- File Size: 352 KB
- Print Length: 34 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 40k (September 20, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OLF4I8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cardanica (A Steampunk Nightmare) (World-9 Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Is surviving a matter of using others, letting them die?
A novelette mixed with a logbook, Cardanica is one of the most terrifying texts I've read this year. Dario Tonani's blunt prose leads the reader inside the pneumoarc among the characters to feel what they feel like: "Flesh on a course flesh."
It's the story of a cargo ship's crew inching through a harsh and remote desert world with little to control save their own psyches. Not much is known of their purpose except their eventual progression across the uneven sands, powered by a lumbering mechanical caterpillar of a vessel. Conjoined with the vehicle is a semi-sentient, self-sustaining and incessantly oiled "pneumoarc", the driving force behind an inevitable and undesirable turn of events.
Cardanica is a meaty however brief story containing a good mix of sci-fi, horror, and steampunk imaginings. It's definitely more than a work of simple shock value; rather, the story is a well-conceived peep into a dissolution of desperate events facing an unequipped crew. While leaving a fair amount of questions at its conclusion, the work justifies further exposition, perhaps best as a graphic novel, requiring a greater sense of closure. It's hard not to think of Cardanica as an overly oozing, anachronistic offshoot of Kubrick-inspired space drama, but is there anything wrong with that?
Somewhere amidst the poisonous sands of World 9, the remaining crew of the crippled desert crawler, Robredo, face these terrifying realities: there is no escape from within the relentless autonomous survival craft, Cardanica; and someone will be culled to serve the needs of both the survivor and Cardanica.
But the most perplexing questions of all, with possibly the more terrifying implications, remain: why did someone design Cardanica this way, and what was the moral calculus they used to decide who would be the survivor and who would be the sacrifice?
Cardanica is a perfect way to start the Halloween season, not with ghosts or ghouls, but with a monster of man's creation.
By my own definition, this isn't steampunk, because it's set on another world, a poisonous one, and there's no hint of what the society is like within the narrow confines of the story. Narrow confines, indeed. If you're looking for a story, reminiscent of Poe, something to creep you or a loved one out around Halloween, maybe to give as a gift for All Hallow's Read, this is an excellent choice.
I got goosebumps from the delicious ickiness of it.
Review copy from editor.
The first connection that comes to my mind is Pinocchio who, after a long research, is swalowed by the shark and finds Geppetto in its stomach. Both are going to gain freedom.
The second one concerns pregnancy: the programming code imposed on the two characters by an unknown "who", who creates a so deterministic connection, remembers me the relationship mother/child. Both of them have no control on the creation of a new genetic code and, at the same time, are embedded in a symbiotic physiological condition. The same as for the two men and that kind of "shark-machine".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
The other reviewers have given a flavor of this work - for me, the key feature of a good work is that I feel drawn into the world that the author has created. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Cardanica by Dario Tonani
This short story follows two survivors of a disaster in a poisonous desert. Read more
Cardanica by Dario Tonani is a story that explores the danger of making machines too self-sufficient when they remain as cruelly logical as a computer tends to be. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Sarah Baethge
When a short story makes you want to keep reading to uncover more about the plot it means that the author succeded in his intent. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Edmondo
Cardanica is a very quick read that could very well creep you out. While reading it I saw the action going on in black and white like an old Hitchcock movie. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by bookblogger
'Cardanica' is definately my kind of story - all parts gruesome and absurd, it depicts the horrifying reality of survival in a world completely inhospitable to life. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by JamesOsiris
Usually I'm not a Steampunk Lover, and, before reading Cardanica I never thought that I'd love the adventures of a pneumoarc. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Antonella
"Cardanica" grabs your interest and does not let go. It is a creaking, lubricated metal mystery of dark corners and suspicious mechanical motives that leads you through... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Miniclubmoose
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