- Tapa dura: 396 páginas
- Editor: Tor Books (11 de febrero de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0765334860
- ISBN-13: 978-0765334862
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The Waking Engine (Inglés) Tapa dura – 11 feb 2014
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Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.
Contrary 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 once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.
Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker.
Late 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 metaverse.
Richly imaginative, David Edison's The Waking Engine is a stunning debut by a major new talent.
Biografía del autor
DAVID EDISON divides his time between New York City and San Francisco. The Waking Engine is his first novel.
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While there is clearly a nod to Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, Edison does not overload the book with historical figures, nor overdue his interpretation of their characters. The politics of the city are complicated and largely inscrutable with lots of 'that's how things are' scenarios. Somehow, Cooper slowly becomes self aware of what his is supposed to do, although in the end, it's unclear exactly what he has done. There's much uncovering of true identities, but underlying motives are vague, ill-defined, and largely random.
All that said, Edison is both an imaginative writer as well as extremely literary with vivid and detailed descriptions. This is a tough read both in terms of following the plot itself and the drivers for the major characters, as well as keeping track of the multiple parallel story lines he creates. Reading requires efforts along the lines of a dense textbook.
That being said, I felt a little short-changed at the end of the book. (Semi-spoiler alert!) It only becomes clear at the very end (ie, the Epilogue) that we're reading what can only be considered the first part of a series. Part of me cheered, but another part was a bit underwhelmed. While I realized that the overarching problem couldn't be resolved in a single book, I felt that the ending of this part of the story was a bit anti-climactic and resolved with very little suspense.
My other major complaint is the main character (MC), Cooper. I wanted him to matter and I kept waiting for him to matter, but even at the end I felt like his was an accidental hero. I like my MCs to have weaknesses, but I felt like Cooper's lack of any sort of conviction was too much. I so want him to have a will of his own, but he goes from one manipulation to another. It made it hard to care about him and for much of the book, I really didn't. I thought he only achieved significance to the story toward the end. Unfortunately, being significant doesn't replace my need to feel empathetic toward the MC, which I did not. Luckily, Edison surrounds his MC with fascinating and vibrant secondary characters. It's those stories that really move the plot along in an interesting way.
Overall, I think Edison has a nice style and knows how to build a world I can lose myself in. His ideas are stunning, his prose strong, and the story is well paced. I'm looking forward to the next installment, with the hope that his next one clears the fence the way I know it can.
I'm tempted to say that, other than some adult content, this reads like a YA novel... but that would really be an insult to the YA genre, which admittedly has some pretty good material.
Let's say this book feels immature, especially where it comes to it's characters, and overall plot lines.
Considering how imaginative and interesting many of the ideas in this book are - a mythology where you transport to another world after death, and world that is "dead ended" and for some reason the dead cannot move on, and all of the problems and situations that has caused ("prostitutes" who sell their deaths for money, knowing they cannot permanently die, for one) - it's somewhat shocking how amateurish the characters and plot developments seem.
The characters are one dimensional to the extreme, and feel like an amalgamation of very rudimentary fantasy elements, mixed in with versions of reincarnated Earth personas (a lot of which get very tiresome, very quickly.)
Everyone is a one trick pony, and when they are no longer needed to move the plot points along, new characters are simply added in.
This is terribly inexcusable when considering the wider scope of the setting - literally ANY type of person/creature/being could exist in this world... why are they all tedious and boring?
The book is also extremely long winded for how little actually happens, both with the plot and with character development (of which I would argue there is little to none;) I got the impression I could read the beginnings and ends of the chapters, and understand what was going on just fine. I was tempted to do this more than a few times, 50% into the book.
By the time the book managed to integrate insanely, and insanely clichéd, evil cyborg fairy insects into the mix, I was tempted to just put it down and move on with my life.
The writing and word choice are actually impressive at some points in the book, which was another thing that just became jarring with what was actually happening. Great poetic adjectives don't mesh well with bland, painfully empty non-characters and a plot that alternates between dragging from nothing to nowhere, to zipping between things too fast to be compelling.
Overall, I waited impatiently for this release, based on the description, and was completely let down.
Worse, the book leaves major plot points hanging, and there is clearly a sequel (or series) planned.
I didn't care enough about the story or characters to be revisiting and finding out how it all ends.