The Agony of the Gods – is fascinating AND boring

Posted: December 30, 2014 in 3 Star Reviews, Fantasy, Fiction, Sci-Fi
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3 of 5 Godless Stars – The Agony of the Gods by Tom Wolosz.

This is a fascinating book. And, at the same time, it’s boring as fuck. Because, the sci-fi elements in this book, the technology, is amazing. But the story is just plain stupid. And unfortunately, the tech is not good enough to carry the entire book. It’s good enough for a short story, but just sucks the life-force out of this book.

It’s the story of The Machine, and the chaos it’s created, throughout the universe. The Machine is a man-made device that basically turned man into Gods. Because it allowed man to achieve anything. To create their own worlds. Create their own people. Create their own universe.

This book is centered around the slaves of these Gods. The police, who call themselves Enforcers. The Enforcers were called into existence by the Gods purely for amusement. Apparently. Just to see what they could, in fact, enforce. If anything. Imagine sending a puny slave up against a God. Comedy gold, right? Not so much.

The problem with this book is that the majority of it is about training one of these slaves to be an Enforcer. And it’s slow as fuck. I mean, it’s just such mundane shit. What do you want for breakfast? Would you like some tea? How about some nice hot broth, to soothe your stomach? Who gives a bloody fuck. Kill something, for fuck’s sake.

I mean, if the Gods created these Enforcers for entertainment purposes, they must be surely disappointed. Because they really are boring as fuck. They’d make shitty reality TV, that’s for sure. There’s no sex, no deceit, no conflict at all really. So what’s the fucking point?

Yes, the technology in this book is fascinating. And it’s a compelling read, learning about The Machine, and its history. But that’s it. That’s all that’s worth reading in this book. And unfortunately, that’s just a short story. A book, it does not make

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  1. This is great. You either read ungodly fast, or you’ve got a great memory! I look forward to reading more.


  2. A slow book can be difficult to take. Do you always feel the need to finish books or if it’s really bad do you stop reading it altogether?

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    • gegrizzle says:

      Yes, I do feel a compulsion to finish books. But often times, it’s in a haphazard way. Like it could be boring as shit, so I’ll skip ahead a few chapters. But then it gets good, and I have to go back and read what I’ve skipped.


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