The concept of one nation ruling all through its use of mechanical people is a great one and there are all through its use of mechanical people is a great one and there are well written characters who will get your interestIn the beginning though the cuts between these characters points of view seems clunky and fragments the tale unnnecessarily This does settle down thoughThe final part of the book at the Forge is what ets it down for me though I Was Confused As To What The Plan Was In was confused as to what the plan was in going there and the battle and its cataclysmic results was just written in a confusing wayI got the gist of it of course but in film terms it was just a rush of images that was hard to make sense ofimagine one of those filmic fight scenes where the camera is too close in for you to get an overall picture of what s going onGood enough though overall for me to get the next book The idea of mechanicals and Dutch of all people taking over the world was interesting to me at first but as I kept reading I begun seeing too many world building holes so I didn t even finish the second book The dutch were waaaayyy too powerful in my opinion and there s no way the French could have withstood this ong I mean maybe the third book offered some new insights but the first two bored me tbh in sharp contrast "to books by James S A Corey or Joe Abercrombie where I simply couldn t get enough "books by James S A Corey or Joe Abercrombie where I simply couldn t get enough The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is an alternate history In seventeenth century Europe the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens visits Isaac Newton in Cambridge ooks at his work on alchemy My name is JaxThat is the name granted to me by my human masters I am a slave But I shall be free Set in a world that might have been of mechanical men and alchemical dreams the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fictionPRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLISA major new talent GEORGE R R MARTINTremendous Cory DoctorowAddictively brilliant i09Exciting and intense Publishers WeeklyElouent and utterly compelling Kirkus. The Mechanical: Book One of the Alchemy WarsE clakkerThe freedom offering ens is the work of a Dutch contemporary of Huygens philosopher and The Bear And The Nightingale: (Winternight Trilogy) lens maker Baruch Spinoza Ironically Spinoza s reputation as a philosopher is based on his Ethics in which he argues that all humanife is destined Famously in Ethics he says the infant believes that it is by free will that it seeks the breast the angry boy believes that by free "will he wishes vengeance the timid man thinks it is with free will he seeks flight the drunkard believes that "he wishes vengeance the timid man thinks it is with free will he seeks flight the drunkard believes that a free command of his mind he speaks the things which when sober he wishes he had eft unsaid All believe that they speak by a free command of the Mind Whilst In Truth They Have No whilst in truth they have no to restrain the impulse which they have to speakGiven all this why is it a ens ground by Spinoza offers the chance of freedom Perhaps the answer ies in Spinoza s idea that we can become aware of the compulsions that drive us We can detach emotions from their external cause and in this way master themWhatever conclusion you might come to the important thing is that Ian Tregellis gets you thinking The book encourages a reader to explore all kinds of things I was off reading about Huygens Spinoza Descartes and Newton This is a very interesting book I recommend it good book good service would buy again This is a great novel I agree with the most positive reviews here Fascinating story strong characters and some world class cursingThere s obviously so much to come from this story I ook forward to the next book with relish. My name is JaxThat is the name granted to me by my human masters I am a slave But I shall be free Set in a world that might have been of mechanical men and alchemical dreams the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fictionPRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLISA major new talent GEORGE R R MARTINTremendous Cory DoctorowAddictively brilliant i09Exciting and intense Publishers WeeklyElouent and utterly compelling Kirkus. .

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Nd makes a massive breakthrough The mysterious aim of alchemy to win the ability to transmute matter and find a universal elixir of ife becomes a reality in the shape of clockwork robots imbued with the self aware force of ife To maintain control of this technology Dutch clockmakers build into their creations a ferocious sense of obligation that demands absolute obedience through "PAIN USING THESE ROBOTS HOLLAND BECOMES THE WORLD S "Using these robots Holland becomes the world s power Only the French hold out in eastern Canada The story then follows the fortunes of a rogue clakker robot who goes on the run after coming into possession of a mysterious ens freeing him from his internal compulsionsThe story itself is rather James Bond in its feel A French spymaster tries to help the freedom Reach for Tomorrow: A captivating saga of fighting for those you love (English Edition) loving clakker Her efforts end up as usual in an undergroundair the setting for fighting and explosions Perhaps it is right that the story follows this highly conventional pattern since it is really about how we might find freedom in a Maggie ve la luz (Familia Walsh 3) life that demands we follow a destined path While the clakkers have an overwhelming internal obligation to do their masters bidding there are also suggestions that humans have obligations of their own hard wired into them This human element of compulsion becomes overt when the Dutch secret police capture a priest acting as a French spy They place clakker controls within his brain and send him off against his will to spy on the French in Canada His only hope of escape is theens in the possession of the rogu. My name is JaxThat is the name granted to me by my human masters I am a slave But I shall be free Set in a world that might have been of mechanical men and alchemical dreams the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fictionPRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLISA major new talent GEORGE R R MARTINTremendous Cory DoctorowAddictively brilliant i09Exciting and intense Publishers WeeklyElouent and utterly compelling Kirkus.