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Gerrard Cowan ✓ 8 Free readIt up in a bookstoreFor those who do pick it up The Machinery is a tale of good intentions ultimately failing There s magic and politics 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 Edoardo Sanguineti 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 year Selecting just oneeader 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 prose feeling 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 Regional Economic Development like similes in his figurative descriptions This would also have been such an easy thing for an editor to pick up on Weeding out even a few of these instances I once counted four sentences in a row using aike simile could have improved the overall uality of the prose and the flow of the writing considerablyThe story is told in third person Desaparecidos limited with a number of different focal characters There are obvious structural reasons for this choice Cowan keeps the reader at armsength 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 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 mere puppets for a plot to act upon rather than the characters having any agency of their own The Machinery fails in this instance particularly 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 Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences lack of agency a common issue with prophecy narratives Not only does it take away much of the impetus in having characters strive to circumvent a foregone conclusion theanguage of the prophecy is so very generic Prophecies are Dreams for Kurosawa like star signs they could apply to anyone given the right reading Too much time in prophecy tales is spent on trying to figure out theanguage of a prophecy and apply it to whoever is central to the story or to mould the wording into an outcome the reader is invested inWhat is potentially a very interesting aspect of the world is almost entirely skipped over the magic We know that magic is at play with the Operator Suatstout the masks etc but we are given no explanation as to what the When Sadness Is at Your Door limitations or costs of the magic are The only conseuence that is ever hinted at is for Watchers using the masks to see into people and even then this iseft vague referred to early on and then never again As a result it feels undercooked and the fantasy nerd in me desperately wanted to know about itUltimately there are too many uestions Fearless Consulting left unanswered in The Machinery While it is important to have readers with remaining uestions at the end of a novel when it s the first in a trilogy there needs to be enough to hold the plot of the book together on its own Given I was still unclear on the history of our baddie how the Operator managed to create the Machinery what Brightling s plan was what happened to Katrina what s going on with Suatstout I waseft feeling frustrated and unfulfilled when I came to the Early Christian Martyr Stories last page Ateast The Strategist will be coming out soon It is strange how reliant we have become on an external object to guide us on the path to greatness Verdict An overly ambitious fantasy debut that Picture Yourself Creating Digital Scrapbooks leaves too many uestions unanswered original review JC s Book Haven It does not trust you It knows you do not believe it The Operatoraughed and the room seemed to darken I Sensational Butterflies like you Alexander Iike that you think you can talk to me in such a way about my own creation You do not understand it fully Operator If you did you would believe the words Ruin is coming The GoodI really enjoy some of the powerful characters in the story The Operator and Suatstout for instance They really differ from one another while at the same time make it clear they are relatedI iked Katrina and found myself admiring her will to go on I enjoyed the ideal of the machine as it didn t care about your bloodline or pedigree when choosing a ruler Today you could be selling plums and tomorrow you could be in charge of everyone and every thingThe BadWhile I don t mind when the first book in a series eaves me with uestions I feel this one Re Membering Milton left me with a wholeot of uestions Book two is pretty important to me as I m hoping for some answersConclusionOverall I did enjoy this one The world was different to what I normally experience The characters were fun yet there were uite a few of them Overall not much action takes place as it s cloak and dagger then anything else I would say if you are Contacts looking for something fresh with the cloak and dagger feel to it and don t mind when an answereaves you with two uestions then you should read this book 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 eft you wondering what the heck and wanting all at the same time The Machinery by Gerrard "book that eft you wondering what the heck and wanting all at the same time The Machinery by Gerrard 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 pull my thoughts together for a coherent reviewCowan has created a massive ist of characters all of who share the spotlight eually and end 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 Gum Girl 1 living member of her family She s now a watcher in training watchers areike 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 Cambridge Horizons Level 3 Students Pack least this is what she tells herselfThe world building is just asarge as the characters for this debut author and I felt that he s done a phenomenal job In this world there is the Overland and the The Library of the Unwritten (Hells Library land of the Operator 10 millennia ago the Operator gifted the Overland with the Machinery The machinery picks theeaders and basically makes all the decisions for the populace The people have very Galina little to no say in the society and follow the Operator blindly BUT a prophecy was made that in the 10000th year the Machinery would break and guess what It s the 10000th year This prophecy really adds to the suspense of the entire novel as you keep waiting for it to be fulfilledThe plot centers around the death of the Strategist think king president etc With his death the Machinery will pick all neweaders 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 ike what they uncoverOverall I really enjoyed this book It s fast paced intriguing
*and even with *even with arge amount of characters and varying POV I didn t get Mud and Stars 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 aittle sci fi thrown in I highly suggest you grab a copy and prepare for a wild rid. Kidnapping of her brother Alexander the only person 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. In this world and meddling ike I said above I m not sure about a number of things Is the Underland a version of hell it s certainly a Eros Unbound (Great Loves, little bit twisted and surreal I really don t know and that is the simple truth and I feelike I m assigning ideas to the author which are just my own strange interpretation That is how this book makes you feelThe writing well this isn t one of those books that you would describe as whimsical or Ma mre m'a tu - Survivre au gnocide des Tutsis au Rwanda lyrical but don tet that put you off This is uite frankly a very intriguing read and uite compelling In spite of the fact that I sometimes felt a ittle in the dark I never felt the urge to stop readingSo yes this ended with perhaps uestions than it began I don t really have a handle on what s absolutely going on although I hope I have the basics but it s certainly a series that I will continue Thought provoking unusual and uniue it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that makes you really want the next book Bring on the strangeI received a copy of this courtesy of the author through Netgalley for which my thanks The above is my own opinion Gerrard Cowan s The Machinery is an interesting debut novel It is also one that took me onger than usual to read When I first started this La Stratgie du camlon last year I had just hit my reading slump which meant that I got stuck at about page 42 and didn t pick it back up until somewhere this summer And even on my second try it took me a bit to get really grabbed by the narrative However Iiked the writing immediately Cowan writes in an easy manner which has you reading on without noticing the passage of pages It s worth noting that the title and cover of the book were somewhat misleading as they come off as SF but The Machinery very definitely isn t that it is far high fantasy up to and including a prophecy narrativeSet in a somewhat nebulous world ruled by an oligarchy of a Strategist and Tacticians who gain office not by dint of their suitability or chosen by the people but are selected by the mysterious entity known as the Machinery The Machinery is Personality Selling located in the Underland where it was built by the Operator who is revered by the people of what is commonly known as the Overland He built the Machinery to ensure the rule in the Overland but at the same time a prophecy arose that the Machinery will break in its 10000th year And this is where the nebulosity of the world becomes apparent There is a ton of history there that is never revealed ateast not yet and much of how this world came to be the way we find it at the start of the book is Lissa left unexplained as is most of the world atarge There is only a small portion of the Overland that we earn about beyond vague allusion The world just eft me with so many uestions not the Napoleons Military Machine Operations Manual least of which is how come in 10000 years there seemingly has beenittle to no evolution in the way society works and in the technology people possess Is that due to people honouring the Operator and thus consciously keeping things the same or is it something elseWhile the world building on a grand scale She Wants It left me with reservations Ioved the intricacies of the political Colorist's Special Effects 2: Step-by-step coloring guides. Improve your skills! landscape in the Overland The hierarchy of the Strategist and Tacticians and the way that the somewhat random selection of people to their posts whether they wanted to be selected or not made for some interesting situations and complications Not to mention the intrigue and scheming that is woven into the fabric of the upper echelons of this society The resultant mistrust and paranoia is underlined by the presence of the Watchers essentially a secret policeed by Tactician Brightling The Watchers are a powerful organisation whose nature beyond functioning as a secret police remains mysterious How much of their skills is down to simple observation or science or is there a part that is actual magic The Masks the Watchers wear as a sign that they are a full fledged members of the order provide them with at Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions least some preternatural skills if only the ability to force their subjects to tell them the truthThe Watchers are also home to my favourite characters in the book Katrina and Aranfel Katrina is the main character She is theast scion of the house of Paprissi and she is the pupil and ward of Brightling Watching Tactician of the Overland This places her
#At The Heart Of Much Of The #the heart of much of the action or at Writing in Public least in a prime position to witness the happenings Katrina s main motivation is her disappeared brother Alexander who was taken into the Underland by the Operator It is in her uest to discover his fate that weearn about the Underland which reminded me a ot of the traditions surrounding the and under the hill There seems to be the same timeless uality to any sojourn there as is common for people who were taken by the Fae Aranfel is Brightling s second and not exactly Katrina s friend but I enjoyed his caustic comments and his interactions and grudging friendship with the gregarious Stoutsuat a Latino Mennonites lotIn the end this is very much the start of a series There is a ton of world building and character introduction and development and plenty of action but the book ends on uestions than answers andeaves a host of When Cricket Was Cricket loose ends to be followed up on in the next book The Machinery s seuel The Strategist will be published next January If youike your epic fantasy with plenty of political scheming and a twist then you should definitely check out The Machinery and you l be able to "roll right on into the next bookThis book was provided for review by the publisher Still doing the crazy "right on into the next bookThis book was provided for review by the publisher Still doing the crazy It s that kinda book RTC The Prophecy s time is coming to be fulfilled After 10000 years the events are aligning that threaten the existence of the Overland and there seems no way to avoid their ruin The Machinery is breaking down and a world that has been guided by the Machinery and has accepted its arbitrary choices in eadership is floundering in chaosWho is assisting the Machinery or attempting to position themselves as the next Life Along the Border leader A Strategist has been killed the Machinery will choose the nexteader but all of the Strategists will be replaced worthy of their position or not From the child Strategist to the Strategist who epitomizes gluttony and greed no one is safe Are than their titles at stakeA boy has disappeared where has he gone Only his sister searches for him in the Underworld the Teaching with a Global Perspective land of the Machinery and its Operator aand no one dares to venture to Conspiracies myths political backstabbing eaders going insane are these pieces of the Prophecy Gerrard Cowan has penned some high fantasy with a dark and chaotic feel A huge cast of characters come together to play their parts and there is mystery surrounding all of them Are they concerned for their dystopian world or for their own positions Gerrard Cown weaves an entangled web never giving too much away often switching from scene to scene character to character subplot to subplot Even his use of dialogue keeps one on edge paying attention Like a huge puzzle the pieces do not all into place easily but they must be there who has the missing pieces Will the prophecy be fulfilledPay close attention earn the characters remember the events and do NOT get Archiving Settler Colonialism lost in the UnderworldI received this ARC edition via Gerrard Cowan and Harper Voyager in exchange for my honest reviewPublication Date September 10 2015Publisher Harper VoyagerISBN 9780008103545Genre Science Fiction FantasyPrint Length 400 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews More This review originally appeared on Pop VerseI met Gerrard Cowanast year at FantasyCon where we both sat on a panel discussing writing habits His debut novel The Machinery was initially released The Poison Garden last year with a paperback available from March 2016 The follow up The Strategist is due out in JuneDon tet the title or cover fool you The Machinery is not a science fiction novel The book falls firmly in the realm of fantasy from 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 irritate people who pick. E with the Prophecy it will break in the 10000th year Selecting just one The Ibis Apocalypse (Anson Hunter Egyptology 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. With a nameike The Machinery I think I was expecting this novel to be straight science fiction but I uickly realised we re in the realms of a fantasy Gerrard Cowan has created a genuinely intriguing work of ficti Every so often you come across a book that really hits the spot For me The Machinery was just such a book An intriguing plot Characters that emerge from what we Psychoanalysis And Moral Values 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 thatifts it and that is the feel of those things in combination In that respect The Machinery is sui generis Its otherworldly weirdness permeates the whole thing and it does so without any apparent effortThe degree of abstractness and the disjunct one only normally experiences in dream creates an underlying mood that put me in mind of Mervyn Peake The characters have a similar grotesueness to the inhabitants of Gormenghast and they are Radical Acceptance locked into a cycle of ancient and arcane rituals whose meaning has beenost yet which speaks of great catastrophe and desperate survivalThere is also the sense that surface events are just that the characters moved Roses Are Red, Pickles Are Blue like puppets by deeper movements and the manipulation of unseen forces And that surface is fragile brittleikely to collapse at any moment and plunge the whole edifice into chaos This is a fantasy that is The Fate of Fausto literate a novel that is fantastical a work that avoids all the usual tropes to provide a deeply satisfying readThe story itself a kind of courtly intrigue makes for a compelling narrative Whilst it is fairly intimate much about the workings of a small group than anything else it manages to convey a sense of the epic We have mention of armies and battles but in the end it is down to subtle manoeuvrings in uiet rooms and innerandscapes Yet all the while we are aware that the fate of an entire nation is at stake perhaps much I am very much ooking forward to the next volume I received this book from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThere is an intriguing concept at the core of this novel the part of the world in which the action takes place the Overland is governed by the Machine a mysterious and unseen construct that has ruled for ten thousand years slowly but surely extending the Overland s dominion over any known territory The Machine interacts with the people through the Operator a timeless character eually shrouded in mystery who acts as a bridge communicating the Machine s choices in rulers these are people selected at random from all stations in ife and all ages No matter how strange or inexplicable some Selections may appear everyone is convinced that the Machine has chosen well That is except for the DoubtersThese are the people reminding everyone of the Prophecy the one claiming that after ten thousand years the Machine will select the One the bringer of chaos and destruction and as the story starts to unfold that time is drawing nearSuch a fascinating premise is carried on the virtual shoulders of intriguing characters and concepts first among them are the Watchers the Overland s euivalent of a police force all seeing and all powerful Punk Pedagogies in Practice led by Tactician Brightling one of the Machine s selections and to my eyes the very embodiment of the warning about who watches the watchers These controllers are both respected and feared their main task being not so much the keeping of the peace since the populace seemsittle inclined to mayhem given their Sea Monsters long ingrained submission to the Machine s rule but rather the rooting out of Doubters Theatter seem to be growing in numbers as the prophesied year of doom is upon the Overland and the general situation places everyone at a crossroads but none than the Watchers uncovering what might be an underlying insecurity in this police force or maybe in its commanding officer Two of the main themes that most intrigued me are the kidnapping that happens in the first chapter and the final conuest of the remaining independent territory in the Overland Young Alexander Paprissi the son of a renowned merchant and explorer hears a voice he attributes to the Machine telling him that it s breaking down no one is inclined to believe him and one night the boy is kidnapped by the Operator himself under the eyes of Alexander s younger sister Katrina whose point of view fifteen years after the fact will represent one of the main narrative threads in the story Even fascinating is the political 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 plenty of uestions and I ve explored a few ideas but overall I think this is a very clever novel even if it feels a ittle psychedelic in partsOkay firstly I have no idea of the time or place that the novel is set We have a strange world where
For The Past 10000 Years The Peoplethe past 10000 years the people "been governed by the choices of the machine "governed by the choices of The Machine Machine chooses Strategists who govern the overland These people ive a privileged ife once chosen but they re chosen at random from the general populace they might be hawking goods from a market stall one moment and elevated to a key political role the next There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the machine s choices and no discrimination in terms of age sex etc Alongside these we have Tacticians and also Watchers Would it be trite to say they watch well they do They have masks that they wear and they seek out the Doubters The Doubters are the ones who believe in the prophecy A strange prophecy that after 10000 years the machine will choose one who will bring ruin And of course at the start of the story the current Strategist dies under strange conditions which means The Machine will now choose a new person to take the roleSo the scene is set and the political machinations are running amok
WITH BACKSTABBING AND WHISPERINGS IT SEEMSbackstabbing and whisperings It seems some people are trying to influence the selection and even those who profess not to believe the prophecy seem to be going to great engths to be the final chosen one so clearly they believe in at east one part of the prophecyOn top of the above we have the Underland This is where the Operator chiefly resides although he does make the occasional appearance to the overland to whisper secrets or poison into the tacticians ears The Operator is something of a creepy character with his swirling cloakThe main characters of the story are Katrina whose brother was taken by the Operator when she was a young girl Brightling a powerful tactician who seems to be the Operator s key tactician General Brandione who has fought in the many wars to secure the plateau and ensure they all fall under the rule of the machine Aranfal a watcher much feared and of course the OperatorI will say this is a difficult book to review simply because it s difficult to say too much without giving away spoilers and that added to the fact that I m still unclear about everything that actually has taken place gives me a certain reticence to say too muchGoing into this story I was under the impression that this was sci fi but I don t think that s really the case it almost has a dystopian world feel in a way and I would be ikely to describe it as high fantasy I think I was misleading myself a Portal Guardians (War of the Fae, little due to the name and because I had preconceived ideas about The Machinery which in fact turned out to be totally wrong Having completed this I think The Machine is of a concept andess of an actual thing More a way of keeping control if you Motor Boat Manual like rather than being a huge chunk of metal with cogs and wheels I m trying to think of a comparison a bitike you have God and then you have the Bible to me The Operator and the Machine feel a Loon Baby littleike that although Y let me be clear I m just using that as a way to make a point and not saying that is the case here That being said I m not sure if the Operator and a number of similar characters are actually supposed to be Godsiving. For ten millennia the Rad American Women A-Z 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.