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Title:The Rise of Ransom City
Authors:Felix Gilman
Info:Tor Books (2013), Edition: 1, Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:*****
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Gilman returns to the 'Half Made World, telling the exploits of the inventor of the marvellous 'Ransom Rrocess', which provides energy and prosperity for all. Possibly. ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
In a world rather unlike this one, human settlers to a new continent found that as they went West, natural laws began to twist and transform. Two sides sprang up: the Agents of the Gun, who are larger than life, and unpredictable, and the Linesmen, who began creating train Engines to serve them and now serve the Engines. Although it's never stated outright, the Gun stands for individualism and chaos, the Line for industry, standardization and hierarchy. They battled throughout the western territories and Rim, destroying everything in their wake. This is the tale of Harry Ransom, as collected by former newspaperman Elmer Merrial Carson. Ransom is a self-made man, who invented a new form of energy creation called the Ransom Process. After trying unsuccessfully to sell it, Ransom is caught in a firefight with an Agent of the Gun and uses the Process to kill the Agent and destroy the town. From then on, he is a fugitive, sought by all sides of the wars.

This is mostly set after [b:The Half-Made World|8198773|The Half-Made World|Felix Gilman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312035395s/8198773.jpg|13045676], with appearances by Dr. Liv Alverhuysen (former psychiatric patient turned psychiatrist) and John Creedmoor (former Agent of the Gun). Ransom is an engaging character, but his patter grows tiresome after a while, especially once it becomes clear that the plot will forever be a tangle, without particular villains or heroes, without goals or anything in the way of a climax. The book just sort of peters out. The world building is very interesting, a fantastical deconstruction of 19th century views, but the book was just too disorganized to engage me. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Unique, occasionally funny, always wry, but a bit meandering. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
Unique, occasionally funny, always wry, but a bit meandering. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
Brilliant

I really wish I’d managed to write a review right after reading this to do it justice. Gilman has followed up on [the half made world] with a stunning sequel. Together they are definitely in my top 10 reads this year. To avoid spoilers I won’t sum up the plot except to say that although it follows, in time, the events of the first book it departs from it as well. This time round we follow Harry Ransom who has invented a process that he feels will change the world. We see a lot more of the world especially the world of the Line in this book and meet a whole host of complex and captivating characters. This is literary fantasy at its best, comparable to [shriek: an afterword] and cements my impression that Gilman is an author to watch. I will be revisiting [the Thunderer] so I can read [the gears of the city] and await his next book eagerly. For those who have not read [the half made world] I advise to read that first, although this could potentially standalone but you’d lose some of the effect I feel.

Overall – must read sequel but read [the half made world] first ( )
  psutto | Sep 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765329409, Hardcover)

This is the story Harry Ransom. If you know his name it’s most likely as the inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world.

Or you may have read about how he lost the battle of Jasper City, or won it, depending on where you stand in matters of politics.

Friends called him Hal or Harry, or by one of a half-dozen aliases, of which he had more than any honest man should. He often went by Professor Harry Ransom, and though he never had anything you might call a formal education, he definitely earned it.

If you’re reading this in the future, Ransom City must be a great and glittering metropolis by now, with a big bronze statue of Harry Ransom in a park somewhere. You might be standing on its sidewalk and not wonder in the least of how it grew to its current glory. Well, here is its story, full of adventure and intrigue. And it all starts with the day that old Harry Ransom crossed paths with Liv Alverhyusen and John Creedmoor, two fugitives running from the Line, amidst a war with no end. 

 

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This is the story Harry Ransom. If you know his name its most likely as the inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world. If youre reading this in the future, Ransom City must be a great and glittering metropolis by now, with a big bronze statue of Harry Ransom in a park somewhere. You might be standing on its sidewalk and not wonder in the least of how it grew to its current glory. Well, here is its story, full of adventure and intrigue. And it all starts with the day that old Harry Ransom crossed paths with Liv Alverhyusen and John Creedmoor, two fugitives running from the Line, amidst a war with no end.… (more)

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