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The Past In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innoc The Past In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innocuous-appearing automatons ignites a horrific apocalypse—one that will not be realized for 400 years. The Present In 21st century San Francisco, Ireland Barton is a brilliant, successful young scientist, but there is one drawback to her perfect life—she suffers from a rare immune disorder that keeps her confined in a plastic bubble. When a new virus is released on the world, she begins a heart-pounding race to find a cure to save what is left of humanity and battle malevolent forces housed in 17th century figurines. An Uncertain Future As two worlds—two time periods—collide, will Ireland unravel the mystery of the dolls before the clock winds down on humanity? Mature Audience Please be advised, as the genre states, this is horror fiction.


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The Past In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innoc The Past In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innocuous-appearing automatons ignites a horrific apocalypse—one that will not be realized for 400 years. The Present In 21st century San Francisco, Ireland Barton is a brilliant, successful young scientist, but there is one drawback to her perfect life—she suffers from a rare immune disorder that keeps her confined in a plastic bubble. When a new virus is released on the world, she begins a heart-pounding race to find a cure to save what is left of humanity and battle malevolent forces housed in 17th century figurines. An Uncertain Future As two worlds—two time periods—collide, will Ireland unravel the mystery of the dolls before the clock winds down on humanity? Mature Audience Please be advised, as the genre states, this is horror fiction.

51 review for Mechaniclism: Apocalyptic Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corey Carter

    Well written, intense horror! As I read through the first chapters of Mechaniclism, I found myself wondering how the lives of Jori and Ireland could possibly be intertwined. Each character's story is so intriguing and skillfully developed, and when you finally understand the connection, it is truly horrifying. The author takes two characters, each living in different time periods, and unites them in the most mind blowing circumstances imaginable. This book explores feelings of isolation, fear, l Well written, intense horror! As I read through the first chapters of Mechaniclism, I found myself wondering how the lives of Jori and Ireland could possibly be intertwined. Each character's story is so intriguing and skillfully developed, and when you finally understand the connection, it is truly horrifying. The author takes two characters, each living in different time periods, and unites them in the most mind blowing circumstances imaginable. This book explores feelings of isolation, fear, love, and loss, using two very opposite characters that actually have much in common. The author mixes in science and dark magic, creating one of the most frightening tales I've read in quite some time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    This one caught my eye on Amazon and I decided to give the author a try. What a strangAe and engaging spin to this book. You start with the 1600s and clockmaker Frederick Jori. His work is lauded and comes to the attention of Lord Godwine, who imprisons and tortures him in unimaginable ways to make the automatons he requested. Something Jori claims is an abomination. Flash forward to present day and Ireland Barton, a smart, accomplished scientist who’s lived her entire life in a bubble because of This one caught my eye on Amazon and I decided to give the author a try. What a strangAe and engaging spin to this book. You start with the 1600s and clockmaker Frederick Jori. His work is lauded and comes to the attention of Lord Godwine, who imprisons and tortures him in unimaginable ways to make the automatons he requested. Something Jori claims is an abomination. Flash forward to present day and Ireland Barton, a smart, accomplished scientist who’s lived her entire life in a bubble because of an immune deficiency that could kill her. She’s sadly left on her own to cope when her father dies from a virus that’s spread across the globe, killing most of civilization. As the two times blend together, Ireland races to solve the puzzle of the mechanical dolls before all perish. Each character suffers their own kind of prison. What I liked most was how they weren’t broken. They struggled to accomplish what seemed impossible. And I was held rapt to see what each chapter revealed about their lives. Well, this was different. At times so gory it made me cringe and at other times intriguing, I couldn’t stop reading it. Even when I felt confused, as the blurb says the times converge, I couldn’t see how that would matter, but I needed to see. The author showed me the way and I sure got an eye opener. If you like horror, suspense, and a bit of the odd, you might enjoy this one. The writing is strong and, as the author shares each time line, you have no trouble telling when it is or who’s story you’re following. I’m happy I tried this author and will be looking at more of her books now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J. Peter W.

    Interesting take on a world-wide epidemic. I wish the automatons had a larger role and a longer part of the story. Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Lynn Lamb's Mechaniclism can certainly be classified as horror - and I am not a big fan of horror stories. In Lamb's capable hands, however, it is also a story about love, and fear, and revenge, and resignation - with a bit of the apocalypse thrown in, all stirred into an intriguing story that grabs your attention and doesn't let you go until the end. Even then, you are invested in the characters and are left wishing there was more. Lamb's exceptional ability to develop her characters is what mak Lynn Lamb's Mechaniclism can certainly be classified as horror - and I am not a big fan of horror stories. In Lamb's capable hands, however, it is also a story about love, and fear, and revenge, and resignation - with a bit of the apocalypse thrown in, all stirred into an intriguing story that grabs your attention and doesn't let you go until the end. Even then, you are invested in the characters and are left wishing there was more. Lamb's exceptional ability to develop her characters is what makes her works so intriguing, and she does not disappoint here. Love them or loathe them, her characters capture your emotions and you become invested in their stories. They are more than one dimensional, and their complexity helps to make them human. If you love horror stories, you will love Mechaniclism. If you're not that big a fan of horror stories, you will still find much to love about Mechaniclism. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose English

    Book 01 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018 This story hooked me from the start. Having a background in science and having done some research with SCID (Severe combined immunodeficiency) I was intrigued and wanted to know more. The book reads almost as if it is two seperate stories one tender and loving dealing with the young woman Ireland growing up inside a contaminant free world, cared for by her father who is over protective (understanably). Then the other true horror, set back in the mid 1600s wi Book 01 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018 This story hooked me from the start. Having a background in science and having done some research with SCID (Severe combined immunodeficiency) I was intrigued and wanted to know more. The book reads almost as if it is two seperate stories one tender and loving dealing with the young woman Ireland growing up inside a contaminant free world, cared for by her father who is over protective (understanably). Then the other true horror, set back in the mid 1600s with a demanding nobleman putting a swiss clockmaker through the most horrific torture so he can have a city of miniture life like automatons to show off to his friends. Fredrick Jori is broken beyond repair and bows down to the demands of Lord August Godwine to create an abomination before the eyes of God. When the two worlds collide Ireland now a top scientist is called upon to find a cure but time is running out for humanity. Very highly recommended but definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Traci Otte

    Good, but I have questions. I did like the book, but it needs a little bit more proofreading, and, like I mentioned above, I have questions. Unfortunately, I can't ask them without spoilers. If you're looking for something thought-provoking and creepy, this should work! Good, but I have questions. I did like the book, but it needs a little bit more proofreading, and, like I mentioned above, I have questions. Unfortunately, I can't ask them without spoilers. If you're looking for something thought-provoking and creepy, this should work!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Fascinating Examination on Being Human at the EOtW How Lynn Lamb ties together a clockwork artist making automatons in 17th century Austria with an autoimmune deficient biochemist in San Francisco in the present time is really quite amazing and all part of joy and pain packed into this whale of a novella. The apocalypse that is unleashed is virulent and ugly. Of course, it must be stopped, or humans will be extinct, poof, good bye. This is the first time I've read Lynn Lamb and I have to say, thi Fascinating Examination on Being Human at the EOtW How Lynn Lamb ties together a clockwork artist making automatons in 17th century Austria with an autoimmune deficient biochemist in San Francisco in the present time is really quite amazing and all part of joy and pain packed into this whale of a novella. The apocalypse that is unleashed is virulent and ugly. Of course, it must be stopped, or humans will be extinct, poof, good bye. This is the first time I've read Lynn Lamb and I have to say, this is a brilliant human story wrapped up in dystopian horror. I will be reading much more of her work as soon as I can get my hands on it. Where have you been hiding Ms. Lamb? Your name should be well known considering your amazing talents as an author. Lamb explores the themes of freedom, love, self-sacrifice, revenge, evil and finally death. It can be read as an adventure story, or at a deeper level as an examination of human free will. It is a fascinating tale of people taking making alternate choices and how that all collides in a current apocalypse. There is enough subject matter here to keep a book club busy for months. I was especially drawn to her characters: Jori, the clockwork artist who finds himself in an untenable position, Ireland, the brave, optimistic, strong biochemist who lives in a bubble, Brian, her Father, who sacrifices his life for her, Brody, the former bubble boy - he is fantastic for Ireland. Lamb has a unique way of defining characters so that I felt that I understood them all. Ms. Lamb could have easily made this a full length novel, but instead she gives us only those moments that directly shape the characters, as well as containing the action and dialogue. While you are probably saying duh! Think about how many books you have read that: rambled on, you skipped the boring parts, kept repeating the same information. EVERY word in this novella is necessary. It has been whittled down again and again until every single word has a meaningful place. It is a distinct joy to read books written this well. This tale is a good thumping read. It will be appreciated by everyone, except for the very squeamish. A very human story, a mystery, historical, medical, what's not to love? Highly Recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Deese

    A great read for those who like a love story, horror story, post apocalyptic story. Very Engaging read. Kept my attention throughout. Seamlessly written while bouncing back and forth between two time periods. I would be remiss if I didn't also include...when the characters of both timeline/storylines found themselves residing in the same era/age Lamb brought that event to fruition in a superb manner. It made sense, & it brought the story together in a way that certainly satisfied this reader! The A great read for those who like a love story, horror story, post apocalyptic story. Very Engaging read. Kept my attention throughout. Seamlessly written while bouncing back and forth between two time periods. I would be remiss if I didn't also include...when the characters of both timeline/storylines found themselves residing in the same era/age Lamb brought that event to fruition in a superb manner. It made sense, & it brought the story together in a way that certainly satisfied this reader! The writer also brings to table some very accurate industrial facts pertaining to the time periods. In Mechaniclism , we find a story of love, isolation, perseverance, apocalyptic events, determination, human nature and survival. A true win win for author Lynn Lamb! I will be following this author for sure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Vanderbloom

    I won an ecopy of this book on an online facebook event. This was a quick and addicting read. It had all the elements I love in a story. You had horror, apocalyptic, love and action. I was impressed with the writing and found it to be quite strong throughout the entire story. This was easy to story to write wrong with the two separate timelines but it was done so well. I'm going to have nightmares and I would recommend this to all of my horror and apocalyptic loving friends. I won an ecopy of this book on an online facebook event. This was a quick and addicting read. It had all the elements I love in a story. You had horror, apocalyptic, love and action. I was impressed with the writing and found it to be quite strong throughout the entire story. This was easy to story to write wrong with the two separate timelines but it was done so well. I'm going to have nightmares and I would recommend this to all of my horror and apocalyptic loving friends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ABCme

    Huh? what just happened, was there a story?

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