The Half-Made World

The Half-Made World

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A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realismThe world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared--the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they're just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope. To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 479 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 703.06g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0765325527
  • 9780765325525
  • 377,611

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"Vivid and accurate prose, a gripping, imaginative story, a terrifically inventive setting, a hard-bitten, indestructible hero, and an intelligent, fully adult heroine---we haven't had a science-fiction novel like this for a long time." ---Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Award--winning author of "The Farthest Shore" and "The Left Hand of Darkness""The Half-Made World is refreshingly unlike any other novel I've read. Felix Gilman writes like a modern-day Dickens drunk on rich invention and insane war."---Stephen R. Donaldson, "New York Times bestselling author" of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant "A much-needed breath of fresh air in dystopian fiction. Utterly compelling. Trembling with invention and adventure. Reads as if it's the love child of McCarthy's "The Road" and Le Guin's "The Dispossessed". Highly recommended!" ---Eric Van Lustbader, "New York"" Times" bestselling author"Felix Gilman's "The Half-Made World" takes the brutality of the Wild West and twists it into an
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3,494 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 22% (771)
4 42% (1,456)
3 27% (926)
2 8% (273)
1 2% (68)

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Do you like Steampunk? Fantasy? Stories with myths of Indiginous people? War? The Half-MadeWorld has a blend of all. I enjoyed this novel a lot - very much. I thought the characters were fun to read. The "gods" and their lackeys -or followers- were fun to hate, and on the whole I enjoyed reading a book where there were no heroes. Everyone had at least one flaw in their character. The world building was wonderful. I especially loved the descriptions of the wild - the uncreated world. This is just amazing. When you read this book, there is a part where a few people travel through the "wild" west - pay particular attention to the plant life, the animal life and the general descriptions of anything to do with the uncharted areas of the wild - even time is in flux. Felix Gilman has a hell of an imagination. I considered The Half-Made World a very satisfying read, flawed characters and all. I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this book, which I hear is coming. The lives of three main characters are followed, glimpses are given of their pasts. The three people are coming to an intersection of their lives where they all interact with each other. They are each a part of a larger faction (for want of a better word). Liv is from neutral territories, and is a Doctor of the mind and tends to live in a bit of a dreamworld. Creedmore is an Agent of the Gun - one of the godlike supernatural cadre of beings that control the crazed, the weak-minded and the slightly-to-completely evil men, using them to further their own goals of destruction and chaos. Lowry is a persistant cog in one of the many wheels of progress - The Line. The Line seems to be ruled by engines, engines that control and subjugate whole cities - laying down train tracks from city to city, taking over and completely depleting whole sections of the country, taking over city by city in a heavy fisted way. There might be a lesser of evils here - possibly The Guns (they seem to be like the anarchists or rebels of many countries); definitely not the The Line (who in the name of progress develop horrific weapons and think nothing of murdering whole towns of people - women and children included). Possibly the neutral territories are the less evil- although they commit their own brand of evil in the way they do nothing to stop either the Guns, or the Lines....but really what could anyone do? Interesting premise. The novel is full of interesting characters, dialogue, evil plotting, - quite a variety of people and objects. Mr Felix Gilman has quite a way with words and worlds. He has blended some steampunk, wild-west western, fantasy and myths to create The Half-Made World. Even though I knew that Creedmore, as an agent of The Gun, has done his fair share of murder and mayhem I couldn't help enjoying his parts of the book a bit more than the others. He had a certain devil-may-care attitude, and he was a fun character to experience. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and more from this world. Felix Gilman's work is very engaging. He has two previous novels, both fantasy published - Thunderer and Gears of the City. He has a sequel planned for The Half-Made World, although at the moment I'm not sure if it will feature the characters of The Half-Made more
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