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The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
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Feb 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, sci-fi, western
Read from February 12 to 13, 2011

This book is a bit difficult to sum up, which may explain the somewhat inaccurate blurbs and summaries I've read, and the common use of "steampunk" to describe a book that doesn't meet any of the criteria for the steampunk genre I'm familiar with.

So this isn't a steampunk novel. It is also not a "high fantasy." And it isn't a story of an "alternate America," either—the world it takes place in is so different from ours in all ways that it would be hard to call it an "alternate Earth," let alone point at part of it and call it an "alternate America." It has the trappings of a Western, but not the soul.

What it is, is original. Apart from a few chapters where the characters hike through an endless, unchanging wilderness, it is engrossing and enthralling. It is not satisfied with easy answers and pat moral solutions.

If Gilman writes a sequel I will be all over it.

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02/12/2011 page 88
02/12/2011 page 328
68.0% "Well, whatever else this book may be it is certainly engrossing."
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Betty Did you find the ending at all...disappointing?

message 2: by Sean (last edited Mar 05, 2011 11:18AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sean Frankly, yes. Which is one reason I'm hoping for a sequel. :P

Betty I read it because your review made it sound so rich and interesting and you really seemed to like it and when the book finished without any kind of resolution at all I wondered if perhaps I'd missed something. But apparently not. Cool.

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