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  1.  (1203.1)
    We just got this book here at my place of employment. It seemed the very definition of Steampunk to me. Any thoughts, reactions?
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
    i'm ordering it from amazon based on some reviews...don't know anything solid though
  2.  (1203.3)
    I've read the first chapter of it. Seems pretty solid so far. There are some elements of things like the machine disease that I didn't find too appealing, but otherwise pure steam-punky goodness. I'd best describe it as something like The Terminator or the Matrix in the 19th century.
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008
    hmmmm...the matrix...? i hope not.
  3.  (1203.5)
    Well, not exactly. Just thinking of things that are along the lines of the "Machines Vs. Men" mentality. That and the Boiler Men serve largely the same function as the Agents in the movie. No one fights them, they only run from 'em. No Keaneau Reeves-level sucking though.
  4.  (1203.6)
    I'm about halfway through this book and I've got to say, it's way better than the Matrix. At this point I'm just hoping the ending is as strong as most of the book has been up to this point. I would recommend having a look, at the very least (for what that's worth). I bought it because the cover looked awesome, and sometimes I do like to judge a book by its cover.

    The whole man vs machine bit isn't what interests me in the book though, contrary to the description from the publisher. The conflict between the machine's human collaborators and the human agents trying to end their reign is far more interesting then just another rehashing of "machine bad, human good" mallarky that has been done a thousand times over. Not necessarily the most insightful book ever written, but then I don't think it's meant to be. It's like a better written thriller/spy/action novel, perfect for falling into on a rainy afternoon.
  5.  (1203.7)
    I was disappointed in it. I felt there were too many characters and that made the plot take a long time to cohere as all the characters got together. The prose seemed pedestrian to me. The setting was very well done, though; very grim industrial.
    • CommentAuthorcjtremlett
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2008
    First half kinda sucked, second half was much better. Interesting, but not particularly good.
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2008
    picked up this book a few weeks ago. i'm only thru the first three chapters (haven't had a lot of time to read as much as i'd like lately)... as stated above, lots of characters (even thru only 3 chapters), but i'm enjoying the atmosphere of it so far....
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
    I rather liked it.

    Not bad....