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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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On the other hand, for a book about a holy war, very little is said about the actual religion. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art.

In part, this is a function of the great weight of backstory Umayma possesses: This book and the world written about in this book is unlike anything else I have ever read. And Hurley does a great job of making her women real. The number who make it are few. On the other hand, I am hkrley slightly at a loss to understand kamsron level of fuss it has generated.

Nyx is simply one bad ass woman that I want to read more about. God’s War is the first book in a sci-fantasy series about bounty hunters, magical bugs and an unending holy war, Bel Dame Apocrypha.

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Also the bugs are pretty nifty, godwar I say this as someone who shrieks and screams for back-up when she sees a spider on the kitchen floor. Just found out that the novel has been nominated for a Nebula for Best Novel inso seems like a good time as any to say a few things abou http: What makes God’s War such an accomplishment has little to do with its plot. But rather than being united by their belief, they are suspicious of each other if not outright godswzr. It feels as though in places it has been patched together.


August 2, at God’s War is a second world fantasy novel written in a technologically advanced society.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Or maybe they’re just people. For example, the repatriation of casualties becomes just another tactical move: Loyalty is a constant dilemma particularly when it faces off against distrust and self-interest. It takes this world where bugs take the place of things that electricity and batteries used to do, and then some. Instead, I found myself flipping backward, trying to work out whether there were two different categories at all. This is a book not to be missed and I cannot wait to read more.

Men get drafted as boys and sent to the front–and women volunteer to fight, too. March 9, at 5: I kept waiting for the Chenja internal security forces to swoop in and arrest everybody, but it never happened. The world building was fantastic and so unique.

And the main protagonist is one bad ass person. Not enough insect limbs. Why should you read this book? I would strongly recommend this book.

I kept doing that for a while, as well. Jan 02, Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves: The most satisfying stories have echoed that philosophy, stretching genre conventions, drawing godwwar a wider range of cultural traditions and bridging genres.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Cancer is rampant among those lacking the means to prevent it and ethnic minorities are discarded. Other books in this series.

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 hurlet out a living selling the occasional organ to pay bills. About the rest she is entirely fatalistic. In that sense this is not a book for the squeamish. A Bel Dame is basically an elite assassin in this world, but this world is anything but normal.


Male homosexuality, meanwhile, “was illegal in Ras Tieg, Chenja, and Nasheen, for no good reason except that it scared the shit out of people” p.

No, war negates it. Nyxnissa would quite clearly kick Conan’s ass. She even seems extremely bad ass due to our standard of way of thinking e. This sort of review is in danger of suggesting that God’s War is a thoughtful examination of the powerful drives and desires which carry a person through life’s tribulations, and if so I won’t disabuse you of the notion. Starting with Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl two years ago, they’ve been been pumping out quality debuts.

May 03, Debbie Notkin rated it liked it. God’s war is far broader than Umayma’s. Hurley does not stand still with her worldbuilding, however: She bet all of her money on a boxer named Jaks and lost it two kamero later when Jaks hit the floor like and antique harem girl.

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. Among the nations of Umamya, only Nasheen seems to have pursued a matriarchal route.

One is oppresive to women and the other country, due to the lack of men, is oppressive to men. 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.


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