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The Gods of Sagittarius

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A grand alternate history, science fiction adventure from multiple New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint, creator of the Ring of Fire alternate history series, the Jao Empire series, and the Boundary series, and multiple Hugo award winner and science fiction legend Mike Resnick. 

Russ Tabor is one of the top security specialists in the galaxy. Much against his will,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Baen
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The most recent iterations of Lovecraft revivalism have mostly been grounded in reshaping the “Lovecraftian” tale itself, by explicitly providing a new context for Lovecraft’s much discussed racism (The Ballad of Black Tom, Lovecraft Country) and misogyny (The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe), or by creating a meta-narrative about the Cthulhu Mythos itself (Carter & Lovecraft, I Am Providence). I guess it takes a couple of salty old pros like Eric Flint and Mike Resnick to remind us that, since most ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
An extreme disappointment. Difficult to read names, silly science, excessive crudeness (an oft farting, argumentative "familiar"). Human characters who read like they were in a 1950s cheap scifi rag, with additional crudeness. All conspired to prevent my being able to get into this book. DNF at 22% with extreme dissatisfaction. ...more
Peter Tillman
So far, not so good. Alleged humor isn't working for me, so far. Humor is hard to predict....

Here's Paul Di Filippo's positive review, which led me to try this:

Abandoned @ p.73, 6/23/17. Not for me! Caveat lector.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Whether or not you enjoy this book depends heavily on your expectations and your type of humor. If you expect it to be like the 1632 series and Belisarius series, you will be disappointed. If you are familiar with Eric Flint's Joe's World series "Philosophical Strangler" and enjoyed that, this is more in line with that. ...With some absurd Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy thrown in and some Lovecraftian elements sort of cameo-ing/hinted at. ...more
Juliet Hotel
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5/5 just to crap on the nay-sayers. This book also craps on anyone who doesn't have a sense of humor. This is one-part mad scientist, one-part mercenary, one-part dutch cussing, and a crap-tonne of Cthuluesque goofing off.
Unfortunately it's got a slightly impotent ending, everyone gets off a little too easy for my tastes considering there's dark gods involved in just about everything.
Yes, that's it, not much more to say without spoilers.

I'm going to make a huge assumption and say
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a little bit of a disappointment, but it was okay, it was fun. I think my expectations were too high; because of the past works I've enjoyed from Resnick and Flint I expected something really terrific from a collaboration, but I wasn't overwhelmed. Because it's always a good idea to employ sports metaphors when discussing science fiction or sex or kaiju, I'll suggest that it's like when a Super Bowl or a Stanley Cup game is a boring or one-sided affair despite the superior records of th ...more
David Pappas
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fast read. Mostly two viewpoints throughout, which is better than many viewpoints which seems to be the norm nowadays. Also one author obviously writes better and is more creative than the other. Which makes about half the book eminently more readable. After these all too few shaky positives there isn't much left to recommend the book. The initial introduction of the plot even appears mildly interesting but begins to sink of its own accord about 2/3rds through under the weight of indecipherable ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
The story line is what captured my attention. It has a Lovecraft theme and read a bit like a comic book
However it became difficult to read. I felt like this might have been a second book and there were things I should already know which made it a bit hard to follow the story line. I also do not think the book had been proof read. There were so many errors. Not spelling errors but just wrong words. Some examples are the word should clearly have been "out" but was printed as "our", or there were p
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
In the future, humanity is part of an interstellar society. A security expert is tasked to escort a scientist as he investigates a murder with seemingly paranormal aspects. Meanwhile, an alien seeks vengeance for the extermination of her religious sect. Unlike the science-rooted humans, the alien knows that magic is real.

The novel is space opera with a large degree of comedy. Unfortunately, I didn't find the overwrought dialogue and interactions very funny. The story isn't very entertaining eith
Fred P
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
There's some fun in this story, but it gets off to a slow start. You have to learn a lot about very fanciful alien cultures. Once the action starts, it's humorous and fast-paced. The biggest problem is the editing. It's like a puzzle that's missing some pieces. Scenes change so quickly that you might think a page was missing. The characters talk about what they cannot say, then say it on the next page. The inconsistencies seem like they could be part of the "magical" plot, but by the end of the ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Mike Resnick tries to write another eccentric team novel similar to The Fortress in Orion and fails miserably. Most of the character interaction consists of endless wisecracks and brief silly and improbable action scenes. Resnick is no Wodehouse and it's very heavy handed. I was hoping the Lovecraft content and Eric Flint would bring something to the table, I was disappointed, I'm avoiding future releases in this series as well as any future Resnick titles without a review from someone I trust. ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Though we meet several fascinating beings & learn of unique mindsets, the story makes me think of Hitchikers Guide being taken over by the Dorsai. Befuddling in places as the bereaved Gadrax Occo goes Grendel against those who destroy her home planet, only to later discover it was herself, aided & abetted by clever human Shennoy & his security expert Tabour.
Ernest Spoon
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got a chuckle or two. I don't really know much about the Lovecraft mythos--I read a couple of things when I was young and thought it was kind of stupid, boring and not scary at all--but the authors use it as a jumping off point and it sort of works.

I liked a characters and their development better than the plot. And it is obviously a setup for a sequel or a series.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this immensely. Wild and whacky adventure where science meets magic and all done with a humorous touch. I don't mind humour in my SF, including fart jokes, though it's often hard to pull it off without becoming too 'hitchhikers' but in this case I think Mr Flint has managed it. Probably not for those who only want 'hard sci fi' but worth the effort. ...more
Gail Morris
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it gets a bit bogged down in some technical info early on in this book but if you hang on and slog through it, it becomes the wildest ride though space you can ever imagine. It doesn't use too much science because it is all about the unknown magic of the lost old ones that may have been demons or deities, you decide!! I enjoyed it completely. ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an enormous amount of fun. Light, fast-paced, funny! It reminds me of the best of L. Sprague de Camp. Each of the characters is outlandish and over the top, and their interaction is hilarious. The end ties to the beginning and the plot is neatly tied up at the end.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
could not finish this book lost all intrest
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! This had more crazy than any book I've read in a while, and it was great! ...more
Chuck Ledger
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very fine blend of drama and humor in this work by two sci-fi masters.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book especially the dialogue. Very fast moving. Characters are interesting and a delight.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
First...I love this book. It's a great read. Absolutely.

But...whoever billed this as "alternative history" has a few screws loose. Maybe spending to much time worshiping the elder gods?
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I guess I like an occasional dose of absurdity in my space operas.
Ronald Kinion
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Haven’t read something this oddball in a while. Get ready for a trip...
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 rounds up to 3 because it made me laugh at a couple of points.

The future, space travel, a bodyguard, the Skerkud Teleplaser, the Warlock Variation Drive, and the humorous-but-homicidal Jaemu, a multi-legged alien whose race name, the Vitunpelay, translates to "fucking clowns" in Finnish.

It's a decent enough story, though the characters occasionally fall into cliches, and one character's lack of reaction to another character's death is a bit odd.

I would have liked a glossary of all the alien
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to finished the book but I just can't enjoy the writing, the characters are bland and i could care less for them..I will try again at a later date.

DNF at 50%
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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.

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