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God's War

by Kameron Hurley

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Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha (1)

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Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference... On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on-- There's not a chance in hell of ending it. Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price? The world is about to find out.… (more)
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    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (bookwormelf)
    bookwormelf: Nyx and Takeshi are quite similar protagonists. Dark sci-fi, crapsack world, specially trained government assassins gone freelance
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    Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two excellent examples of twisted, dark and brutal stories with unexpected sci-fi/fantasy elements and engrossing worlds.
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It started slow, but picked up steam the farther into it I read. For a while I wasn't sure where the story was set, but figured it out after a bit.

Interesting story, told from multiple characters. ( )
  monogodo | Sep 15, 2020 |
To quote The Princess Bride: "Jesus, Grandpa, what'd you read me this for?"

The setting has some interesting features, but in the main is so bleak as to defy believability -- a far-future vision where we have all of this technology but apply it so ineptly that after thousands of years there a planet is still toxic to its settlers, and where humanity is not only still fighting religious wars, but fighting them all-out for *hundreds of years* without a break _and_ without either side actually winning -- I wanted a really good rationale for it, and never got one.

I rated this so low, however, because I found the characterization to be very flat, to the point where I had to force myself to keep reading past Part 1. In a place where life is so obviously dirt-cheap the reader comes in wary of bonding with anyone, but it took over a hundred pages for the main character to feel any emotion. Nyx is a burned-out shell of a human being, the others little better. It's abstractly sad, but it doesn't make me care about them. They are also, curiously, not very competent at being the kind of bad-asses you would think had survived there so long; in the course of the plot every last one of them walks straight into a trap, which gets a bit repetitive.






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  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
This is a seriously violent and bleak novel - I don't think I've read so many torture scenes in one published book since Elizabeth Moon's Paks novels. I came close to giving up on it a couple of times, but in the end, I'm glad I stuck it out.

I also have some reservations about the treatment of Islam and Muslims in the book. On the one hand, it's great to see a science fiction world populated largely by Muslims, and by people of color. On the other hand, the world is a gritty, war-torn, polluted desert with the two main countries ruled by corrupt unelected leaders. On the other other hand, the novel handles religious themes (including misuse of religious power, religious bigotry, genuine piety, respectful relationships across religious difference, and religious hypocrisy) thoughtfully and creatively. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
I went through several transformations as I read this novel, or four if you include a priori expectations after judging a book by its cover; for some weird reason, I thought this title would be more UF than a gritty SF title that masquerades as a fantasy.

It's not really as confusing as I make it out to be. No gods are involved in the telling of the tale, just a bunch of people who believe in Allah and Jehova in a far future world that seems awfully like the Gaza Strip, only filled with Magicians who control bugs by their will and shapeshifters (Shifters). Traditional military hardware is available everywhere you look, too, and most of our focus is firmly on a hard-as-nails normal female.

We get to see her in her youth as a part of an official assassination squad, the betrayal and her downfall, and her poverty and life as part of a small squad of bounty-hunters.

I had some issue with this. The writing was rather sparse when it came to fleshing out each of the characters and it took me a long time to care who each of them were, other than Nyx, of course. And then there were long sequences in the text where I was flooded with names and names and names and very little hook to keep my interest. At that point, my hopes rested entirely on the brilliant and complex world that was being laid out before me. It was absolutely enormous and complex and well-thought out. My only concerns were with the characters.

And then I had my first transformation. I didn't have a problem with the boxing, and the small squad scenes were so-so, but when Nyx and I got to spend some time alone, the text came alive. I shuddered and thanked all the stars in heaven. The novel went from burdensome to snappy.

My next transformation came when the rest of the characters finally started coming to life through their choices and actions, and it took just a little bit too much time to get there, but it did, and for that, I am eternally grateful. The climax was especially personal and rich in both action and characters, and at this point, I am now a fanboy.

Worldbuilding kicked this off, but eventually, the characters carried the day. I'm not going to have any issues picking up and devouring the next books, unless I have to start from scratch. :) Who knows? It's not like I've done any research on this series. This is my first Kameron Hurley book, and I'm rather impressed. It is rather dense in places and not always an easy read, but I can say it is very rich and I'm very happy to begin my journey here. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
UGH FABULOUS.

Like "Best Served Cold" meets Lostara Yil meets Tatooine and there's a magic system based around BUGS and women are in charge and men are war fodder and it's all very slick and violent and awesome. ( )
  allison_s | May 25, 2020 |
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Overall the book is a compelling read, feeling like a future-flung, bio-magic version of the Gulf War; The God’s War has all the brutality and futility of a conflict with no winners, in which both external and internal landscapes are broken and bereft.
 
Are you frustrated with Mary Sue heroines? Well, here comes God's War to rock your face off.
added by karenb | editio9, Kelly Faircloth (Apr 1, 2011)
 
... the story is highly engaging once it starts, and Hurley smoothly handles tricky themes such as race, class, religion, and gender without sacrificing action.
added by karenb | editPublishers Weekly (Dec 20, 2010)
 

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Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference... On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on-- There's not a chance in hell of ending it. Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price? The world is about to find out.

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