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Once but die many times until they come at last to the City Unspoken where the gateway to True Death can be foundWayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City which is home to murderous aristocrats disguised gods and goddesses a sadistic faerie princess immortal prostitutes and ueens a captive angel gangs of feral Death B I keep finding that the elouent the writer of a book is the harder it is to adeuately review said book None the less it's worth giving this one a shotThis is a book which somehow manages to combine vile bloodthirsty faerie princesses a fox faced Anglo Celtic nursery rhyme character immortal prostitutes who die for a living a brothel keeper who also happens to be a famous historical figure gangs of sexy death boys and charnel girls elemental creatures bigger and older than gods fashionable lich lords straight out of Harper's Bazaar a cybernetic faerie ueen snake monster a beluga whale who's also a psychiatrist giant glowing ancient one eyed bird god thingies andoh Richard Nixon Not only does the book bring all of these elements together it brings them together in a totally credible readable thought provoking and enjoyable way Somehow a book with all of the aforementioned elements also manages to be intelligent prompting the reader to contemplate the true meaning of life and deathWhat may be even better than all of these things combined though is the central character Cooper A sarcastic New Yorker in jeans and a Danzig tee I loved this detail who also happens to be gay It is beyond refreshing to see a gay lead without this becoming a major plot point in itself All too often a gay main character means that the book becomes a treatise on gender and sexuality however that detail really is treated as being beside the point in The Waking Engine If I had one minor uibble it would be that the story was a teensy bit lacking in emotion for me It's not that this was something I was looking for in a book at the time but it's the only thing lacking which prevented The Waking Engine from being a perfect reading experience I didn't have many moments of pure epiphany joy or sorrow Otherwise this would have made it to my elusive Favourites shelf as well as garnering five starsI do think the book came close though particularly in its examination of view spoiler the relationship between Lallowe and her father Although she tortures him to death daily we find that his love is the only thing which has the power to hurt her and he freely dispenses it When Edison poses the uestion as to who is the cruel that actually made me put the book down to go and ponder for a while hide spoiler The White Nights of Ramadan until they come at last to the City Unspoken where the gateway to True Death can be foundWayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City which is home to murderous aristocrats disguised gods and goddesses a sadistic faerie princess immortal prostitutes and Beyond the Pale ueens a captive angel gangs of feral Death B I keep finding that the elouent the writer of a book is the harder it is to adeuately review said book None the less it's worth giving this one a shotThis is a book which somehow manages to combine vile bloodthirsty faerie princesses a fox faced Anglo Celtic nursery rhyme character immortal prostitutes who die for a living a brothel keeper who also happens to be a famous historical figure gangs of sexy death boys and charnel girls elemental creatures bigger and older than gods fashionable lich lords straight out of Harper's Bazaar a cybernetic faerie The Black Ice Score (Parker, ueen snake monster a beluga whale who's also a psychiatrist giant glowing ancient one eyed bird god thingies andoh Richard Nixon Not only does the book bring all of these elements together it brings them together in a totally credible readable thought provoking and enjoyable way Somehow a book with all of the aforementioned elements also manages to be intelligent prompting the reader to contemplate the true meaning of life and deathWhat may be even better than all of these things combined though is the central character Cooper A sarcastic New Yorker in jeans and a Danzig tee I loved this detail who also happens to be gay It is beyond refreshing to see a gay lead without this becoming a major plot point in itself All too often a gay main character means that the book becomes a treatise on gender and sexuality however that detail really is treated as being beside the point in The Waking Engine If I had one minor The Black Painting uibble it would be that the story was a teensy bit lacking in emotion for me It's not that this was something I was looking for in a book at the time but it's the only thing lacking which prevented The Waking Engine from being a perfect reading experience I didn't have many moments of pure epiphany joy or sorrow Otherwise this would have made it to my elusive Favourites shelf as well as garnering five starsI do think the book came close though particularly in its examination of view 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The Waking Engine

Oys and Charnel Girls and one very confused New YorkerLate of Manhattan Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was The gateway to True Death is failing so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying who clot its byzantine streets and alleys and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaver A lot of people have asked for my thoughts on this book so here you go freaksWhen I read a review I like to see how the book or film matches up to other pop culture references The Waking Engine is a mix of The Matrix heavily influenced by The Wachowskis Hans Christian Anderson weirdly The City of Bones faeriesmagical creaturesurban setting and David Bowie This book is hard to summarize so I am going to keep it simple Man dies Man wakes up in The City Unspoken Man finds out when you die you wake up on endless planets until you die the final death Man makes friends Cyber faeries and undead sky lords are trying to take over the City Unspoken Man and friends have to stop them Let’s go over some things I lovedI loved reading from the perceptive of a gay main character I loved the character Purity KlooI LOVED the female characters in general—heroes and villains I loved the author’s concept of the after life even though it sounds absolutely terrifying I loved how easily the writer plays with grotesue situations and humor in the same sentenceThere were characters and scenes that I loved but deciding whether this was a big “but” or not made it hard to pick between 3 or 4 stars I never felt like I got enough of those elements that I enjoyed They were often padded in between wordy vague descriptions and unanswered uestions A LOT of unanswered uestions Though the book is set up for a seuel I am not sure if the author is actively working on a seuel This book is ambitious daring andconfusing You can sense the youthfulness of his writing A uniue storyteller that people should be talking about I would definitely be interested to read of his work We up to other pop culture references The Waking Engine is a mix of The Matrix heavily influenced by The Wachowskis Hans Christian Anderson weirdly The City of Bones faeriesmagical creaturesurban setting and David Bowie This book is hard to summarize so I am going to keep it simple Man dies Man wakes The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, up in The City Unspoken Man finds out when you die you wake The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, up on endless planets The Asset (Wounded Warrior until you die the final death Man makes friends Cyber faeries and Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, undead sky lords are trying to take over the City Unspoken Man and friends have to stop them Let’s go over some things I lovedI loved reading from the perceptive of a gay main character I loved the character Purity KlooI LOVED the female characters in general—heroes and villains I loved the author’s concept of the after life even though it sounds absolutely terrifying I loved how easily the writer plays with grotesue situations and humor in the same sentenceThere were characters and scenes that I loved but deciding whether this was a big “but” or not made it hard to pick between 3 or 4 stars I never felt like I got enough of those elements that I enjoyed They were often padded in between wordy vague descriptions and Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible unanswered The Ruminator uestions A LOT of Infamous unanswered Comfort of a Man uestions Though the book is set A Cowboy Christmas up for a seuel I am not sure if the author is actively working on a seuel This book is ambitious daring andconfusing You can sense the youthfulness of his writing A Comfort of a Man uniue storyteller that people should be talking about I would definitely be interested to read of his work

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Welcome to the City Unspoken where Gods and Mortals come to dieContrary to popular wisdom death is not the end nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds where they are fated to live until they die again and wake up somewhere new All are born only 5 StarsWhat an amazing ride is this novel The Waking Engine is a high concept science fiction fantasy that will make you think about life and what it means to live and die I wish that I had written a review as soon as I finished this one but that was two weeks ago As is I cannot give it the due that it deserves I can only give it my highest recommendations and to let all my friends know that I am sure that they too will enjoy this bookOh thought Cooper with a detached nausea that brought of himself online by reflex Machines that feed on life A family of evil faeries starring Lallowë Thyu A cyborg ueen with the body of a Chinese dragon who wants to devour the chewy center of the City Unspoken Of fucking course”“Tam cocked his head sideways “You’re a strange young man CooperOmphale”“Well of course I am You’d be strange too if you started your week as a magic turd who’d been dragged across the universe—metaverse whatever— by a goddess kidnapped by a faerie princess drugged by Cleopatra met the Cicatrix from the inside out fucked and flayed by a dead gigolo from the motherland saved an angel thing from an undead monster straight outta Vogue dumped in cave of tears and thrust into the mansion of an evil elf who’s sounding and like Cruella De Vil every minute Does she wear puppies? Oh and Nixon was there””Highly recommended The Black Ice Score (Parker, until they die again and wake The Black Painting up somewhere new All are born only 5 StarsWhat an amazing ride is this novel The Waking Engine is a high concept science fiction fantasy that will make you think about life and what it means to live and die I wish that I had written a review as soon as I finished this one but that was two weeks ago As is I cannot give it the due that it deserves I can only give it my highest recommendations and to let all my friends know that I am sure that they too will enjoy this bookOh thought Cooper with a detached nausea that brought of himself online by reflex Machines that feed on life A family of evil faeries starring Lallowë Thyu A cyborg Fire and Desire ueen with the body of a Chinese dragon who wants to devour the chewy center of the City Unspoken Of fucking course”“Tam cocked his head sideways “You’re a strange young man CooperOmphale”“Well of course I am You’d be strange too if you started your week as a magic turd who’d been dragged across the The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox universe—metaverse whatever— by a goddess kidnapped by a faerie princess drugged by Cleopatra met the Cicatrix from the inside out fucked and flayed by a dead gigolo from the motherland saved an angel thing from an The Illusionists undead monster straight outta Vogue dumped in cave of tears and thrust into the mansion of an evil elf who’s sounding and like Cruella De Vil every minute Does she wear puppies? Oh and Nixon was there””Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “The Waking Engine

  1. says:

    In just a few days this book will be decorating the FantasySci Fi shelves of many bookstores Whoever made this cover did a terrific job of creating something gorgeous and interesting but also matching the marvellous world building showcased in the book Hats off to the designer but also to the imagination of this authorIn Waking Engine we find ourselves confronted with the idea that death isn’t uite that final In most cases it just means you wake up in another world Only a few places can grant you final Death and one of them the City Unspoken The descriptions of this city were really amazing and I kept trying to make these mental pictures of what it would look like “The day had corrupted the blue sky and the promising morning had already miscarried into a sickly yellow noonday – the twin suns fused into a kind of angry mating their orbs gone orange streams of red black plasma arcing between them as they grew steadily closer together Another costume change for the sky above the City Unspoken” Despite all the potential it wasn’t a slam dunk for me First of all I kept wishing I had some buddies to read this book together with People like we have in our Malazan Fallen group for instance to help each other discovering the elements because parts of this book were just so complicated and confusing I kept reading on hoping it would all come together eventually but for a long time it was just fog in my head I think this book will be better on a re readThe second thing is that the characters were a bit flat Especially the main protagonist Cooper he is our unexpected hero and saviour and yet we get very little out of him He seems as lost in this world as I was Perhaps that was the point but I find it hard to read a story if I cannot connect to the majority of the charactersWithout a doubt the best part of the book is the storyline inside the dome not surprisingly because it’s the least confusing part and has characters that are really fleshed out I also liked all the little jokes that are woven through the scenes A character called Nixon for instance who claimed he learned to land on his feet from Olga KorbutNet a really promising story but I wished it was at least 100 pages longer That would have slowed down the pace decrease the level of complication and add time for character building I would have loved Edison to do what he did in the inside the dome storyline for the entire book so the light bulb inside my head would have lit and chased the fog away or the entire story Aye I just had to make an Edison joke in here somewhere right? Disclaimer This book has been provided by the publisher This review reflects my own experience and opinion with this book All uotes are taken from the pre published copy and may be altered or omitted from the final copy


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    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum for the first time I wish I had a system in place for giving two ratings to a book 1 An objective rating in which I give a book stars based on its own merits uninfluenced by my personal feelings and 2 A subjective rating which is based on how a book worked for me personally or how well it meshed with my personal tastes This is going to be a very tough review for me to write simply because I've never read a book like this where those two ratings could not be any different but I'm also glad I have the chance to explain whyThe book begins with a young man named Cooper waking up in an unfamiliar place to two strangers fussing over his sudden appearance and the answers he gets are decidedly not reassuring Apparently he is dead Contrary to what we know about death when someone dies they merely wake up as themselves somewhere else appearing on one of a possible million universes where they will once again live out their lives and the whole process repeats itself That is until you reach the end and wind up at the City Unspoken also known as the City of the Dead because only on this world a person can find true deathThis is where Cooper wakes up But he has also come at a very unsettling time where something seems to be preventing True Death from happening leading to widespread frustration and panic among the denizens of the city There are some who believe Cooper may be the solution to the problem as he is different For one thing he has a belly button A navel is really nothing but a scar left over from the attachment of the umbilical cord and because all are born only once but die many times waking up on new worlds with their bodies whole and unmarred the fact Cooper has one holds great significance He may not be really deadAnd from here on out it gets even stranger But hey you'd too if you were Cooper dragged across the metaverse by a goddess kidnapped by faeries drugged by Cleopatra engulfed by a machine flesh creature and pursued by undead monsters and evil elf beings I love it when I find a uniue book with very different offbeat ideas but The Waking Engine treads into seriously bizarre territory More bizarre than I could handle perhaps It's the kind of book I can't tackle at night right before bed because I wake up in the morning and can't remember if I actually dreamed or read these weird images I tried really hard to embrace the weirdness but it soon became clear that I was in way over my headAnd that's a real shame too It almost breaks my heart to say I didn't like this one as much as I thought I would The ideas in this story are some of the most original ones I've ever encountered in science fiction and fantasy and the characters are unconventional and diverse as well Unfortunately the strangeness was a barrier for me preventing me from appreciating all of the positive aspects of this book to its fullness It's difficult to connect to a character for instance when instead I'm putting all my effort into trying to make sense of everything that's happening The world is also wildly imaginative which is another huge plus to this book but words cannot describe just how amazing and fantastical it is I mean that literally in this case; I get the sense from Edison's writing that the environments he pictures in his mind are so vast and visionary that they transcend mere languageI wanted to like The Waking Engine so much because objectively it is a great book deftly and beautifully written with ground breaking ideas interesting characters and incredible world building But I have to be honest it was just not my style There's lots to love about this book but it just has to find its intended audience which unfortunately is not me On the other hand I think fans of un reality or the metaphysical or abstract elements in their speculative fiction will be very well pleased with this one Give it a shot if that's the type of stories you like I guarantee you won't be disappointed


  3. says:

    5 StarsWhat an amazing ride is this novel The Waking Engine is a high concept science fiction fantasy that will make you think about life and what it means to live and die I wish that I had written a review as soon as I finished this one but that was two weeks ago As is I cannot give it the due that it deserves I can only give it my highest recommendations and to let all my friends know that I am sure that they too will enjoy this bookOh thought Cooper with a detached nausea that brought of himself online by reflex Machines that feed on life A family of evil faeries starring Lallowë Thyu A cyborg ueen with the body of a Chinese dragon who wants to devour the chewy center of the City Unspoken Of fucking course”“Tam cocked his head sideways “You’re a strange young man CooperOmphale”“Well of course I am You’d be strange too if you started your week as a magic turd who’d been dragged across the universe—metaverse whatever— by a goddess kidnapped by a faerie princess drugged by Cleopatra met the Cicatrix from the inside out fucked and flayed by a dead gigolo from the motherland saved an angel thing from an undead monster straight outta Vogue dumped in cave of tears and thrust into the mansion of an evil elf who’s sounding and like Cruella De Vil every minute Does she wear puppies? Oh and Nixon was there””Highly recommended


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    NOTE This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewreview on my blog1 Plot Cooper is not your average book protagonist He’s gay he’s overweight and he’s dead this is where I give David Edison a respectful high five because YAY PROTAGONISTS THAT BREAK THE MOLD When he wakes up in the City Unspoken with no idea of how he got there he is immediately adopted by a grey skinned man and a pink haired woman who seem to believe he is the solution to the overpopulation problem that plagues the City because the dying can no longer die Of course you and I know where this is going Cooper is of course the good old Chosen One In the span of a few days he develops totally rad powers including sensing people's fear in verbal form and traveling through some sort of anachronic faerie powered internet and in the end he does what Chosen Ones usually do MehThis is the main plot – and it’s pretty bland compared to the subplots Look above Look at the blurb See the murderous aristocrats? Sure I know we see nobles killing each other in 90% of fantasy books but not while they’re locked inside a glass dome not over something as fickle as wearing the same dress two days in a row and definitely not when none of them can actually die since their souls are bound to their bodies It’s inside the dome that we meet Purity Kloo a noble girl desperate to find a way out – so desperate indeed that she spends a week slitting her own throat only to come back every single timeSure a story about murderous teenage nobles dressed in the metaverse's euivalent of Lolita fashion wouldn't have appealed to the target audience that The Waking Engine is trying to attract I suspect but I had a lot of fun with Purity's subplot and would have switched it for Cooper’s without so much as a second thoughtFinal words about the plot it's convoluted I love the idea of the City Unspoken but a setting that is part our world part every other world in existence demands time and Edison doesn't cut the reader any slack before overwhelming them with references to greek mythology Omphale right well played the AIDS epidemic of the 80s Cleopatra’s historical relevance the wise advice of a beluga whale and the literal ins and ours of a cyborg ueen2 Characters As far as protagonists go Cooper sure breaks a couple of molds but it takes than that to write a good character It’s not just that he’s uninteresting he’s not even very coherent – he speaks like an angry New Yorker ready to break a few noses but his inner monologue is eual parts disoriented skeptic and terrified and his actions are reactive at best Sometimes I felt as if I was reading three different characters And then of course he meets attractive men and his brain goes into full shutdown which is both amusing and exasperating Focus sirAbout Purity our other protagonist sort of I found her to be just the right balance between well what her name suggests her to be and someone I wouldn’t want to cross on a bad day She’s smart she’s competent she’s a bit of a wildcard and she’s sexual without being sexualised I could see her leading a girl gang reallyI won’t write about every character so let me just wrap this section by saying this book achieved something really really good with its female characters Here women move most of the plot making this book something I’d like to show all those male writers who say “they can’t write women” Listen here’s the secret write than one two and give them a personality of their own Thank you David Edison3 Settingworldbuilding I’ve already written a bit about my love for the City Unspoken as a concept but now I’d like to present a complaint about the way it was written For a place where people of all universes come to die the City was a little overpopulated by humans no? Even the architecture of the place was awfully familiar – taverns shady boarding houses classy bordellos sex workers on every street corner If your City is a repository of culture for every universe why does it look like every dark medieval ish city I’ve ever read? Surely beings from other universes have priorities other than food sleep sex no? If not I call lazy writing It takes than supernatural powers and skin of an unnatural color to create a different speciesNow to the good points I loved the Apostery a temple for dead religions what an idea I also found the different types of “prostitutes” very interesting – I mean it’s terribly morbid to have someone body bound accepting their own murder every day in exchange for money but it’s a good idea that fits perfectly with the bigger picture I could have lived with a little less “whores” and “sluts” every two paragraphs though4 Writing styleAs a general rule I don’t complain too much about elaborate writing styles because I like them Here though I found the “style” really overwhelming – there were sentences I had to read over and over again just to extract some meaning from their structure and the excess of strange possibly universe relevant but plot irrelevant wordsConclusion the ideas behind this book are all very good but the execution left uite a bit to be desired The main main character Cooper is easily the least interesting character in the book The setting wasn’t as exhaustively explored as it should have been – or in any case as I wish it could have been The writing style was a little too much for me It’s not bad in any way but I can’t lie – it took me a month to get through it and that simply doesn’t happen with books I like So it shall receive a two star rating and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for David Edison’s next book


  5. says:

    I was excited about reading this book based on the premise and cover art I love science fiction and I feel like it's rare to find a non super cheesy one I got the ARC Advanced Reading Copyof Waking Engine and dug in But once I started I just wanted to stop I kept asking uestions out loud while reading about various courses of action or characters that were popping up with little explanation The book begins with Cooper a young man from our Earth waking up in a strange land with a green sun after he fell asleep like usual in his bed texting his friends He wakes up to find himself feeling awful and being prodded by two strange looking characters with fantastical ualities of appearanceThe two uibbling strangers Asher and Sesstri take Cooper under their wing for a brief span while they think he may be some kind of savior view spoiler The plot consists of No one really 'dies' until after having lived innumerable lives in countless dimensions It's like that 90's TV show Sliders Souls travel through dimensions at each 'death' they experience and awake somewhere else in a new form that most reflects their true being at the time The dimension that Asher and Sesstri are on and Cooper finds himself in is one of the only dimensions where true death can be found thus its knickname of 'City of the Dead' So people try to get to this city of the dead to find relief in the true death the final exit after their endless trials of living The problem is that there is a sort of sickness that is stopping people from dying and traveling into non existence Instead they are being affected by a spreading type of 'disease' that turns them into thoughtless zombies instead When Cooper appears Sesstri and Asher think he must be some kind of savior who can stop this and fix all their problems I'm not really sure why they think thisLater Sesstri finds that Cooper has a belly button which is only found on our Earth the place where all people are born into being and thus have their umbilical cord attached In the other dimensions after the first birth beings just wake up on other worldsSo Cooper isn't really deadThrown into this vague and fantastical plot are creatures such as blood sluts who prostitute out their deaths and sex because they are bound to their bodies by a contract and cannot die so they awake again with their payment stuffed in their mouths; lich lovers who supposedly are also rapists and their skeleton masters I don't even want to get into trying to explain these guys; faeries who are evil persnickety trouble makers who sometimes mechanize themselves with animal powered cybernetic modsDuh don't they all?All in all the range of creatures the unexplained background the plot twists etc became too much and I was getting annoyed The world building was drab the writing was often poetic and uotable but that didn't save the story I wasn't rooting for anyone and didn't like any of the characters I was just ready for it to be over hide spoiler


  6. says:

    I keep finding that the elouent the writer of a book is the harder it is to adeuately review said book None the less it's worth giving this one a shotThis is a book which somehow manages to combine vile bloodthirsty faerie princesses a fox faced Anglo Celtic nursery rhyme character immortal prostitutes who die for a living a brothel keeper who also happens to be a famous historical figure gangs of sexy death boys and charnel girls elemental creatures bigger and older than gods fashionable lich lords straight out of Harper's Bazaar a cybernetic faerie ueen snake monster a beluga whale who's also a psychiatrist giant glowing ancient one eyed bird god thingies andoh Richard Nixon Not only does the book bring all of these elements together it brings them together in a totally credible readable thought provoking and enjoyable way Somehow a book with all of the aforementioned elements also manages to be intelligent prompting the reader to contemplate the true meaning of life and deathWhat may be even better than all of these things combined though is the central character Cooper A sarcastic New Yorker in jeans and a Danzig tee I loved this detail who also happens to be gay It is beyond refreshing to see a gay lead without this becoming a major plot point in itself All too often a gay main character means that the book becomes a treatise on gender and sexuality however that detail really is treated as being beside the point in The Waking Engine If I had one minor uibble it would be that the story was a teensy bit lacking in emotion for me It's not that this was something I was looking for in a book at the time but it's the only thing lacking which prevented The Waking Engine from being a perfect reading experience I didn't have many moments of pure epiphany joy or sorrow Otherwise this would have made it to my elusive Favourites shelf as well as garnering five starsI do think the book came close though particularly in its examination of view spoiler the relationship between Lallowe and her father Although she tortures him to death daily we find that his love is the only thing which has the power to hurt her and he freely dispenses it When Edison poses the uestion as to who is the cruel that actually made me put the book down to go and ponder for a while hide spoiler


  7. says:

    A lot of people have asked for my thoughts on this book so here you go freaksWhen I read a review I like to see how the book or film matches up to other pop culture references The Waking Engine is a mix of The Matrix heavily influenced by The Wachowskis Hans Christian Anderson weirdly The City of Bones faeriesmagical creaturesurban setting and David Bowie This book is hard to summarize so I am going to keep it simple Man dies Man wakes up in The City Unspoken Man finds out when you die you wake up on endless planets until you die the final death Man makes friends Cyber faeries and undead sky lords are trying to take over the City Unspoken Man and friends have to stop them Let’s go over some things I lovedI loved reading from the perceptive of a gay main character I loved the character Purity KlooI LOVED the female characters in general—heroes and villains I loved the author’s concept of the after life even though it sounds absolutely terrifying I loved how easily the writer plays with grotesue situations and humor in the same sentenceThere were characters and scenes that I loved but deciding whether this was a big “but” or not made it hard to pick between 3 or 4 stars I never felt like I got enough of those elements that I enjoyed They were often padded in between wordy vague descriptions and unanswered uestions A LOT of unanswered uestions Though the book is set up for a seuel I am not sure if the author is actively working on a seuel This book is ambitious daring andconfusing You can sense the youthfulness of his writing A uniue storyteller that people should be talking about I would definitely be interested to read of his work


  8. says:

    So what are my final thoughts?The Waking Engine is incredibly untraditional It is a beautifully written book with a shocking amount of depth While some readers might feel like the depth and philosophy behind it all can be a bit too much readers who aren’t turned off by that are really in for a treat Edison’s first novel is brave He strays from the popular path from genre tropes and common fantasies and blazes his own trail The Waking Engine makes you work and that’s half the charm The other half of the charm lies in Edison’s prose and the City Unspoken which is one of the most vibrant alive and thought provoking places I’ve read about recently If this is the starting point for Edison’s career as an author then truly the stars are the limitBravo Edison I can’t wait to see what you churn out nextRead my full review here


  9. says:

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A book with very big ideas that ultimately just didn’t deliver for meOpening Sentence The room was empty except for the smell of disuse and a small woman with a heart shaped face and a cloud of flaming red hairExcerpt YesThe ReviewThis review is going to be a little different than my usual ones Normally I open with a bit of a synopsis of the plot of the book I can’t really do that in this case because even after 400 pages I have absolutely no idea what just happened The main concept is great A man Cooper wakes up to find himself in a strange place He discovers that when you die you don’t move onto any sort of afterlife Instead you wake up somewhere else and live another life This cycle continues until you reach the end of the road The City Unspoken Here you can reach True Death Except True Death isn’t happening any and that’s a problem Why it’s a problem is one of those things I’m not so clear on Add in a whole bunch of interesting creatures – including cyborg fae which are an awesome concept but I’m once again not clear on what they had to do with the overall story – and you get a book that had wonderful potential but just failed to deliverI’ll be honest I started reading this back in November It is now the beginning March It was like pulling teeth to get me to pick this book up I considered DNFing it many times but just couldn’t bring myself to not finish a book So I finally managed to finish it and now find myself speechless when trying to come up with words for this review That than anything might express my overall feelingsThe truly painful part of it is that this book is beautifully written There were some times when I would find myself completely captivated by how he can turn a phrase But then there were other times where I would find myself spacing out because I just could not grasp what was going on It’s clear that Edison put a lot of thought into creating this world but I think in the end Edison maybe had too many ideas and couldn’t find a way to bring them all into a cohesive whole There is just too much going on too many characters too many point of view changes and it ends up feeling very jumbledI wish I could write as well as Edison does and give a cohesive review of what did and didn’t work for me But when I try and put into words my feelings on the book I just feel this overall sense of confusion There were so many things about this book that could have been great but because they were all mashed into one book it was hard to really appreciate anything because there was just too much to straighten out in my head I may try to read Edison’s next book to see if he’s perhaps resolved some of these issues but I’ll be going into the experience with a lot of hesitationNotable SceneA yelp from outside broke the silenceGlass shattered and Sesstri screamed The shadows of men appeared at the windows then climbed into the room and Asher leapt to action; he became a whirl of smoke that streamed to a bay window and brought down two men in brown leather smocks their heads smashing together with a satisfying crunchCooper sat up in alarm but found himself paralyzed There wasn’t time to be frightened but for all his determination to wrap his head around the events of the day his death and its subseuent repeal the tale of the city and the worlds and lives upon lives Cooper had no instinct for dealing with violenceSesstri and Asher had no such limitations Asher continued to fell men in a blur of gray skin and twirling rags while Sesstri had knives in each hand and stood like a pink and yellow silk valkyrie with her back against the stairs etching a sphere of safety into the air around herself with the flurry of her blades One of her assailants fell back clutching his guts as they slipped out of a sudden gash Were those kitchen knives or daggers? Was she prepared to eviscerate men at a moment’s notice?Cooper found the good sense to jump behind the sofa in which he’d been sitting and tried to hide but in doing so realized that he’d exhausted his combat training Asher’s right he thought I really am helpless But I can flag down a mean cabMore men streamed in and Asher became a rush of doves beating wings against a storm his hands and elbows and feet his only weapons pale blades of bone and skin that danced violent and dangerous at the head of the sudden incursion Blood flew from the faces of the men who swarmed him They were pulling themselves through other windows now and someone kicked down the door with a smash“Cooper” Sesstri called “To me Upstairs now”FTC Advisory TorMacmillan provided me with a copy of The Waking Engine No goody bags sponsorships “material connections” or bribes were exchanged for my review


  10. says:

    This was actually about a 3 and 12 in my view I don't round up unless it's a stellar bookFirst and foremost I congratulate Mr Edison on the sheer bleeding craziness of this book The world was like a China Mieville book on LSD Figure that one out HOWEVER the main plot was a bit bland and the sheer amount of knots the subplots tied themselves into don't keep you involved enough to keep interest The language is stunning in spots and a touch overdone in othersThat being said I dig imagination and wild ass ideas I will check out further works by Mr Edison THIS TIME slack plot and confusing me only works the first time