Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate 😀
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
●BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
The Automation: Vol.1 of The Circo Del Herrero – Anonymous
Page 38: “Your cat tried to eat me, back there. Frisky little thing doesn’t know how to play cool. I swear, I’ve nothing against cats, as long as they don’t swallow. I’ve been swallowed before – by a dog, see. Not a very pretty way to pass time, I tell you. Can’t turn humanoid in a dog, no. Not unless you want the damn animal to explode.”
I know it’s more than two sentences, I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t help myself. Plus look at it. Look how short the sentences are in this little section. I read it and this whole section made me laugh, so that’s why I had no choice by to include it all. And when this is posted, I’m going back to continue reading this book, very happily so 🙂
“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 their creator put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…
Odys (no, not short for Odysseus, thank you) finds his hermetic lifestyle falling apart after a stranger commits suicide to free his soul-attached Automaton slave. The humanoid Automaton uses Odys’s soul to “reactivate” herself. Odys must learn to accept that the female Automaton is an extension of his body—that they are the same person—and that her creator-god is forging a new purpose for all with Automatons…
The novel calls itself a “Prose Epic,” but it otherwise a purposeful implosion of literary clichés and gimmicks: A Narrator and a Editor (named Gabbler) frame the novel. Gabbler’s pompous commentary (as footnotes) on the nameless Narrator’s story grounds the novel in reality. Gabbler is a stereotypical academic who likes the story only for its so-called “literally” qualities, but otherwise contradicts the Narrator’s claim that the story is true.
THE AUTOMATION is a this-world fantasy that reboots mythical characters and alchemical concepts. Its ideal place would be on the same bookshelf as Wilson’s ALIF THE UNSEEN and Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS – though it wouldn’t mind bookending Homer, Virgil, and Milton, to be specific.
And, yes, “B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler” are really just pen name.”