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February 16th, 2011, 03:18 PM #1
God's War by Kameron Hurley
God's War by Kameron Hurley is one of the novels I've been looking most forward to, and it just arrived at my house. I hesitate placing the book here, since I've seen some people talking about it as if it were a sci-fi novel, though I've seen it contains fantasy elements also, and as "bugpunk". First in an apparent trilogy.
Anyways, seems like this book has had an interesting journey to get published, which you can read here:
Here's a review from Mad Hatter:
Any of you here planning on reading this or have already done so? I'm going to read it when I finished reading Cherie Priest's Bloodshot, probably tomorrow or the next day.
Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn t make any difference...
On 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 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 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.
Really like the cover art in this one, good use of colors I think:
February 17th, 2011, 06:52 AM #2
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Sounds cool, let us know how you go.
February 17th, 2011, 09:36 AM #3
Fairly good buzz on this so far. I've asked for it for my birthday next month so I'll see if I get it.
February 17th, 2011, 10:42 AM #4
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if you are into ebooks, Baen sells it through Webscriptions as part of their Night Shade offerings - 6$, instant, drm-free multiple formats, no stupid geographical restrictions. HERE is the link.
They have Night Shade bundles too btw
A lot of sample chapters - I plan to take a closer look at some point, but the pages I read did not instantly grab me and I have way too many other books yelling at me to finish/read them
February 18th, 2011, 09:06 AM #5
Started this last night, only 15 pages in or so. At the moment I don't know what to make of it, all I can say is that it's weird as hell so far and there's no spoon feeding the reader. You're thrust into the world right off the bat and you'll have to learn quickly as we go along.
But looks promising so far, got to see where this is going first. I can see where the bugpunk comes in, seems like we're using insect-biology technology. More sci-fi than fantasy so far, though we just entered a placed full of magicians so we'll see how that goes.
February 21st, 2011, 11:50 AM #6
Just finished it and really enjoyed the book. More sci-fi than anything really, but whatever. I guess it has some new weird in here, but I don't know much about that so I might be wrong. Still well worth the read, and I think it deserves to be tried. The review I linked to above is spot on, and suciul I think you might want to give this a try. Might not like it, but seems like a book you might enjoy... it was quite different to what I read and found it refreshing.
It was a brutal book.
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March 15th, 2011, 01:43 PM #7
Here are some reviews for those interested by Rob (SFFW) and Hyperstorm (Mihir from FBC):
I think both, along with the one I posted above should give you a good idea if this book is for you. I really think it's worth checking out at the very least.
And Rob, you need to fix the link to the review in your blog, it's linking to the Baston interview. Can't comment there since you don't allow people without Google/Open ID.
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March 15th, 2011, 06:02 PM #8
I'm about halfway through this right now and enjoying it quite a bit. I knew pretty soon after I started that I would like it. It reminds me a lot of another author I like, Warren Hammond of Kop and Ex-Kop, who writes gritty scifi with interesting characters just like this.
I wouldn't really call it New Weird. The bug thing is an interesting twist, but still basically organic tech that fits in pretty well and it's only one small thing. New Weird generally plays with a bunch of different elements on a larger setting or stage as part of the plot.
April 4th, 2011, 09:24 PM #9
Seems like you can download it for free at the moment for the Nook:
Too bad that some random people decided to do a string of 1 star reviews on April Fools. Looks like a bunch of immature kids.
April 5th, 2011, 08:37 AM #10
Which is why I don't pay attention to a lot other reviews, especially from the bookstores.
April 5th, 2011, 09:20 AM #11
April 5th, 2011, 05:17 PM #12
Oh yeah, sorry. I did like the book quite a bit. I already have the next book on my to buy list.
I haven't read that much New Weird myself. China Mieville and Jay Lake are good examples as is Jeff VanderMeer. It's kind of hard to explain what it is. I think basically they try to subvert standard sff stories and tropes, and often have elements that are literally "weird" like mechanical angels or human bodies with insect heads. They tend to mix and match things in strange ways. That make any sense? I didn't include God's War in that since it didn't feel that way with me, but I could be wrong.
May 18th, 2011, 04:38 PM #13
Looks like we wont have to wait long for the next book, by the looks of it it'll be released later this year either October or December it seems. The book is to be called Infidel.
Hope more people give this book a try here.
Here's a recent blog entry from Kameron, it contains spoilers (though nothing really of much notice) from the description of the sequel so I'll refrain from posting it at the moment:
June 7th, 2011, 11:43 AM #14
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