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The Alleluia Files (Samaria Published Order #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  3,208 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Sharon Shinn's first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. In 1996, she won the William C. Crawford award for Outstanding New Fantasy writer, and has been twice nominated for the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer. Now she concludes her popular and acclaimed "Samaria Trilogy" with a breathtaking novel of ange ...more
Paperback, 474 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Ace Trade (first published 1998)
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Mei-Lu
So I wasn't going to write a review of this book but reading other people's reviews made me decide I must. I just can't NOT address some of the comments that have been made. First let me talk about my own experience with the Samaria trilogy. (And, really, you should not even consider reading this book unless you have read the first and the second - it will not be near as satisfying on its own.) Initially, I was disappointed to discover that the Samaria books didn't follow the same group of chara ...more
Sean
Halfway through I expected to give this four out of five stars because the premise, characterization and plotting seemed tighter and more compelling than in the previous two volumes, but then Shinn pulled her usual tricks with dysynchronous POV and sexist male characters that just drive me nuts. And then the dénouement never seemed to freaking end. So it gets three out of five. Are you happy, Sharon Shinn?
Chachic
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As with the other Samaria books, this one revolves around certain characters, namely Tamar, Jared and Lucinda, and their interactions with each other. Tamar is a feisty and fiercely determined woman, brought up by Jacobites. She has been on the run her entire life and has a hard time trusting people. On the other hand, Jared is a happy-go-lucky type of angel. Even though he's technically the leader at Monteverde, he's never been passionate about anything. Tamar and Jared a
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Sarah
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Anne
Oh dear, they need a more exact rating scale. This book was fun, silly, and entertaining, but by no means great literature. A good brainless read about angels and such. And yes, I would like to point out that I am just diligently working my way through my list of books that I've read in the past while. I'm resisting the urge to edit. The urge to try to make it look like I only read smart books. But NO, I will proudly display my less than high-brow reading habits. Yes, there is a half-naked, beau ...more
Jen
I was trying to explain this book to my boyfriend and after I got through: world colonized way into the future by earthlings, the satellite aka "god/jovah" in the sky, and angels with wings grafted onto their backs to control the weather... he was like, "Will you listen to yourself?! This sounds crazy!" And, it is reactions like this, my friends, that makes me love sci fi/fantasy EVEN MORE.
Christy Stewart
In this book, Shinn features her best leading male ever, Jared. He is a man with great power and responsibility...and he evades it at any cost to do...nothing at all. Even as news that will shake the very world down to it's core falls into his lap. He waits years to act on it, and even then he just tries pushing it off on the leading lady, Tamar, who is charmingly schizophrenic.
Tiffany
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Lin
May 23, 2010 Lin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like mixed genres
Third book in the sci-fi/fantasy/religious/romance series.
100 years after Alleya found out the truth about God there are only a few who are considered heretics, the Jacobites, that suspect the truth. The Alleluia files could change all that, but nobody has been able to find them and the archangel doesn't want them found.

The narrative switches between 3 characters: Jared, Tamar and Lucinda.
Each of the 3 has their own narrative merits and an interesting story that leads them to each other. Jared i
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Alyssa Archambo
Sharon Shinn wrote the Samaria books before angels were even a popular subject. I'm a big fan of Shinn, and after reading the first book in this series, Archangel, I fell in love with the world she has created. This is very much a science fiction series, with the inhabitants of Samaria being descendants of people from Earth who left to escape the destruction of the planet by technology. In The Alleluia Files, the people of Samaria have become much more technologically advanced -- some think this ...more
Althea Ann
Samaria Series

If all romance books were like these, I might consider myself to be a fan of romance novels in general.
The 'Samaria' series is primarily romance - but it's balanced with enough other plot elements that it doesn't get too tedious. They're even frequently... romantic!... in a way that doesn't (usually) make me want to strangle the characters! (They're never explicit/erotic, though.)
I did read all five books back-to-back, which meant that some of the elements did get a little repetiti
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Rachel
This is a continuation of the Samaria series. Now there is a small sect that teaches that Jovah is a ship, not a deity, and they are being persecuted by the current archangel. The female romantic interest is part of the sect; the male is an angel.

Shinns' portrays the "atheistic" cult as bitter, angry, distrustful and arrogant. They do have some of the technical facts regarding Jovah's identity right, of course, but we find that those who believe in Jovah as deity tend to be more generous, helfu
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Christine
4.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself so unwilling to put it down that I'm writing this a little bleary-eyed this morning. Like the previous book in this volume, I found the characters to be well drawn, complex, and likable. Also like the last two books, I enjoyed the imaginative world.

Tamar was my favorite of the 3 point of view characters, although I did find her a little overzealous. Her romance with Jared was the best of the series to date. I got a little impatient in Luc
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Myridian
This is third novel in the series about Samaria and the socioreligious struggles of the world. This story takes place 100 years after Jovah's angel and the main characters are women who are twins separated at birth. One is an angel and the other is mortal. The angel becomes the religious leader of the society, and the mortal belongs to a group of atheists that the angels are trying to exterminate. I continue to have reservations about the way that women are portrayed in these stories. While they ...more
Theresa Magario
I got my hands on this book again after not having picked it up in years and I was pleased to discover that I liked returning to this colony world of genetically modified humans that have wings, and music, and re-blossoming technology. I had wondered if the words would just blur out on the page and not take me in, but I found the reading to be fast and pleasant.The Alleluia Files
Jennifer
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Leah
I picked this one up at Uncle Hugo's ages ago because I love the Samaria novels, but I didn't realize until I started it that I hadn't read it before.
Picks up nicely a hundred years after Jovah's Angel ends to explore the issues raised in that book a little bit further. Sadly, it doesn't actually dig into those big questions until the very end, where it just touches briefly.
I want to live on Angel Rock.
Loralee
I realize now that I have read these books in possibly the worst possible order, without realizing either that 1) some came first or that 2) the earlier ones had more plot. This book has quite a lot going on: power-hungry Archangel Bael(who pretty much rules the whole society) has ordered executions of rebel heretics, although it turns out there's more truth to their heresy than he wants to admit. Enter a heretic woman trying to free to safety (and from those who it turns out would help her); a ...more
Jenn
And a god will fall... Legend says the Archangel Alleluia and the mortal Caleb left a record of the truth they discovered about the god Jovah, though no document has ever been found. In time, an underground cult arose, seeking to find again what Alleluia found. But the reigning Archangel called down the wrath of Jovah upon the cult, and hundreds died in a hail of thunderbolts. Yet some still survive...
Among them is the woman Tamar, child of cultists, raised by angels. She believes that the actua
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Rachel
I read the first two books in this series when they first came out. I really liked the first one, but the second book had some annoying plot holes. So I didn't buy the third book. Still, when I had a chance to get a free copy, I decided it was worth a try. I'm glad I did; Shinn is back on her A game.

Samaria is a world ruled by angels. Really; they're humans with wings, who sing prayers to Jovah that are answered promptly and precisely. It's very easy to believe in god on this world, because the
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Claire
This volume in the series (chronologically the last, at least for now) was somehwat more ideological and less character-driven than previous installments, but the ideas were so well-realized that I didn't mind too much, despite this being my escapist fare du jour. It's fascinating to watch this fantasy/scifi society go through hundreds of years of social and technological development roughly comparable to real history (with, of course, a few important differences), and the religious conflict tha ...more
Mary Fan
This book continues in the same vein as the previous Samaria books, so be prepared for some lovely world building, well constructed descriptions (especially of music), and pleasant characters. Tamar is one of my favorite protags in the series, being brave and headstrong (without Rachel's hysterics). There is not much plot - most of the book simply depicts the world as it is - until the very end. The Samaria books really are more about the "where we are" and the "who lives here" than the "what ha ...more
Josie
The pros of these books:

They are interesting in the way they explore science and religion, shattering expectations and dogma, and what it means to share the 'truth.' They explore music beautifully. I enjoy the fantasy/ science fiction element of them in a sort of feminized way (but notice I didn't say feminist).

The cons:

They're sort of romance-novel ish. When even I get to that part I get taken out.

They are ABSOLUTELY heterosexist. Although the women are sometimes leaders, and sometimes strong,
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Melissa
I love Sharon Shinn she is one of my favorite Authors and I loved the first two books in this series. This one was good and I loved the characters! She is so good at developing characters through their actions. The story moved really well and I enjoyed going back to Samaria. There was one hitch for me and that was the love stories in this . The story is the focal point and the 2 love stories take a back seat. It is almost like a whole chapter got left out somewhere. I was a little disappointed, ...more
Amy
I felt like this one was the best in the series so far, up until the last chapter.

I didn't figure out the spoiler until it was finally revealed (which was great, Shinn's spoilers have been typically transparent from the beginning of the story) and I felt like the characters actually had some kind of motivation in this book whereas, the characters from the other books had pretty simple roles to play and didn't face any real action.

Then the final chapter came and Conran (the atheist leader of the
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Bana Elzein
I love this world of Sharon Shinn's. It is not heavy reading, it is not deeply philosophical, despite the "religious" themes throughout. As a reader, you realize that the religion in the books was developed as a solution to a problem. At the heart of all the Samaria books, there is a love story, often between a very independent and stubborn heroine and a male angel. When it's the other way around, and it is in at least one or two cases, it's hard to envision because the thought of a female chara ...more
Cori Bishop
I love the concept of this series. I love how it starts as one thing and slowly transforms into a totally different genre while still maintaining the tone of the culture.
Alicia
I love Sharon Shinn because she can instantly place me back into her world in just a few words. It's been a long time since I last read a book of Samaria, but it was like I had never left as I opened this book. I loved this story and the conflict that was the major plot line. I think my favorite part of how Sharon writes is that she takes the point of view of a few different characters and you slowly begin to see how they're going to collide and all of a sudden BOOM!! You're in the climax and yo ...more
Fibaroobi
Another really enjoyable read. Grabbed me from the start, with a gripping, tense situation. Looking forward to reading the next 2.
Jen
I like the series. Fun romances. Interesting sci-fi. I like that the author doesn't give up on religion completely. They're well-written and engaging books.

I just wish the characters were not so casual in their liaisons or the consequences thereof. Yes, the predestined lovers seem to be faithful to each other, but the society in general condones an awful lot of sleeping around. At least the lights dim and we don't have to read the details.

I also wish the female leads were a bit more likeable, le
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“If there is no god, what is left but science? What is left to endow us with any grace? You can tell me the chemical makeup of my skin and my brain, but how can you explain away my soul? And if there is no god to watch over me, chastise me, grieve for me, rejoice for me, make me fear, and make me wonder, what am I but a collection of metals and liquids with nothing to celebrate about my daily living?” 33 likes
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