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REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

It’s a sad statement that it’s so unusual to read about women in roles that men would usually fill, kicking asses and getting their asses kicked–but it is unusual. There is not enough explanation of the godswaar system of this book, but it is common nowadays in a first book of a trilogy. Plenty more to be found here, bravery vs.

And what an awesome protagonist. If they’d consistently been, oh, Gocswar don’t know, “gene sisters” and “blood sisters,” I would have noted the terms, assumed they’d be defined later, and forged onward. This book also showed many different kinds of strength in different female characters.

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.

Interesting as hell, but also frustrating and unsatisfying. Nasheen’s queen is as calculating and perfidious as any man, her legion of bel dames, government assassins who track down deserting males bringing home toxins from the front, as corrupt as the worst all-male mafia.

The ending for me, though, was stellar. I shuddered and thanked all the stars in heaven. This book and the world written about in this book is unlike anything else I have ever read. Will any other novel this year address issues of faith and gender quite so squarely, quite so entertainingly, and with such heft? Nyx had already been to hell. Award Honor List Cancer is rampant among those lacking the means to prevent it and ethnic minorities are discarded.

Elizabeth Kestrel Rogers By: But rather godswag being united by their belief, they are suspicious of each other if not outright hostile. There’s a phenomenon in novels and movies that feature “strong” or “kick-ass” women cf. Maybe starting with her first book wasn’t the best approach March 9, at 5: Song by Jesse Teller December 16, Of course, lots of science fiction and fantasy introduces unfamiliar elements.


God’s War – Kameron Hurley

yurley Rhys saw more evidence of recent fighting as they drove – spent bursts and abandoned artillery, black-scarred rents in the desert, pools of dead bugs. August 1, at 7: Most pertinently, Hurley indeed creates in her lead character a thoroughly unlikeable, but wholly independent, female Conan. I devoured this book. As is often noted, everyone is fighting the war in their own way. No character fully escapes the shadow of the religious mania huurley Umayma; but each interpret it, or disregard it, differently.

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’ll keep that in mind, and keep an eye out for more information about what it looks l Orson Scott Card talks a lot in his How to Write Science Godwar and Fantasy about exposition, and about how bodswar fiction and fantasy readers react to it with different expectations than non-genre readers.

I can forgive that, because the world of the book is hurlej original and well-imagined, godswra because I liked the characters that live in it. Jun 17, Terence rated it liked it Recommended to Terence by: Her plot flows around these two as they struggle to survive, their relationship to the war-torn world around them, and ultimately their relationship to each other.

She can move from wanting to fuck Khos to killing him for the job in a heartbeat. Rhys is a magician and immigrant from Chenja, where women wear the veil and men are head of household. None of them are particularly good or well-respected, but they’re bound together by Nyx’s unstoppable will.

Nyx, as a protagonist, is thorny and crude and rebarbative, she’s physically large and strong, she carries weight both literally and figuratively. A very strong debut for Kameron Hurley, and congratulations on her Nebula nomination. Those that refuse become fair game for teams like Nyx’s to be hunted down, killed, and turned in for monetary reward. There were fewer old cities in the Chenjan Khairian wasteland, where the first world had been created and abandoned.

It is hard to explain, but handled well.


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Hurkey two power blocs, around which some more minor powers revolve, have gdoswar separate cultures one thinks of hrley separation between Islam in the Arabian peninsula and in the Maghreb, perhaps but both approach their war with the same total purpose: I don’t like feeling “phew” when I finish a book, and that’s where this one left me. Hurley sets the stage, moves her beautiful characters across it, and leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions. And then NSB hits my other sensory checkpoints when I pick up a book – the books are a good size and heft for cradling in the hands or lap, the cover material is a non-glossy and yet satiny-smooth finish that doesn’t preserve unsightly greasy fingerprints, and the pages and print are sturdy and don’t smear.

Also the bugs are pretty nifty, and I say this as someone who shrieks and hkrley for back-up when she sees a spider on the kitchen floor. I was very happy to learn that two more novels are going to be published. He felt more alive here than he had anywhere else in his life, among those who spent their days coming up with new and interesting ways to kill his people.

Though there’s some complexity to the plot, it seems evident to me that the author doesn’t have much interest in spoon feeding the reader. In an interview earlier this year at suvudu. Refresh and try again. The setting is excellent – a planet torn by religious war, sometime after the collapse of a galactic civilisation.

But cool characters all around, and certainly multidimensional and they all serve their role in the events quite well. 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 gdswar a skill, like rock climbingor much to do besides fake-fight guys who would kick her ass in real life, because she has wrists like twigs and has clearly come from the Fighting School of Pilates.

Hurley does not stand still with her worldbuilding, however: