Friday Finds: The Dream of Perpetual Motion

The Dream of Perpetual Motion
By Dexter Palmer


 Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.

The tale of Harold’s life is also one of an alternate reality, a lucid waking dream in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, where the realms of fairy tales can be built from scratch, where replicas of deserted islands exist within skyscrapers.. As Harold’s childhood infatuation with Miranda changes over twenty years to love and then to obsession, the visionary inventions of her father also change Harold’s entire world, transforming it from a place of music and miracles to one of machines and noise. And as Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Isn’t it wild?

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12 Responses

  1. That sounds like one my hubby would like!

  2. This one has caught my eye too, but somehow I forgot to add it to my wish list. I’ll have to do that now.

  3. I wonder if this has anything to do with Shakespeare’s The Tempest? It does sound intriguing.

    Here are my Friday Finds.

  4. This one does sound intriguing. Cool cover too.

  5. Definitely intriguing. Great find. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. That sounds really interesting! Wonderful find!

    Here are mine: Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick

  7. It sounds very steam-punkish.

  8. Sounds like a unique book and I agree–the cover is very eye catching.

  9. I love the cover and the story sounds intriguing. Echoing softdrink, steam-punk?

  10. I hate when you and others enable me here…LOL

    great pick!

  11. This does sound wild! You’ll have to read it and let us know how it is.

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