Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

February Books 3) God's War, by Kameron Hurley

I still feel like I'm coughing my lungs out, but I struggled into work both yesterday and today, so I guess I am well enough to start catching up on book-blogging... Anyway, God's War is the first of this year's BSFA nominees for Best Novel that I have read. I'm taking the approach of reading them in increasing order of pagecount, which nicely orders the first three - God's War (288), Evening's Empires (384), and Ack-Ack Macaque (416), though I shall have to toss a coin between Ancillary Justice and The Adjacent (both 432).

These are 288 very intense pages. Our central character, Nyx, is a woman warrior and assassin in a war whose point seems to have been largely forgotten by the combatants, working her way across the battle-scarred landscapes and streetscapes of a ruined world. There's lots of love, lust, betrayal, and horrible violence. It's awfully well realised.

I found it in the end a bit one-note - concentrating on the vivid setting, at the expense of a real plot, and without quite explaining how this world got itself into such a mess. Perhaps this will be dealt with in future volumes. It's a very good book, but I hope that there are better ones to come.
Tags: bookblog 2014, bsfa 2013
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • COVID, day 10 and 620 days of plague

    Not a lot better today in fact, and I’ve been out of bed less than yesterday. I am coughing a bit more but I’ll take that as a good sign as my lungs…

  • Chicago (2002)

    Chicago won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2002, and five others: Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones, beating fellow cast member Queen…

  • My tweets

    Fri, 12:07: Many congrats to the new German Minister of Agriculture, @ Cem_Oezdemir - was tremendously helpful back when he was first an MEP.…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment