The capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth aren't clockwork. Their design is much more divine. They're more intricate than robots or androids or anything else mortal humans could invent. Their windup keys are their human Masters. They aren't mindless; they have infinite storage space. And, because they have more than one form, they're more versatile and portable than, say, your cell phone-and much more useful too. The only thing these god-forged beings share in common with those lowercase-A automatons is their pre-programmed existence. They have a function-a function Hephaestus put into place-a function that was questionable from the start...
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This book is strange but it knows it. It modernizes classic literature concepts and turns them on their heads. So, you might not want to read this unless you have a firm understanding of epic poetry and also studied a lot of classic literature in college. The footnotes make this a book worth buying in physical form because most ebooks can't seem to do them justice. This book would probably appeal to people who liked the concept behind Neil Gaiman's American Gods, but didn’t actually like the story. I don’t really like how he seems to view gods in that book. The plot of the story is actually really digestible if you can get past the stylistic aspects and the Narrator-Author subplot (the Editor and Narrator get into a lot of fights in the text and footnotes which is sometimes awesome, sometimes surreal). The main character, Odys, is given a coin by a man before he commits suicide. The coin turns out to be an automaton made by the blacksmith god, Hephaestus, which functions on the soul of their master. The coin is a girl, which is kind of a problem for Odys because she is an extension of himself, so he’s essentially a boy *and* a girl. Her previous master killed himself and gave her to Odys for a reason. There happen to be 9 automatons that Hephaestus made and there is one bad-guy master who wants to kill everyone for their automatons. It may seem kind of like Highlander in that way, but it’s not really. He, the bad guy, actually gets people to kill themselves by manipulating them and hurting things they love. I haven’t seen a bad guy that well fleshed out in a long time. The funny thing is, though, you never really even see him in the novel, now that I think about it.