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Praise for The Dream of Perpetual Motion:
“Dexter Palmer has given us a novel that's magnificent and strange and maybe a little harrowing too; I don't know quite how he did it, but it seems to have something to do with his figuring out how to let words get out about and mean what they feel like meaning that day and yet at the same time be in a tempest too. Bravo for this beautiful book!”
--Rivka Galchen, critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances
"The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer's storytelling is exhilarating. He's written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem."
--Scott Smith, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Ruins
“Like the majority of contemporary novelists, I have often fantasized about Jules Verne, Nathanael West, and Thomas Pynchon meeting up in some netherworld saloon and, upon discovering they have absolutely nothing in common save a mutual affection for The Tempest, agreeing to reify their enthusiasm via a three-way collaboration filled with zeppelins, androids, monsters, virtual islands, linguistic felicity, and state-of-the-art weirdness. And now I must thank Dexter Palmer for making my dream come true.”
--James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher's Apprentice
“The Dream of Perpetual Motion is plangent, tender and sui generis: a steampunk The Tempest with the grim and rippling beauty of a fairy tale. Dexter Palmer is an ambitious writer, with vast reach toward the exploration of big ideas, among them what it means to create, the limits of the human body, and the uses and inadequacies of language. The marvelous kicker being, of course, that he has the moxie to do so in prose that sings.”
--Lauren Groff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Monsters of Templeton
"Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel which is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine---constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive."
--Kevin Brockmeier, New York Times Bestselling author of The Brief History of the Dead
“In The Dream of Perpetual Motion, Dexter Palmer brings dignity coupled with an epic sense of fun to steampunk that I haven't seen since Jules Verne. Steampunk comes of age with this book.”
--Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero
The book actually gets legs in the final quarter where you meet some interesting characters but they only live for a scene or two.
Nonetheless, I found it a fine fun read, filled with interesting characters and layers of allusions (the ones that are painfully obvious, such as to "The Tempest" are only those just on the surface).
The novel offers such a rich array of characters, ideas, and imagery that reading it feels like eating an enormous, magical feast.
This is probably in my top ten books of all time. Nine of those are my favorite author; this one is probably number seven. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Styczinski
This is a science-fiction tale of a dystopian society with influences from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and also some elements of horror. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Dexter Palmer's debut novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, is one of absolute magnificence. Palmer's novel is told by Harold Winslow, a greeting card writer who is imprisoned on a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle Levy
Twenty words more that is all I need. Wouldn't Dexter be proud to have twenty more words to work with. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steven Parkhurst
To be entirely honest this book was strange, and not your normal fantasy world strange, but full out messed-up weird. But I liked it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mack
This is perhaps the most bizarre story I have ever read - or perhaps I should say, the most bizarre excellent story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by anonymous
The book has an entertaining beginning and creates a fascinating, steampunk-ish sort of world...but in the end, it fails to resolve so many plot points that it just becomes... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lamont D
Most literary and culturally relevant steampunk I've read so far. Palmer's world is richly described, tragic, and funny. His protagonist is both relatable and somewhat repugnant. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Katina L. French
this is a surprising, unsettling, and profoundly insightful story, about human disconnections, the blind pursuit of an immutable purity that doesn't exist, the masks we put on... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A'eorryn