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The Alchemy of Stone - Ekaterina Sedia

Why is nobody reading this book? It's so interesting - especially Mattie, the emancipated, intelligent, alchemy practicing automaton, who is still bound to her maker by the winding key he refuses to hand over. I keep picturing her soft curls, her metallic limbs, her clockwork heart and her porcelain face as the cute doll from that otherwise awful Oz movie although she is human-sized and an adult. 

 

... Maybe because it's character-driven and a bit melancholically slow?