Coppelia is a street thief, a trickster, a low-level con artist. But she has something other thieves don’t… tiny puppet-like friends: some made of wood, some of metal. They don’t entirely trust her, and she doesn’t entirely understand them, but their partnership mostly works.
After a surprising discovery shakes their world to the core, Coppeli ...more
Adrian Tchaikovsky is an unusually versatile author. I never know what to expect from him — insect and shapeshifter fantasy, Iron Man-inspired science fiction, and Regency/Napoleonic historical fantasy are just a few examples — but I know it’s going to be imaginative and intelligently written. The last work I read by him, Walking to Aldebaran, was science fictional horror with an unusual literary streak. In a nearly 180 degree turn, Tchaikovsky now ...more
“[…]If you were a thief in Loretz, then your fingers itched for the magic the place was famous for.”
It’s a straightforward fantasy adventure with homunculi, thieves and mages, a quick and easy read under the surface of which you sense just a hint of deeper and darker themes, but it barely brushes against them. And so I assume it would be well-suited for a bit younger reader - although it’s not entirely co ...more
This author is one of my favourites and he has the most enormous range. I never know what to expect when I pick up one of his books although for me his sci fi are his masterpieces. Made Things was very imaginative. The characters were interesting as was the magic world they lived in.
I enjoyed it but it will not live on in my mem ...more
The sequel to Precious Little Things.
The “puppets” have left their sanctuary and have tentatively infiltrated the human world, and what they find is so much possibility but so much danger as well…
These magical impossibilities form a partnership with Moppet, a poor vagabond who survives on petty crime and making magical dolls to serve the elite. When Moppet is dragged into a heist against her will and captured, what she finds can upset her world social order. Her tiny new friends make a bo ...more
Beautifully written, well plotted, great characters, and a masterpiece of world building in a small space. Hugely enjoyable.
I bumped this novel up my TBR list after I read the short story prequel "Precious Little Things" a few days ago in the Tor.com short fiction Fall edition and was hooked.
Tchaikovsky's homunculi are a bit like Toy Story for adults, with more thoughtfulness and inventive worldbuilding. As with all his works he again succeeds in creating three-dimensional absolutely likeable characters, giving them distinctive voices and seasoning his storytelling ...more
Move over Pinocchio and Gepeto. There’s a new game in town. Yes, there’s a puppeteer, but she’s also a thief, an orphan, and the best friend the little people (the homunculus) ever had. The little people, you ask. Why yes, they are only six inches tall and are made of wood, metal, and paper and they’ve been brought to life by magic. This is a quieter fantasy about a city ruled mercilessly by great magi and those who would have influence battling and maneuvering for a ...more
The main character Coppelia is a thief and puppeteer, working for other, more successful criminals, and stealing little bits and bobs of magicked items to augment her slight magic so she can enhance her puppets. She has some help from t ...more
There is something notably admirable in the way we are handed, essentially, a cut-scene from what could have been a fairly epic saga, if you ignore the ending. We land in the middle of the quest of the titular 'Made Things', magically imbued (and wonderfully inventive) little automata who simply want to find a way to survive and ideally even thrive. ...more
This is a fantasy heist story. Not my favourite trope, it‘s usually too formulaic for my taste. Which this is, to some extent.
The story didn‘t do a thing for me. I actually considered to DNF this, but it probably does ...more
Like Tchaikovsky”s Walking to Aldebaran and I suspect most of his books - this is my third by him - we get an interesting premise: a young puppet maker meets and befriends living puppets with minds of their own (homunculi) in a city of magic. Tin soldier, rag doll, an artfully designed wooden thief, an oragami witch made of crippled old paper, each homunculus is unique. They seek to grow their ranks. To do so, ...more
“What’s the world coming to?” the big human said. “I remember when this was simple. And now there’s little doll people threatening me with a shave. Fuck me.”
This is my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book, but it certa ...more
I have a fear of dolls. Or maybe not a fear, so much as I find them intensely off putting. Their miniature faces are creepy, and any horror story that involves dolls coming to life and murdering people deeply upsets me. So, when the lovely people at Tor.com sent me Made Things, a novella by Adrian Tchaikovsky about a dollmaker who brings her creations to life, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, Tchaikovsky is one of th ...more
That magical spark is at the heart of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s short novel “Made Things,” where petty thief and master puppet-maker/puppeteer Coppelia (AKA “Mopp ...more
This should have been right up my alley but unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. I might have just not been in the right mood, but I felt like none of the characters really stood out and it made the book fall a little bit flat to me. Definitely a good concept but I wish the character had been as original as the setting. ...more
It’s an absolutely delightful novella that follows the trials and tribulations of puppeteer Coppelia as she finds herself getting pulled into the machinations of the local thieves guild and their ongoing struggles against ...more
Regardless, the writing is pleasant and comfortable, and you won’t be h ...more
This is the second book I've read by Adrian Tchaikovsky, both ever and this year. Both had excellent world building and characters. In this tale, the reader can really feel the effects of a highly magical world - especially the disparity between classes.
Like the earlier book, this was grabbed on a whim during a quick access to the library - despite the misrepresentativ ...more
Made Things is unlike anything I've ever read. Coppelia and her sentient puppet friends live in an atmospheric world of magic and class divides. I felt like I was there along with them, experiencing the same hardships and injustices, bearing witness to the same miracles and travesties. The world really was tangible, formed in such a naturalistic way that the story contained therein couldn't be anyt ...more
Tchaikovsky has easily become a sure way to find an interesting read for me.
Not even 200 pages and still a picture painted of a world with many varied characters and their fates.
Coppelia is an orphan and puppeter, surviving by thieving in a city where magic rules. She gets by more easily after befriending a group of dolls with an agenda of their own. When a gollem is ...more
Charming short story with really good world building and nice characters.
Really nifty and creative "made things"! The tiny golems were really funny.
Although I sometimes found the actual plot somewhat contrived it all worked out for the better (of course). The ending was quite delightful, as far as it can be within the world of thieves.
I listened to this story rather than reading it. It was read by the author himself, I believe.
It was nicely done, but I would have liked a b ...more