The Mechanical

The Mechanical

Book - 2015
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"The Clakker is a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316248006
Branch Call Number: FIC Tregi
Characteristics: 471 pages ; 21 cm.


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mvkramer May 03, 2016

Sexual Content: A rather graphic scene in which a character trades sex for political favors.

mvkramer May 03, 2016

Violence: Torture, execution, gory fights, nonconsensual brain surgery.


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mvkramer May 03, 2016

A cool new series from one of my favorite fantasy writers! I very much enjoyed the setting, an alternate 1926 in which France and the Netherlands have been engaged in a battle of robots vs. chemists for almost two centuries. The POV characters are very interesting - "clakker" Jax ; a mechanical being enslaved through alchemical "programming"; spymaster Berenice; and hunted priest Luke Visser. An exciting read for fans of steampunk!

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