Sunday, October 31, 2010

review of The Half-Made World

The Half-Made World
Felix Gilman

*for excerpt, click on book cover* courtesy of Macmillan
recently released in hardback by Tor.

The Half-Made World kept me interested throughout the whole novel. I didn't have one ho-hum moment while reading, not one moment when I was bored.

Set in a world that resembles the wild west of America, but isn't quite there, there are aboriginal peoples, who contain a certain type of magic. There are at two main "god" factions who are at war. One of the factions is the Guns, and seems to consist of demon like entities that possess people through a gun. It rides them, telling them what to do, and causing havoc and mayhem, and rebellion. On the other hand, there is something called the Line - which is the other faction. This one has its own type of evil. It's all about machines, and progress and taking over towns like a bulldozer. There is absolutely NO mercy for those who stand in the way and they develop the most horrific weapons that can devastate people and places.

This story is told from three points of view - Creedmoore is an agent of The Gun, Lowry is an agent of The Line and the third point of view is Liv - a doctor who is from a nuetrual territory. All three stories converge and throughout, it's clear that all three have some issues. However, I found myself really rooting for Creedmoor, even though he clearly is no saint. The two factions are both after the same thing and Liv kind of gets stuck in the middle.

I don't want to say anymore - spoilers. But this is a damn good book - with some humor, some thrills, lots of mayhem, very interesting settings and some damn good gadgets! As soon as I was finished reading it, I wanted more. Thankfully, Felix Gilman will be writing a sequel. Once again, a highly satisfying read, with wonderful world-building. Felix Gilman really knows how to tell a story.
another story set in The Half-Made World courtesy of Tor
Felix Gilman's Facebook Page
There are two other books by Felix Gilman: Thunderer and Gears of the City.

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