The Waking Engine

The Waking Engine

by David Edison
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The Waking Engine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous 10 months ago
Read this book. You will enjoy and like it, plus you will learn new words!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, wierdly arresting characters, and a world I'd gladly explore more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just not a good story. I found what little plot I could discern to be sketchy, incomprehensible and frankly, just not interesting. What could have been a great premise was wasted. I would never recommend this book to anyone.
TabithaJ More than 1 year ago
I must have taken the red pill. The Waking Engine was a freaking mind-trip and a half! Splintering my braincells doesn't even begin to cover it! The concepts alone were mind boggling and so kick butt that it took every bit of my rapt attention to process it all. You die but then you wake in some other world...and you can die again countless times, each time possibly awakening in another world!? What the frick right!? But this city in which the book takes place, where souls go to die, the City Unspoken, it defies my every attempt at description. A place I both long to see and hope I never see, where all worlds collide in a big crazy hot mess of odd...of the best kind of course. "A most deplorable gem of a borough." - pg 22 "Earth?" Asher crowed. "You named your home after dirt?" "Hey, **** you." Cooper frowned. "You're supposed to be filling me in, not attacking my cultural heritage. The afterlife is hard enough as it is." - pg 28 As it continues to disquiet my mind and give me the creepy crawls... There is something to be said about descriptive images and content that can literally get under your skin - but in such a dark way that you know deep down these things are just wrong, wrong. You end up having visceral feelings of both revulsion and fascination that you can't stop yourself from reading. I dig it...I reeeally dig it. I felt a bit of that because some of the things taking place are just that morbid. It explores pieces of humanity that might be better left in the dark but that when you see snatches of it, like a train wreck you can't or won't look away. These bits and pieces may not appeal to some readers and indeed I think it will either spice up the reading experience or it will turn some readers off completely. For me? Maybe I'm just a bit sick and twisted because I found it riveting. Ate. Up. Every. Word. -what possible flavors of the bizarre should he be preparing for? Dragons? Zombies? Dark Lords or Evil Empires? Mind control? Trickster gods or elaborately plotting aliens? - pg 29 Mine, all mine! I think I'm more than twitterpated The Waking Engine must have been written just for me because there wasn't a bit of it that I didn't like. The humor of the characters, the bleak landscape of their minds, the sadness in their souls, the cynicism oh, such cynicism! I can't even begin to tell you! Each character held me in their grip and gave me something to love. There are no cookie cutter molds used here folks! A crazy mixture of fantasy, urban, science fiction, all kinds of punk, horror and just cool stuff, lots of stuff. You want random descriptions? Children that aren't children, mecha-fey, gothboys, undead skylords, blood*luts and poisonwhores, pampered sadistic princesses, mutilated angels, drunken gods...need I go on? The villainy...oh be still my beating heart! I am a seriously avid fan of villains. Mad scientists, evil master minds, wicked would be gods, etc, etc - I can't ever get enough. So if you give me one that is well written, deliciously dark and warped AND whose head I can really get lost in!? One with depth that isn't just evil for the sake of being evil! - then you can bet your rump, anyone who dares talk to me when I have that book in my hands risks a verbal lashing the likes of which they've never seen if they dare interrupt me. I kid you not when I say my husband tried to talk to me while I was reading this and I kept shaking the finger at him to leave me alone. Til finally he got so insistent that I pushed the book from my face and made the most pathetic weepy wailing cry. I shrieked...at him, yes sir I did. Pathetic apologies on my part were made later. It might have gone something like this...but I can't be sure: "Why can't you just leave me alone until I'm finished or the house is on fire!!?? ahhhhhhhh!" If you are looking for a journey into the weird, the twisted, the darkly funny and yet at moments achingly touching such that it will make you heartsick - well then look no further. I strongly believe The Waking Engine is either a book to love or loathe. So approach with caution. *smirk*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! You'll also love Hector's Juice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of weird fiction, urban fantasy, and afterlife fiction will enjoy this book.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank NetGalley and Tor for granting me the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review. Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die. Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found. Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker, who didn't die to get there. Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse. To be perfectly honest I am still a bit confused by this book. Not necessarily in a negative way, but confused nonetheless. What I Struggled With: Too many characters main characters, almost all introduced to quickly. The problem not so much being the introductions, but rather the lack of explanations for the characters. They would appear, be touted as being important, and then disappear for an unknown quantity of time. In fact, probably the first third of the book was a struggle for me to slog through, as it simply never really engaged me. I didn't have enough of a sense of the story (forward or back) to understand what the characters were doing, what their motivations were, or why I should care. And I got the impression the main character, Cooper, felt the same way - confused, a bit scared, and then struggling to care. Another issue that comes with having so many characters is keeping track of them, as well as their relationships to one another. This is made especially challenging when one character might have numerous different names and appearances. Finally, I found myself unable to care strongly for any of the characters, which unfortunately made this book feel more like work than fun. What Worked for Me: The descriptions are beautifully written, allowing me to see what the characters see - specifically what Cooper sees. For all that I did not follow in the story, the interplay between specific characters is fascinating, even the ones that I felt to be superfluous to the story as a whole. As lyrical and poetic as much of Mr. Edison's writing is, that simply wasn't enough to carry the book for me. Overall Impression: The entire story felt overly ambitious to me, allowing large sections to suffer for that ambition. Mr. Edison tried to put too many large ideas into this one book for me. To do justice to all the ideas this should have been at least two books, allowing for more detail and relationship building, as well as crafting at least one character that really engaged me and kept me rooting for them throughout the story. The entire book left me feeling confused and incomplete. I was relieved to finish the story and no longer feel the need to try to get a handle on it. Even the ending made no sense to me, both in relation to the larger story and the main character.