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I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this reviewHave you ever read a book that left you wondering what the heck and wanting all at the same time The Machinery by Gerrard Cowan is that book With it s name and even it s description I was expecting an epic sci fi adventure but it didn t take but just the first chapter to correct that assumption The Machinery falls into an epic fantasy with elements of sci fi thrown in Honestly it was excellent I finished the book roughly a few weeks ago and it has taken me several days to 1 recover emotionally and 2 ull my thoughts together for a coherent reviewCowan has created a massive list of characters all of who share the spotlight eually and lend their POV to the story Yet all of the characters seem to center their actions around that of one character Katrina Paprissi Katrina is 17 and the only living member of her family She s now a watcher in training watchers are like The Late Romances policemenenforcers in this society Yet something is off about her There are two voices battling it out in her head She calls one of them her kid self the other is mature and sadistic At a young age she watched her brother s abduction and she will do anything to get him back It s why she s a watcher or at least this is what she tells herselfThe world building is just as large as the characters for this debut author and I felt that he s done ahenomenal job In this world there is the Overland and the land of the Operator 10 millennia ago the Operator gifted the Overland with the Machinery The machinery Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity picks the leaders and basically makes all the decisions for theopulace The My Curvy Valentine (Perfect Fit, people have very little to no say in the society and follow the Operator blindly BUT arophecy was made that in the 10000th year the Machinery would break and guess what It s the 10000th year This Attainment (Temptation, prophecy really adds to the suspense of the entire novel as you keep waiting for it to be fulfilledThelot centers around the death of the Strategist think king Hatred in the belly president etc With his death the Machinery willick all new leaders and everyone wonders what will happen as this is the 10000th year Yet there is also speculation with good reason that the Strategist s death was no accident The characters all to some degree investigate his death and they do NOT like what they unco. For ten millennia the leaders of the Overland have been Selected by the Machinery an omnipotent machine gifted to their world in darker daysThe city has thrived in arts science and war crushing all enemies and expanding to encompass the entire PlateauBut the Overland is not at ease for the Machinery cam.
VerOverall I really enjoyed this book It s fast Always Be Ready paced intriguing and even with the large amount of characters and varying POV I didn t get lost As debut novels go I would never have realized that The Machinery was one if I hadn t been told If you enjoy epic fantasy with a little sci fi thrown in I highly suggest you grab a copy andrepare for a wild ride Still doing the crazy giggling It s that kinda book RTC Every so often you come across a book that really hits the spot For me The Machinery was just such a book An intriguing Encyclopedia of International Development plot Characters that emerge from what we learn about them from other characters creating a complex web of relationships A wholly convincing world that clearly inhabits a borderland between the real and the surreal All very tasty Yet important as these all are for me there is an added dimension to this book that lifts it and that is the feel of those things in combination In that respect The Machinery is sui generis Its otherworldly weirdnessermeates the whole thing and it does so without any This review originally appeared on Pop VerseI met Gerrard Cowan last year at FantasyCon where we both sat on a Gender Inequality in Our Changing World panel discussing writing habits His debut novel The Machinery was initially released last year with aaperback available from March 2016 The follow up The Strategist is due out in JuneDon t let the title or cover fool you The Machinery is not a science fiction novel The book falls firmly in the realm of fantasy from Rooming in the Masters House prophecies chosen ones and magic The military aspect of the novel and seemingly the series might also suggest space opera or other military science fiction tropes but again this is all fantasy This didn t bother me being an avid fantasy and science fiction reader but I can imagine this might irritateeople who Media, Home and Family pick it up in a bookstoreFor those who doick it up The Machinery is a tale of good intentions ultimately failing There s magic and olitics conspiracies and rhetoric The novel is exceedingly ambitious for a debut Though easy to read and certainly full of intriguing narrative uestions the execution doesn t uite hold up when telling such a complex and convoluted story For ten millennia the leaders of the Overland have been Selected by the Machinery an omnipotent machine gifted to their world in darker daysBut the Overland is not at ease for the Machinery came with the Prophecy it will break in the 10000th E with the Prophecy it will break in the 10000th year Selecting just one leader who will bring Ruin to the world And with the death of Strategist Kane a Selection is set to occurFor Apprentice Watcher Katrina Paprissi the date has special significance Life hasn’t been the same since she witnessed the.
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Ear Selecting just one leader who will bring Ruin to the world And with the death of Strategist Kane a Selection is set to occurStrength Power AuthorityThe novel is easy to read with Cowan s rose feeling A Convent Tale pleasantly un intrusive There are a few teething issues however as expected in a debut My biggest issue is his writing tick if you will of using similes and not just any similes almost exclusively like similes in his figurative descriptions This would also have been such an easy thing for an editor toick up on Weeding out even a few of these instances I once counted four sentences in a row using a like simile could have improved the overall uality of the Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology prose and the flow of the writing considerablyThe story is told in thirderson limited with a number of different focal characters There are obvious structural reasons for this choice Cowan keeps the reader at arms length for most of the characters giving us internal dialogue only when it won t give away any information The inner thoughts we do receive are mostly rhetorical uestions which do get tiring as the book wears on The Ethics for Police Translators and Interpreters problem with hanging the novel on the mystery of what the hell is actually going on is that we are never given true insight into character motivations Those we do see of Brandione and Rangle for instance are mereuppets for a Immigration Nation plot to act upon rather than the characters having any agency of their own The Machinery fails in this instancearticularly with the character of Tactician Brightling with many of her actions being bizarre and manipulative without ever giving the reader an insight into the why of it I felt too far removed from the main actionI find this lack of agency a common issue with Vilfredo Pareto prophecy narratives Not only does it take away much of the impetus in having characters strive to circumvent a foregone conclusion the language of therophecy is so very generic Prophecies are like star signs they could apply to anyone given the right reading Too much time in Incomplete Streets prophecy tales is spent on trying to figure out the language of arophecy and ve been thinking about The Machinery for a couple of days and struggling to come up with a coherent review Put bluntly I m not sure that I totally understand yet what exactly is going on I certainly came away from this first novel with The Fin-de-Siècle World plenty of uestions and I ve explored a few ideas but overall I think this is a very clever novel ev. Kidnapping of her brother Alexander the onlyerson on the Plateau who knew the meaning of the ProphecyWhen the opportunity arises to find her brother Katrina must travel into the depths of the Underland the home of the Machinery to confront the Operator himself and discover just what makes the world wo.
Gerrard Cowan is the author of The Machinery HarperVoyager UK September 2015 a fantasy about a world whose leaders are chosen by a machine until the machine breaks It is the first in a trilogy; part two The Strategist will be released in May 2017 Gerrard lives in Ireland with his wife Sarah and their children His first known work was a collection of poems on monsters written for Hallow