The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina -- but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army.... show more
The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina -- but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men -- flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.
Publish date: 2015-03
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
Courtesy of my local library, I recently picked up The Mechanical as I thought it sounded interesting, even though I had bounced hard off this author's previous series, which was set in an alternate World War 2. This time around, we're still in the land of alternate history, but in 1926 instead. ...
I've been excited about reading this for years. There's a short story set in not-quite-the-same-world that I read and instantly wanted more of. There was such a large shift from our world contained in those few pages. I could feel the depth of potential in this divergence from our timeline. I did ...
another one of those books where I didn't realize it was the beginning of a series. It's going to be a long wait for the next one. it's the middle of The Inquisition, and Europe has discovered the Americas, but that's all that is familiar in the sci-fi, steampunk, espionage thriller. the mechan...
250 years before Ian Tregillis' stunning novel, The Mechanical, opens, Christiaan Huygens made a remarkable discovery that blended alchemy and chemistry and engineering to create sentient automatons called Clakkers. The Clakkers helped the Netherlands build an empire that spans the globe. In an alte...