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The Crooked God Machine [Kindle Edition]

Autumn Christian
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Black Planet is an oppressive world terrorized by a masked god. Charles is a young idealist struggling to keep his family from falling apart amidst daily violence and chaos. When Charles falls in love with the enigmatic Leda, she gives him hope for an existence outside of the masked god's regime. After Leda disappears one night, Charles leaves his small town to search for her. Along the way he uncovers the origin of the Black Planet, and confronts the god that would destroy all life in pursuit of a perfect and unchanging paradise.

The Crooked God Machine is a dystopian horror about a broken family and a broken world. Compared to the work of David Lynch, H.R Giger, and Philip K. Dick, it's at once darkly romantic, violent, and uncomfortably familiar.

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"The writing is like the love child of Salvador Dali, David Lynch, and HR Giger. It's sinuous, cutting, insidious, unapologetic." - Adam Nicolai, author of Rebecca and Alex

"A tragic, endearing love story against a twisted backdrop that draws on the horrors of religious fanaticism, human complacency, and political corruption. At times it's terrifying, heartbreaking, sweet, wickedly funny, or any combination of the four" - Greg Sisco, author of The Blood Brothers Series and One Night Stan's

"....a strangely beautiful, dark tale that has the power to enchant the reader whilst it's twisted logic drills deep into the psyche." - Parrish Lantern

"If you can't untie your mind and let in some seriously surreal dystopian horror wander in, you may not enjoy it. I implore you, for the good of your soul, to try, because this book is fucking fantastic. This debut novel from Autumn Christian is full of a thick, ancient darkness; Christian has a voice and a worldview unlike any author I've ever read." - Megan Kennedy, SLUG Magazine

About the Author

Autumn Christian is a fiction writer who lives in the dark woods with poisonous blue flowers in  her backyard and a black deer skull on her wall. She is waiting for the day when she hits her head on the cabinet searching for the popcorn bowl and all consensus reality dissolves.

She's been a freelance writer, a game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep, as main sources of inspiration.

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  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991226917
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PNJ2L4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, Dark and Beautiful March 31, 2012
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Thumbing through my reviews will show you that I give almost nothing a 5-star review so please take the time to see why I gave one to The Crooked God Machine.

This book is a must-read for fans of the genre. I don't actually read a lot of this kind of stuff because I think it's literary worth is often overshadowed by it's perversity and violence but this one, while containing a moderately high level of violence and unpleasant images, is full of heart and thick with substance. I read it through in two sittings, never wanting to put it down. If I didn't get such a late night start on it, I'd have easily read it entirely in a single sitting and as it was I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed.

The characters are likeable and while not fleshed out in the greatest detail I don't think it's a shortcoming. The author preserves for them an air of mystery and unapproachability that works well within the context of the story, never letting you feel like you can fully relate to their existence but still allowing you ample opportunity to bond with them enough to care about what happens to them.

So, anyhow, the setting of this story is apparently, since the characters do not know what "21st century earth english" is, far into the future or maybe in some sort of alternate reality. The only clues the reader is given is that most of the story takes place in a town called Edgewater on "The Black Planet". No state or country is named, unless I somehow missed it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Unique, Beautiful, Macabre March 28, 2012
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The Crooked God Machine is the first publicly-available novel from cult-favorite Autumn Christian. The book is a subtle dance that combines elements of horror, science fiction, future dystopia, surrealism, tragedy and social commentary. It is an incredibly approachable book and reads very quickly. Christian's writing can be addictive at times, reaching levels of feverish beauty, captured in moments that punctuate and embolden the violent, twisted world she creates.

CGM's setting is altogether unique, forgoing apologetic realism for gritty swamp-laden fantasy. The story follows the protagonist Charles as he grows up in a world dominated by savage religious extremism and populated by wandering monsters and demigods. Christian's world-building dabbles in the grotesque and the absurd.

However, her characters are strikingly real and touching. Christian weaves a distinct sense of humanity through each character, unfolding their strife, anger, fear, doubt, despair, love, hope... Scenes become intensely charged and personal, beautiful, complex. This is what sets the story (and Christian) apart.

I can't recommend this book enough. It's a hidden classic and at times feels exquisitely intellectual. The story pulls themes from books like Angela's Ashes, The Diary of Anne Frank, and 1984 and paints them into something that looks like a Salvador Dali rendition of Stephen King. And yes I will stand by those comparisons. The book rocks.

Fans of the author should also check out A Gentle Hell, her recently-released collection of short stories available from Dark Continents Publishing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She put an arrow through my heart May 21, 2012
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Please, please, please, for the love of God, to all my fellow readers out there, check out Autumn Christian. She is a female horror author. I just finished her book The Crooked God Machine and I haven't read anything like this in my entire life, which is saying a lot with the amount ofbooks I consume. This novel was nails on a chalkboard, a David Lynch film, van-driving pedophiles, Jack in the Shining, thinking about your parents having sex, that moment when you know you cant stop your car from crashing into the concrete wall creepy. This chick has imagination. More then imagination, maybe God writes through her. My body was tense like I was waiting for my plane to crash: almost every line. Shes got hooks in my back and I cant wait for her next book to smack me in the face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible and Beautiful July 29, 2012
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Right off the bat: this book is not for everyone. If you can't untie your mind and let in some seriously surreal dystopian horror wander in, you may not enjoy it. I implore you, for the good of your soul, to try, because this book is fantastic. This debut novel from Autumn Christian is full of a thick, ancient darkness; Christian has a voice and a worldview unlike any author I've ever read, able to twist the most unexpected objects and symbols into a cohesive, unforgettable story. The book follows Charles, who lives on the Black Planet, where dead babies are fed to a swamp witch, plague machines roam across the land terrorizing the citizens with ice storms and locust swarms, and God himself is on TV in a black horned mask is on TV, nightly damning mankind and warning of the coming apocalypse. The emotional tone of the work is thick and heavy, and almost feels like a sludgy poison in your veins. And yet there is a lightness that shines through in the irrepressible hope of Charles, a hope that keeps drawing what little beauty is left in the world to him like moths to a flame, which only strengthens his hope and keeps him fighting to somehow undo the horrifying world he lives in. The imagery is unlike anything you'll read: demented, blazingly imaginative, unsettling and unforgettable, far above par for any novel, let alone horror. Christian's pacing has a deliciously crawling dread that builds to a somewhat abrupt ending, but it doesn't leave the reader unsatisfied. It's only that you, like its poor inhabitants, become completely trapped by the black planet by book's end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This novel was a monster of a ride
This novel was a monster of a ride; a revolutionary approach to horror. In the black planet, God is a hideous dictator. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tamara
5.0 out of 5 stars The author has a style that I really enjoy
After some reflection, I will do my best here to sum up my thoughts. I cannot reference or run any parallels to the old testament, as I have not read it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rodney Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Will take a while to digest this
This is a book that will stay with you long after you read it. The nightmare world it describes is so terrifying, so despairing, so without hope, you can't help but be affected by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by virginia crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars An examination of pain, loneliness and hope.
This is not a story for the faint of heart. It is both terrifying and cathartic. This is a journey for those who wish to examine the dark cruelty of the world in the same way we... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Sim
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, raw, surreal horror
Autumn Christian has been one of my favorite authors for many years now. Her raw, stream-of-consciousness style is vivid and uncompromising, and the characters and worlds she... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Charles lives on the Black Planet, a world terrorized by a masked God...
"Before Daddy started stuffing road kill in the living room, I almost thought everything would turn out all right. My Daddy's hands were like burnt maps. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Vision
Recently, I finished reading a book that has refused to leave me, has quietly left its ghostlike impression in my thoughts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Antrobus
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, Intelligent, Shakespearian surrealist tragic horror.
This book is truly amazing. As other reviewers have said it is reminescent of Dali. David Lynch and such. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Gerard F. Beritela
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
This is one cool frickin' book.

I'd never heard of Autumn Christian before. I found Crooked God Machine when I saw on Goodreads that someone who enjoyed my novel, Alex,... Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Adam J. Nicolai
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!
All I am going to say is this, I wish this had been one of the many free books on here that I have gotten.Because it wasn't even worth the $4. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Claramj
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Autumn Christian is a fiction writer who lives in the dark woods with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a black deer skull on her wall. She is waiting for the day when she hits her head on the cabinet searching for the popcorn bowl and all consensus reality dissolves.

She's been a freelance writer, a game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep, as main sources of inspiration.

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