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Apocalypse Nyx

by Kameron Hurley

Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha (short stories)

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"You're going to love Nyx . . . she makes Han Solo look like a Boy Scout."--io9 Ex-government assassin turned bounty-hunter, Nyx, is good at solving other people's problems. Her favorite problem-solving solution is punching people in the face. Then maybe chopping off some heads. Hey--it's a living. Nyx's disreputable reputation has been well earned. After all, she's trying to navigate an apocalyptic world full of giant bugs, contaminated deserts, scheming magicians, and a centuries-long war that's consuming her future. Managing her ragtag squad of misfits has required a lot of morally-gray choices. Every new job is another day alive. Every new mission is another step toward changing a hellish future--but only if she can survive.… (more)



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This is solidly sandwiched between Hurley's Nyx's first and second novels right where we can still enjoy scenes with Rhys.

Short novellas or short stories.

And this perfect for all us fans who loved this wild bio-punk world full of "magicians" who pull wild bioengineering stunts in the name of a religious war and mercenaries who feel like they're losing their souls. It's also great for all you hard-drinking, hard punching, embittered readers who like a lot of grit in their post-apocalyptic hard-SF Biopunk. :)

So was this good on its own, too? I think so! Short quests, jobs, and Nyx really shines darkly. Well, she's a mess. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |

More Nyx, more bugpunk and less compromise than...um.. something that doesn't compromise a lot. ( )
  StigE | Feb 23, 2020 |
Oh, a review is coming, believe me. What a book. What a character. How freaking glad I am that I don't live in Nyx's universe! And how precisely Hurley draws the unreliable and mostly unlikable Nyx so that I couldn't put the book down, story to story.
This is not to be missed. ( )
  KarenIrelandPhillips | Jan 14, 2019 |
While lighter on plot than its novel predecessors, Apocalypse Nyx delivers on the action and the relationships that made the original trilogy so compelling.

Six years after the publication of Rapture, the third volume in Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy, the world of God's War has a new print entry in Apocalypse Nyx, a collection of short fiction (two novellas and three shorter pieces) following some of the misadventures of bounty hunter Nyxnissa so Dasheem and her team of walking disasters. From mysteriously twice-dead corpses to fanatical biology researchers to awkward family reunions to ill-timed favour recalls, this new entry delivers exactly what anyone familiar with Hurley's previous work would expect, although avoids most of the political and interpersonal baggage that the original trilogy explored.

There are five stories in this volume: "The Body Project", the opening story, was originally written as a "bonus" for the publication of Rapture, while the other four ("The Heart is Eaten Last", "Soulbound", "Crossroads at Jannah" and "Paint it Red") were originally accessible through Hurley's Patreon. All sit between the first and second acts of God's War, during the period where Nyx and her team are working as bounty hunters in Nasheen after her expulsion from the Bel Dame sisterhood of state sponsored assassins. It's the most minor of spoilers to note that this team looks a bit different after the events of the first book, and setting the stories in this period lets the characters be the versions of themselves that make the most sense in the episodic format. Moreover, the stories steer clear from all but the earliest spoilers of God's War (in fact, if you've read this paragraph all the way through, you've already been spoiled on that early event - sorry!), so this would be a reasonable introductory volume for those who haven't read the original trilogy.

Read the full review here: http://www.nerds-feather.com/2018/07/microreview-book-apocalypse-nyx-by.html ( )
  Arifel | Sep 22, 2018 |
Nyx is great. No, Nyx is horrible. She really is. But she's fascinating. If she were a male character in some other author's book all she'd need to change would be the love of a good woman, but she's in Kameron Hurley's hands and Nyx is a good woman (for varying degrees of good) so she's her own responsibility. And thank gods for all that.

I went into this book not having read the Bel Dame Apocrypha series and knowing nothing at all about it. No more than an hour after finishing it I'd bought the first book in that series because I had to have more. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
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