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I never thought I could be so creeped out by robots. The antagonists of this futuristic sci-fi novella are called "Mechs." They see humans as vermin, and the author luridly describes some of the tortures they inflict upon the human race. Even more disturbing than the grotesque and perverse artworks created by the Mantis, a mech that is trying to understand humanity (literally from the inside out), is the voice that the narrator gives to the character. It is calm and polite, almost soothing, as it talks of "harvesting" humans. Eeek!
I thought this novella was great. The language is definitely poetic and sometimes slightly vague, alluding to things that are left unsaid. The mood is cold and dark, but also witty and elegant. There were moments of extreme beauty and elation, but also chilly fear.
This novella is not warm, and its not really friendly. It explores some frightening and complex themes. If you need obvious story telling with copious amounts of dialogue, you will probably not enjoy this story. I loved it. The narrator is excellent. I will be purchasing all available books from this author.
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The story builds very well in discussion of art and human life. The Mechs were very frightening and viscerally abhorrent, which made their talk of art and well… not beauty, but experience… very interesting. The very end resolution stuck me as a little flat and pedantic, though. Still, solid story and lots of lovely, lurid detail!
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This was a freebie that caught my attention and so I grabbed it. The narration is excellent, the short story visceral and enjoyable. It treads no new ground but is a pleasurable listen that pulled me into its universe and took me out of my own for an enjoyable period. I wish the rest of the Mech series was available on here now as I would listen to them all.