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Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.

As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Mirandas life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

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“An extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel.” The Washington Post Book World

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“A singular riff on steampunksophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.” I<>Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review

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“A gorgeously surreal first novel.” Matthew Shaer, Bookforum

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“The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer's storytelling is exhilarating. Hes written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem.” Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins

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“Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel that is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine — constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive.” Kevin Brockmeier, New York Times bestselling author of The Brief History of the Dead

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Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Mirandas life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

About the Author

Dexter Palmer lives in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University, where he completed his dissertation on the work of James Joyce, William Gaddis, and Thomas Pynchon (and where he also staged the first academic conference ever held at an Ivy League university on the subject of video games).

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Erinwithans, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Erinwithans)
Beautiful and strange - reminded me a bit of China Mieville's earlier works. Great world building that happens creatively around the edges of a strange, beautiful, and slightly tragic story.
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ISBN:
9780312680534
Author:
Palmer, Dexter
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110231
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English
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368
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Product details 368 pages Picador - English 9780312680534 Reviews:
"Review" by , “An extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel.”
"Review" by , “A singular riff on steampunksophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.” I<>Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review
"Review" by , “A gorgeously surreal first novel.”
"Review" by , “The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer's storytelling is exhilarating. Hes written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem.”
"Review" by , “Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel that is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine — constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive.”
"Synopsis" by ,

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Mirandas life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

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