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3.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 5 3.18 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Scalzi Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781441890832
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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 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 bestselling, 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 2/10/2014

    " It is no surprise that this novella was a Nebula award nominee. It is an incredibly fast read and it holds your attention fully from the first sentence to the last. The story does a wonderful job of engaging you with interesting characters who's interactions serve as the means to consider issues of faith and the place of humans in the context of "superior" life forms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Hayes | 2/3/2014

    " An enjoyable story (thought short at 136 pages) that was different from anything I'd read before (multiple human scale gods and the issue of belief / faith). It also has a nice adult ending; i.e one that wasn't forced in order to be 'feel good'. It was also nice that Scalzi didn't stretch this into a full novel when it works nicely as a novella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jakob | 1/14/2014

    " Really well written and very dark. The story itself is enthralling and manages to have some Lovecraftian moments that make the goosebumps come alive on your skin. It seems to me that Scalzi is in his story trying to make some remarks about religion and clergy as corrupt as well as faith as a crutch and a hindrance to progress. If that is a correct assumption then his efforts fall fairly flat to one degree or another. One problem is that by having the gods be these real, powerful and capricious alien beings which have dominion over the definitely real, according to the logic of the book, souls and spirits of men it seems that Scalzi is trying to have his cake and eat it too. It is hard to take seriously the message that Scalzi may, or may not, be trying to convey when he is basically using a modernized version of the Olympian gods as a template for his gods. Although it is fun to read about, it does not engender belief, especially when you consider that no historic accounts of powerful gods are ever straightforwardly about what they seem to be about. There are layers upon layers of meaning contained in pretty much all religious scripture and stories, which is why they live as long as they do. Scalzi's story and his gods on the other hand are straightforwardly what they seem to be. If you have to any degree studied religions and their spiritual interpretive framework then you'll see the cognitive dissonance between the story and its supposed meaning. I can't really say if this is how Scalzi meant the book to be read but as a symbolic tale it doesn't really score very high but as a straight-faced scifi story it is awesome. (view spoiler)[The same argument as used above can be used about the conflicting scifi and fantasy elements in the book. It is clearly stated the people in the book were once scientifically minded but that after meeting the gods left behind science. The gods using magic and people using it through the gods could be explained in a Dying Earth fashion, i.e. that the technology of the gods had progressed to such a degree as to be indistinguishable from magic. The problem again are the spiritual elements that are added to the book, these undermine the idea that the gods are merely very advanced aliens. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 1/14/2014

    " A different sort of approach by Scalzi. By which I mean there is no humor in this book. it is bleak, and feels too bleak at times. credit to the author for creating a universe that is different, structurally, then what you normally see in science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalyn | 12/28/2013

    " I liked this novella even though it's not typical Scalzi. The set-up is slightly unusual and I don't recommend it for people who need happy endings or endings with complete closure. It's good, thought-out and a surprisingly well-developed world for being such a short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Litsinger | 12/27/2013

    " Plenty of fun, old school SF/F "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 reed | 12/22/2013

    " One way to create a realistic scifi/fantasy world is to explain as little as possible to the reader. This book is twisted, fast-paced, and engrossing with a really unusual ending. I read it in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/16/2013

    " That was one tragic tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krista. | 12/13/2013

    " It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it well enough, but it wasn't anything to write home about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 12/3/2013

    " Didn't like this as much as I usually like Scalzi's stuff, I think primarily because (a) it lacked substance/depth, probably because it was so short (although I've certainly read short stories that pack quite a punch) and (b) I disliked the rather abrupt resolution and ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Hoffman | 11/30/2013

    " Seems like a short story that Brandon Sanderson would write. The idea and execution were great, though the ending left me unfulfilled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce Kroeze | 7/9/2013

    " A fast read, and pretty weak. It literally ended with a Deus Ex Machina, which felt cheap. I love Scalzi, but this was not him at his best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2012

    " WTF, Scalzi? I know this is your venture into fantasy and so I shouldn't have expected your usual sci-fi bent...but...gah! Just couldn't get into it at all. It's like he jettisoned all of the things that make his past stories great (his humor, style, etc) and tried to reinvent his voice. Blech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/10/2012

    " Good read. A thought provoking story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 February Four | 7/6/2012

    " I loved the premise. However, the book ends FAR TOO SOON. I will refrain from spoiling, but I must say, I felt like I'd been handed one-third of a novel instead of a full novella. TOO SHORT. I hope the story is continued, and soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/30/2012

    " I was disappointed by this book, as I have really enjoyed Mr. Scalzi's other novels. The book had a very interesting premise but he really did not follow through. The story ended too soon, and I missed the humor of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 5/30/2012

    " A fast moving novella that is twisted and pretty masochistic. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy Clays | 3/9/2012

    " Be careful where you put your fath. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 1/27/2012

    " This was a very substandard novella from Scalzi....was disappointed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anastasia | 11/26/2011

    " Novella, blend of fantasy and scifi. I was really bothered by the lack of women except in the role of prostitutes (sorry, holy prostitutes), or in the process of being violently murdered. Was there a reason why the crew was all-male? Otherwise, a delightful tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Forbes | 8/28/2011

    " A wonderful high-concept sci-fi short about the taming of gods and men. Scalzi seems to think it's a huge departure from his past work, but I don't get that. It's less "hard" sci-fi, but it's definitely Scalzi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rabbitambulance | 7/28/2011

    " I haven't really reflected on this book enough to be able to tell whether it's actually good as a novel, but as a story I really didn't like it. I feel the characters aren't fleshed out enough for me to care about them, and the the plot is just hella depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 5/20/2011

    " An odd mix of dark fantasy and SF. It was interesting, if short, and had a few surprises along the way, though I could see the end coming from a fair distance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/8/2011

    " Narsty. Brutish and short, with big redemption at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/7/2011

    " More of a novella.
    Interesting idea, well executed.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 4/3/2011

    " WTF, Scalzi? I know this is your venture into fantasy and so I shouldn't have expected your usual sci-fi bent...but...gah! Just couldn't get into it at all. It's like he jettisoned all of the things that make his past stories great (his humor, style, etc) and tried to reinvent his voice. Blech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 3/27/2011

    " Bleaker than I'm used to from Scalzi, but I'd love to see the world further developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raja | 3/24/2011

    " Impressively atmospheric. It had me from the first sentence: "It was time to whip the god." Strong shades of Glen Cook and H. P. Lovecraft. The ending lacked a little bit of punch, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 3/21/2011

    " Iiiiiiiinteresting. Veeeeeery interesting. I really liked the concept of the gods powering their ships and was fascinated by the whole religious hierarchy... and even more so by the dilemma presented at the end. A different bit of story, and perhaps a bit too short, but a very good on indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mario | 3/21/2011

    " A very quick, very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willy | 3/20/2011

    " It's a four star story but Mr. Scalzi lacks a little in the writting department. After anyone says anything in a story he has to write, he said, she said, they said, EVERYTIME!!! It gets annoying. That being said the idea behind this novella is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A Rae | 3/12/2011

    " This is still an easy read like other Scalzi titles, but way more complex. Putting my own beliefs aside, the culture and alternate world he created is truly compelling. The book is short, but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. Michael | 2/27/2011

    " Scalzihad a nifty idea, wrote a short story about it and then noticing short stories make crap they published it as a book. But it's a short story. A damn good short story. And the last line kills. "

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About the Author
Author John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a popular and acclaimed science-fiction author whose debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, and Redshirts, which also won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes nonfiction on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film. He served as the creative consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.