Professor Oladel Adewole has lost tenure, and the beloved, much-younger sister he's raised has died. With no reason to stay, he leaves his homeland for the University of Eisenstadt. One thing makes his new life bearable: the island floating a mile above the city, his all-consuming interest for years.
When a brilliant engineer makes it to the island in her new invention, the government sends Adewole up with its first survey team. The expedition finds civilization, and Adewole finds a powerful, forbidden fusion of magic and metal called the Machine God.
The government wants it. So does a sociopath bent on ruling Eisenstadt. But when Adewole discovers who the mechanical creature is--and what it can do--he risks his heart and his life to protect the Machine God from the world, and the world from the Machine God.
Raves and a 4.2 average on Goodreads!
"Loved this book. I expected a fairly light weight fantasy/sci story, with a few rough edges. But this is a wonderful polished story. The world thats been created is detailed and believable: just enough extra background to suck you in!"
"Ms. Miranda packed a whole lot into just a few pages -- wry and pointed commentary on academic politics and the tensions between pure and applied research, the ethical implications of the quest for knowledge for its own sake, the public and private morality of holders of political and academic power, and yes, whether or not someone at some point actually managed to build a mecha so big and powerful that it could legitimately be referred to as a Machine God."
"Meilin Miranda writes a fascinating story about a person's search for the greater good. The Machine God is a story that I enjoyed thoroughly. I would recommend this story heartily for those wanting a well-nuanced storyline."-- Mihir Wanchu, Fantasy Book Critic blog
|Publisher:||Sans Culottes Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
"I write rich, colorful fiction--books stuffed with characters in the 19th century style. My work deals specifically with themes of redemption, coming of age, privilege, colonization, empire, sexual politics and theology. And when an intimate situation speaks to character or plot--and only then--I don't fade to black. If you like modern writers like Jacqueline Carey and George R. R. Martin, and 19th century writers like Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens, sample my work and see what you think."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Interesting concept and likable characters. The fantasy world is told in a way that is easy to imagine and the story is appropriate for a younger audience. I found a single editing error but the story is well-written and so very nearly polished that it shouldn't bother most readers. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. I'm interested in seeing how the rest of the series holds up to this book.
Book exchanged for an honest review:Professor Adewole, a Jerian who specializes in ancient languages, hopes to ease his heartache from his sister's passing. Being in Eisenstadt is a trying experience for Professor Adewole where he comes from there are no talking birds at all. Professor Adewole closest friend is Professor Karl Deviatka of the engineering department at The University of Eisenstadt. When Hilegard Goldstien lands her autogyro on the legendary isle Inselmond causes an unexpected uproar. Professors Adewole and Deviatka are selected to be apart of the diplomatic mission. Upon reaching Inselmond, the diplomatic party is in for a state of shock. Inselmond is known as Risenton by all appearances is primitive culture with a common phrase~Metal and Magic No More. Professor Adewole is stunned to learn that nobody can read or write any more. He's given access to the only library in Risenton and makes shocking discovery. Can the residents of Risenton survive? What is Professor Adewole's discovery? What does metal and magic mean? Your answers await you in The Machine God. Unique perspective for this series so far. I particularly enjoyed the whole Metal and Magic No More phrase because it should just how vastly different the two cultures were. I thought that Professor Adewole was very much like the bumbling professor from the movie Flubber just not so absentminded. There just seems to be so many stories that can be created in this series. I will definitely look forward to the next installment in The Drifting Isle Chronicles.