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  • Title: God's War
  • Author: Kameron Hurley
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  • Page: 216
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  • Nyx had already been to hell One prayer or less wouldn t make any differenceOn 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 onThere s not a chance in hell of ending it Nyx is a forNyx had already been to hell One prayer or less wouldn t make any differenceOn 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 onThere 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.
    God s War Nyx had already been to hell One prayer or less wouldn t make any differenceOn a ravaged contaminated world a centuries old holy war rages fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries magicians and cons

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    1. Review and links if you want explanation on the references and the like at clsiewert.wordpress 2015 I grew up in the 80s, when fantasy fiction largely meant the Lord of the Rings esque fantasy world or the parallel worlds fantasy, the same fantasy setting juxtaposed with the real world It wasn t until much later that I understood most of the fantasy settings I read were based on a highly sanitized Western medieval framework Do I hear George Costanza in the background saying, not that there s any [...]

    2. I picked this up after reading the first few sentences online Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert.Drunk, but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser She bet all of her money on a boxer named Jaks, and lost it two rounds later when Jaks hit the floor like an antique harem girl That is a kick ass entry to a story, if you ask me Hang on, this is a long review.This isience fi [...]

    3. Orson Scott Card talks a lot in his How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy about exposition, and about how science fiction and fantasy readers react to it with different expectations than non genre readers Roughly summarized, his point is that if you open a story with, She mounted her graazchak, an experienced genre reader will think, Huh Okay, there s a creature called a graazchak and it can be ridden I ll keep that in mind, and keep an eye out for information about what it looks like and wh [...]

    4. I am excited with feminism in SF or Fantasy stories, because I can expect a really different way of life thinking, not just fictitious world with people who has same way thinking as ours.Reading this novel gave me that It gave exciting to me with Middle East like world building with its well known social politic conflicts Oh, I love the setting.And the main protagonist is one bad ass person She even seems extremely bad ass due to our standard of way of thinking e.g she coldly sold her own womb. [...]

    5. On a hardscrabble alien world populated with what humanity becomes in the far future, a long holy war rages Both sides have drafted all their men for so many generations that the societies left behind have become nearly matriarchal, populated by females, boys, and the very old or damaged men who survived their war service Their planet is nealry deadly for humanity, and over the years its colonists have made all sorts of adjustments Now they scrape themselves regularly for cancers the way modern [...]

    6. 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 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 c [...]

    7. Bounty hunter and occasional gene pirate takes a job that puts her squarely in the middle of the centuries long internecine religious war.Interesting as hell, but also frustrating and unsatisfying It would be too obvious to call this gritty, so I ll go the extra mile and explain that I kept asking questions of the world building like okay, seriously, you ve been massacring your populations for a hundred years at the front, and yet both societies are still built around sending bodies out to fight [...]

    8. Night Shade Books the publisher has my number when it comes to whatever it is that catches my eye with cover pictures And then NSB hits my other sensory checkpoints when I pick up a book the books are a good size and heft for cradling in the hands or lap, the cover material is a non glossy and yet satiny smooth finish that doesn t preserve unsightly greasy fingerprints, and the pages and print are sturdy and don t smear I was actually hooked by the 2nd in the series for this and another one Infi [...]

    9. The Good The setting is excellent a planet torn by religious war, sometime after the collapse of a galactic civilisation Bugpunk biotechnology, post Islamic feminism, holy assassins, boxing wizards this book is full of sweet ideas done well And what an awesome protagonist.The Bad The plot drifts in places, far too much like real life Friends character the protagonist is most like Nyxnissa is a product of her nightmarish environment She is scarred, vulnerable and brutally hard Like a deadly, drun [...]

    10. The world that Hurley has created in God s War feels uncannily believable It combines fantasy and science fiction to create a strangely familiar alien world that feels perfectly, freakishly, possible Both the social and technological biological elements of this book seem to have come from a the familiar foundation of the now but wandered along the pathways of the what if to this strange world of Islam and bug tech, women and war That oft used phrase about any sufficiently advanced technology bei [...]

    11. On a planet colonized by Muslims using insect based technology in the far flung future ravaged a multi sect religious war, in the midst of which a scrappy band of pansexual assassins try to scrap out a living selling the occasional organ to pay bills Ho hum Nothing we all haven t read a thousand times before, right Well, maybe not Fantastic concept, well written, heckuva world built by Hurley here But here s the problem I couldn t force myself to care about any of these characters, particularly [...]

    12. 5 stars.I devoured this book I loved every word of it Nyx is simply one bad ass woman that I want to read about I guess the biggest compliment I can give this book is that it reminded me of a Catherine Kiernan novel, one of my very favorite authorsThis is an Urban Fantasy that is filled with tons of bugs, amazing magic, bugs, and did I mention the bugs What a fresh and cool world and concept.This is an action packed and no holds thriller that will appeal to fans of the dark fantasy genre This [...]

    13. Any world where you want a healthy population of roaches in your kitchen and bathroom is potentially interesting in the hands of a good writer Fortunately, Kameron Hurley is pretty good, and Umayma is one of the interesting future histories to appear in the last few years insect based technology, an Islam influenced culture, a centuries old religious war, an organization of murderous female assassins, boxing, magicians and shapeshifters.Such a world, however, would be a sterile read no matter h [...]

    14. Wow, what a great book This is a very layered story On the the surface it is page turning action and lots of violence but there are also the important relationship stories running underneath Overlaying that loom questions of racial and cultural hegemony It is a lot to pack into a relatively short book, but I think it was done very well.There are two books in this series, and I definitely plan to read them Although this book stands well on its own, there are lots of questions left unanswered.

    15. 3.5 stars I feel that the book is a bit rough around the edges and I m not in love with the heavy handed portrayal of a recognisable modern religion, but I liked it enough to continue with the series Characters are strong, bug tech is fascinating, but there are so many disparate elements to this book I m interested to see how the further ones progress as Hurley writes .

    16. 3.5 stars Some reviews are harder to write than others Take God s War, the first novel by Kameron Hurley, an author whose blog I ve been reading with interest The book had a long journey getting published which you can read about on said blog and has now, finally, reached the shelves thanks to the awesome folks at Night Shade Books I was excited to get my hands on this book, because it s in a sub genre or maybe accurately, the cross section of a few sub genres I love, has a number of features I [...]

    17. bastardbooks 2012God s War by Kameron Hurley was a top read of mine last year, and my favorite novel from a debut author with a tough competition Been meaning to write something about it for some time now, but was struggling with what I wanted to say given that it s been a year since I read it Details are currently a bit fuzzy Just found out that the novel has been nominated for a Nebula for Best Novel in 2011, so seems like a good time as any to say a few things about it It s the first book in [...]

    18. A good, but flawed first novel, God s War has enough innovative and imaginative touches throughout it to make the author someone I ll read of Gritty and noirish, the book takes place in the far future on the harsh, colonized world of Umayma The world is largely a desert planet and the two main countries, Chenja and Nasheen, have been embroiled in a Holy War for several centuries The main character of the novel, Nyx, is violent, hard drinking, and not above being on the wrong side of the law As [...]

    19. rantingdragon gods warKameron Hurley s stellar debut novel follows the bloody life of Nyxnissa, commonly called Nyx, a bel dame government funded bounty hunter trying to survive in a world consumed by a holy war that s been raging for centuries When she s relieved of her duties for doing black work of her own to earn extra cash for herself, she has to adapt and find a new way of living.To survive, Nyx has created a team of independent bounty hunters that are willing to take any bounty that allow [...]

    20. staffersmusings 2I salute Night Shade Books Starting with Paolo Bacigalupi s The Windup Girl two years ago, they ve been been pumping out quality debuts This year alone Night Shade released an incredible portfolio of new authors that have been consistently well received you can visit a nice chunk of them at night bazaar God s War from Kameron Hurley is very much in this tradition albeit in a novel that ignores genre tradition with impunity.God s War is a second world fantasy novel written in a t [...]

    21. This book was the first one I picked up as part of the 2015 Booktubeathon and I have to say it s well worth reading This is a debut book by Kameron Hurley and whilst I haven t ever read anything by Hurley before now I had heard a lot about the originality and uniqueness of her ideas and concepts Having now read her debut which is the first in a series and one that I want to continue with I can certainly say that Hurley does have a great way of coming up with original ideas that I had never seen [...]

    22. I m conflicted about rating this book One one side, the writing is fluid and the worldbuilding is spectacular the middle eastern Islamic cultures are well rounded and believable, and there is no dumbing down for the Western reader if you don t know what a dhoti or a burnous is, get ready to google a lot in the first few chapters also, a bel dame is not a French pretty woman and the planet itself is a carefully crafted scenario, with its mostly desertic setting, the harsh suns, and the incredible [...]

    23. I never expected to like this book Never, ever.I stay far away from war themed books Even desert war in a post apocalyptic landscape Oh wait, post apocalyptic No, war negates it.Then this was nominated for a Nebula, and I only had three nominees for best novel left to read Then I realized at some point last year, I downloaded it on my Nook app, probably free or some sale So I didn t even need to find it I owned it No excuses I was impressed It was something different It takes this world where b [...]

    24. I went into this book with very, very high hopes Kameron has gained a pretty great reputation as a very dark writer, and while I read this description as an urban fantasy, I still had pretty high expectations I will say that I don t qualify it as an urban fantasy as I generally count urban fantasy as being fantasy occurring in modern day earth , which this story is not I will also say that the subject matter of the story is very dark, and that the characters and dialogue fit the dark mold for su [...]

    25. To start with, we have a great opening line Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert Nyx is a former bel dame kind of a state sponsored assassin now eking out a living barely as a freelance bounty hunter The world is a backwater an inhospitable, relatively low tech desert world at least, we seem to spend most of our time in desert areas where what technology they have seems to be based on the harnessing of genetically modified insects one of Nyx s team mem [...]

    26. Dark, disturbing, brutal, fascinating This was a fantastic book, in my opinion.Check Bitten by Books for a full review bittenbybooks.

    27. This is not a full review as I read this books months ago, it is sort of a remembering I just learned it is a nominee for the 2011 Nebula Awards, so I thought the book deserved some write up This book and the world written about in this book is unlike anything else I have ever read The world building was fantastic and so unique Magic and technology run on bugs Control of bugs gives individuals power The society is devoid of men because they are at war fighting has been going on for centuries As [...]

    28. God s War is the first book in science fiction fantasy series, set in spectacular and complex world at war This is multi layered and dark story, with unlikable non heroes, violence, deaths and dying hopes to change the world, or rather prevent the world from stumbling into pits of hell.The world building is without doubt the best thing about this novel I have never read a book set in a world like that The events take place on the planet Umayma in vaguely post Earth time Nasheen and Chenja have b [...]

    29. Well written and well imagined, but far too dark and consistently ugly for me Two dozen pages were as much as I cared to spend in this ruthless, miserable and depressing world On personal taste, this gets one star, but the quality of the writing requires that I give it another.

    30. Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert Drunk but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser She bet all of her money on a boxer named Jaks and lost it two rounds later when Jaks hit the floor like and antique harem girl.What an opening In God s War, Ms Hurley creates a fully realized alien world, culture and characters unlike any I have ever read Her story of Nyx the bounty hun [...]

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