The God Machine by Chandra Free

The God Machine
by Chandra Free
Archaia Studios Press, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Guy’s dreams are invaded by visions of his dead girlfriend, and during the day he frequently hallucinates tiny eldritch beasties, to the consternation of his dreary poseur goth friends and the intrigue of the rulers of existence, Good God and Evil God. Is Guy cracking up? Is his girlfriend really dead? Will Good God overcome her coffee addiction and stop losing the key to Heaven?

An immersive read with lustrously squiggly digital artwork and a plot that owes rather more to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens than Paradise Lost. It’s easy to get lost in the murky details of itsĀ inventive layouts, and it’s a shame that the story isn’t as equally original and compelling. It takes all four chapters of this collection for not much at all to happen, despite looking great.

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