Thursday, September 23, 2010


So, I thought I'd jump in on the Bookkeeper's Steampunk Challenge and try to find more steampunk books to read myself and share some recommendations of my own.
Steampunk challenge

With that in mind, here is a short review I wrote back in July on the Little Professor page
I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but this book is BRILLIANT! The female character is sympathetic, the male character is flawed, but in an understandable way. There are shades of Alan Moore's "From Hell" lurking about creating dark, atmospheric pockets. The zombies are spine chilling and extraordinarily well conceived. I cannot wait for the next book. Literally. I can't wait. I may explode. (In point of fact, I special ordered it from England as it was released there over six months before it came out in the US). It could happen. So, just wanted to point all that out. I'll try to be sane again now.

The book centers around Sir Maurice Newbury, and investigator for the Crown, and his new assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes. There are automatons, dirigibles, and even zombies! An horrific dirigible crash along with several other well protected incidents have started to throw doubt on the reliability of the automatons. After all, who wants a clockwork butler that might strangle your guests at any moment? Sir Maurice and his unexpectedly feminine assistant have to get to the bottom of the mystery before any more tragedies occur.


  1. This definitely sounds like an interesting plot. And another book goes on the wishlist...:).

  2. Interesting -- I'm not sure how I feel about zombies though, so that's why I'm getting the mixed feelings about it ... Thanks for the review!

  3. I'm ridiculously pleased to see this review. I downloaded the book to listen to on audible, and the opening complete with zombies threw me for a loop. I'm relieved to see your summary shifts the story right back into the arena of "books I should like a lot."