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Apocalypse Nyx

(Bel Dame Apocrypha #1.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Ex-government assassin turned bounty-hunter Nyx is good at solving other people’s problems. Her favorite problem-solving solution is punching people in the face. Then maybe chopping off some heads. Hey—it’s a living.

Nyx’s disreputable reputation has been well earned. After all, she’s trying to navigate an apocalyptic world full of giant bugs, contaminated deserts, scheming
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Tachyon Publications (first published October 31st 2016)
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Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the bel dame
Apocalypse Nyx is a group of five shorter works about Nyx and her team of misfits from Hurley's Bel Dame series that begins with God's War. 'The Body Project' and 'The Heart is Eaten Last" seem novella length (my ARC does not do word count) accounting for 57% of the book, and as such, provide the most detail about the Bel Dame universe.

It's a complicated, fascinating place, made up of insect technology, semi-mystical body part repair and replacement, and shapeshifters. The state Nyx is from, Na
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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For those unfamiliar with Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha (God’s War, Infidel, Rapture), Nyxnissa so Dasheem (a.k.a. Nyx) is a hard-drinking, hard-fucking mercenary with sliding scale morals, working mostly as a headhunter on the planet Umayma, as the never-ending holy war between her home nation of Nasheen and their rival Chenja drags on. True to Hurley’s cacophonous approach to sci-fantasy worldbuilding, the details of the Bel D
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
This is solidly sandwiched between Hurley's Nyx's first and second novels right where we can still enjoy scenes with Rhys.

Short novellas or short stories.

And this perfect for all us fans who loved this wild bio-punk world full of "magicians" who pull wild bioengineering stunts in the name of a religious war and mercenaries who feel like they're losing their souls. It's also great for all you hard-drinking, hard punching, embittered readers who like a lot of grit in their post-apocalyptic hard-
Michael Hicks
Apocalypse Nyx is exactly the kind of science fiction I like - it's dark, violent, and has, at its core, a deeply flawed heroine who is hard as steel and has whiskey running through her veins. Nyx is a gal that sees few problems that can't be solved with her scattergun, and is always a hairsbreadth away from cutting off all ties with those that work for her and, if she were a more emotionally accessible and less war-wounded woman, people she might even call friends if she were drunk enough. Nyx ...more
I love everything with Nyx in it. What a great, totally messed-up, yet still great character. And I also love her great but messed-up world. I choked up a bit when reading this, realizing some characters in it are now dead in book 2 or 3. But I also remembered how I came to love every single one of them.
A fabulous addition to the Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy.
Joe Karpierz
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kameron Hurley is yet another one of those authors that I've read and heard a lot about. She has a regular column that appears in Locus magazine, where she writes about, well, just about anything. Up until now, her Locus columns are the only items of hers that I've read. I wasn't quite sure where to break in with reading her fiction; THE STARS ARE LEGION is her most recent novel and highly thought of in the field, so I've thought about starting there. The Bel Dame Apocrypha - a trilogy consistin ...more
Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of short fiction from the Bel Dame Apocrypha universe. These stories are set before most of the events in God's War and follow Nyx and her squad on various missions in which they risk their lives.
I liked this collection more than the actual book. My favorite aspects of God's War were the characters and their dynamics, more than the plot (which wasn't that surprising) or the worldbuilding (which I didn't love).

The Body Project - ★★★½
Nyx is investigating the death of
Adam Whitehead
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The world of Umayma is still rocked by the ongoing war between the nations of Nasheen and Chenja. Former bel dame assassin turned freelance mercenary Nyx is still profiting on the sidelines of the war, slowly gathering a team of trusted associates to more effectively take on contracts, and hoping she doesn't get them killed in the process.

Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of five short stories (a couple approaching novella size) set in the world of Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy. The s
Definitely a must read for the Nyx, Bel dame Apocrypha Universe!

And also, if you love a apocalyptic world with a arabian influence, lots of sand, a lot of mechanical animals and insects, magicians and genetic manipulators, and a various bounty hunters crew with multiple mysteries in the background, and a lot of adventures, then this is for you!

It was good to see the Universe of Apocalypse Nyx extending and adding more informations to the Big Picture.

Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are too happy
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Hmmm... A roman noir military fantasy? Nyx and her gang of mercenaries, kidnap, steal and murder for their clients. Nyx is all about the job, doing whatever it takes in a brutal, war-torn world, no matter what the cost, very much in the line of a Dashiell Hammett character. While it's a fantasy, magic is used as a replacement for technology, ex. bug shooters rather than guns, rather than a plot fixer. This is a collection of five shorts, so you can read one to see if you like Nyx and company. Wh ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Good intro to Hurley's Bel Dame universe and her "brutal women" ethos. And Nyx is brutal. A remorseless bounty hunter and assassin, she inhabits her war torn world like a titan. Truly unique grimdark sci-fi/fantasy. If you like this at all you must read the Bel Dame novels.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nyx was a soldier. Nyx was a government backed assassin and bounty hunter. Now she works for herself with her own rag-tag team making a living in the grim, war-torn land of Nasheen

Life isn’t good, a centuries long war has turned Nasheen pretty apocalyptic and winning is surviving to see the next day - and maybe earning enough money to drink enough not to remember yesterday

This book with all its short stories is gritty with a capital grit. At many points in the story I expected something - I expe
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Turns out this is a compilation of novellas and shorts! That are part of a larger series! Neither of which is mentioned in the blurb at all!

So I was very confused when I started the first story. By the second, I'd picked up enough to have more context, but... I wonder how many people give up early and just think it's bad and confusing.

I am curious about continuing the series now that I've started, it's really interesting worldbuilding and very complex character morality. The one piece of credit
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These novellas are ... well, they're weird. They are capital "W" WEIRD AS FUDGE. Sludge. Bio-punk urban fantasy sludge. They're light, they're fun, they're set in a world which is implicitly matriarchal. They're the light, dark, gritty, fun follow-up to The Stars Are Legion that you never knew you needed, but you oh-so-definitely do.

Oh, and they're full of bugs. SO MANY BUGS.
Jon Adams
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think these short stories would be a great place to start for someone who hasn't read any Nyx books. They give you an overview of the incredibly original world Hurley has created and Nyx and her team.
But, as someone who has read all of them, I was excited to read more about Nyx and her team. I was not disappointed. We need more Nyx!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, sci-fi
A perfect collection of short stories featuring Nyx and her crew in between the first and second books of the Bel Dame Apocrypha. These were all laser-focused on Nyx's character and the interpersonal relationships between her and her crew, as well as the origin stories for Anneke and Khos! A great addition to the collection for any Hurley fan.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will readily admit my own bias but I think this was a fantastic addition to the Nyxnissa so Dasheen mythos. I love reading Nyx stories for the 90's action hero esthetics and the modern day introspection. I also much appreciated the thirsting in this book. 5/5 would read again.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Misfits and badasses
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work and a library shelf
"You make everything awful," he said. "Every hand someone holds out, you chop it off."
A foul-mouthed, amoral bounty hunter, habitually drunken and continually sex-obsessed, a surly loner who still accumulates loyal followers despite abusing them at every turn... hmm, where have I met this character before? Recently? Ah, yes—Nyx sounds a lot like Hakan Veil, in Richard K. Morgan's Thin Air, the book I read just before this one. I swear it was just coincidence, though—I picked Kameron Hurley
Patrick St-Denis
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I mentioned in my review of The Stars Are Legion last year, Kameron Hurley originally came to my attention when God's War was nominated for the Nebula Award for best novel in 2012. I instantly fell in love with that book, and the same goes for the two sequels, Infidel and Rapture. Dark, violent, complex, touching, compelling, populated with flawed but endearing and unforgettable characters, I felt that the Bel Dame Apocrypha could well be the very best speculative fiction series of the new mi ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Hurley definitely has a touch for world building without exposition dumps, and for writing good dialogue. So why only a three star rating?

Short stories are hard to write, and one of the drawbacks of that format is getting enough story in to keep it short, and to create interesting characters. In Nyx Hurley creates a damaged, severely damaged because of environment and PTSD, person in Nyx. But, Nyx is arguably quite unlikable as a person, and sometimes it is mildly difficult caring about her beca
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Apocalypse Nyx is a selection of short stories starring the titular Nyx. Once a member of the Bel Dames, a brutally effective group of government assassins. Nyx is now a bounty hunter – though she’s lost none of her skillset. Or her attitude, as she guides her team of bounty hunters through the vicissitudes of life on a world wracked by war and magic.

Lets talk about that world for a minute. It’s one defined, at both the personal and macro levels, by
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the last story in this collection the best because in it Nyx spent much less time than in the other stories getting drunk and mooning over Rhys and squabbling with him. I loved the God's War series, and the jaded character of Nyx, but the self destructive drinking and the relationship destroying dialogue with Rhys was just a bit too much in these stories. I like Nyx best when she is relentlessly set on a mission.
Hurley really is out there writing some deeply flawed characters (and dynamics), and that's something I can appreciate.

I'm glad I read this collection because it had some genuinely good moments, but it didn't blow me away or change my feelings about the series in any way. My favourite story was definitely The Heart Is Eaten Last.
Lauren loves llamas
Nyx is a bounty hunter in Nasheen, which is stuck in a never-ending religious war with neighboring Chenja. The world building is a fascinating mix of magic and technology, mostly based on insects – a character breaks apart a fire beetle to start a fire, for instance, and bug bits and secretions are used to do everything from power cars to make bullets. Nasheen society is matriarchal, and also draws heavily on the Muslim religion, with mosques on every corner and the calls to prayer dividing up t ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's great spending more time with Myx.

I like the fact that the stories don't end when the mission is accomplished, they end with Nyx's character development.

Because this is not about the mission it's about the world and Nyx's place within it.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
One of my all-time favorite anti-heroines is Kameron Hurley’s Nyx: a hard-hearted, brutal mercenary and former assassin living in the perpetually war-torn matriarchy of Nasheen. Nyx steals the show in Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy (start with God’s War), and I was thrilled that Hurley was returning to her with this short story collection. I don’t think this is the best place to be introduced to Nyx, but Apocalypse Nyx is a collection established fans will be eager to read.

Most of t
Elaine Aldred
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nyxnissa so Dasheem or Nyx has fought as a soldier, been an ex-government assassin and done a stretch in prison. She has turned her disreputable past into a living as a sought-after bounty hunter and problem solver of awkward problems people want to go away. She does not work alone, collecting an equally disreputable, but competent crew to help her in her work.

Nyx is a brilliantly imagined character. She is full-on, ruthless, outrageous, but this merely reflects the unforgiving war-ridden world
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of five novellas in Apocalypse Nyx is based on and uses some of the characters developed for the Bel Dame Apocrypha Trilogy. They especially - feature isn’t a strong enough word - so, star, Nyxnissa so Dasheem one of the crankiest, orneriest, drunkest, most miserable heroines ever invented. Need I say that I adore her?

I encountered the first and also the longest story, The Body Project, when it was made available on the net in 2018. I literally swallowed it whole, and found myse
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of short-ish stories about Nyx and her bounty hunting team. What I didn't realise before starting this book was that Nyx and her team (I presume) already have a book series - but that's ok, that means theres more Nyx stuff for me to read!

I quite enjoyed this book. I love books where there's a gang of unlikely friends who work together, and in this book, whilst they aren't all friends, Nyx has formed her bounty hunting team around people with very unique skills. The
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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morn ...more

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Bel Dame Apocrypha (3 books)
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