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“Vivid and accurate prose, a gripping, imaginative story, a terrifically inventive setting, a hard-bitten, indestructible hero, and an intelligent, fully adult heroine---we haven’t had a science-fiction novel like this for a long time.” ---Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Award--winning author of The Farthest Shore and The Left Hand of Darkness
“A much-needed breath of fresh air in dystopian fiction. Utterly compelling. Trembling with invention and adventure. Reads as if it’s the love child of McCarthy’s The Road and Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. Highly recommended!” ---Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author
“Felix Gilman’s The Half-Made World takes the brutality of the Wild West and twists it into an epic fantasy that left me staggered. It brings the sense of wonder back to fantasy by creating a complex and visceral world unlike anything I’ve read. This is a stunning novel.” ---Mary Robinette Kowal
Gilman creates a fantastic world and characters, the story is interesting and the plot is just as so.
I even liked the idea of the general having a knowledge that could end all, but felt that I never got any more information to move the story plot further forward.
Liv is less successful as a character, mostly because she is much more passive for most of the book, more reacting than acting.
I really liked the weird western styling of this book, with its demonic Guns and Engines, and a world that is literally "half made", still coming into existence from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph
I generally have found much of what I read to be oftentimes boring and derivative. This is not. The characters are well drawn, yet archetypes. Not easy to do. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I didn't recognize this book as steampunk, which I have read some of, until I read some of the other reviews. (And is there such a thing as western-punk? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melanie D. Typaldos
The book starts in a rather classical way with a triptych of the main characters leaving their current environment for the frightening western edge of the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by xi'an
A weird western and a great read. I would have given it four stars if it was a self contained novel. But as it stands the story remains unfished.Published 4 months ago by Kaleb
This is one that should have been so enjoyable and it was not.
The Magic/Supernatural aspect of this was unoriginal and boring. Read more
A very interesting reimagining of the west. Felix Gilman does a fantastic job of transporting you to an alternative reality of the states in the late 1800's. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best book I have read in several years. It should be taught in writing classes a hundred years from now. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kenneth Sullivan
What an innovative book. This book is great and different from many books out there. You will pick it up and not want to put it down. It is much larger than I had expected. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mommyof3