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God Engines,the Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010


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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Far Territories (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596062991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596062993
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Childs on 25 Aug. 2010
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This novella, which took me a whole 40 minutes to devour in detail, has all the elements necessary for a fantasy tour-de-force, including (without wishing to spoil the pleasure of any determined reader) at least three elements new to me and, I suspect, most (potential) readers.
What is painfully and obviously lacking is any credible background. Yes, I know it's labelled as fantasy, but even - no, make that especially - good fantasy has a logical and consistent structure which, while not necessarily spelled out in the story, supports and informs it. The 'Deus ex Machina' denouement also lets the piece down. I can't escape the feeling that Scalzi wasn't really trying with this one.
On the plus side, the story is well paced and exhibits Scalzi's usual felicitous style.
All in all, then, a piece worthy of inclusion in an anthology, or as the outline for a major work; this is not worth a book, and particularly not a hardback. As a fellow reviewer said, this is one to borrow from the library.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Flood on 17 Jun. 2010
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I must confess that as a Scalzi fan - I thought "The Androids Dream" magnificent, not to mention the "Old Man's War" trilogy - I couldn't wait to read this. What a disappointment ! 136 pages of large print - with opening lines of each chapter in Even Larger Print - some very dodgy drawings - and several blank pages - pad out what would hardly make a short story into a very threadbare novelette, not worth the asking price. I can't deny there are some brilliant ideas (what else would one expect from Scalzi ?) but my overall impression was that he couldn't be bothered to expand them into a proper novel. Maybe he had something better to do, but that's hardly fair on us fans of his writing. So overall: save your monmey, don't buy this. Something better will turn up soon..... something that will take longer than an hour to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Docherr on 19 July 2010
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Nearly fantastic - but too short and expensive.
I enjoyed it but it was too short. I have also heard the 'main idea' before from Terry Pratchett (small goods) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods). Never-the-less, I still enjoyed it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. A. Hiscox on 25 Jan. 2010
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Yet again John Scalzi pushes the boundaries of science fiction with this short pace setting novel set in the far future where technology is lost, and starships are powered by enslaved Gods, tended to by a less than open priesthood and deity. Imagine captains, navigators and their crews of the 15th Century and all the superstitions of the time plunged thousands of years hence piloting spaceships with a faith born of ignorance and dread. Convert the heathen for the Glory of Our Lord! If John Scalzi was the architect of the Matrix, you'd want to live it, go on take the `blue pill' while the characters in The God Engines take the `red pill'.
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Not a lover of novella but this one really was fantastic there is so much in the story not a single sentence is wasted and while i would love to read more about this Universe the story was complete in its own right. Price was far too expensive as many people have commented on but i could not even moan too much about this because i loved the story so much.
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