by Jonathan Lyons
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Machina 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Damian666 More than 1 year ago
There were some interesting ideas in this story. Overall, however, I never felt drawn in. The characters aren't flushed out, and the prose is succinct at its best. Maybe worth 2 bucks, but certainly not 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Machina is Jonathan Lyons' second novel. It deals with the fundamental question of 'What happens when God dies?' Bringing together Eastern philosophy, quantum theory and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, Lyons puts reality itself through the proverbial wringer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, Machina is an excellent piece of speculative fiction. Despite the little things I found distracting, the ideas are incredibly well thought out and thought provoking. The way Jonathan Lyons was able to reconcile both physical and paranormal phenomenon with the Great Ocean of Thought and a universal awareness is enthralling. Without giving away too much, I was also amused by the state of the universe at the end of the Machina. This novel is definitely worth a look.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Machina is a great book! Jonathan Lyons has done it again! What a headtrip/psychelicized/ mindfrick/Gordian knot of Moebius-strip like beauty! Out-burns 'Burn'! Anyway, really enjoyed it and wanted to let everyone know. Officially approved by Texas Space Rock Legends (tm) ST 37.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Machina is an excellent piece of speculative fiction that rises far above the average sci-fi novel!! From the author of Burn, one of my favorite sci-fi books, this novel raises exciting metaphysical, philosophical, and paranormal questions that kept me enthralled throughout this fast-paced read. If we take Nietzsche¿s words that ¿God is dead¿ literally, then what does that mean for life as we know it? Who would notice? What would change in our daily lives? And what would the government do about it? These are the ambitious questions with which Lyons constructs his novel. From the very beginning, when Sinclair struggles with the voice inside his head and we wonder if our college-dropout protagonist is crazy, to the late-night metaphysical discussions between Sinclair and his lover, Deuce, about the nature of reality, to the dark inner workings of the government¿s top secret Project Oversight, this story kept me completely engrossed! I also enjoyed Lyons¿ well-rounded, real-world cast of characters, his frank discussions of sexuality, and the overall emphasis on ethics. It¿s my favorite book of the year!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Lyons has learned a lot worth knowing from the cyberpunks, but he has also learned things that ... the cyberpunks never learned. He knows science fiction and takes it seriously, and he has a savvy-user's feel for tech. He draws surely from the best traditions of page-turners in any genre, and gives us reasons to turn those pages, insisting that techno-narratives and tech-noir should reflect on the nature of our humanity just as surely as it should reflect on the nature of our gizmos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As he proved in his first novel BURN, Jonathan Lyons is masterful at high tech pulp fiction -- its atmosphere palpable, its plotting intricate, his writing sparking like downed power lines. He deftly runs the slicing blade edge of taut and gritty SF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Compelling, challenging, and satisfying... I couldn't put it down. Possibly the best book that I've read all year. Jonathan Lyons has written a truly excellent novel. Machina is even better than Burn, and Burn was great.'