Book Review of The Automation B.L.A and GB Gabbler

3 Stars (3 / 5)

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 Hephaestus put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…


It’s hard to explain this book really. It’s a smart-ass and it knows it?

Odys meets a stranger behaving oddly on a busy city street one day. The man hands him a coin and then proceeds to commit suicide right in front of him. Turns out the coin is actually an automaton created by the god Vulcan, and just by receiving it Odys’s life is changed in an instant.

This is an extremely character driven novel. The characters are very developed, as the author is quite meticulous when writing about things like Odys smoking a cigarette, which one time took almost 6 pages. If you like reading about all of the little details in almost a lyrical way, this book is for you.

A good part of what happens, just happens right there in the apartment, and it’s a whole bunch of talking. But it’s what they are talking about that makes the book so interesting, therein lies the twists and turns. The style is just not for me, I found that it is written like you are sitting around a campfire with two people that you don’t even know telling you a story for hours, rather then you actually living the story yourself.

It was an interesting topic for me to read, but I love reading about Greek Gods and I am also a literary junkie, so I don’t think that this would be a book for your average reader. There was a little bit of a mystery to solve, but instead of being the main event of the book it was barely there in the background while we are encouraged to focus on the history and lives of the characters. There were many little info-dumps along the way about how the automations work to keep you distracted from the little bit of the plot that there was that it would be easy to get lost.

The novel has so many footnotes! This is my first one that I have read with this many, and it definitely brought additional perspective to the story. The footnotes are supposed to be the words of the editor of the book, giving us his own spin on the story, since they (both the editor and the narrator) were supposedly there. Even though I am about to make fun of them, the footnotes really did help this book come alive and sorta develop a mind of it’s own.

For me the footnotes were like eating Saturday dinner with my Grandparents and listening to the argue about the exact date that they bought their first house back in the 50’s or the brand of the first color television they owned. Entertaining at first, but then you kinda wish someone would suddenly start choking so that all that stuff was forgotten. It never stopped.

The book is an experiment by the writer, that is clear to see. They are experimenting with styles and world building but in many places there was a lot of telling instead of showing. This came in the info dumps where there was a lot of talking and explaining about the automatons. It started out strong but for me it went on just a little too long: I struggled to finish towards the end. It could had some cut out here and there and been about half as long and been just a good story.

I believe in you BLA and Gabbler! I will be waiting for a follow-up and I expect it to be formidable!

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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