Yay!! I have received many eBooks from authors and publishers to read and then review, providing an honest and unbiased review of that eBook, not only on this site, but also on Goodreads, Amazon, and depending on what it’s for, maybe even on Netgalley also. I have also received many books, whether they’re Uncorrected Proof Copies, First-Editions, Signed or Personally Signed, or just a regular book, from winning a Goodreads Giveaway. But can you imagine my complete and utter shock and amazement, when I was checking my emails a few weeks ago and discovered an email from S.O.B. Publishing, asking me to promote and review a certain book, before the release and launch of the second book in this particular series. An actual physical book by from a publishing company!! And to be contacted directly, simply because they had seen my site and they liked something about it. Whether it’s my writing style, my posts or how I put things across, I don’t now, but whatever it is, they must’ve liked it. Well, my copy arrived in the mail this morning, and after having a quick read of the first few pages, I have to honestly admit that I am actually genuinely excited to read this book. So what book is it I hear you ask?
The Automation (Vol 1 of The Circo Del Herrero Series) – BLA & “Annotated”- GB GABBLER.
“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.”
The first thing I noticed when I received this book is, the giant, ANONYMOUS where the authors name should be. It does say, “By BLA & ANNOTATED by GB GABBLER”, above the title of the book, which if you noticed in the books description, are only pen names. So again, the actual author of this book is completely anonymous, which is kind of cool and is actually the first book that I will be reading where I don’t know who the author is. Can you imagine if J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling decided to remain anonymous when they wrote their books and then with the success of The Lord of the Rings and The Harry Potter Books? That’s just a crazy thought. I wonder if this book series becomes more popular, will the author reveal himself, or herself?
I have already begun to read this book, I couldn’t resist. How can you resist the urge to peek inside the pages of a brand new book, regardless if you’re already reading another book? This book is weird and strange, but in a great way that just keeps me wanting to read and discover. I made it through the first chapter within minutes and so badly wanted to carry on, but let me try and explain my little experience. This book is annotated throughout, which is also a part of the story, told from Gabbler, who is a character all in himself, and is speaking to us, the readers, “the fourth wall-breaker”. These annotated sections by “Gabbler” are said to be by the Editor, but there is a disclaimer in the book that states that “BLA and GB GABBLER are characters in this story. This novel was written by one person, not two.” So I am a little unsure on this part. Also, this book is meant to be true, so I will definitely be keeping that in mind when reading this book.
I am already gripped and I am gutted that I am currently in the middle of another book that has a time limit on it, because now I have to read that one before I can continue on with this one, plus I have another one to read afterwards. I definitely can’t wait to get to this book one after those two books, plus this gives me extra encouragement to read those with extra determination.
So this is my first physical book sent to me from a publisher/author, that isn’t an eBook, nor is it through a competition win, making this so exciting for me. Keep a look out for a review of this book, because I can promise you that it isn’t going to be too long before I finish reading this book and posting my review.