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The Revolutions: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 1, 2014
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"Gilman's interplanetary adventure, occult thriller, and all-round ripping yarn follows the struggles of a young Victorian couple in the grip of dastardly intrigue...A remarkable, hugely enjoyable performance."―Publishers Weekly
"Gilman's descriptive powers are as economical as they are vivid, beautifully capturing the spirit of fin de siècle society."―NPR
About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
In terms of what it lacked, coherence. The author tries to add a bit of grandeur to what is essentially a rather small story and ends up with characters who don't really matter. Ideas are often floated, made tantalizing and then never fully explored. Finally, the end of the book really let me down, some characters were just not given the ends they deserved, and really became flat in the last 50 pages or so.
This has been a slow reading year for me, and this was the perfect book to help me pick my Kindle back up, it grabbed me completely, and had me thinking about it every minute of the day when I wsn't reading it. I just wish there had been a tiny bit more to think about while reading it.
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Most excellent indeed. I felt my brain stretch with the author's writing calisthenics! I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue J in TN
This tongue-in-cheek steampunk mystery follows Arthur Shaw’s rocky initiation into Victorian London’s secret societies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Z
Excellent writing style and intriguing plot eventually break down into a very disappointing ending with no central conclusion and a complete lack of closure. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'll keep this short, as any comment I make would just parrot comments that have all ready been made, except to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John R.
It's an ok summer fluff read but it gets a bit tedious. It starts out interesting and ends up just, well,weird.Published 11 months ago by P Morgan
Hard to get through this book. Was recommended on NPR but just wasn't for me. Not horrible but just didn't flow.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Lover
The first part is great. The author pulls you in and has you rooting for the two main characters. And then... There are Martians. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Erin