[PDF] God's War author Kameron Hurley
Omplex world that was being laid out before me It was absolutely enormous and complex and well thought out My only concerns were with the charactersAnd then I had my first transformation I didn t have a Arachne problem with the boxing and the small suad 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 snappyMy 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 especiallyersonal and rich in both action and characters and at this Rock Lead Basics point I am now a fanboyWorldbuilding kicked this off but eventually the characters carried the day I m not going to have any issuesicking 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 Lightning Over Bennett Ranch 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 On a hardscrabble alien worldopulated 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 Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei populated by females boys and the very old or damaged men who survived their war service Theirlanet 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 Class Struggles people go in for dental cleanings and reattach bodyarts as a matter of course In this strange and brutal Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) place we are introduced to Nyx a woman who has lost her faith on the battlefield but can t let go of her own version of honor On the very firstage Nyx sells her womb for cash then loses it all gambling on a Study to Teach pretty boxer The upsi Review and links if you want explanation on the references and the like at grew up in the 80s when fantasy fiction largely meant the Lord of the Rings esue fantasy world or thearallel 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 anything wrong with that I ve found that those familiar types of settings and stories no longer hold my interest to the same degree I live in a world that is broader complicated and importantly has even stories to offer that reflect different cultures and Global Corporations in Global Governance perspectives The most satisfying stories have echoed thathilosophy stretching genre conventions drawing upon a wider range of cultural traditions and bridging genres God s War has earned a Angels in Harmony place on my shortlist of fantasy books that are able to successfully breathe fresh air into the fantasy genre Nyxnissa is a bel dame echoing the Belle Dame sans Merci who has made her living as an assassin for the government of Nasheen hunting down the men who have desertedosts at the war front She s fallen on hard times however and also works as a bounty hunter bringing in thieves or those dealing in illegal gene trading Lately she s doing a bit of that black market gene transporting as well After serving a Sketchy Behavior prison sentence she gives up the independent work and recruits a crew When Nyx is called to thealace by the ueen she and her team are given a job they can t refuse hunting down an alien woman who has disappeared likely into the enemy territory of Chenja Rhys is a magician and immigrant from Chenja where women wear the veil and men are head of household When Nyx is recruiting for her team Rhys agrees to work with herThe lotting says heist but the setting says Middle East in space It seems this world began centuries ago when it was settled by colonists from another world Their world is at the edge of the space routes and as they ve elected not to modernize their spaceport off world visitors are rare leaving the colonists isolated For over a century Nasheen and Chenja have been at war Although very different culturally they share a similar religious foundation all consider themselves People of the Book being ill versed in world religions I only thought of People of the Book not of the germane monotheistic Abrahamic religions This is one book I would have benefited by reading on Kindle with Wikipedia at hand Nyx disenchantment with her own religion and Rhys dedication to his rovide an interesting contrast and social commentary Social and religious divisions are further complicated by a marginalized class of eople who have carry shapeshifting genetics She didn t much like the stink and crowd of cities but you could lose yourself in a city a lot easily than you could out in farming communities like Mushirah She had run to the desert and the cities for anonymity And to die for GodNone of that had worked out very wellNasheen is a matriarchal government and culture men are sent off to war and only allowed home if they reach forty Sexuality is open and lesbian relationships are normalized although male homosexuality is still somewhat hidden I was half expecting the Women s Studies 1o1 version of matriarchy but instead Hurley is far nuanced Male or female everyone has mixed motives varied upbringings and ethics or lack thereof drive them towards their decisions As is often noted everyone is fighting the war in their own way The reponderance of bugs in the magicians uarters made his blood sing as if he was attuned to a bit of everything able to touch and manipulate The Beauty of Believing pieces of the world He felt alive here than he had anywhere else in his life among those who spent their days coming up with new and interesting ways to kill hiseopleThen there are the bugs a world building aspect that takes the story to a whole new level of uniueness Some eople magicians have that takes the story to a whole new level of uniueness Some eople magicians have ability to manipulate the bugs and their energy Some of the technology is hybrid organic and the bugs Forbidden Love Unchained play a role inowering vehicles lighting rooms and in healing Magicians are the only men granted an exception to serving at the war frontIt s a complicated set up with a non English foundations and Hurley doesn t handhold I thought it flowed reasonably well given the range of components but it was the kind of wind that Pushes You A Little Harder you a little harder for an exhilarating sail The first forty Witches of the Deep South pages are virtually an independent short story the development of the largerlot comes later with roots in the Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) prologue The story works in the China Mi ville sense and I m thinking of Embassytown here so take that for what it s wortheople who don t read much in sci fi or fantasy may wish for explanation and those who have little tolerance for gender dynamics might find themselves irritated I thought the relatively straightforward lot balanced the complicated setting and ethical issues nicely It was engrossing interesting and occasionally melancholic Nyx is truly a belle dame sans merci she has a very bloody culturally sanctioned job but her lack of compassion also extends to herself It reminded me of the torturer Glokta in Abercrombie s 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 de.
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He First Law series or the lead in Best Served Cold It rovides an avenue for compassionate development of a deeply flawed humanWithout doubt God s War deserves its Nebula nomination as well as the Arthur C Clarke and British Sci Fi Association nominations That said I m not sure everyone would enjoy it But if you are looking for complicated unusual fantasy with a fast moving Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, plot give this a try I ll certainly be moving on to the next in the seriesInfidelFour and a half bloody stars I am excited with feminism in SF or Fantasy stories because I can expect a really different way of lifethinking not just fictitious world witheople who has same waythinking as oursReading this novel gave me that It gave exciting to me with Middle East like world building with its well known social Alice-Miranda at Camp politic conflicts Oh I love the settingAnd the mainrotagonist is one bad ass The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) person She even seems extremely bad ass due to our standard of way of thinking eg she coldly sold her own wombI can t give 5 star because the the story itself is not exactly match my taste It seems unfair if I gave 5 star to first books of Malazan and First Law but not this debut novel My reasons are The story and characters are too dark and a bit tedious for my taste It does not have enough humor or heart warming dialogues The uote on back cover from SFX mentioned this book as fastace thriller but for me the story is a bit slowIf you fine with The Association of Small Bombs pure dark fantasy go find this novel There is not enough explanation of the magic system of this book but it is common nowadays in a first book of a trilogy Let s hope the second book has magic system explanations Personally I hope the story explains the deviations of the religion traditions on the book with current Islam from Earth Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen on the edge of the desert The opening line in a book is the author s first impression As a writer I ve definitely found the first and last line a beast to get right Other times those beginning sentences are my favorite It all depends As a reader I will often get a vibe whether I m going to love a book or not before I even open the cover and read those first lines But damn it can set the mood for sure With God s War I was hooked immediately Tell me the above uote doesn t capture your attentionThat sentence It s just the beginning of an absolutely bonkers story setting the tone for a fucking gloriousost apocalyptic romp The cunt is not the heart though a lot of Wilderness Survival Handbook people get the two confused Gritty actionacked and UEER AF Don t mind if I doGod s War focuses on Nyxnissa a former Bel Dame government trained assassin who now works as a freelance bounty hunter with a dysfunctional team of misfits on the The White Mans Burden planet Umayma Colonized over three thousand years ago by a group of Muslims known as the First Families it was then divided into various nations with the two largest being Chenja and Nyx s homeworld of Nasheen These arch rivals have beenart of a seemingly unending religious war for decades The social Visit the Sick political economical and cultural impacts of technology are explored in such a deeply fascinating way Because bugs GENETICALLY ENGINEERED BUGS They drive thelanets technology and are used for Carry Me Over the Threshold pretty much everything including weapons and medicalroceduresNyx works with an incredibly diverse group of The Courtship Basket people which just makes this even compelling There s the deeply religious Rhys a failed magician someone who is able to control insects from Chenja Taite the ueer communications hacker hisregnant sister Inaya Khos a conflicted shapeshifter and Anneke an alcoholic weapons expertLiving in a brutal landscape and being roducts of a relentless war the characters are understandably than a little fucked up They are raw and damaged and morally complexThere s just there s a lot going on in this relatively short novel and I m not about to blather on about the synopsis The complexity of the story about to blather on about the synopsis The complexity of the story with the age count makes it difficult to summarize without giving too much awayGod s War is Kameron hurley s debut novel which just blows my s debut novel which just blows my It s only her second book that I ve read but I m already a massive fan She has her own way of telling a story getting her fingerprints all over it creating such vividly realized impressive worldsThis is weird as fuck at times and I think in another writer s hands things could go off the metaphorical rails Have no fear Hurley is than capable of keeping this shit on trackThere are some truly gut Small Talk punchy moments as well as wicked gory ones This is an adventure story about bounty hunters in the not too distant future after all There is a shit ton of blood spilled many heads are chopped offillaging and rape is common Accidental Pharisees people are killed for being ueer and discriminated against for the color of their skin The worldbuilding is bleak and confronting However never once did I feel as though the brutal violence was gratuitous Hurley manages to tell this aggressive story intelligently in such a real way without making it feel as though it s just alot device Instead it reads as though it is a lausible genuine future rather than a loy to try and amp up the though it is a Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, plausible genuine future rather than aloy to try and amp up the acts of violence just becauseTechnology and magic religious extremists and sex A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip positivity diverse characters and genderolitics and creepy crawly bugs Did I mention the out of control bugs SO MANY BUGSGod s War is wacky and wonderful and I m definitely jumping into the seuel soon because I too am a grim optimist Night Shade Books the Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, publisher has my number when it comes to whatever it is that catches my eye with coverictures And then NSB hits my other sensory checkpoints when I The End of Intelligent Writing 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 treserve unsightly greasy fingerprints and the Introduction to Orthotics pages andrint are sturdy and don t smear I was actually hooked by the 2nd in the series for this and another one Infidel and Yarn and found the first for both series so that I could eventually read those 2nd onesWell that was a I-O pointlessaragraphThis is a mess of a world Echoes of Dune and Mad Max It s the far future and we re shown a lanet that had been inhabited by various groups of followers of a never named religion although it s obvious which one from the brief brief like skivvies not brief like too short tidbits and descriptions of the cultures But rather than being united by their belief they are suspicious of each other if not outright hostile There s been biological evolution One of the nations has twisted itself about such that women have become dominantThis book follows a woman scarred and actually still bleeding figuratively from a war that has been going on long enough that its cause has been forgotten or rather I d forgotten it in the course of readingdon t remember oops We see her further downfall skip ahead to years later where she s in a rut but with a loyal team and then the destruction of the team We learn that her brittleness covered ain although only at the very end There s no mass killing off of main characters a la GRRM but there is breaking inside and outThe writing has this fleshy oomph to it enough that I was able to stick to it over the weeks I needed to read it in small limited bites I want to see what comes nex. Al between her government and an alien gene Understanding Central Asia pirate goes bad Nyx's uglyast makes her the top Vietcong pick for a covert recovery The head they want her to bring home could end the war but at whatrice The world is about to find out.