Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system, while her agents, Sir Maurice Newbury and his delectable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes, do battle with enemies of the crown, physical and supernatural. This time Newbury and Hobbes are called to investigate the wreckage of a crashed airship and its missing automaton pilot, while attempting to solve a string of strangulations attributed to a mysterious glowing policeman, and dealing with a zombie plague that is ravaging the slums of the capital.Get ready to follow dazzling young writer George Mann to a London unlike any you've ever seen and into an adventure you will never forget.. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
SF editor Mann (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction) sets this leisurely mystery, published in the U.K. by Snowbooks in 2008, in an alternate 1901 London where steam-powered taxicabs fill the streets and brass automatons have begun to replace human labor. Sir Maurice Newbury, British Museum anthropologist and occult connoisseur, and his Watsonesque assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, are summoned to investigate the crash of a cyborg-piloted helium zeppelin. Meanwhile, a plague is spreading through London's poorer quarters, turning everyday citizens into bloodthirsty, zombielike revenants� and threatening the stability of the Empire. Mann's stiff-upper-lipped Victorians chat at great length over cups of Earl Grey and occasionally whack zombies and robots in arduous action passages, and the unnecessary details and painfully stilted dialogue bring nothing fresh to the steampunk subgenre. (July)
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Posted July 26, 2010 by Kathy , SandyI really liked this book. The characters felt alive. I could see this book becoming a movie. I really liked the setting. London itself felt like an important character with a dark and moody personality. Miss Hobbes was a strong heroine. Sir Maurice is great. I think he was modeled after Sherlock Holmes but I like how he has his own character. My favorite thing about this book is the melding of a bunch of themes. Mystery, thriller, historical, fantasy with a little romance I thought they blended beautifully. Once this story starts picking up it is a page turner.
July 06, 2009
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