The Half-Made World
by Felix Gilman
Edited by Eric Raab
Review by Benjamin Wald
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765325525
Date: 12 October 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Felix Gilman is one of the most exciting new fantasy authors on the scene today, and with The Half-Made World he reminds us why. Both of his previous novels shared a common setting; the evocative and beautifully explored city of Ararat. With this book, he sets about constructing a new fantasy setting, a secondary world that resembles the American west, if the west had been split into dozens of warring states and confronted by two factions of vicious, immortal supernatural beings, gods or demons depending on one's perspective, that have engaged in a centuries long war orchestrated through human dupes and worshipers. This new setting is every bit as fascinating and powerful as Ararat, and when this is combined with a fast moving plot, beautiful writing, and some subtle characterization it makes this probably Gilman's best work yet, and a must-read for fantasy fans. From official release/information:
Product Description: A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism
The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared--the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they're just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.
To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the
made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.
(Source: Tor Books)