If you like your Steampunk, check out these two fun titles recently released.
Author: Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Angry Robot
Page count: 416pp
Release date: 2nd Feb 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
The third instalment of The Bookman Histories, The Great Game is perhaps the wildest of the trilogy. In a vivid Steampunk environment, the novel continues the series as The Bookman attempts to insidiously overthrow the royalty of the British Empire, who in this series happen to be lizards, possibly from another planet. A number of spies work against him to thwart his plans; and what a collection of characters they are!
From Prime Minister, to petty thieves, to government employees and the hierarchy of ‘Victorian’ society, the characters are a ‘who is who’ from 19th century fiction and historical fact. We have Bram Stoker, Lucy Westenra, Harry Houdini and Mycroft Holmes. And that’s just for starters.
Smith, an expert operative is cajoled out of retirement from ‘The Village’ in order to investigate the deaths of two former operatives; his ex beloved Alice & the infamous Mycroft Holmes. At the same time a strange observer wonders the globe ‘collecting’ samples from various characters. Smith is hunted throughout the novel as he jumps from ‘car’ chase to airship chase and Lucy Westenra, sent on a similar mission also finds herself ducking for her life. And whilst we’re at it, what are those giant tripods trampling throughout Paris on the Champ de Mars?
Tidhar’s world is energetic and a tad confusing as he switches from points of view and narrative styles, but nevertheless it is a thoroughly fun book and a lively adventure. It is a literary visual feast, if that isn’t an oxymoron, and is worth investing your time and money in to join the adventure.
Come and play The Great Game with Lavie Tidhar.
For your next dose of Steampunk you could no worse than Timeless, the 5th Parasol Protectorate novel.
Author: Gail Carriger
Page count: 328pp
Release date: 1st March 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Following on between one and two years after the fourth instalment in the Parasol Protectorate, Timeless sees toddler Prudence, daughter of Connall and Alexia Maccon dashing about and causing all manner of mayhem through her preternatural state. After the agreement come to at the conclusion of the previous novel, the Maccons reside in Lord Akledama’s third closet using a bridge between their own home and his to sneak in, so as to keep up appearances and appease the vampire community. For Connal is a werewolf, his wife is a metanatural who ‘sucks’ the powers from supernaturals and Akledama is a foppish vampire running a house full of ‘drones’.
This happy household receives a visit from Sidheag Maccon, Alpha werewolf who is missing her werewolf Beta, last seen in Egypt, and is asking for Lord Maccon’s help. At the same time, Vampire Queen Matakara has requested that the Maccons deliver young Prudence, the abomination, to Egypt, so the vampire queen can meet her.
As with all of this series, it isn’t the plot that matters. These novels are more comedy of manners, meets paranormal romance without the sex, with a dash of Steampunk, than anything, which make them jolly good fun, even laugh out loud at times. And with the antics the bluestocking Lady Maccon gets up to this time, there is plenty to keep the reader amused.
Definitely worth a look.