Who is killing the Gods?
Man created The Machine. The Machine gave to each man or woman a world of their own design, to do with as they pleased. They became Gods - omnipotent, absolute rulers; but also vain, arrogant, hedonistic and brutal.
Now someone is killing them.
The enforcer, a servant of the Gods, is tasked with finding the killer, but first he must train a new apprentice. Given a list of worlds to investigate, they set out trying to find a key to the identity of a killer they cannot hope to overcome. In their travels they come across worlds dedicated to the study of butterflies, to the perfection of music, to eternal war, and to a magical storybook existence where animals talk and act like characters from a children's story; and on each world they find a brutal disregard for the people who serve the Gods.
As the death toll mounts, and the pressure from their masters to find the killer increases, they learn more and more about the strange universe of The Machine, and about themselves. But soon they face the ultimate question: is the killer a monster...or a hero?
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In a world filled with dystopian novels and far-reaching plots, I have to say, I enjoyed the Agony of the Gods:Softly Falls the Snow by Tom Wolosz. Why? Because I wasn’t spoon fed each scene, I had to think about what was written, and for me, that is like waving a red flag or something. Even the main characters seemed veiled in a shroud of anonymity, and their relationship was a little unusual, kind of a like/hate/respect/suspect kind of thing that never really resolved itself by the end. Someone is murdering the gods. So, who are the gods? They are the originals, the ones who created The Machine, who creates others to follow the gods. Each god is given a world to rule over. Some are quirky, but almost innocently sweet, some are vile, disgusting and would make great targets for the mysterious murderer. Enter the Enforcer and his Apprentice who are put on the case to ferret out the murderer. Is it a god after more territory? World after world uncovers little in the way of clues, particularly if you would like the Enforcer and Apprentice to agree on anything. One is burned out; one is trying to make a name for themself, but is it worth it? Struggling with their own inner demons, these two must present a united front on each world, backed only by the power higher than the gods. Who is the murderer? Why? Is this a game of cat and mouse with the investigators as the main attraction for the entertainment? Don’t expect any easy answers or fast-paced delivery, The Agony of the Gods rolls long at a steady pace, with its characters all playing slightly discordant tunes of their own making. There never feels like there is any cohesive banding together, the “upper class” is always just that, out of reach, with feelings of entitlement because of their status. If you like your dystopia with a lot of jagged edges and great twisting along the treacherous path to answers, this is going to give you something to ponder for days, as you wonder, did I really read that? There is n need for the token sex scenes, because there is a ton of story just waiting to unravel right before your very eyes! Dark, mysterious and a little uncomfortable at times, a great science fiction read that will make your head spin as it winds down.