Gideon Smith and The Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

I really enjoy reading Steampunk and I have reviewed one or two here on my blog. Not every author captures the essence of the alternative Victorian technology and society as well as David Barnett does in Gideon Smith and The Mechanical Girl. So, what is this book about? Gideon Smith is the son of a Yorkshire fisherman. a young man addicted to the heroic adventures of Captain Lucian Trigger in his favourite penny-dreadful. But when Gideon’s father is mysteriously lost at sea and a local man goes missing in some local caves, the claims of a young boy to have seen monsters makes Gideon believe there are supernatural powers at work. Meanwhile, Bram Stoker, holidaying in Whitby, believes that Count Dracula himself has travelled to the UK and vows to track the vampire...

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Super Dooper Bestest Ever Blog Post™

It doesn’t seem a year since the rubbish poem I wrote to celebrate my 50th birthday, but here we are, March 15th and I’m 51. Fifty-one. Good Gawd Almighty! How did that happen? I know they say time passes quickly when you’re having fun, but I haven’t laughed that much, even if the increase in wrinkles laughter lines would suggest otherwise. Anyhoo, I digress. Writing this post coincides with reading a book about blogging which I’ll be reviewing in due course. But meanwhile, here is the Super Dooper Bestest Ever Blog Post™ containing a little bit of everything I’ve learned so far. Write About Something That Interests You. Where do I start? I have so many interests and I occasionally freak out at the thought of everything I’ll never find out about before I die....

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Automatic Woman by Nathan L Yocum

If you can imagine Sherlock Holmes written by Micky Spillane and set against a steampunk alternative Victorian London, you’d maybe begin to understand the fascinating universe in which Nathan L Yocum’s book, Automatic Woman, takes place. Jolly, a rotund detective from the Bow Street Firm, finds himself drawn into a very strange case when an automaton, Swan Lake’s Swan Princess, kills her creator and Jolly is suspected of the crime. What follows is a race through London and beyond while Jolly tries to find the real culprit, clear his name and get to the bottom of the ‘science’ behind this unique automaton. Peopled by characters purely from his own imagination, as well as reimagined historical figures – Charles Darwin as a megalomaniacal rich man in the vein...

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Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine

When I was a wee girl my parents used to take me to see the circus at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow every Christmas. I vividly remember the smells: sawdust, animals and cotton candy, and the other kids laughing at the freakishly frightening clowns. I remember the noises; the trumpeting, roaring otherworldliness of it all and to this young Scottish girl, it was nothing short of magic. But what took place annually in Glasgow pales into normalcy compared to the Circus Tresaulti. In Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine has created a  steampunk Big Top like no other you have experienced. The world in which Mechanique is set is a world at war. Many, if not most, cities have fallen and the circus Tresaulti travels around the war-ravaged land as...

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