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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This is one book I would have benefited by reading on Kindle with Wikipedia at hand. In addition to that, the book has plenty of crazy violent and disturbing hutley. I keep waiting for someone who’s better read than I am in hurleh urban fantasy to write about God’s War from that point of view, because it strikes me that the fact of tough women, and I suspect the sort of dynamic between Nyx and Rhys, has been played out in that subgenre quite a lot over the decade — but with the distinction, which seems to me crucial, that in every such urban fantasy case I’m familiar with the women is an exception implicitly therefore an aberration, even if the text valorises herwhereas here Nyx is not exceptional in kind, not even that exceptional in degree.

It was absolutely enormous and complex and well-thought out. In her own words, “Women can fight as well as fuck, you know” p. The writing was rather sparse when it came to fleshing out each of the characters and it took me a long time to care who each of them were, other than Nyx, of course. And what an awesome protagonist.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Also, the two major nations of the planet have been at war forever, and partly as a result of this women have come to dominate society. Chemical and biological weapons hurlet used as a matter of course. It quickly becomes clear that the bel dames themselves have become factionalised, some working for the queen, some against, and that they are ksmeron unofficially hunting for the missing alien, but also planning to put Nyx and her team out of the picture altogether.

Apr 29, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: That he has been so flat beforehand lessens the impact of those pages only slightly; kamreon, the slightly depicted pregnant sister of another of Nyx’s sidekicks is nevertheless used to fashion a female voice opposed to her excesses and those of her kind, accusing Nyx of being “an ungodly, sex-crazed woman” p.


I’ll keep that in mind, and keep godswaar eye out for more information about what it looks like and what it does. 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.

Yet one can sense too her dissatisfaction with this even as she knows that there is currently no way out of such a life. I can forgive that, because the world of the book is so original and well-imagined, and because I liked the characters that live in it. This countervailing voice, however, is depicted as blinkered and extremist: The world of Umayma is bleak and war torn, with the quiet shattered frequently with the sound of sirens announcing in-coming chemical and biological weapons and the countryside littered with the detritus of conflict: Nyx had already been to hell.

Jun 17, Terence rated it liked it Recommended to Terence by: Paul Kincaid has elsewhere raised objections to the way in which Hurley presents this war.

But is such novelty enough to rescue the narrative from other awkwardness? And then Hurley told me where the new population growth comes from in a nearly casual aside, and I went. Do I think it will win the Nebula award?

On a hardscrabble alien world populated with what humanity becomes in the far future, a long holy war rages. Today Kameron lives a comparatively boring life sustained by Coke Zero, Chipotle, low-carb cooking, gocswar lots of gdoswar. This, then, leaves open the space for women to wield political power whilst males fight and die.

Usually the reasonable facsimile doesn’t have a realistic or profound story arc, or much character development if she’s a secondary character she may be defined solely by a skill, like rock climbingor much to do besides fake-fight guys who would kick her ass in godswsr life, because she has wrists like twigs and has clearly come from the Fighting School of Pilates.

Preview — God’s War by Kameron Hurley. Dec 31, Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a lot to pack into a relatively short book, but I think it was done very well.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Roughly summarized, his point is that if you open a story with, “She mounted her graazchak,” an experienced genre reader will think, “Huh. I can’t give 5 star because the the story itself is not exactly match my taste. 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. This approach is fitting.


Umayma, the planet on which this all takes place, is an anathema to human life as the war itself. Indeed, all the book’s empathy and even conscience is placed in the character of a man: The novel went from burdensome to snappy. This is a mess of a world. Caitrin — Hurley definitely gives the impression that she knows every minute detail of Umayma and it gives the whole universe of the novel a rich and deep feel.

This “HooRahrahrah teh boyz invent gritty realistic fantasy with blood and guts and suffering and stuphs that ain’t purty,” is tiresome. Dan, absolutely not you Hoorahing the boyz’ invention of gritty! None of them are particularly good or well-respected, but they’re bound together by Nyx’s unstoppable will. Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash.

If they’d consistently been, oh, I don’t know, “gene sisters” and “blood sisters,” I would have noted the terms, assumed they’d be defined later, and forged onward. Nyx drinks whiskey like water, has sex with anyone she pleases, and gave up on god or felt given up years ago. I mention this now so that my prejudices, such as they are, lie cleanly in the open.

God’s War is a book in which boxing, battles, and beatings feature very heavily, and it spares few blushes in that regard: The main characters, also, are all so broken or pessimistic that it’s often hard to find them very likeable, particularly when it comes to view spoiler [doomed romances, that make them behave more like high school students than life-hardened bounty hunters hide spoiler ].

Although the plot is fast-paced, action-heavy and twisty, it’s really secondary to seeing inside the characters’ heads, most particularly Nyx and her bug-magician, Rhys. Having said that, I agree with many of your points.

He had stayed as far from the contagion clouds as possible, but when he stumbled through Chenja and into the nearest Nasheenian border town, he was hacking up his lungs in bloody clumps and his skin burned and bubbled like tar. I am bothered by this portrayal of a world that we are obviously intended to read as Islamic, gidswar its mixture of cultures, all of which revolve around a holy book, the Kitab Arabic for book, and apparently also a synonym for the Quranand most of which place women in a subordinate position, with only Nasheen as a fairly crude sort of counter.