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The Half-Made World [Hardcover]

Felix Gilman
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  • Hardcover: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (12 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325525
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars The half-realised novel 22 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
The ideas that comprise this story would have worked wonderfully as a novella. However for me the characters and plot are stretched too thin, which makes it all the worse when you enter the closing chapters and realise that there will be no satisfactory conclusion to the story. I feel that if the intention is to make a book part of a series this should be made clear; had I realised this I would have probably given up after the first few chapters. The world is sketched rather than fully-formed and ends up feeling like wandering through the set of a Western with nothing behind any of the facades. Disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great steam-punk 3 May 2013
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"In The Half-Made World" Felix Gilman takes us on a journey to a different US, a Wild-West that is ruled by different sorts of "demons". There are two main opposing forces called "the Line" and "the Gun". The Line is industrial while the Gun is weaponised. Both forces enslave their human followers - followers who are willing to do anything to enjoy what they see as beneficial changes to their lives.

Both the Line and the Gun have as their purpose to destroy their opponents, paint the West in their image and enslave humans. Servants of the Line are many and found around the industrial sites that flourish. Servants of the Guns are men and woman who want the power that comes with demonic influence.

Both forces discover that a certain "General" is to be found at the House Dolorous, a hospital. They want to find a weapon that this General supposedly knew about. Both send their agents to kidnap the General.

In the meantime Liv Alverhuysen travels west to the hospital. There, she is supposed to help heal the minds of patients. One of these patients turns out to be the General (bet you're surprised now). The parties are bound to meet and fates decided.

I really liked the underlying sense of humor in this novel. "The Half-made World" is well written, and the text flows from one line to the next. I admire that in an author. There is plenty of tension, a good climax and a fitting conclusion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Wild West - done right! 15 Oct 2011
By Steve
Format:Paperback
Forgive the title - but I guess everyone that is into SteamPunk and the Wierd West genre in particular felt that Wild Wild West put this genre back 50 years. Well 'The Half Made World' sets this mode of science fiction firmly back on track! It is grittily written and for once not naive or sloppily imagined. I particularly like the way that the reader can feel like they could align themselves with any one of the factions represented in the story - all being degrees of bad and in a way very true and representative to real life (good guys are for romantics). This is a book you really feel like you don't want to get to the end of as the author has not written another and it will definately leave you feel like you want more!
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