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The Mercury Fountain

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
“Eliza Factor’s first novel, The Mercury Fountain, explores what happens when a life driven by ideology confronts implacable truths of science and human nature. It also shows how leaders can inflict damage by neglecting the real needs of real people. Though the action takes place between 1900 and 1923, the resonance feel alarmingly contemporary. . . Factor counters convent ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Akashic Books (first published February 15th 2012)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
There wasn't much I liked in this novel. The flow of the story was choppy and there was too much in the mind's eye thinking and not enough dialogue. The focus shifted from one character to another so there was no main protagonist. And until the last chapter, very little plot. A stubbed toe would have been a major event. Things seem to happen out of nowhere because there is no buildup to it. Soldiers suddenly materialize. A woman has a love interest in a character she virtually ignored previously ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The book basically follows Victoria’s life, since it begins with her birth. We have the three main characters, Victoria, Owen and Dolores, but there are important secondary characters such as Ysidro and Badinoe.

The book, as I mentioned, starts with Victoria’s birth, Owen is utterly exited but Dolores goes through a slight post-partum depression. On the other hand, Ysidro, a young boy who dreams to start working in the mines has his first encounter with the shafts, when he is looking for Owen to
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: utopia, mexico, 1900, mines
This was not the book I expected when I read the blurb on the early reviewers page. I am a huge dystopian/utopian society fan, but I think most of those sorts of books I read are in the young adult genre and therefore I wasn’t prepared for such a heavy book. This is not an easy quick read; in fact, I will be reading it again to get the full idea of all that happened. By the time I got to the end I finally had in my mind who everyone was and how the town fit together and I just felt like I had mi ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I have to say that it is not a book I would have chosen on my own, but am glad that I got the opportunity to read it. It is interesting on a couple different levels. The surface story was okay although ended a little darker than I would have liked. As an example of the rise and fall of (fill in the blank) it was pretty good. It showed how great ideas while great are still subject to corruption and that the perfect world can no ...more
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Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this book for the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. It is not a book I would have chosen but I do like to be challenged to read diverse books. At the beginning I found it difficult to immerse myself in the book but as the story unfolded and the strange quirky characters developed,I found my interest in & desire to read increasing but not enough to recommend the book as a good read.
I will offer it to others thru Book Mooch, so that more readers can make their own decisions about t
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book got a second star only because it was well written. Otherwise it was a novel with no sense of direction. Other reviewers point out it flaws so I won't repeat them here. I also won't recommend bothering to read this book, either.
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Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this novel. It's passionate, thoughtful, and intelligent.
Claudia Mosey
Apr 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
I just received this free from Akashic Books,so I will comment after I read it.Thank you for this free read!
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