The God Engines

The God Engines

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by John Scalzi, Vincent Chong
     
 

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Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this -- and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given.

Tephe knows from that the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a

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Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this -- and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given.

Tephe knows from that the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a leader of men and as a devout follower of his god. It’s what he doesn’t know that matters: to what ends his faith and his ship will ultimately be put -- and that the tests he will face will come not only from his god and the Bishopry Militant, but from another, more malevolent source entirely...

Author John Scalzi has ascended to the top ranks of modern science fiction with the best-selling, Hugo-nominated novels Old Man’s War and Zoe’s Tale. Now he tries his hand at fantasy, with a dark and different novella that takes your expectations of what fantasy is and does, and sends them tumbling.

Say your prayers... and behold The God Engines

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596063464
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
12/31/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
160,085
File size:
562 KB

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God Engines 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
"The God Engines" is dark, heavy, and richly textured beneath a gauze of foreboding. John Scalzi's novella is a severe departure from the tone and wit of his popular "Old Man's War" series. But it's equally as awesome. The title is quite literal. Superhuman god-like beings are the engines that drive human interstellar travel. While they have the power to move humans and ships across enormous amounts of space, their powers are much more vast. The story moves at a rapid pace, and the characters are well drawn despite the books' length. The universe of "The God Engines" is creatively conceived. Scalzi's story, which sits somewhere between scifi and fantasy, takes an compelling look at religion, faith and what they can really mean to individuals and societies. The foundation of characters are military, like much of Scalzi's "Old Man's War", but this military and this universe is much more frightening. Everything is drawn with muted colors. Scalzi's writing is very clear, and always crisp, but one can't help but feel a little suffocated in reading this story. Scalzi is also a master at forwarding a plot through well-worded and well-timed dialogue. This is not your father's John Scalzi. And this is very good.
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Only 168 pages. Well written short story. Thought it was a full length novel. It is not. Too much for a short
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As a fan of John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" books, I was left very disappointed in "The God Engines". The book feels like it begins in medias res, but it never circles back around to fill in much of the backstory. The characters are never fleshed out to the point that you care for them. In the end, I was left with more questions than answers.
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The God Engines was a very interesting read. I had previously read the Old Man's War series and Redshirts and found myself to be quite the Scalzi fan, so when it was time for a new read I went straight to him. The description of The God Engines was intriguing, so I bought it and read it in aboit a day. It was short, but definitely not too short. As is typical of Scalzi, the characterization was fantastic and the story compelling. I recomend this. The only reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 were that I thought ir should be a buck cheaper because of the length and I didn't find the ending completely satisfying, though that is just my personal taste. Good read. Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting novella, putting gods in space and humans at their mercy. The writing is tight (though I was surprised at the number of typos) and keeps the reader engaged throughout. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining, but very short. I agree with an earlier review stating the concept of this novella being a worthwhile series.
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Mr. Scalzi should really make a series for this story line. I enjoyed this novella quite a bit and am hungry for more.
SabsDkPrncs More than 1 year ago
This book (more of a novella) has some interesting concepts regarding religion and is entertaining, although I think that a strong believer in monotheistic religion would be offended by the ideas presented.
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A thought provoking book. Scalzi is one of the best writers out there for any genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella is apparently how Scalzi does fantasy, which is pretty decent (though has room for improvement). Conceptually lovely, should have been longer and universe more thoroughly explained. Was left feeling a bit confused and wanting more details.
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SharonBurton More than 1 year ago
Excellent read and a great story. I would love to see more about this premise.