The Left Hand of God

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a place where children endure brutal cruelty and violence in the name of the One True Faith Lost in the Sanctuary s huge maze of corridors is a boy He is strange witty and charming, and violent But when he opens the wrong door at the wrong time he witnesses an act so horrible he must flee, or die.
The Left Hand of God The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a place where children endure brutal cruelty and violence in the name of the One True Faith Lost in the Sanctuary s huge maze of corridors is a boy He is strange witt

  • Title: The Left Hand of God
  • Author: PaulHoffman
  • ISBN: 9780141042374
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Tis the season…d this book sorta grinched my jolly with some flaws, faults and literary faux pas that marred what could have been a terrific tale. However, before I hand the keyboard over to Captain Critical for the inevitable feeling-bruising remarks to come, let me start off chummy and Kris Kringley by stating that the novel’s literate prose and compelling main character were of sufficient quality to raise this to the 3rd floor of the Rating Star Building. That is the "I like it" floor. No [...]

    2. The premise sounds great, but that's all. Don't get cheated. This book is poorly written, the characters and their feelings are flat and unbelievable and their decisions often unreasonable. It lacked suspense, I was just bored and didn't care about the characters. Yeah, true, it had its bright moments, yet it wasn't enough to keep me interested.I don't know, where and when the story happens. Normally I woudn't mind it, but there occurred some cities and countries which exist. Was it just a coinc [...]

    3. The Left Hand of God starts out very dreary and grim. It was hard going reading such a dark story, but I found Cale's character compelling enough to keep reading. Reading books in which most of the religious people are the bad guys is difficult for me. Especially when the religion is either Christianity or a thinly veiled, ugly version of what people assume Christianity is. It seems as though Christianity is the religion that gets the most criticism in fiction, and this book is no different. Of [...]

    4. First of all spoiler: (view spoiler)[This story follows cale and his friends as they escape from the sanctuary of the redeeemers. The religion of the redeemers is that they believe in god and the hanged redeemer who was sent to earth by god to correct the sins of man and help them go towards the one true faith but he was hanged and killed a thousand years before this story. So there are holy men who follow the religion and see it upon themselves to have gods will everywhere they are a very power [...]

    5. “Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary.”The only reason this didn't get 5 stars is because I'm saving it for the rest of the series. Gotta admit that this came as a surprise. I was most positive that I would not like this & I've been holding back. So, when I picked it up & immediately lost myself in it, I couldn't help feeling stupid for not having read this earlier.This is [...]

    6. 3.5 starsEnjoyed this book, would have been a better rating, but the whole thing felt very impersonal and detached.

    7. In the hellish Sanctuary of the Redeemer, young boys are trained from the age of five to be unthinking soldiers. Cale, the most promising, is singled out for punishment for the most trivial offenses. One day, Cale stops a Redeemer from dissecting a girl and he and his two friends Vague Henri and Kleist, escape the Sanctuary and go on the lam. Can they stop the Redeemers from conquering the world?First of all, I'm pissed that there's no indication on the cover that this is the first book in a tri [...]

    8. This book had a ton of flaws, but despite that I still really enjoyed reading it. Paul Hoffman has an incredibly weird writing style. It was all over the place. Sometimes told by an omnipotent narrator and at other times by cycling through a bunch of third person perspectives. The changes happened often and with no warning. Sometimes the transition between styles, or even just character viewpoints, was smooth and other times it was quite jarring. Even the passages of description were of varying [...]

    9. “The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose – to serve in the name of the One True Faith.In one of the Sanctuary’s vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old – he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real na [...]

    10. I wasn’t sure if this book was a joke. I’m still not. Hoffman’s early publications are both non-fiction, and his first fiction work is filled with enough cliché, anachronisms and just general bad writing to make me wonder if I missed the punch line.The first hurdle is the Point of View. Hoffman chooses an omniscient narrator to tell our story “Listen.” He tells us as he launches into prose which can’t decide between attempted poetry, lower-class plain speak or comradely story-sharin [...]

    11. Something for the weekend, sir? A book, perhaps? The first in a trilogy? Ah, thank you, my good man. I see that the cover shows a hooded man wielding swords. Should I therefore assume that the hero is an enigmatic young warrior-monk, brought up in a isolated sanctuary where he was beaten regularly while being taught the arts of war? And should I also assume that he escapes from this terrible place to find excitement and adventure beyond its grim walls? Indeed. Sir is most perspicacious. And woul [...]

    12. Oh dear, Mr Hoffman. Where do I even begin.Yes, I admit it. Seduced by the sexy cover, awesome title and exciting plot snippets, I fell for this novel's hype hook line and sinker. And wasn't I a sucker. The novel's main strength is that the narrator is witty and engaging, of the kind prone to diverting tangents which flesh out the world and plot. The novel's main weakness is well mostly everything else. Hoffman's fantasy world - does it even have the right to be called that? - is a hideous mish- [...]

    13. A quick and easy read, which means the author is doing a lot of things right. One of the things I liked was that the world-building is on the light side, keeping the reader from being burdened with large information dumps. The glaring weakness in the book is its ending, which serves no purpose but to set the stage for the next book (a pet peeve of mine).

    14. 3.5 stars (but I always round up).I've rarely been so split on a book before. There was a lot to like about The Left Hand of God. The dark, gritty setting (at least during the first third). The deprivation. The interesting, religion-based story, and the somewhat unclear time period. But, there are a lot of questionable portions of the book. The shifting POVs, sometimes in a single paragraph. The strange mix of the main characters being completely ignorant and yet somehow knowing a great deal abo [...]

    15. A mix of the inventively weird human cultures of Jack Vance's Reach novels (Night Lamp is the first I thought of but others also) and the cynicism worthy of Joe Abercrombie's excellent novels make this book a compelling, strange experience and possibly the best debut I read in a long time and one that will be hard to equal in 2010. Ultra-dark but a page turner and with very compelling characters, the novel is probbaly best described as a far future post apocalyptic tale set on a reverted pre-ind [...]

    16. The Left Hand of God is set in some unspecified place, possibly around the year 1000, perhaps in an alternative world but from a common history. In this world a fanatical religious group has established a fortress, The Sanctuary, from which it wages a war against the sinful and depraved world at large. A fortress in the sense that it a stronghold, but stronghold to keep its adherents in rather than keep invaders out, for no one would willing want to go there. Within The Sanctuary the Lord Redeem [...]

    17. Terrible. How did this mess ever get published? I only got as far as chapter 2 and gave up. The writing is dreadful with some sentences as long as a paragraph. That's the kind of shit you expect in vanity publishing, not from Penguin. Does Hoffman know you're supposed to start a new paragraph when someone else is talking and what about shifts in POV? Is it written in first person POV or omniscient or a mix of the two? Also, the first incident was SO convenient. When Vague Henri and Kleist found [...]

    18. I don't think I've been so disappointed in a long time. I'm not sure what I expected and I do appear to be in the minority - this gets good ratings from other readers. But I really didn't get on with it. At all. I finished it only because it was easy reading and I was too busy at work to fish it out of my handbag and go pick something else off the shelf. And I resented that the whole way through, clearly.All the reasons this book wound me up

    19. É um livro que não desilude, mas que também não agrada de todo. No início, a proposta do livro parecia interessante. Estava a gostar do clima de medo no Santuário dos Redentores, mas rapidamente a estória tomou outro rumo, que me desagradou. Ainda assim, a escrita do autor é boa o suficiente para prender. Só tive pena de não ter lido nada de surpreendente. O grande segredo está praticamente revelado no título do livro. Não pretendo continuar a trilogia.

    20. 4 StarsI am giving the book an overall 3 stars as I enjoyed it a great deal more the second time through. This is a flawed first novel, make no mistake about it. It suffers in pacing, in structure, and even in point of view. That being said, the roots of a great author and great story are easily visible through.Hoffman has created a very dark and dirty world. Fantasist's rule most of this world and this novel. Our young protagonist Thomas Cale is an "Odd" sort of a different type. Without spoile [...]

    21. This is a seriously odd little book. The writing is very good, and the author does a great job of sucker-punching you with the fact this world's mythology is a disturbingly-warped version of Christianity, but it wouldn't be accurate to say I liked the book. The three stars are more because it's so memorable.The story is intensely cynical, and I can see some readers being delighted by how brutal its view of humanity is and other readers being very put off by the same fact. The book is fairly soph [...]

    22. Not the kind of books I usually read,but since my boyfriend insisted on me reading it,I did. It was very very very good,with and interesting and fast plot. The main character was very interesting and well-built.

    23. Dark story of a young man brutally treated by religious zealots for years who, after witnessing the shocking experiments being conducted, escapes but is dragged into court politics and plotting the military campaigns of another state. He is a dark, brutal hero with little conscience and few saving graces but I loved him. Loyal, clever but remorseless with any who cross him. The battles are well written and realistic, there are several nasty twists and surprises and the story is clever. I read th [...]

    24. Alternate reality, pseudo-history, or distant future Paul Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God takes known elements of Christianity and history and weaves them into a dark and fascinating story that will grab you and drag you forward. Thomas Cale is an orphan apprenticed to the Redeemers; a harsh order of warrior monks and fanatics devoted to a twisted version of Christianity (with definite Catholic overtones) to the point of fanaticism. Subject to cruelty not limited to daily beatings and insuffici [...]

    25. I can't even remember the last time I was so immediately drawn into a book. Seeing the cover, my brother said "That looks good." My response was "It's the best book I've read in a long time." I was only on page 8. And as the book continued, I felt more and more that my initial response was right on.The Sanctuary, with the Redeemers and the Accolytes, is gruesome and dry, creating a fearful and fearsome world I know I won't be forgetting for ages. Life in the Sanctuary, placed in the middle of an [...]

    26. Marvelous. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman is piece of art. There was no overkill of violence and suspense was constant down to the very last word. The only part of this book which I didn’t like was the cliff-hanger ending. I want the sequel to come to Asia faster! The protagonist, Thomas Cale is described as the cold hallways of a haunted house. He expresses limited emotion and it isn’t until well near the end that he is human. Yet he remains somewhere in between a flat and round chara [...]

    27. I have only read this first book of the series but the senior boys in the library are loving it! It is constantly out as word spreads around the school about this book. The characters are intense they grow with the story and I have to say I loved it.The Sanctuary of the Redeemers - a place without joy or hope where male toddlers are raised in a male only atmosphere by brutal Lord Redeemers who believe in the One True Faith. Thomas is 14 and so used to the cruelty that he suffers and watches oth [...]

    28. Paul Hoffman book "The Left Hand of God" introduces us to "The Sanctuary" and the Redeemers a group worshippers of the "One true faith". They punish and abuse their acolytes making them believe out of fear. It is here that we meet Thomas Cale a young teenager who is an acolyte. One who is "favored" in the faith, one who must "endure" more than others. Cale is almost an automaton until he witnesses something he can't believe would occur in The Sanctuary. He explodes into action as he has been tra [...]

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