The Prey of Gods
Set in South Africa in the year 2064, The Prey of Gods unveils the otherworldly circumstances that draw five unusual characters together. Muzi is a teenager who just got his hands on a hallucinogenic drug that causes unorthodox side effects. Nomvula is a little girl with golden eyes and an epic secret. Stoker is a councilman by day and something entirely different by night. Riya is a world-famous pop ...more
The Prey of Gods isn't one of those books that is easy to sum up. My little teaser is the bare bones but it's a lot more than that. Told in five more or less parallel threads, it is a story about identity at the heart. Sure, it has awesome things like free-willed robots, goddesses, and a cross-dressing senator with some golden pipes, but it's about identity at its core.
This book ...more
Hey! Guys! Even the LA Times agrees with me about this book!!
I am not going to pretend this is a review. I read this book at least three times in different incarnations before it was accepted by Harper Voyager because Nicky's my bud. I was knocked on my fat spreadin' butt by her warm, deluded thanks addressed to me in the Acknowledgments. But I can tell you the simple, god's-honest truth: If I didn't like this book, I'd send her a nice email thanking her as prettily as ...more
The character on the amazing cover is meant to be Nomvula, a young Zulu demigoddess that's a POV character in the book, but I think the expression on her face is that of the author when presenting this book to us: sheer evil delight in what she has wrought.
This is a multi-POV character book with various fascinating characters from around ...more
Wow... one of those highly-anticipated (of mine) reads that lived up to what I was hoping it would be :).
This is a crazy, weird, bizarre ride that drew me in from the first page... overused expression? *shrugs* To some maybe but for me, this was a journey I didn't want to leave for real life (Dang human body needing sleep too, how dare it?!).
We get POVs from a few different characters ...more
There are time when all the pieces come together. Sometimes that is because the pieces are made to be together; a dark lord chasing the orphaned farm boy and the like. But to make all the pieces come together when said pieces are a virtual grab bag of randomness takes a bit more skill. Robot uprising, pissed off demi-god, young girl with the power to naturally nuke a town, hallucinations that are real and not ...more
The cover of this book is outstanding. The synopsis sounds kickass, but...
If I had read this book before publication I would have suggested these things:
1. Cut down on the amount of characters. Stoker and Riya are unnecessary and add unnecessary complications to the plot.
2. Focus on your two young characters and market this as a YA.
3. If one of your main characters is going to kill 37,00 people it's going to be hard to like her, so you probably need to spend more time and plot on her development...more
Watch me discuss this book in my July wrap up: https://youtu.be/8kaQcaNn9uw
I loved the energy of this story. Drayden does a wonderful job with her characters, who all have their demons but also irreverent moments. (Can you get a better horrific image than the furious demigoddess living her mundane life at the nail salon and stuck in traffic, then coming home to the captive man she's slowly torturing to death?).
This is also a very good attempt at a mosaic novel, building the stories of individuals, which then coalesce into a unifying story for the book as a ...more
The Prey of Gods is a sci-fantasy novel set in South Africa and possibly the weirdest books I've ever read, so weird it's difficult to review it properly.
If you think I'm exaggerating, this book contains:
• weird hybrids, including whippet/iguana and rhionhawks (rhino/lion/hawk) combinations
• a demigoddes running on bot belief
• implied crab/porpoise drug-induced sex
• an invasion of dik-diks and a lot of dik-dik jokes
• also, circumcision
• AI uprising, but in a ...more
Humans are the descendants of gods, making each human a demigod/goddess. However they've spent eternity ignorant of this small fact. It takes a new illegal drug on the market to begin waking people's powers.
Muzi is a gay teen struggling with his identity. His grandfather is pushing him to the old ways of their African tribe while living in a world where everyone has their own personal assistant robot to help them through life. Drugs are a release from his daily worries ...more
Also sweet m/m romance :D
Best review I've seen here is Lindsay's:
"This book is mad. Fun, but totally mad. The characters are brilliant and ...more
Funny, lighthearted, and sincere -- The Prey of Gods is a book that suspends your disbelief and it stays with you well after you've finished it.
Along with male genitalia.
Lots of male genitalia.
You wouldn't believe the sheer amount of male genitalia.
From demi-gods to robot uprisings, and a born male fighting for his identity as a woman against his mum, to the dikdiks and the rhionhawks, and the mass genocide, and the homosexuality, and the old perv who carved a harem outta wood and bestiality...
Its all ...more
This is the wackiest book I read all year and that's saying something. It was amazing how it got wilder and wilder without ever breaking my suspension of disbelief. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I was a bit worried where the trans plotline would ...more
In many respects this is a novel which explores the concept of the human genome. It focuses on the interesting idea of humanity as gods, while also exploring a vision of the future that ...more
In telling this tale Nicky Drayden goes all in delivering an everything plus the kitchen sink tour de force amalgam of fantasy and sci-fi that will likely leave you ...more
Alright, let’s get to it –
I went back and forth from not liking this book, to finding it funny, to liking it, to not really sure what I was reading. The thing is I don’t want to be too critical of this book because I think Nicky Drayden has a lot of potential as a writer. She is witty and very creative. I mean the entire idea of the book – gods and robots set in futuristic South Africa – is ...more
Set in a futuristic South Africa where everyone has their own personal robot making their life easier, a vengeful godess is slowly preparing the end of humanity as we know itand an AI uprising is upcoming. And all of that because of a new hallucinogenic drug which gives humans superpowers.
The Prey of Gods follows an old goddess, a young girl that has the power to overpower her, a teenage boy, a pop star and a politician who is Stoker during the day ...more
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