Book Review: The Automation

Title: The Automation (Circo del Herrero series / The Blacksmith’s Circus series, #1)
Author: G.B. Gabbler & B.L.A.

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.

[And, yes, “B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler” are really just a pen name – singular.]

My Review

Ok, when I got this book I was not completely sure I would like it. The description was not my type of book, but I am trying to expand my reading type so I said I would give it an honest review. Let me tell you though, this book is a bit hard to follow sometimes but once you get used to the author breaking the fourth dimension (I think that is what you call it when the author talks to the reader) then it is easy to follow.

The characters are well written and still leave enough to the imagination that the entire character set up is not spoon fed to you. The relationship between the masters and the Automatons was an interesting one. The fact of how the Automatons transfer to another master is unusual though I want to say there is another book with similar ideals but I can not think of it at this time.

The greek mythology that is set into the story line took me by surprise for a bit but once I thought about it more outside of reading the book then I can see how it tied into the story line. I am interested to see how this series progresses and to see if what I think is going to happen will happen.

This book may be a bit difficult to get into at first, but once you do I don’t think you will be disappointed in it. It is quite a bit more science fiction then fantasy in my opinion. Read the description and some other reviews then read the book is my suggestion.


I received this book from SOBpublishing for this review.

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