The Infernal Machine
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
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 ...more
The Infernal Machine
By: C. W. Snyder
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more