The Chess Machine



Vienna 1770 Baron Wolfgang Von Kempelen Unveils A Strange And Amazing Invention, The Mechanical Turk, A Sensational And Unbeatable Chess Playing Automaton But What The Habsburg Court Hails As The Greatest Innovation Of The Century Is Really Nothing Than A Brilliant Illusion The Chess Machine Is Secretly Operated From Inside By The Italian Dwarf Tibor, A God Fearing Social Outcast Whose Chess Playing Abilities And Diminutive Size Make Him The Perfect Accomplice In This Grand Hoax.Von Kempelen And His Helpers Tour His Remarkable Invention All Around Europe To Amaze And Entertain The Public, But Despite Many Valiant Attempts And Close Calls, No One Is Able To Beat The Extraordinary Chess Machine The Crowds All Across Europe Adore The Turk, And The Success Of Baron Von Kempelen Seems Assured But When A Beautiful And Seductive Countess Dies Under Mysterious Circumstances In The Presence Of The Automaton, The Mechanical Turk Falls Under A Cloud Of Suspicion, And The Machine And His Inventor Become The Target Of Espionage, Persecution, And Aristocratic Intrigue.The Chess Machine

Robert L hr was born in Berlin and grew up there and in Bremen and Santa Barbara, California He trained as a journalist at the Berlin School of Journalism, then worked for Sat 1 News and for the Berlin daily paper Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Neue Zeit, and Taz, and finally as a correspondent for the Washington Post After spending many years writing screenplays, musicals, plays, and shor Robert L hr was born in Berlin and grew up there and in Bremen and Santa Barbara, California He trained as a journalist at the Berlin School of Journalism, then worked for Sat 1 News and for the Berlin daily paper Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Neue Zeit, and Taz, and finally as a correspondent for the Washington Post After spending many years writing screenplays, musicals, plays, and short stories, L hr decided to try his hand at a novel The Chess Machine, also know as The Secrets of the Chess Machine, is his first

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  • 24 July 2019
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10 thoughts on “The Chess Machine

  1. says:

    I picked this book up on whim from the public library s New Books section because the backstory is about an elaborate hoax during the 17th century Hapsburg Empire to build an automaton that could play chess as intelligently as a human being I thought it was going to be like the type of creepy but enthralling stories that I had to read for a class on German Romantism, like Hofmannsthal s The Sandman basis for the ballet Coppelia or Mary Shelley s original Frankenstein Except that instead of d I picked this book up on whim from the public library s New Books section because the backstory is about an elaborate hoax during the 17th century Hapsburg Empire to build an automaton that could play chess as intelligently as a human being I thought it was going to be like the type of creepy but enthralling stories that I had to read for a class on German Romantism, like Hofmannsthal s The Sandman basis for the ballet Coppelia or Mary Shelley s original Frankenstein Except tha...

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    Perhaps a novel about a chess playing automaton is not your ideal storyline What if I told you that there was a secret behind the machine depending on a dwarf which traversed murder, revenge, and espionage If those images spark your attention, then The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr is perfect for you.Don t expect a traditional novel arc with The Chess Machine, as the book simply does not begin with the usual character introductions This will reject some readers due to the novel s somewhat fl Perhaps a novel about a chess playing automaton is not your ideal storyline What if I told you that there was a secret behind the machine depending on a dwarf which traversed murder, revenge, and espionage If those images spark your attention, then The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr is perfect for you.Don t expect a traditional novel arc with The Chess Machine, as the book simply does not begin with the usual character introductions This will reject some readers due to the novel s somewhat flat beginning and lack of connection to the characters leading to a loss of depth and understanding of any underlying messages However, take my advice and read on it takes about 25 pages or so before the real excitement begins and you will encounter an exciting and page turning story with images similar to the film, The Prestige Before being used to the format, the reader may stumble upon some confusion with the chapter layout which includes several storylines and jumps back...

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    The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com As regular readers know, one of the topics that often comes up here at the CCLaP website is of the slippery line between what we commonly refer to as mainstream literature versus genre of not only where that line should be drawn, but of how we look at books differently based on what side it falls, not to mention the different smaller lines that can be drawn once you re on one si The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com As regular readers know, one of the topics that often comes up here at the CCLaP website is of the slippery line between what we commonly refer to as mainstream literature versus genre of not only where that line should be drawn, but of how we look at books differently based on what side it falls, not to mention the different smaller lines that can be drawn once you re on one side or another For example, I m a general fan of the science fiction genre, as are many of CCLaP s readers but then within sci fi, I myself am a particular fan of a subgenre known as steampunk A play on the 80s sci fi term cyberpunk, it is basically a mix of speculative fiction and Victorian era or older historical fiction...

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    Based on mostly true events of the late 18th century in Europe, Robert Lohr s first novel recreates the life and times of the Mechanical Turk, an automaton created by Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen which could think and play chess in an attempt to win the attention of the Empress What von Kempelen managed to do was to create a sensational stir across Europe with what actually was all a fancy hoax Lohr takes some creative liberty and draws a murder mystery into the mix, of which causes enough su Based on mostly true events of the late 18th century in Europe, Robert Lohr s first novel recreates the life and times of th...

  5. says:

    I tried very hard to get into this, because, frankly, I had judged this book by its cover It s an excellent cover, to be fair all revolving cogs and wheels and jubilant aristocrats striking curious poses Too bad the book itself is such a disappointment It takes a wonderful story from history the making of a chess playing automaton, which was in reality an elaborate hoax and turns it into a textbook thriller, with characters who aren t particularly interesting or memorable, and without a I tried very hard to get into thi...

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    I cannot remember who passed this book along to me but I ve had it on my book shelf for nearly 3 years and finally selected it to read I admit to a preference for Penguin Books because their authors are interesting and NOT run of the mill So, the Chess Machine I gave it 4 stars because it kept my interest even though I do not play chess or know much about the game It is based on a true story but the author surmised much of what was not known It is a period piece 1760 s to 1780 s whic I cannot remember who passed this book along to me but I ve had it on my book shelf for nearly 3 years and finally selected it to read I admit to a preference for Penguin Books because their authors are interesting and NOT run of the mill So, the Chess Machine I gave it 4 stars because it kept my interest even though I do not play chess or know much about the game It is based on a true story but the author surmised much of what was not known It is a ...

  7. says:

    A bitdwarf sex than I am used to in a book about chess and 18th century European nobility butI think that this novel falls into the trap that many books in the historical fiction fall into regardless of the subject The fictional characters, or the even...

  8. says:

    Seit sich der sch pferische Geist des Menschen an der Erschaffung von Maschinen versucht, lag eines seiner gro en mythischen Ziele darin, es seinem Sch pfergott gleich zu tun und sich ein intelligentes Ebenbild zu schaffen Gleich nicht nur an k rperlichen sondern vor allen Dingen auch an geistigen F higkeiten Die intelligente Maschine oder am Ende gar die denkende und f hlende Maschine Da die k nstlichen Intelligenz zu meinen Interessen und Forschungsgebieten z hlt, war die literarische Aufa Seit sich der sch pferische Geist des Menschen an der Erschaffung von Maschinen versucht, lag eines seiner gro en mythischen Ziele darin, es seinem Sch pfergott gleich zu tun und sich ein intelligentes Ebenbild zu schaffen Gleich nicht nur an k rperlichen sondern vor allen Dingen auch an geistigen F higkeiten Die intelligente Maschine oder am Ende gar die denkende und f hlende Maschine Da die k nstlichen Intelligenz zu meinen Interessen und Forschungsgebieten z hlt, war die literarische Aufarbeitung und Diskussion eben dieser Thematik f r mich schon immer von besonderem Interesse So auch Robert L hrs Der Schachautomat , in dem es dem Autor gelungen ist, die tats chlichen Begebenheiten um den ber hmten Schacht rken in die unterhaltsame Form eines spannenden historischen Romans zu gie en.Wir schreiben die Zeit der Aufkl rung In der zweiten H lfte d...

  9. says:

    I really wanted to like this book Robert L hr chooses unexpected, off the beaten track subjects for his historical fiction Unconventional and obscure historical events are right up my alley, so this novel promised to be a blast Sadly, the book did not deliver.This was L hr s debut novel and it shows He didn t get the pacing right, nor was he able to give his characters any...

  10. says:

    Al contrario de lo hace este libro, comenzar por el inicio Esta novela est inspirada en hechos veridicos nos habla de una aut mata que juega ajedrezque b sicamente es un enano encerrado en una incomodisima caja Conforme este invento va ganando popularidad, gracias a sus interminables triunfos frente a la nobleza.La novela engancha, empieza por el final el meollo del asunto te lo dicen no en la primera p gina sino en el primer p rrafo pero ello no impide que disfrutes el trayecto.El mayo Al contrario de lo hace este libro, comenzar por el inicio Esta novela est inspirada en hechos veridicos nos habla de una aut mata que juega ajedrezque b sicamente es un enano encerrado en una incomodisima caja Conf...

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