The Half-Made World

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 164 ratings

The Half-Made World Publisher's Summary

Here is a fantastical reimagining of the American West that draws its influence from steampunk, the American Western tradition, and magical realism.

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared - the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they're just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

©2010 Felix Gilman (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Half-Made World

    • By: Felix Gilman
    • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared - the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they're just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • best of the subgenre

    • By John Baker on 11-19-10

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Rise of Ransom City

    • The Half-Made World, Book 2
    • By: Felix Gilman
    • Narrated by: Gregory Itzin, Ramon De Ocampo
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not as good as Half-Made World

    • By A Reader on 05-20-13

    Regular price: $24.95