Souls in the Great Machine is a big book at 450 pages. Stuffed fuller than a Thanksgiving turkey with great storylines, characters, and concepts, it's got thrilling action, hair's-breadth escapes, tyranny, treachery, villainy, heroism, duels, riots, war, love, hate, obsession, powerful women, mad monks, a returning ice age, a lost race, rediscovered civilizations, invasions, executions, high-tech, steampunk tech, a computer with human components, and numerous subplots. In short, Souls in the Great Machine is huge; it is epic--but it is not sprawling. In the hands of most authors, this complex and ambitious SF novel would be a trilogy. And while Souls may occasionally move a little too fast, the plot never drags and the reader's interest never flags. If you're looking for a sense of wonder, for adventure that respects your intelligence, for an enormously fun read--look no further than Souls in the Great Machine. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Absolutely loved this novel. It has whimsy, intrigue, horror, betrayal, and conflict on an ever rising scale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cody Hatfield
Disjointed, no cohesiveness, bland characters. I did my best, but dropped it after 200 pages. If you're going to make a statement, do it up front. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jewels
It is ~1500 years from the modern day in post-apocalypse Australia. Human civilization has recovered to some extent but several factors inhibit further development. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steve King
Get the first book in the series and read them all.
I highly recommend this. Some of the best sci-fi I have read
with a very interesting primative high-tech twist. Read more
Somewhat foolishly, I read a number of reviews on this book before starting it. I did so despite knowing that I already wanted to read it, and that it had been on my reading list... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Iain Mavro Coggins
Incomprehensible that such a cohesive, well-imagined, and consistently entertaining epic would rate anything lower than a five star here. Befuddled, I am.Published 24 months ago by Richard W. Keeney
i thought this was a bag or caramel popcorn. it turned out to be a book. i would have preferred popcorn. or maybe some cinnamon candy. or a puppy. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by William Hirsch
This is a book of terrific ideas driving a moderately well thought out storyline and loaded with characters who act completely incoherently within the events they are living. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Michael A. Mercurio II
One thing I hate: getting close to the end of a LONG book that has not been an especially fun read, and finding out it's just the first volume in a trilogy. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Cissa