Doing God's Work

by Csuite

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The gods are real and incorporated. Providence is a profitable global monopoly.

But its chief executive is a corrupt authoritarian, the combined might of the divine powers is ignoring humanity’s problems, and Helpdesk service is, frankly, terrible. In this corporate fantasy, it’s up to history’s most maligned immortals to step up and sort things out.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Putting the Hell in Helpdesk ago
2. Task Manager of the Gods ago
3. Kidnapping is Bad for Public Relations ago
4. Prophecy and Your Career: A Primer ago
5. Tea Break ago
6. Armageddon Violates our Code of Conduct ago
7. Occupational Health and Summonings ago
8. International Day of Discord ago
9. Drinks with the Enemy ago
10. Smiting is Worse With Computers ago
11. Now Hiring Obvious Thugs ago
12. Why No One Likes Prophecy ago
13. Two Gods Walk Into a Scuba Shop ago
14. Friends in High Places ago
15. Team-Building Exercise ago
16. Power Grab ago
17. Costs of Cutting Corners ago
18. Come See Me in my Office ago
19. Seizing Assets ago
20. Joint Venture Investor Relations ago
21. Long-Term Strategic Objectives ago
22. Unqualified to Induct Demons ago
23. The Art of the Non-Apology ago
24. Whistleblower ago
25. Zero Days Since the Last Safety Incident ago
26. Is the Pope a Catholic? ago
27. The Right People at the Right Time ago
28. In a Room Together Talking ago
29. Pacts are Just Contract Law ago
30. Hurts Like The Devil ago
31. Not Anymore ago
32. Demons and Angels ago
33. Worker's Comp Doesn't Cover the Time Loop ago
34. Mergers ago
35. Up for Interpretation ago
36. Emergency Media Relations ago
37. Footing the Bill ago
38. Where the Wild Managers Don't Go ago
39. Eye of the Executive ago
40. Putting the Hel in Helpdesk ago
41. Content Creation for Clairvoyants ago
42. Adoration-Based Economics ago
43. The Immortal Trade ago
44. On Officers and Oracles ago
45. Back in Business ago
46. Dealing with Demons ago
47. The Dimensions of Demotion ago
48. Worst Part of the Job ago
49. Professional Boundaries ago
50. No One Can Exorcise Legal Fees ago
51. Poor Life Decisions ago
52. Mind Games ago
53. The Soul Jar is Available at 2:30pm ago
54. Bigger Than You ago
55. Into Lockdown ago
56. Destructive Management Techniques ago
57. Apocalypse-Resistant Building Standards ago
58. Spiders and Saints ago
59. All in the Execution ago
60. How to Spearhead a Hostile Takeover ago
61. Smoke and Mirrors ago
62. Screening Process ago
63. All the King's Iterative Workflows Couldn't Put it Back Together ago
64. Invocation through Proper Channels ago
65. The Afterlife Gets Poor User Feedback ago
66. Terms and Conditions ago
67. Floating Capital ago
68. Toxic Influences ago
69. Retrospective Debrief ago
70. Devil's in the Details ago
71. Self-Reflection in the Mirrorverse ago
72. Pyramid Scheme ago
73. Exit Interview ago
74. The Consequences of Putting Things in Writing ago
75. Lies, Lies and Deadlines ago

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Tana Nari
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I don't know what the story is trying to be, and I don't care.

Reviewed at: 15. Sanction

It's too good for me to argue.

Okay, I'm not going to do a specific breakdown of the aspects of the story. They're all in the mid to upper tier of professional writing, with no noteworthy flaws and all the platitudes of being clean, easy to follow, and engaging. If you have a problem with this writing, you're a pickier duck than I. And I am one picky duck.

And the characters, oh the characters. Amusing, affable, even the ones that you're supposed to hate are *fun* to hate, rather than just annoying. Except "Shitface"- he's not annoying or fun, he's goddamn terrifying. Especially since even he is just a cog in a massive machine. I find myself wondering how it's possible for anyone to face what the protagonists are trying to beat.

So, being who I am, I'll focus on the one thing that I find even the least bit off-putting about this story. I don't know what it is, and I'm not sure it knows what it is.

Sometimes, it reads like an intense intreague-thriller, with literal world-shattering stakes waiting in the wings.

Sometimes it reads like a fun and relaxed slice-of-life sitcom. The banter between characters is amongst the strongest I've ever seen, so much so that I read through massive amounts of unimportant dialogue with a smile on my face and feeling completely satisfied that my time was well spent even though a hundred lines of reading had perhaps five lines of plot advancement. AKA: Slice of Life at its best.

Sometimes it feels like an outright satire with stuff that on the face of it feels silly and illogical to the extreme. Loki and the devil sitting in office cubical complaining about their boss being an asshole sounds like the pilot episode for something on Adult Swim. And it's hilarious.

This story tries to be a thriller, a mystery, a comedy, and slice of life. It's like someone blended American Gods and Purgatony. And somehow, this seemingly incompatible blend of ideas comes together in a way that highlights rather than distracts.

In case you couldn't tell, I highly recommend it, even if it's not your style- treat yourself to the novelty. Unless you're the sort who really hates genre-blurring, in which case you probably won't be a fan.

CoCop
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Good Omens meets Office Space meets American Gods

Reviewed at: 10. Smiting is Worse With Computers

First of all- this is niche but amazing.

Don't expect action. The focus is more on humor and exasperation with the banality of even celestial office life while pursuing a mystery/conspiracy.

The characters are well written and more than anything, the mystery is engaging.  Seriously, I hate mysteries and I'm excited to track this down.

If you're interested in a character/story driven drama/slice of life read this right now.  It's absolutely top notch.

Tanner_1000
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Why isn’t this in the top 10 already?!

Reviewed at: 36. Emergency Media Relations

This novel is on the level or even higher as the novels in the top 10 or even top 5. With the characters fluidly interacting with each other and a smoothly pieced out story of each side characters background, this story just tops it all out.

There are a few cliches in it, however, in the fact that it does so in a highly different take, which makes the reader question, “What’s going to happen next”?

PaleThorn
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The plot initially starts off like a whimsical comic fantasy from Jasper Fforde or Terry Pratchett. Loki and Lucifer exchange snarky quips while stuck doing drudgework in a soul-crushing office environment completely staffed by miserable and dysfunctional gods from all pantheons and cultures.

But the story only builds from there. You start getting hints of the wars and crimes that took place before the corporate takeover. A revolution starts to brew against the Tyrant. Things get dark as you find out exactly what happens to gods who get "Demoted" too far down the hierarchy.

This story's greatest strength is it's fantastic ensemble cast. The author has innovative new takes on well known characters from classic mythologies alongside fascinating depictions of under-represented gods from diverse cultures. These characters aren't noble heroes, they're the outcasts, tricksters and villains from a variety of pantheons. They're flawed and morally grey, but each of them is so distinctly charming and lovable, even when they're being ruthless or capricious.

If you enjoy surrealism, dry humour, well written dialogue with snappy banter over a slowly burning epic of underground rebellion, this story is for you.

Disclaimer: I feel obligated to say that I know the author in real life and I'm a beta reader for her story. However, this review is entirely honest and I cannot recommend "Doing God's Work" enough.

Alexis Hemsley
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The story has me gripped and I'm finding it hard to put down. Great stuff!

Shlocky
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The characters and writing grabbed me from the start, but the developing plot has kept me hooked, I can't wait for more!

Corvax
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Interesting Premise, Well Written

Reviewed at: 14. Circumvention

Doing Gods Work has a novel premise.  The bureaucratization of religious cultures and its effects become interesting to read about as we read about the main character(Loki) and his push against the oppressive regime.  
The characters are well made and relatable, despite being gods.  
I'm not a grammar Nazi, but I don't see any obvious mistakes.  

TigerCannon
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This right here is a good, well researched novel about a hidden world pantheon. The writing is solid, the characters are vibrant, the story is interesting, give it a read. 

That said, the story does meander a little bit. Sometimes plot points get neglected for a while, new threads keep starting when it feels like old ones should be tied off. Not too badly, but still.

Also, it's understandable given the nature of the main antagonist, but the vilification of religion is a touch heavy handed, especially in more recent chapters. Just a touch, but worth noting. 

David Tye
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This story is amazing, I was gripped and driven to compulsively read it from the first chapter.

The story concept is a fresh take on urban fantasy, with a few twists I did not expect but perfectly suit the characters driving the action.

AnthraxRipple
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Delightfully Divine Bureaucracy

Reviewed at: 69. Retrospective Debrief

This is a story of ancient beings of unfathomable power who’ve been crammed and micromanaged into the role of humanity’s customer support. At the bottom of a truly hellish organizational chart, old mythical figures troubleshoot problems, mediate requests, and occasionally take your first born. Office politics and deadly intrigue intermingle to create a piece of spectacular mythic fiction.

Stuff It Does Well

Mythic Identity: The author has done their homework, and captures the distinct identity of wildy divergent religious sources. Each character embodies the aspects of the deity’s they are based on, with their origins not only informing their powers but their personalities as well.

(Relatively) Grounded: Despite being a story of literal gods, each character manages to be relatable. Taking a page from some non-abrahamic religions, these deities have relatable wants, needs, and faults. It keeps the story from straying too far into the abstract and serves as a nice counterbalance for the more fantastical elements.

Wonderful Prose: The writing style on display is exceptionally well crafted. The prose flows with an easy rhythm from sardonic quips to fantastical scenes. Each paragraph oozes style, creating an easy and engaging read.

Interesting setting: Providence is the anchor around which this story is built. It does a great job of exploring and realizes all of the quirks of a divinely mismanaged bureaucracy. Necessity begets organization begets office culture begets a myriad of small quirks that make the setting come alive.

Critiques: 

(Honestly, this story reads smooth as silk, and the prose is damn near immaculate. On a technical level I don’t really have any critiques. Looking more broadly at the story structure, there isn’t anything that I would categorize as problems, just a series of choices that will appeal to different audiences. So with that in mind I’m going to toss out the one thing that I wish that I saw more of.)

Humans: Alright, so humans pretty much always have a weird place in stories like these. They are typically used as the POV and act as a bit of a grounding device, allowing the audience to relate to the story. In this story, much like in Good Omens, the interjection of normal humans acts to reframe the story and highlights sheer absurdity and otherworldliness of the actual events of the world. So far it’s only come up twice. Once through the second encounter with Rebecca and again through Tru’s interactions with Loki. It’s a refreshing change of pace in a fiction as heavy hitting as this one. It’s possible to overuse this trick, but I don’t think the story is anywhere near that point yet.

Personal Opinions: 

Real talk, this piece is right up my alley. I love reading new and interesting takes on religion, I love that this story takes some of the absurdity in the religious narrative and cranks it up to 11. Beyond that, this story is very well written. It’s honestly on par with the level of writing that I would find in a published novel. The characters are nuanced and the narrative never really strains my suspension of disbelief. Toss in the occasional clever turn of phrase and I’m hooked. This is definitely worth your time.