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Friday, October 22, 2010

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

I don’t seek out SteamPunk nor do I avoid it. This story is one of conflict between The Line and The Gun. It seems like a straight forward conflict between industrial progress and outspoken civil liberties. All is not as it seems. There is a third party or is it fourth party involved in the major conflict. The novel is a thought provoking, penetrating glimpse into fanaticism.

I really didn’t find any characters I particularly liked. The conflict between The Line and The Gun provides the majority of the action. However the contrasting interplay of feelings between the good Dr. and Creedmoor is captivating. I found the General, while a central figure just too uni-dimensional. I found this book, more than most provoked speculation as to root causes. If you are old enough to remember the movie Forbidden Planet, that is the direction my speculation led me. BTW I got my tickets for Forbidden Planet out of a Quaker Cereal box which truly dates me. The folk were a little too mysterious. This book cries out for a sequel

I recommend the book.

Body of work of Felix Gilman

Web Site: http://felixgilman.com/


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  6. I don't usually read Steampunk, but I'd love to read this one.

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  7. I am surprised you recommend the book as your review ws a bit negative.

    Still I am trying to sample various steampunk authors so I would like to give this one a try as well.

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  8. I've been looking forward to reading this. Thank you for your review!

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  9. this book went onto my wishlist as soon as I saw it on Goodreads! Thanks for the review and for the chance to win!

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