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Arthur White lived a simple life tending the dead in a quiet cemetery, until meeting a mysterious stranger known only as Mr. Black. In a few short hours, the stranger turns the groundskeeper’s life upside down, burdening Arthur with an immortal clockwork heart.

Over the course of years, Arthur works as Mr. Black’s right hand, doing the things the old warlock cannot dirty hi

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Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by The Parliament House
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Shatarupa  Dhar

Arthur White is the caretaker of a cemetery. After the war, he chose that job in order to heal himself, but he isn't immune to the occasional bouts of loneliness that grips him from time-to-time. And on one such night of melancholy, he meets Aldous Black, who gave him the infernal machine, his mechanical heart. Because Black was lonely too and he wanted the company of White, or so he said. While he no longer feels anything, not even the cravings he once had for alcohol and smoke, he does hav
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Jypsy
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Parliament House for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Infernal Machine
By: C. W. Snyder


*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
What to say about this book? The Infernal Machine is just plain weird and way out there. For some reason, it brings to mind Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory. I think because it's a strange painting my association between the two is that they feel the same-strangely mesmerizing yet disorienting with a touch of despair. I
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K. Watkins
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Would you do something awful to prevent something even worse? How about sacrifice your own humanity for the greater good? The Infernal Machine by C.W. Snyder explores the concept of right and wrong, as well as the heavy burdens of one's past during a race to save humankind.

For those seeking a steampunk meets supernatural guilt trip, The Infernal Machine promises plenty of heavy psychoanalysis and philosophical debates on top of the action and adventure as Arthur White, Mr. Black, and later the m
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Imaginative journey into despair, guilt, and literal Hell.
Cons: The stream of flashbacks, nightmares and visions (often of alternate lives) is disorienting at times.
WARNING! Lots of heavy imagery/gore.
Will appeal to: Fans of steampunk with a strong supernatural flavour.

First off...DISCLAIMER: I received a review ecopy of this book from the author, and I have already reviewed two of his titles in the past. This didn't influence my
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Emma Katherine
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Opinions: I don't know where to start with this book! In one word: fabulous. This is the type of book you'd find at a chain bookstore, not a random freebie you found online. To start, I'll come back the atmosphere of the book, which was a big influence to the theme and tone. Snyder uses imagery, flashbacks, and adjectives perfectly to make the reader cautious and on the edge of their seat throughout the entire book! I was almost o
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Bella
There was so much that was good with this book. A steampunk tale with some supernatural vibes (and some gore too!), philosophical situations, flashbacks that don't overwhelm you like some other authors do when they write them.
Arthur White, Mr. Black, and Ava take you on a dark and promising adventure. Arthur meets Mr. Black while he was working as a cemetery caretaker. Mr. Black gifts him an a immortal clockwork heart so Mr. White could do all of Mr. Black's dirty work. We follow Arthur's journ
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Monica
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

This dark fantasy is dripping with occult intrigue and an inception-like atmosphere. Fighting Nazi’s, fighting devils, and fighting the demons within, you follow Arthur, or Mr. White, through his tenure as the associate of the strange Mr. Black.

Arthur’s otherwise bleak existence is forever changed by meeting a kindred soul, Ava. Fate ties them together on a common mission, but do they have the strength to do what needs to be done?

I found the most intriguing part of this book we’re the rich dream
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Skye
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, I would like to thank Parliament House press for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.


The beginning was a bit slow for me. It took me a couple tries to go back to it. The world building is different from anything I’ve read; very much suitable for fans of steampunk. The characters are really well written, have their own unique background stories and very relatable. In this standalone, you get time traveling, fighting with nazis, and fighting with demons. Snyder pain
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Sheila G
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, The Parliament House, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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KD
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank You Parliament press for giving me an ARC for my honest review.

Review will be fully posted soon......
Ellen
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Welp. This book. I don't even know where to start lol. Thank you to The Parliament Press for the free copy to review. The following opinions are strictly my own.

I'm at war with this book. The premise is very intriguing and overall I found it a very compelling read. That being said, it just wasn't all that enjoyable for me. There was A LOT going on, a lot of questions that went unanswered, and some things that just didn't make any sense to me. Maybe I missed something, but I still had SO MANY que
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