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The God Engines (edition 2009)

by John Scalzi

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Title:The God Engines
Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Subterranean (2009), Edition: Trade Hardcover, Hardcover, 136 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Religion, Fiction

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Showcasing a very different side of Scalzi, there is no comedy in this short science fiction tale filled with hints of fantasy. On a ship powered by a chained and tortured god, in an empire controlled by a god who subjugates and harms other gods, something is finally beginning to change. Gods in the ships are becoming more volatile, threatening, and the captain whom this tale focuses around, though certain he is strong in his faith, is about to discover the horrible secrets which have been wiped from his people’s past, the truth about his god, and the plans that the god powering his ship works to bring to fruition. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
The God Engines is entertaining because of its strong characters and shifting conflicts. The first pages introduce Tephe (the ship's captain) arguing with Andso (the ship's priest), who manages the ship's engine (a captive god). The god doesn't like being captive, so he's been killing people, and Tephe doesn't trust Andso to do his job, so Tephe disciplines the god himself. Since I saw Tephe immediately taking charge and putting down rebellion from both the god and the priest, I wanted to read more about him.

Other characters enter: Tephe's female confidant (head of the ship's sex therapists), the Bishops of Tephe's church, and Tephe's God Himself. The Bishops send Tephe to a hidden planet to evangelize the natives, promising that Tephe will be promoted to a desk job after he gets back. Tephe, however, would prefer to keep his ship.

In a very short time, the relationships among these six characters shift through submission, subversion, alliance, and dominance. The shifts are believable and never feel rushed. It all ends with a deus ex machina, but what better way to end a story called The God Engines? ( )
  CarsonKicklighter | Jan 26, 2015 |
Fascinating and terrifying. The follies of faith, the minefield that is a desire (and in this 'verse, a necessity) to believe. A bonus is the exquisite artwork by Vincent Chong. ( )
  CaineBooks | Dec 28, 2014 |
136 pages Science fiction . This is the best work of short fiction I have ever read. It is an intense short story . This much different from Scalzi other works. This is world where space ships transit thevoid between stars by means of enslaved being known as Gods. This is a story about one man's faith and one God's rebellion. Written as a stand alone story I hope Scalzi returns to this universe and writes more stories in it.
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Scalzi has written and said that he wrote this book to prove he can write dark fiction. Maybe so, but I found the book full of his wit and the ending both terrifying and humorous. ( )
  nmele | Oct 21, 2014 |
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It was time to whip the god.
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Devoted to the Bishopry Militant and to his crew, ship captain Ean Tephe is given a secret mission to a hidden land.

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