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The Automation: Vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero Series (Volume 1) Paperback – July 7, 2014
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"[This] urban fantasy revolves around a fast and furious updating of Greek myth. In the distant past, the god Vulcan created a handful of Automatons--metallic but malleable beings capable of soul-sharing with a human being--to serve as protectors of humanity. Now the Automatons are distributed among an eclectic and decidedly eccentric bunch known as the Masters, some of whom are actively plotting against the others..." - Publishers Weekly
"The book is very intricate in the ways it is written, shifting narrative gears between multiple levels of storytelling...Notes are left by the editor and the author - two separate entities, not working together with much harmony at that - that are scattered in the text in different ways, mostly footnotes...The plot makes a point of taking left turns when your only expectation is to the right, subverting cliché ..." - SPR
"I liked the idea of bringing an epic tale of the gods into the modern world and like any good epic tale, it might touch a nerve or two, which I do consider a good thing." - David Lee Summers, Tales of the Talisman
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If Tumblr and Epic Poetry had a novel-baby, it might turn out something like THE AUTOMATION.
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I felt like I was entering a parallel world, the realities seemed so similar to my world but there was the side effect of the Automata and the Gods being involved in mortal lives. But who is to say that they are not involved and we are just too ignorant to understand such things. I found the Narrator and the Editor a great addition to the story and often times felt like I was getting two books for the price of one. I told myself I would not rush through this book, I wanted to make sure that I caught every moment and understood the cryptic remarks, or at least was aware of them. The beginning of the book teaches the reader that you have to focus on every sentence so that you do not miss out on anything. I would feel myself trying skimming through to get to the next part and had to pull myself back.
I will admit that it does end as a cliffhanger, or not depending on your point of view. I feel like for a series it leads to a very clean ending where you can dive just into the next book with adequate background. Now don't get me wrong there are a lot that goes unresolved which is where the cliffhanger parts comes in. I for one cannot wait to find out what happens next!
I did receive a free copy in exchange for a honest review. I did also buy a kindle copy, for those that are worried that you won't get the full effect of the Narrator and the Editor your kindle will adjust and let you skip back and forth so you do not lose your spot, from my experience it was automatic but you may have to adjust your settings.
The story begins with Odys Odelyn meeting a strangely dressed man who engages him in conversation, gives him a strange coin and then commits suicide right in front of him. Odys and his sister Odissa are in their 20's they share an apartment and are library assistants, it is later revealed that they are twins. Their father has a financial hold over them and Odissa leaves for a meeting to keep up their end of the contract to keep their money flowing.
Shocked by the suicide of Pepin Pound, Odys becomes ill, but wakes to find a strange women in his apartment. She discloses that she is an Automaton and represents his soul, they take energy from each other and neither can survive without the other. Maud drip feeds Odys information, he is very wary of her, rightfully distrusting of her. Other are curious about the couple and Dorian and Fletcher break into the apartment, sent by "Mother" to find out how much Pepin told Odys. But Odys is in the dark, soon finds himself thrown into a world of Gods, humans and their Automatons.
When Odissa returns, the group try to keep her apart from Odys, they need to know if she too is a pawn in the bigger plans of Vulcan and who else is pulling strings. They go to extremes to erase traces of their existence. There are lots of twists and turns, sub plots, and characters to keep you on your toes, yet the slow pace of the book and the distracting side stories also made it wearisome.
The author sprinkles in great descriptive lines with other amusing lines. At other times I felt the author wanted to shock the reading audience with both his language and characters, pushing the reader to their limitations.
This isn't an easy read, more a niche market piece for those who don't mind their read being like an author's experiment with the written word. For me it was an exhausting read, trying to follow all the madness in the story threads, the book ends in preparation for the next in the epic series, it just didn't work for me.
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