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  • Title: Gromowładny
  • Author: Felix Gilman
  • ISBN: 9788374801386
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. If it hadn t already been appropriated by novels about punk rock elves and brazen private eyes that have sex with werewolves then Urban Fantasy would be a perfect designation for Felix Gilman s debut novel _Thunderer_ Of course this type of story isn t new Writers have been examining the rot and corruption as well as the fascination and glory they see at the heart of our urban civilization at least since the days of Rome, the great archetype of the City in western culture The conflict between th [...]

  2. I enjoyed Gilman s Half Made World and I am happy to report that I found his sensibilities fully formed on his debut novel Much stock has been made of the author admitting in an interview that he was inspired to write by China Mieville, but anyone expecting to dismiss Gilman as a rip off or wanting carbon copy cloning of Mieville will be disappointed as Gilman is a writer with a varied palate While his inspiration channels horror, science fiction, pulp, and surrealism into baroque monstrosities [...]

  3. Like a storm, it s full of sound and fury , but ultimately it fails because like the tale of the idiot it signifies nothing.I ve mentioned in some other reviews that I would far prefer a story teller to tell a good story badly than I would read a bad story told well Felix Gilman s writing sentence for sentence and paragraph for paragraph is quite good, and he obviously has the talent to be a great writer His voice is great It s just he sends is characters off on meaningless tales that never real [...]

  4. Mega city Ararat is a city reputed to be home to many mysterious gods no one knows why they haunt the ancient worn districts or even if the magical beings are sentient or simply forces of energy The aristocratic Estates, the powerful business owners, the various religious organizations and the impoverished people who struggle to survive in the labyrinth of dirty streets are all waiting for the arrival of the god they call The Bird, which as it passes overhead somehow sends a powerful magic down [...]

  5. Sometimes a book comes along and out of the blue it is one of the best stories you ve read in a long time This was that book for me Loved it It is on the same level as the world of Bas Lag and the city Ambergris and above the level of the Well Built City imo

  6. Ignore the haters This was a very cool book Imagine an unmappable, ever changing city the size of a small state is my guestimate inhabited by gods Old gods, new gods, nature gods, gods of different emotions, gods of different realms, gods of light, gods of darkness All have powers Some have temples and priests and followers Others have been forgotten and lurk in the shadows Imagine a street or canal that s there one day, and maybe isn t tomorrow or maybe goes in a different direction One god jus [...]

  7. Look past the cover on this one A great book all around An accidental discovery in my quest to find a good Steam Punk novel Thunderer rises above many other books in this dismissive category Steam Punk and although it apes other books about dystopian megalopolis, it really stands on its own Me likie.

  8. rantingdragon thundereThunderer is Felix Gilman s debut novel Gilman chronicles the quest to understand the divine and the challenges involved, even when the divine is plain to see One man s journey to find his God and return Him to his people, with no idea what awaits him in the Holy City of Ararat one group s clandestine mission to undertake a work of such staggering hubris and ambition, that their lives are forfeit if the wrong people discover their plan through these two stories and their su [...]

  9. I m not even sure how to describe Thunderer For plot details, you can read the summary as well as I can I guess I can say that the incredibly rich world was utterly immersive, and the city Ararat was as much a character as Arjun or Jack The depth of feeling given to Ararat reminded me of China Mi ville s great city, New Crobuzon Like New Crobuzon, there is a hint of H P Lovecraftian dread, but not nearly so much Instead, Ararat can be joyous, depressing, wonderful, and workaday.The other charact [...]

  10. This book is incredibly unique The setting of a city with infinite possibilities and where gods walk and affect daily life was really intriguing and the author did an incredibly good job of making it feel real and making the characters within it feel alive Highly recommend this book and its sequel.

  11. I m not sure it s possible to describe this book, but it s brilliant I would give it ten stars if I could The setting a vast, intricate, layered city full of gods that manifest and constantly reshape the streets is AMAZING It s exactly what I look for in fiction, and I think it would be particularly appealing to fans of Tim Powers and China Mieville.

  12. The first thing that comes to mind to say about this fantastic book is that the author clearly loves the English language His writing is a wonder to anyone who loves interesting word usage that steps outside the standard limited vocabulary usually seen in novels today Also, the book could best be described as, fairly interesting characters very nearly overshadowed by the setting of the story For me, that s what this story is The scholarly, quiet, thoughtful Arjun, the almost Peter Pan like Jack [...]

  13. This was really a tough one I ultimately had to give it one star because I put it down and just couldn t pick it back up again I didn t hate it, or have any sort of violent reaction to it at all, which makes me WANT to give it at least 2 stars, but the fact remains, I just couldn t get interested enough to finish it Maybe this means I m finally older and can see the true limited quantity of my remaining time here on earth and have chosen to move on to other, worthy stories, except that I hardly [...]

  14. When I first read this book, all I can say was that I was enthralled We travel with the protagonist as he s sailing into port, the author describing this great, strange city as a giant bird god swoops down and flies over the harbor and the streets, indifferently trailing miracles in its wake Splendid storytelling I m sure this book has its flaws, but honestly, in my eyes it has little to none Obviously YMMV In a nutshell then this is a book I would recommended to the fantasy lover who enjoys a b [...]

  15. An okay first novel, which deserves to be read despite its flaws and first novel kinks And now to list those flaws, because I am a born nitpicker at heart a there is a tension between the descriptions of the city of Ararat as a kind of unknowable, out of time city like M John Harrisons Viriconium, and the actions of the novel, which make the city seem a pretty comprehensible magical steampunk world b some main viewpoint characters don t really go anywhere c swear to god every other fantasy novel [...]

  16. This Dickensian, steampunk fantasy is not for every reader Its a journey than a goal For me its a great refreshment to find fantasy that s not some quest in a feudal, Ren Fair world Ararat, the city of absurd reverence reminded me of the crazy quilt that was The Gormenghast Novels Titus Groan Gormenghast Titus Alone castle with a dose of string theory The city was the only constant the city, and its vast northern Mountain There was an infinite variety of people, and of gods In some places, they [...]

  17. This is one of the best first books I ve read Perhaps because, if Gilman s unreliable sounding bio is to be believed, he had written any number of books before this one was actually published In any case, this is a dense, intricate, muddy, luminous work that reminds me of nothing so strongly as a cross between China Mi ville and Patricia A McKillip at their best As unlikely a hybrid as that sounds, that comes closest But I should warn you I have read two of Gilman s books thus far and not a sing [...]

  18. Uneven plot, but wonderfully poetic prose An enjoyable cousin of Perdido Street Station, featuring some cool speculations about the interrelationships between the gods, the worshipers, and the city.

  19. The title and the cover make this book seem at first like your typical generic fantasy, yet it manages to avoid the standard tropes you might think it would fall into The problem with liking a new writer this much is that he doesn t have anything else out to read luckily the sequel to this one should be out soon.

  20. Quite dull, with boring characters and mediocre to decent prose Some decent ideas, but the plot was a mess overall.

  21. Le premesse per questo libro erano intriganti la ricerca della divinit perduta di un popolo, una citt allo stesso tempo benedetta e maledetta, creature mistiche, una nave che cattura il potere del Dio uccello ottenendo la facolt di volare, poteri oscuri ne avevo anche letto dei pareri favorevoli in America.L impatto con il libro invece stato molto deludente.Di cosa parla in realt il libro Di quello di cui doveva parlare, certo, ma in toni diversi da quelli che avevo immaginato.Abbiamo Arjun, una [...]

  22. Hi, my name is Matt and I am cover junkie Hi Matt.When Felix Gilman s Gears of the City was released I instantly fell in love with the cover art Yes, I freely admit that I do buy books with cool cover art When I got home I actually realized that it was a sequel So back to the store I went to pick up a copy of Thunderer, which, by the way, has cover art I do not like that much.This was a frustrating read for me At times, this is brilliant novel and at other times I had to force myself to continue [...]

  23. Thunderer is a complex novel about an enigmatic, labyrinthine city with unknown boundaries the bizarre, indifferent gods that flood its streets and a cast of characters navigating this maze, foremost among them Arjun, a priest seeking his lost god of music, the Voice And the list really should be in that order it s first and foremost a book of setting, and everything else cascades from there It s been a long time since I ve read a book where the world was so perfectly integrated into and necessa [...]

  24. This is a tough one Another re read of the book so that I can continue the series and remember what happened in this one Although I don t think it s a badly written book I will leave the 2 star rating because of one fatal flaw The main characters, good or bad, in this book just have no real meaning It almost seems like their existence adds nothing to the story.In the beginning you get to know them and get exciting to see how they will all meet Then somewhere in the middle when the revolution sta [...]

  25. I have to admit, when I first picked this one up, I was expecting some run of the mill steampunk story given the blurb on the back cover, only to find that it was something much complex than thatThe basic premise of Thunderer which is, alas, I think also it s weak point is that it s a bunch of different stories that all converge in the end the city in which it s set called Ararat is a malleable place, where streets can shift and entire districts emerge or disappear, a place inhabited by a pleth [...]

  26. Parts of this book were brilliant I d really have liked to have given it three and a half stars, but I couldn t bring myself to give it a four Strangely about fifty pages from the end I was convinced this was a five star book but then it all unravelled for me.What I liked most about this book was the city itself Everytime I thought I had a grasp on its size and complexity, it just got bigger and better The characters paled in comparison to it though and that is not a good thing I actually think [...]

  27. I was wary when starting to read this novel I d read China Mieville s Perdido Street Station about a year ago and, while I had been able to recognize the man s talent, there was something about the novel that just did not work with me Thunderer looked like it was about to head down that road that I really didn t want to follow it down I didn t want to read something brutal, gritty, and depressing, the only message of which was despair, although those things wouldn t have ncessarily made Thundere [...]

  28. A reread Interestingly, previously I struggled through it and only found the end really intriguing This time, reading through and already knowing the end, but having forgotten the rest, I found the book so rich and interesting all the way through I enjoyed this book so much the second time It s amazing to think this was a debut book Indeed, this book is far better than I originally gave Gilman credit for There are just so many stories and struggles weaving through it, it s a wondrous story.Orig [...]

  29. Without a doubt this is one for the China Mi ville fans which I thought I was for a little while, before recognizing that his work is generally a bit too grim for me Anyone who liked, for example, Iron Council, I can pretty much guarantee will like this one.Anyway, this book starts off magical and lyrical compared to Mi ville s harsh and gritty stories, and if it had continued in that vein, I would have given it higher marks Unfortunately, it slowly but surely descends into the same grim chaos [...]