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The world is still only half-made. Between the wild shores of uncreation, and the ancient lands of the East lies the vast expanse of the West---young, chaotic, magnificent, war-torn.

Thirty years ago, the Red Republic fought to remake the West---fought gloriously, and failed. The world that now exists has been carved out amid a war between two rival factions: the Line, enslaving the world with industry, and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence. The Republic is now history, and the last of its generals sits forgotten and nameless in a madhouse on the edge of creation. But locked in his memories is a secret that could change the West forever, and the worlds warring powers would do anything to take it from him.

Now Liv Alverhuysen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels west, hoping to heal the generals shattered mind. John Creedmoor, reluctant Agent of the Gun and would-be gentleman of leisure, travels west, too, looking to steal the secret or die trying. And the servants of the Line are on the march.

About the Author

Felix Gilman has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award and the Crawford Award for best new writer, and the Locus Award for best first novel. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Thunderer and Gears of the City. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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cardshof, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by cardshof)
Glowing blurbs by Donaldson and LeGuin made me buy it...was not disappointed!
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Conner, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Conner)
I bought this book on a whim after seeing it in a list of books to read for the holidays last year. It was one of the best decisions I've made regarding books. Its dark, contrasting tones between different parts of the world and steam-punk inspired metaphors for our world today make for an extremely intriguing read. I'd recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in steam-punk or science fiction.
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crowyhead, July 29, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
The world is unfinished. Everything is very solid and normal in the East, but the farther West one travels, the more unfamiliar and changeable the world becomes. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to gain control: on the side of chaos are the Agents of the Gun, individuals whose masters are demon-haunted firearms. On the other side is The Line, a society controlled by sentient machines known as Engines. The Line moves inexorably into the West, and the Gun does what it can to impede its progress. Caught in the middle are the remnants of the Republic, a short-lived movement to bring a kind of representative democracy to the West. The Republic is scattered, and its most famous general has gone insane, and now lives in the House Dolorous, a hospital watched over by a powerful spirit. John Creedmore, an Agent of the Gun, has been tasked with recovering the general, who is rumored to hold the keys to a weapon that could destroy both the Gun and the Line. Lowry, a Linesman, has also been given the same task. And meanwhile, a young psychologist named Liv is traveling to House Dolorous in the hopes her talents may be of some use in healing those who have been scarred by the Line's mind bombs.

I ended up loving this like crazy. It's truly bizarre, and the reader is often left to his/her own devices to figure things out, but the world Gilman has created is fascinatingly weird, alien, and creepy. You could easily class this book as Steampunk, but it's very different from the steampunk novels that have become popular recently: this is not Brown Goth.
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Gilman, Felix
Tor Books
Fantasy - General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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