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Free Story by Lavie Tidhar

July 1, 2012 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Steampunk Season continues this July on my site as I introduce a free piece of flash fiction by Steampunk writer Lavie Tidhar. Enjoy!


By Lavie Tidhar
Moo, moo, go the cows, and Mu! Mu! go the cries as that ancient land rises from the dark ocean water, tall silver spires penetrating like missiles from the sea and rising, rising, into the air of a world that had forgotten their greatness.

Once they had ruled half the world, and fought Atlantis for nuclear supremacy, and reached to the stars in needle-shaped spaceships. There is a ruined a city on Venus: it is a remnant of Mu. There are broken domes on Mars; they, too, are remains of Mu’s once-greatness.

But the war with the Atlantids had taken its toll, and in the final desperate strike of that war neither could live, and once-great Mu sank into the waves. For aeons its people had lived underwater in their last refuges, dark caves in the depths of the sea, living little better than fishes.

But now Mu rises again, and with it rise the cries, dark against a field of stars that had once known its dominion.

Moo, moo, go the cows in a fearful neigh, and Mu! Mu! rise the cries, as men look out to sea, where the past rises to dominate them once more.

Lavie-ly Steampunk Debate

June 26, 2012 - 11:25 pm 1 Comment

Today has seen the continuation of a liveky debate following a ost by Lavie Tidhar about Facism in Steampunk.

Take a look at if you have any interest in Steampunk. I won’t say much. I will let the posts speal for themselves. But I will say this; we have a moral obligation as writers to challenge the status quo. I know where I stand. Do you?

The Great Game

June 23, 2012 - 6:28 pm No Comments

It’s still Steampunk Season on this site, so here is another review to tickle your tastebuds…

The Great Game
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.

Review – The Bookman – Bloody ace!

August 8, 2011 - 12:55 am No Comments

The Bookman

Author:  Lavie Tidhar         

Publisher: Angry Robot

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  412pp (includes free giant squid)

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Steampunk is a strange kettle of fish and readers either love it or hate it. I happen to love its’ insanity, but with the caveat that I only like good Steampunk.  By its very nature, the genre challenges knowledge, preconceptions and history itself. If that’s not your cup of tea, move away now. If however, you relish adventure, fantastical events and the mingling of historical fact and fiction with all sorts of technology twisted into a barmy dose of perfect pulp, climb on board this steam train!

If, like me, you want the best of Steampunk, then you simply have to read Lavie Tidhar.

The Bookman, Tidhar’s exemplar Steampunk novel features young hero Orphan. As the novel commences in an alternate Victoria’s England where the Queen is in fact a Lizard, young Orphan is due to marry his beloved Lucy when she is murdered in a terrorist attack on the new Martian probe due to take off.  This is quite a feat considering Mars was only theorised about by scientists such as Percival Lowell at this stage in history.

As you might gather so far, this is no ordinary England. The Londonof The Bookman is full of glorious sights, sounds and smells.  It has two castes of Lizard, the ‘royal’ lizards and the regular Joes, Automatans play chess and successfully imitate humans, poetry is a way of life, The ‘Bookman’ is a cunning terrorist and all must ‘beware the books’. All manner of historical figures from Isabella Beeton to Gilbert & Sullivan and Irene Adler take part in Orphan’s adventures to save his beloved and bring her back to life. 

Tidhar’s Londonis a sumptuous feast of gas lamps, airships, fog, pirates, lizards, murky pubs and whales that sail the Thames. As Orphan starts his quest, it is not just his Lucy he finds, but a hint towards his own hidden identity and that of the mysterious ‘Bookman’.  Played like a pawn in a chess game, (a theme that runs through the novel), Orphan is thrust into manhood & heroism in a manic world of colour and life. Most impressive in this novel is Tidhar’s authenticity in his world building. He is obviously a scholar of history and/or literature, his various literary excerpts which head each chapter, appropriate, enjoyable and also identifiable. There is also a slight mention of ‘giant squids in space’ in the text, a reference most SF fans may just recognise!

All in all, The Bookman is a tremendous achievement and a perfect example of Steampunk. Read it and I guarantee some serious satisfaction!        

If you want to know more about Angry Robot’s latest projects take a look at their website Angry Robot Books. To find out about Lavie Tidhar, follow him @lavietidhar, where he remains active.