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review 2017-10-29 20:26
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley

Series: Worldbreaker Saga #1


I generally expect more from Hurley's books. This was alright but my interest waxed and waned throughout the whole thing. There are some really cool concepts but a lot of stuff I could have just done without, and I wasn't all that keen on some of the characters, particularly Zezili. Even Lilia did some really stupid things. I wasn't impressed by her search for a mother who couldn't know her.


This book follows several characters in a fantasy world where several nations are at war, and the entire world is being threatened by invaders from beyond it. Oh, and there are binary suns that are so close together they form an hourglass shape in the sky. And walking trees that remind me of triffids.


I plan on reading the next book, but I'm not hopeful it'll be up to Hurley's usual standards. Maybe she needs worlds with spaceships to pull off awesome. And more ick factor.

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review 2017-08-24 01:23
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
God's War - Kameron Hurley

Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha #1


Picture an alien world with two suns colonized by humans from various Islamic sects where two major world powers have been at war for the last three hundred years over religious differences. There are “shifters” and people literally have bug technology. The doctors are called magicians and their biological and genetic technology is impressive. Gene piracy is a thing. The society is heavily skewed towards a female population because even though women go to the Front to fight too, all of the men are required to. The bel dames are an elite group of bounty hunters who work for the government.


Nyx is a whiskey-drinking, hard-living former bel dame bounty hunter who lands a special “note” (bounty) that promises to pay both her and her team a great deal of money. It’s not an easy task, naturally, and she’s up against another team of bounty hunters as well as running into trouble with her former bel dame cronies. I’m making it sound a lot of fluffier than it is. It’s seriously gritty and sometimes quite graphic tale about people who have been majorly fucked up by war. It’s also pretty cool at times and has some great lines and moments.


Previous updates:

51 of 286 pages

1 of 286 pages

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text 2017-08-21 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 286 pages.
God's War - Kameron Hurley

Humans have colonized the backwater planet Umayma. For reasons that aren't clear, two main factions, Nasheen and Chenja, are at war and pretty much everyone able-bodied gets sent to the Front (except for a few specialists and other exceptions). Nasheen is run by women since men over the age of sixteen or so get sent to Front and very few make it to forty to come back. Chenja seems to keep back a few men to run things but otherwise it's pretty much the same story.


Nyx spent time at the Front and is now a bel dame, a kind of government-sanctioned bounty hunter (as opposed to a regular bounty hunter that isn't employed by the government) who hunts down deserters from the Front among others but she spends some of her time as a regular bounty hunter and gets involved in some illegal stuff that gets her sent to prison. Oh yeah, and she's supposed to cut off her target's head as proof, so I'm guessing that's what's supposed to be wrapped in the bundle she's cradling on the cover.


It's definitely gritty.

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text 2017-08-21 01:46
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 286 pages.
God's War - Kameron Hurley

"Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert.


Drunk, but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser. She bet all of her money on a boxer name Jaks, and lost it two rounds later when Jaks hit the floor like an antique harem girl.


Nyx lost every coin, a wad of opium, and the wine she'd gotten from the butchers as a bonus for her womb. But she did get Jaks into bed, and—loser or not—in the desert after dark, that was something."


Well, that was a promising opening.

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text 2017-08-13 15:54
Library books!
The Age of Scientific Sexism: How Evolutionary Psychology Promotes Gender Profiling and Fans the Battle of the Sexes - Mari Ruti
The Last Alchemist in Paris: & Other Curious Tales from Chemistry - Lars Ohrstrom
God's War - Kameron Hurley

I just wanted to share the pretties from the library. They don't have much of a theme, do they?

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