The Naked God

The Naked God

Book - 2009
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Joshua Calvert, master of the starship Lady Macbeth, heads to unexplored space in an attempt to locate the God of the alien Tyrathca who just may be able to save humanity from the rampaging souls of the dead.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2009
Edition: 1st Orbit pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316021821
0316021822
Branch Call Number: SciFic Hamilton
Characteristics: viii, 1350 pages ; 22 cm

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Gold_inthosehills
May 02, 2016

Others here have given a plot summary and novel description. All can add is that the character development is top notch. You will see and feel for these people as your literary family and begin to care about them without knowing it. It is without a doubt one of the best Sci-Fi epics ever written. That's saying something. Read it, don't procrastinate any more.

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gstark123
Aug 12, 2013

This is the final volume of the 'Night's Dawn Trilogy'.

It is preceded by 'The Reality Dysfunction' and 'The Neutronium Alchemist'.

You should not read these books as stand-alones as there is no recap at the start of the second two and the density and complexity of the story would not work out of sequence.

That said, this is a HUGE book - three thousand pages or so over the three volumes.

It is a wild ride - mixing genres as it jumps between story segments.

It's a coming of age cyborg story, then it's a space military story, then in the middle of the first book a goth undead story of possession and seemingly magical powers starts.

Toss in the appearance of historical figures a la Phillip Jose Farmers 'Riverworld', plucky heroines worthy of Austen or Hardy, and much much more, and you have a giant fruit salad of a story with juicy bits for anyone.

The author seems to delight in presenting graphic, often violent, sex in detail - often featuring one of his improbably smart, beautiful. and competent teenage protagonists so these books are definitely in the Adults category.

Overall, the 'Night's Dawn Trilogy' is a good read with interesting concepts, mind-boggling scope, good characters, and a fast moving plot.

I enjoyed it.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

Luckily I'm a statistic of the current world economic downturn! Due to being jobless I've had plenty of time to devote to this massive tome! I recommend it highly! This this is absolutely fantastic! Hell, quit your job and/or take time off to read it... you won't be sorry!

At first I thought the trilogy would make a great movie but, now that I'm halfway done with the third book, I don't think a movie is big enough. It would be much better as a TV/direct to DVD or download series.

As a matter of fact, reading this book has me pulling out my old Babylon 5 DVDs and imagining The Night's Dawn in a 5 year story arc like B5 was! Now THAT would be something! I'd pay for that... wouldn't you?

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SPOILERS – Don't read any further unless you want to know how the story ends – SPOILERS

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OK. I loved the books. No complaints. I just want to point out the fact that the conclusion is a classic deus ex machina. As defined by the Wikipedia:

A deus ex machina (literally "god from the machine") is a plot device in which a person or thing appears "out of the blue" to help a character to overcome a seemingly insolvable difficulty. It is generally considered to be poor storytelling technique.

In this case, of course, the machine appears out of the black rather than blue but why quibble! Now personally I don't see this as a problem. The story is littered with other non sequiturs, anachronisms, and ironic situations as well as scattered references to other science fiction stories (witness the appearance of the starship Enterprise a couple of times!) that I just took it in stride that the conclusion would be so perfectly classic and tongue-in-cheek. I was laughing and crying at the same time as, due to the god-machine, everyone (even Quinn Dexter!) lives happily ever after! YAY! I loved it so well I ran out and bought the first volume of his latest trilogy! Bring it on!

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