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The Angelus Guns: A Tor.com Original [Kindle Edition]

Max Gladstone

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Book Description

During a celestial civil war, an angel-like soldier searches for her missing brother.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (19 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LKO5J88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has so much potential, but it didn't grab me. 27 Sept. 2014
By Kaleb Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure what to make of this. This story had tons great ideas with an interesting plot. But this story suffers from being too short. I think that Mr.Gladstone put himself into a corner and didn't give himself enough room to work with the cool ideas he crafted. Most of the content of this story was not elaborated on, leaving me confused throughout most of the story. And I also didn't care for the characters.
This could have been great if it were longer and the ideas were explained.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if read with some patience 6 Jan. 2015
By jazzycar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another interesting, creative story from Gladstone, and definitely worth a read if you like his work. I did find it a little hard to get into at first, and found that I had to re-read the beginning several times to get my head around all the little clues in the writing. I don't mind this too much, in fact prefer it to the books that spend pages in explaining all the set-up to you, but it might irritate or confuse some readers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shortly before the Fall. 26 Aug. 2014
By Peter S. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of these Tor.com short stories showcase some aspect of one of the author's longer novel. These short stories are set in the same universe and/or provide the same characters in a prequel or side adventure from that of the more developed story in the novel.

A problem with this approach is that it assumes a lot from the reader in terms of familiarity with the rules of the world. At best the reader can only expect to get a taste of the world of the longer novel. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't.

I don't think it worked here. The story involves "angels" who seem to move from planet to planet, bringing sentience to native species, but then warring against those sentients who get above their stations by challenging the "angels." On one planet, a group of "angels" seems to have gone "native." There is partying and drinking and fighting and sexing and all kinds of stuff. One angel wants to retrieve her brother from the mess before the angelic choir masses its angelic technology and wipes the bunch out.

Most of it simply assumed that the reader knew what the rainbow machine was or why the angels cups filled up with tea or blood or what the angels really were doing on these other planets or why there was a "younger mother" and an "older mother." If the story itself were gripping enough, the sense of uncertainty might have made these bits tantalizing.
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