Monday, October 12, 2009

Cover Delight: "The God Engines" by John Scalzi

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 that 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 best-selling, 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.

I have had the immense pleasure of discovering Scalzi through his science fiction, though I have managed to devour only one novel so far. I wish I had more, but my TBR Babylon Tower is heading towards the sun as we speak, so I am patient. However I am having serious itch, which I think only "The God Engines" can scratch. Both covers have their charm I have to admit. The first is a very nostalgic image from the time cover art in this style ruled the fantasy genre and to an extent still does. The second however is my favorite as it is so easy on the eyes and the man on the cover has that mysterious mischief I find irresistible.

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