Souls in the Great Machine (PDF)

  • Paperback
  • 608
  • Souls in the Great Machine
  • Sean McMullen
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 9780765344571

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characters ✓ Souls in the Great Machine Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Night sky warning of the cold to come In Sean McMullen's glittering dynamic and exotic world two millennia from now there is no electricity wind engines are leading edge technology librarians fight duels to settle disputes steam power is banned by every major religion and a mysterious siren Call lures people to their death Nevertheless the brilliant and ruthless Zarvora intends to start a war i. This book was a test of patience for me I have to say I feel bad saying that since the book was well reviewed and a lot of effort obviously went into it but for whatever reason I kept think Well this is certainly a list of events And the characters certainly do have names I guess it technically ualifies as a book Some really neat concepts I loved the idea of The Call but the book was so dry I spite read the home stretch Just when I though it was winding down to a conclusion it d skip ahead a year and introduce new characters It felt eternal like maybe I was reading something that was just being generated by an AI in an endless scroll that would never have an ending Like I was being pranked I ended up reading it to my daughter to help her go to sleep uicker Obviously I m in the minority Not saying it s a bad book just saying that it did not hit the mark with me But see for yourself That s just me

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characters ✓ Souls in the Great Machine Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook N space against inconceivably ancient nuclear battle stations Unbeknownst to Zarvora however the greatest threat to humanity is neither a machine nor a force but her demented and implacable enemy Lel who has resurrected an obscene and evil concept from the distant past Total War Souls in the Great Machine is the first volume of Sean McMullen's brilliant future history of the world of Greatwinter. A uniue and wonderful read The worldbuilding in this book is stunning The author creates a world and the cultures that populate it with such vividness that you feel like you have actually been there There is one awkward aspect where a character we had gotten to know well in the first half disappointingly gets pushed to the background in the latter half but it is not enough to lower my rating

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characters ✓ Souls in the Great Machine Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook The great Calculor of Libris was forced to watch as Overmayor Zarvora had four of its components lined up against a wall and shot for negligence Thereafter its calculations were free from errors and that was just as well for only this strangest of calculating machines and its two thousand enslaved components could save the world from a new ice age And all the while a faint mirrorsun hangs in the. Stop me if you ve heard this one before in Australia in the distant post apocalyptic future a continent wide Siren like Call wreaks havoc on society and electricity is banned by EMP orbital platforms But an ingenious and ruthless librarian reinvents computers by using prisoners as components With it sheI ll stop here not because anything in Souls in the Great Machine has been done before but because discovering all the crazy and ingenious ideas put forth in this book are part of the thrill The setting of the novel is a true original and reading about ideas like Mirrorsun and the Calculor is a huge part of the appeal of this uirky innovative SF storyThe other reason to read this book though is the characters They re all interesting fully realized and fun to watch grow and change A big point in favor of the book is the large number of strong female characters on display Yeah there s a lot of sex and you ll learn way too much about the female characters breasts by the end of it but it s really great to see these crazy strong passionate women take center stage In a world where even full length SF novels don t pass the Bechdel Test that s a pretty significant achievement Ah but don t think the guys get shortchanged John Glasken a sort of male take on the oversexed bimbo trope for instance is actually a pretty great character in his own right and he went from infuriating to adorable over the span of a few hundred pages I m surprised I m praising him because after a hundred pages I just wanted him to die a violent deathIf there s something to fault with this novel it s the structure itself Although the beginning and end are pretty strong and tightly plotted things get real messy in the middle part Characters get all over the place they change uickly and sometimes mysteriously and the plot gets bogged down with some minor side plots that don t really go anywhere Having made it to the end I still don t care about railroad gauge differences dammit This is made worse by the fact that Souls in the Great Machine was originally published as two books in Australia the cut in the middle signified by a four year gap is pretty jarring as part of a continuous storyBut although it feels as if McMullen just threw all the pieces in the air near the middle of his book everything falls into place neatly for a satisfying ending Most of the big uestions about the setting get answered in a satisfactory manner though the most intriguing ones are reserved for the seuel This was a satisfying read with some never before seen SF ideas and I m excited to read the seuels