Review: The Automation – Anonymous

IMAG2069***(3.5 stars)

I was sent this book from S.O.B. Publishing, a small indie publishing firm, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

The Automation is Vol 1. in The Circo Del Herrero series (The Blacksmith Circus), and this book was definitely out of my usual genre and not my usual type of book that I would usually go for when deciding to pick up a book for myself, but I am so glad that I was sent this book. I am definitely a reader who loves to select books out of my comfort zone and hate to stay in one genre for too long, so this book was a nice change, even if it was a confusing read to begin with, as it shock up my reading choices. My biggest question and problem I have now right now, is how do I describe this book? Not only to prevent spoilers but because this is one strange book that when I start describing and explaining this book, I will begin a tangent. Now where to begin? . . .

Imagine a penny isn’t just a penny. Or a hair pin isn’t just a pin. These simple little inanimate objects that you thought we just that, inanimate, turned out to be completely different and life changing. That once you touch them, you own them, you possess them to the degree that you are now their master. Now I know this sounds strange but that’s because I’ve left something out, that once you’ve touched and possessed these seemingly inanimate objects you discover that they are more than just that. They are Automatons! They come to life and are able to transform to look like regular humans and blend it, while still being able to transform back into their inanimate objects appearance whenever their master commands them to. They are able to manifest things and to have them to just appear, to create things from out of themselves, and you have a connection to one another, because they are apart of you. Now imagine discovering this in the most shocking way possible, with a traumatic event thrown on top. Would you believe it? Well say hello to Odys Odelyn, who thanks to him, we get to learn and experience this unknown secret that’s been hidden from us.

The first thing I have to say about this book is about the writing style as this is obviously the first thing that stand out when reading a book. This book was nothing like anything I have ever read before, which is so unusual to do in itself, which I have to give it props to as this is very impressive to do these days. We are told that this book is written by “BLA” and is annotated by “G.B. Gabbler”, but there are disclamiers in the book that these are both pen names and this book was infact written completely by one person, who is Anonymous. So, considering that the book has one writing style and the annotated sections has another sort of writing style, which could be a separate person, the Editor named “Gabbler”, that goes to show how much the author thought of all of these little details. At times, I did forget that there was only one author and not two because of this. Plus, The style of writing that was used, for both the book and annotations, also included a fourth wall element where they were talking directly to the readers. This was done especially with the annotations as this was the whole idea behind the annotations, as they way to explain, express, and speak to the audience. The author however, for the main part of the book, took an active part in the story, calling himself the narrator, so on occasions, he/she would speak directly to the reader. This is also written to be like an epic Greek poem, with stanzas and so on. This was lost on me sadly as I have never red any, and don’t plan on reading any sorry.

The story was very confusing, for me, especially at the beginning. If you have a look at my copy then you will see so my sticky coloured tags, and multiple sticky tags at that which represented different things. This was for me to try and get this story in order. But once I did and just let go and got absorbed into the story, it was so much easier to follow and so much more enjoyable to read. What threw me a little at first may have been that this isn’t my usual type of book to read, but that doesn’t usually put me off a book, as I love giving any book and genre a read and opening up my mind. What also threw me, was that the author claimed that this was based on true events, and on true events that have happened in his life, so when things started getting a little strange my mind just couldn’t follow. The author threw himself into the story by making himself the narrator, but them he also threw himself into the story again by making himself another character a little later on, which may or may not become important in this series.

In this first book in the series, we are introduced to so many characters, masters, automations, humans and even Gods, who have their owns plans to set in motion. There are some characters who are created and portrayed really well and do have me looking forward to the next book in this series, just to see what is going to happen what is going to happen to the characters and with the story. I really like Odys and Maud, Master and Automation, but my favourite character at the moment would definitely have to be Odissa. She is created strong, and giving the situations that she is put in, she is smart and is one of the strongest and level headed characters in this book, especially as she is one of the only humans who doesn’t have an Automaton and isn’t protected. There are kind of special rewards and perks to having an Automaton, but you’ll hve to read the book to find that out. As well as discovering the negatives that also arise from being given or finding an automaton.

Overall, I did end up enjoying this book think that this will end up being quite a good series and I have absolutely no idea where it’s heading, which is fantastic. This is a really good start and I believe that the second book in the series is due to come out soon, which is really exciting, and I hope it lives up to the hype. I wish I could rate this book higher, but when looking at some of the other books that I’ve rated 4 stars, I sadly couldn’t do it. But I know that if vol 2 is going to be as good as I hope, it’d definitely going to have an higher rating. That’s why I have rated this book 3.5 stars out of 5, although I do recommend this book. Try something different! 🙂

If you are interested, they have their own webpage, so click here and go exploring a little 😉

Do you like trying new books from different genres? Any recommendations? How does this book sound? Comment below 🙂

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Teaser Tuesday – 9th August 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate 😀

Rules:
●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.

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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 🙂

Books Blurb:
“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.”

My First Physical Book off a Publisher!

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

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.