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The Gods and Their Machines

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The Gods and Their Machines marks the debut of a compelling new voice in science fiction and fantasy, set in a world that bears a disturbing resemblance to the Middle East and the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

To the scientifically advanced people of Altima, the primitive "Fringelanders" of Bartokhrin are superstitious barbarians and terrorists. Their suicide warr
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Tor Teen
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Chris Bissette
Jan 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
The best thing about this book, by far, is the title. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters, and as a result I didn't care about anything else. The politics of the war were far too simplistic, everybody was incredibly two-dimensional, and everything that happened felt like an attempt by the author to keep the story moving rather than a natural unfolding of the action. The exploration of racism/cultural prejudice was obvious and heavy-handed, and to add insult to injury the ...more
Mick Wade
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was an interesting way to look at war and conflict from a kid's perspective. The "us versus them" is set in an alternate world, but it manages to feel very real (if also slightly tinted by Star Wars - maybe it's the cover, maybe it's just me...)
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Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book starts out great, but as you go more and more into it, it grows darker, and you have a wierd sense of de ja vu.
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Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking
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