The Mechanical : Alchemy Wars

  • by Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by Chris Kayser
  • Series: Alchemy Wars
  • 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Clakker: a mechanical man endowed with great strength and boundless stamina - but beholden to the wishes of its human masters.
Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower.
Three centuries later it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men - flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America.
But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.

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I HOPE YOU'LL EXCUSE MY DULL WIT

CLOCKMAKERS LIE
The COMPLEX GEOMETRY and MOSIAC words were beautiful at times, but a little distracting for this simpleton. THE BONE AND MEAT MASTERS were excessively mean in their treatment of the servant robots. If the story would have remained with THE MECHANICAL and his struggles, I would have been intrigued. The foul mouth queen was also an interesting character. All put together, like a Kevin Anderson Saga, caused my mind to boggle. Various political systems of several strange countries and the lack of focus on one central character, caused my circuits to fry.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Better when he is not *earnestly* overwriting

This was OK. I enjoyed "Something more than night" that was just a full of high-falutin' purple prose, but where the ridiculous overwriting was meant in fun.

In this book, the verdigris-encrusted phrasing is still here, but it's all high-falutin' philosophical themes of cartesian dualism explored through characters getting tortured to death. If that's what you want, you may as well read Peter Watts' Echopraxia and at least have a dose of hard science to give the narrative contemporary relevance. Having the same ideas explored with a deliberately non-scientific steampunk setting gives the entire thing an sadistic overtone, in which you can't even hide behind educational benefit to justify your complicity in the whole thing.

Still, it has cool robots with glowing heads, and is the first book I've ever read that actually made Spinoza sound interesting, so that's a thing I guess.
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio