Monday, October 18, 2010

Ghosts: The Half-Made World


As you walk up the stair towards Dr Viiiii's lab, a book is floating in the air.

It seems to appear and disappear.

You reach up and grasp it.

It's starting to fade and disappear again.

If you want a tangible one to own...

The Half-Made World
by Felix Gilman
Just released: October 12, 2010

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. 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.

-+0+o+ Book Giveaway courtesy of publisher +o+0+-

Open to all.

Offer ends: Oct 31, 2010 - extended to Nov 14, 2010


1. Sign the guestbook (if you signed it already or in September - no need)

2. Visit the author, Felix, and tell me something about him or his books.


Contest has ended - winner is here


* part of my weekly post on things steampunk (Victorian sci-fi/fantasy)

-+0+o+ October Trix-n-Treatz schedule +o+0+-


  1. Felix went to Hogwarts!! How cool is that?!

  2. signed guest book and I learned that Felix's first books were Thunderer and Gears of the City.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  3. I'm not sure if this would be the right book for me, so I'll pass. But I did want to say that the title *Half-Made World* really grabs the attention! Very creative!!

  4. He has a doctorate in Ludology! Aaaaaand he went to Hogwarts! >_< Thank you soooooo much for this AWESOME giveaway! :D

  5. He is originally from London and now lives in New York.

  6. lol his whole presdency speach made sence to me

    he is a professional fantasist. He basically never go outside.He is disengaged from reality in every way. He spends much of my time in what you might with justice call a delusional fugue state.

    this book sounds awesome

  7. His book Thunderer has a boat on the cover...


  8. His first published book Thunderer has a flying ship on the cover.

  9. Felix is also a lawyer. And apparently he went to Hogwards?!


  10. He had me at Hogwarts!!


  11. His other book, gears of the city is a mix of horror and SF.

  12. he has 46 unpublished manuscripts.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  13. Velvet, no need to enter me (I was so lucky to win this book on another website. >_<)

  14. Ahahahah, funny!
    He went to Hogwarts!

  15. Kirkus review wrote "Spectacular existential meltdown." about GEARS OF THE CITY.

  16. felix will probably be at Steamcon in Seattle on November 19-21...oh, i wish i could be there!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  17. He lives with his wife Sarah in New York and works as a writer and lawyer.

  18. I wish he really was from Dunwich, MA -- it would be lovely to visit! ;) and apparently I missed him in Brooklyn! :(

  19. I wish all his legal thrillers are published. The titles are alluring!

  20. His first published book is Thunderer.

  21. He cannot be a lion-tamer because I rolled too low. D=

  22. I am adding this to my TBR list.

    Thunderer is his first published novel, and his forty-seventh completed manuscript! =D


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