Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

The Half-Made World
by Felix Gilman

Published: October 12, 2010
Genre: Steampunk, YA
Hardback: 380 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared—the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the

made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): gritty
A real wild west steampunk of sorts.

This is a serious slow read with a collection of characters and scenes to savor.

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  1. The premise sounds good, and I like your description. Wild west meets steampunk sounds cool!

  2. The west and steampunk, yes I could like that for sure :)

    ...I guess that is not a dragon then, I am so blind

  3. Just that title alone is so imaginative - The Half-Made World! I've been wanting to read this forever; must remember to check w/the library after the holidays to see if they can get it! :D


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