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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.

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fjm
Feb. 12th, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
I had real problems with the war (as I did with Robinson's Years of Rice and Salt).

Speaking as a lowly historian, my rule of thumb is; you can have all out total mobilisation war for about five years, or you can do thirty years of low level strife with the occasional flare up or a pattern of summer campaigns. What you can't do is all out total mobilisation war for a generation before your people rise up and kick you out (although often the replacements aren't very good at disengagement).

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