Friday, October 11, 2013

Steampunk Fun: A Matter of Temperance, and A World of Intemperance


Book Description:

"The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra's inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young 'comet prodigy' from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world's foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth."

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Book Decsription:

"It is New Year's Eve, 1875. In this humorously told Steampunk tale, adventure-prone Ichabod Temperance and his lovely sweetheart, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, once again find themselves swept up into a whirlwind of misadventure and international catastrophe. The entire world totters on the brink of war, as various nations develop arsenals of dreadful power. It seems as though every nation on Earth lusts for Empire. A sinister plot boils to change the course of human history. Along with a remarkable cast of characters, including sapient animals and clockwork men, our heroes find themselves plunged into unimaginable peril!"
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Angie's Review:

There are a lot of things I really enjoyed about these books. I absolutely love the world that the author has created. It has a very vibrant, colorful feel to it, and the writing style is fun and bouncy. It almost feels cartoon-ish in a way. As I was reading, I was envisioning the world in an animated style. In fact, because of the way the book sounds to me, I would love to see it turned into a graphic novel or at least released with some illustrations. I enjoyed the various inventions in the book- they are a lot of steampunk fun.  The monsters were a really creative element also, and I absolutely adored a cameo by none other than Nikola Tesla. 

The only complaint that I had was that the author writes in a first person, present tense perspective throughout the books. That limited viewpoint gets tedious at times, and there were moments when I felt that another perspective might have allowed the author to immerse you in the world better, as opposed to simply being shown the world through the filter of the characters. Also, because you switch between Ichabod and Persephone's viewpoints, sometimes you backtrack and relive a scene twice. That feels unnecessary. As fun as the books are, they would have been better if they had been told perhaps in third person, and switched to first person via occasional letters or journal entries.

Overall- I liked this, but I think I would have liked it even more as a graphic novel. I have seen similar things done with other books- Frank Beddor's Hatter M series comes to mind- and I think these works would be perfect for a similar treatment.

Author's Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7077425.Ichabod_Temperance

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