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The Alchemy of Stone

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    A novel of automated anarchy and clockwork lust.

    Sedia's books are fascinating. Last year I read The Secret History of Moscow and then stumbled across this book later in the year. I've only just now gotten around to reading it, but it's been quite the literary delight.

    Unlike most of the UF genre out there - Sedia's books are gentle. Not so much in their subject matter, but in the feel of them.

    Alchemy is the tale of an intelligent automaton named Mattie, who's caught up in a fight between numerous factions to control her town. On one side is her maker, on the other the mechanic Sebastian she's become fascinated with. Through it all, Mattie searches for a way to free the gargoyles, and we get neat 1st person snippets from them peppered into the tale. The tale culminates in a massive fight, betrayal, and Mattie's struggle to retrieve the one thing in the world that matters to her - the key to her clockwork heart.

    It's an achingly beautiful book.

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