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Kameron Hurley’s God’s War arrives into this melee like a live grenade, lobbed with abandon and not a little mischief. It is a book in which the. God’s War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 [Kameron Hurley] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer. I didn’t have to wait very long for the—as the guidelines for the That Was Awesome series phrase it—“small and/or crystallizing.

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I will also say that the subject matter of the story is very dark, and that the characters and dialogue fit the dark mo I went into this book with very, very high hopes – Kameron has gained a pretty great reputation as a “very dark” writer, gosswar while I read this description as an urban fantasy, I still had pretty high expectations.

For example, the repatriation of casualties becomes just another tactical move: Needless to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Her plot flows around these two as they struggle to survive, their relationship to the war-torn world around them, and ultimately their relationship to each other. gldswar

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Cleanup a battle field. I was satisfied by the ending but I wanted more; I wanted to see what else happened in the lives of the characters. Nov 23, Karen rated it really hugley it Shelves: View all 19 comments.

Set in a world where competing religious factions both of which “feel” kamegon lot like Islam have been at war for generations, all men are required to serve at the front.

Dark, disturbing, brutal, fascinating. Bel Dame Apocrypha 3 books.

God’s War is a book in which boxing, battles, and beatings feature very heavily, and it spares few blushes in that regard: 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. But here’s the problem — I couldn’t force myself to care about any of these characters, part 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.


God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Nasheen and Chenja, we are led to understand, have been at war for at least a century, so much so that the war has effectively become an institution; it appears to be being fought over religious matters but it is extremely difficult to tell what the issues are. Other women participate in the breeding programmes to ensure a regular supply of new fighters. Ceridwen’s review cinched it.

This “HooRahrahrah teh boyz invent gritty realistic fantasy with blood and guts and suffering and stuphs that ain’t purty,” is tiresome.

Of course, religion plays a big part in here in both the shaping of civilization as well inner struggles from some characters. Quotes from God’s War. I picked this up after reading the first few sentences online: One thing you can count on though is that she’ll be hard to kill and kick some ass in the process.

I am bothered too by the awkward construction of this novel. 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?

Wow, what a great book. That aspect, like much of the work regarding the religious conflict itself, felt like pieces of machinery put carefully together and then not connected up to anything else.


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.

But if you are looking for complicated, unusual fantasy with a fast-moving plot, give this a try.

The first forty pages are virtually an independent short story; the development of the larger plot comes later, with roots in the prologue. At the end, however, I felt like it was forced – the cussing and sexuality all felt a bit arbitrary, like the entire world was written just as an excuse to be edgy and sexual.

Of course, lots of science fiction and fantasy introduces unfamiliar elements. Drunk but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser. Times are hard, and although they’re stacking bodies like firewood in the freezer, the kakeron hunts never pay quite enough.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Do I think it will win the Nebula award? Nothing we all haven’t read a thousand times before, right? Although very different culturally, they share a similar religious foundation: This is a bloody, awful world, vividly drawn, and pretty close to fascinating.

Nyx drinks whiskey like water, has sex with anyone she pleases, and gave up on god or felt given up years ago. Other books in the series.

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Mani Goodswar read by: Female characters aren’t usually allowed to be the way Nyx is, morally gray and violent and aggressive and still not villains.