracle on the level? Is Miracle Meg’s healing magic real? Why do dead bodies keep showing up on their doorstep? And just what is Miracle Dad's preferred flavour of crisp?

In Existentially Challenged, the sequel to Differently Morphous, the men and women of the Department of Extradimensional Affairs continue their struggle to uncover the motives of the Ancients under the ever-present threat of death, insanity, and sensitivity training.

©2021 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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great story, so unique

Yahtzee does a great job with his Narration, he revels in Dr Diablre. Looking forward to the next one.

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excellent sequel

Great follow up to Differently Morphous, really looking forward to the next one. Excellent performance, as always from Yahtzee.

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answers!

alright Yahtzee, you win again, I'll wait for the of the answers...

legit though I love this universe and wish this was more like it

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What a hoot!

Don't let the subject matter, strange but interesting characters, creative narration and magical alterniverse fool you. At its core this is still a very well structured mystery with lots of twists and turns to keep you fully engaged. I loved every second of this book. Despite some negative reviews, for what it's worth, I think the narration is stellar. Yahtzee Croshaw does a superb job breathing life into his own creation which I think is a double treat for surely this is what he heard for his characters as he was creating them. I was left absolutely wanting follow up for this wonderful world Croshaw has created. The last time I felt this was after reading my first Terry Pratchett. Dive in, it's worth a listen.

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A sequel that leaps of the original

After only just recently finishing the first book, the second was released and I enjoyed how it continued on and looking forward to the next book.

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Very entertaining

Great story, well written & very funny. Love to see more of Yahtzee adopted home in the next book.

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Great sequel to my favorite from the Author

Love Yahtzee's work! Great development and more spotlight for secondary characters. Seeing the other side to certain characters was great. When book three?

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Enjoyable follow up that's weaker than the 1st

A fun romp through a sarcastic magical suburbia. Interesting developments and worth a listen. But definitely less polished than the first book. To my mind Differently Morphous was the most well-honed of Croshaw's books. Also his narration was previously heightened by sound and voice effects that were missing this time round.

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Amusing and Clever

Loved this. The humour that is woven throughout the narrative is great and I really enjoy listening to the reader. Being the author, he really knows how he wanted the story to come across which is something other narrators sometimes miss. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Nick
  • 11-12-2021

Yahtz does it again

Loved it. Gives enough info to make the audience feel clever for figuring certain things out before the characters, but doesn't give so much away that the mystery is ruined. Good exploration of the characters beyond their mostly "professional" roles in the first book. Can't wait for the third entry :-) Thanks Yahtz!

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  • Jordan
  • 10-12-2021

Excellent mystery and characters, with a big issue

I've read all of Yahtzee Crosshaw's books, from the more humble beginnings of Mogworld and Jam to the more excellent books like Differently Morphous and Will Save the Galaxy for Food, and even for those works I've not enjoyed as much, there is definite quality to the writing. An author narrating their own work is often hit and miss, but Yahtzee does a decent job.

Now, what is great about this book? The mystery. Excellent crafting of intrigue and solveable before the end without being too easy. The expanding world lore is also exceptionally well crafted, giving off excellent Lovecraftian vibes while not sabotaging the humor.

What is not so great is the satire. While well handled in other books, Yahtzee feels ham handed here, pressing personal opinion over his more well balanced approach in Differently Morphous. Full disclosure, I am a Christian, but I am also quite familiar with Yahtzee's work and I am no stranger to authors that scorn my beliefs, I've read all of Terry Pratchett's books and he's still one of my favorite authors. The difference here is in how Yahtzee has approached the issue, demonstrating a clear lack of understanding when presenting the Christian side of things. Admittedly, he does throw the church a bone in that one of the main representions is identifiably meant to represent the Westboro Baptist church, a sect most Christians want nothing to do with, and adequate attention is drawn to this to clarify that he doesn't think all Christians are like this. I feel if there had been a bit more of an informed depiction, it would seem far less strawman than it already is.

Overall, I am glad to have read this book and I do look forward to more, but I am a little disappointed by clumsy representation.

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  • Alexander Matthew Pontier
  • 13-12-2021

A good follow up

Yahtzee Croshaw plays tongue in cheek with murder mystery, the church and British spy novels while throwing in a dig at superheroes just because.

A follow up to Differently Morphus, this one continues the story of Allison and the DEDA as they deal with new challenges while only lingering on the mysteries not solved in the last book, like how a sequel should be done. We see more sides to the characters we grew to like or at least tolerate and enjoy the satirical skull duggery of the hapless heroes.

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  • Daniel
  • 11-12-2021

Only getting better

Been following Yahztee's career since the begining, I've always enjoyed his books, and he's only been honing his craft, now with his newest sequel to Differently Morphous we are seeing his new height

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  • Ryan Adams
  • 14-01-2022

Absolutely Hilarious

Great characters and funny twists on tropes and in exposition. Another banger of a book!

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  • Jordan
  • 12-01-2022

Truly Masterful Mystery

This book solidified Yahtzee as one of my favorite authors. I can't say more or I may ruin the experience.

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  • Rocketboy13
  • 10-01-2022

Humorous and Fun

I really enjoyed the first in the series and the only complaint I had about it is that it set up so much material that was just window dressing in the first book, this expands on pretty much all of it in interesting ways.

I look forward to future installments.

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  • Stephen Spencer
  • 09-01-2022

The Laundry Files with a Yahtzee twist!

This book starts out a little slow trying to think back on the last book to bring myself up to speed. At about 10% into the book it starts to click in what exactly is going on and from there it just gets better and better and better. I'm a huge Charles Stross fan and Yahtzee provides the same type of story with a humorist twist.

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  • eldar
  • 08-01-2022

nothing but praise

one of the most intriguing stories I have read in ages, only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book now.

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  • Mary
  • 07-01-2022

Just so satisfying

I've become quite a fan of Croshaw and while I don't LOVE everything he writes, I like it enough to listen and relisten. He also happens to be an excellent narrator and storyteller. Honestly, I didn't realize there was going to be a sequel to Differently Morpheus so this was a pleasant surprise. Overall, it's not a thriller or even overly suspenseful. However, it's a novel world with interesting and evolving characters and themes, involved in a story which you can figure out along with the protagonists. I chuckle while listening and never find myself bored. It's also extremely satisfying to listen to a complete story which wraps up nicely, while also setting up more questions for the future. One point: the author does zero rehashing of the first book so, if it's been a few years for you, it might be nice to give Differently Morpheus a re-listen to help solidify the characters.

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  • UncleSi
  • 19-12-2021

Brilliant

Very well written and very well read eight more words to add sausage banana horse

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  • lolname
  • 12-12-2021

Amazing background-building, painful end

"The DEDA Files" is honestly as good as the Rivers Of London series. Although Existentially Challenged is shorter than Differently Morphous, it somehow feels a bit tighter and yet squeezes even more in. The fact that there's no music this time doesn't matter, not when you've got Yahtzee's dulcet tones in your ears.

All the characters are memorable, even if not likeable. Hopefully not spoilers, but I found myself feeling sympathy for Victor (Who I never really liked) and am now crushing majorly on Adam (Who was always my favourite).

Loving that the LGBT and POC rep is even better than before and how almost everyone develops in surprising ways.
The Batman and Robin scene makes me laugh out loud every time and, even with how painful I found the end, there were several very funny moments too.

The world of The DEDA Files is now even richer than it already was, to the point I have headcanons and could very easily see it making a great TV series.
Liz Carr for Elizabeth, maybe Gemma Arterton for Alison?

The ending's "painful" because it made me feel really uneasy and makes it clear there's even more to this story than there already is. That said, I'm glad the ending happened how it did.

Lastly, the fact that Adam is shorter than Alison on the cover art? Awwwww! I love the cover art and want to follow the artist online.

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  • james shepherd
  • 26-12-2021

A Great expansion on the first book

Yahtzee is a great narrator and takes the characters/plot in hilarious and interesting directions

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  • Callum M.
  • 23-12-2021

Yes, just yes!

I adore cosmic horror and i adore satire. This series blends the two perfectly.

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  • Henry Good
  • 23-12-2021

Can't wait for the next one!!!

love the world yathzee has created and I want to explore this creative and intriguing world even more

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  • Christopher Killey
  • 22-12-2021

A solid sequel

A good sequel to differently morphus, diving in where that story left off.
Lacked some of the polish the previous book had (voice effects and intro music) but they are minor distractors from a fun plot that had me guessing until the end.

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  • ann hicks
  • 22-12-2021

Another slice of gold

A fantastic book as are all the rest of his books I highly recommend it

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  • simon
  • 17-12-2021

A genuinely good experience

I can so easily see this ark being an excellent second season channel 4 cult hit show.

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  • Jordan
  • 17-12-2021

Essentially Unchallenged

Great writing, Great story, Great narration, Great expansion of created universe, Good Job Yahtzee ❤️

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  • Nicholas Buckley
  • 16-12-2021

good sequel looking forward to the next one

Entertaining dialogues, consistent world rules for how magic works which help build to a decent twist and mystery

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