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FELIX GILMAN has been nominated for the John W. Campbell award and the Locus Award for best new writer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Thunderer, Gears of the City, and The Half-Made World, which was listed by Amazon as one of the ten best SF/F novels of 2010. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765337177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765337177
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on April 25, 2014
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Rarely have I read anything that opened so superbly as 'The Revolutions'. It was impressive with its fantastic, yet simultaneously authentic depictions of the Victorian fascination with all things occult, the peculiar events Arthur is thrust into, and the romance between him and Josephine which very much showcased what a strong grasp on characterization the author started off with. This book begins as serious historical fiction - with a steampunk twist - reminiscent of Dickens in many veins. The circumstances of the story itself may be off the beaten track, but the descriptions, events and players were so well drawn as to exceed my wildest expectations.

After the incident with Josephine, however, it devolved so rapidly, I had to convince myself I was not dreaming, and that the book had actually switched to a Martian setting, where we follow one of the characters who has become stranded on the Red Planet and sift through pages of exposition regarding her experiences therein. All the same, I would gladly have allotted this five stars - and then some - even after it began falling to pieces, as there were still plenty of scenes that made the read worthwhile, that gave glimpses of how outstanding a story it began as.

Alas, this was a truly excellent novel irrevocably ruined as it derailed further and further off of what it had been and devolved into something that had no place in this book, not after nearly two hundred pages of setting up the events taking place in London. It not only destroyed the atmosphere so grandiosely achieved, but made the character of Arthur seem inconsistent. The writing was captivating, the characters were fantastic; I had been completely drawn into this world only for the author himself to pluck me out of this wondrous version of London.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2015
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Felix Gilman knows how to write. Without a shadow of doubt, his Half-Made World duology stood out as one of the finest examples of world-building in recent fantasy fiction. Though threads of plot sometimes meandered into unsatisfying directions, Gilman built an immersive, yet carefully understated, Fantasy-Western setting with distinctive charm and deadpan humor.

It is for this reason that The Revolutions is such a disappointment (possible spoilers, for what it's worth). We do see traces of Gilman's sardonic playfulness, such as the myopic banality of a well-to-do occult society or ridiculous pandemonium of a riot in the Savoy Hotel. But these moments are buried in a morass of dull settings, haphazard plots, and flat characters. The main setting, Victorian London, is taken for granted and we are given little to endear us to it. Other environments are described with tedious, encyclopedic drivel that would make one question the author's basic competency were it not for his previous novels.

Gilman's energies instead focus on a goofy plot at odds with the novel's mostly sober tone. And as the protagonists are hurled from one crisis to another, they never come into their own as believable characters. Dialogue too often veers towards clumsy exposition or tedious small talk, neither of which provides compelling portraits for the cast of stock characters. As the novel reaches its overdue conclusion, all of these problems become accentuated to the point where one suspects the entire novel is some sort of subtle joke played by the author. Gilman was ambitious to pursue such an unusual take on the otherwise tired landscape of Victorian-era fiction. Nevertheless, The Revolutions fails to deliver a story worth reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ts on April 14, 2014
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Reminds me of Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Stephanie Clarke. Weird and interesting. Would make a good movie. The only slight issue I have with the book is that the ending is slightly abrupt and doesn't tie up a couple loose ends, but that's life. We don't always end up with all the answers we seek, and that's kind of what this book is about.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Gremelspacher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2014
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The London Great Storm of 1893 has brought "a gret disruption among the Spheres". Felix Gilman's previous works are marked by his exquisite ability to build worlds that submerge the reader in alternative reality. This book is no different, but it happens to be set in an alternate London. This book is literate, witty, and ever so slightly funky. It is full of the the esoteric manipulations and observations of the revolution of the spheres. The spheres are the planets as we know them, but are in fact perfect balls of aether in this philosophy. Little details all fit together rather brilliantly, and the prose is a delight to the mental ear.

Arthur is a refreshingly overweight young man who has rather found himself at a point of general failure on the night of the Great Storm. He tells himself he simply fancies his sense of a greater shift as he sits in his chair in the National Library. As he walks home, he blunders into a familiar store and meets Josephine, the love of his life. Josephine types manuscripts for the esoteric members of London society. At a seance, they both meet the slightly sinister Atwood who sweeps them both into the search for the Spheres.

Somehow Gilman transfers the most mundane setting into fantasy. Arthur s hired to do endless operations in tiny print which then are to be transcribed into the Machine. The Machine feels like the attempts at a precursor of a computer, but it is nothing so plain. The scene of the job is rendered into a steam punk dream with mysterious co- workers, odd gears and crushing mental loads that appear from seemingly nowhere. Elsewhere, Josephine is lost to this world in a trip of astral projection, but this one is not like anything I have read in fiction to this point.
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