Cemeteries, body snatchers, magic and illusion, Edinburgh past and present. Stick with it through the first four apparently unconnected chapters and you'll be hooked. The satire gets a bit heavy handed at times but this is a new slant on an old theme which I really enjoyed.
There had to be a way? A second chamber. Human brain? A third chamber. He would create a third chamber in the machine. He would create the perfect living being to contain the wisdom of men. A heart, a brain, and then a soul. He would fill the third chamber with a soul. All he had to do was to find one.