“Fun and exciting steampunk adventure. Lots of plots and counter plots, treachery and narrow escapes.”Kevin H wrote this review Sunday, May 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book described as the dawn of steampunk - interesting ideas, well executed, doesn't seem dated at all, even though it was written back in 1987 - definitely worth a read.”Caitymakes wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don’t like Victoriana and am generally selective about steampunk. Not sure why I thought this was going to be any good. The poor plot development made it feel more like Lovecraft fanfic than a stand alone work.”Jack R wrote this review Monday, November 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“couldn't get past a few chapters. : \”ksspif wrote this review Tuesday, October 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eh, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I only read it because I created a "Steampunk" challenge for my friends, and this is the author who coined that phrase. Actually, I think Stephen Millhouser has better novels that describe steampunk-like creations in a much more detailed and mysterious way. This book just tried to tell me an adventure story and there was a robot or two in it. And it wasn't very good or very interesting. I didn't care about the characters and ended up just skimming the last several chapters so that I'd know the ending (I hate not finishing books).”Cherylanne wrote this review Saturday, June 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I took my time reading this novel – it’s one of those books you want to dwell in a little. There is plenty of action, lots of great stuff going on, but I really think that in order to get the most from it, you should take your time.
George, the narrator, is a man who doesn’t get worked up over much. Despite everything thrown at him, he tends to keep his wits about him, even though for the most part he has absolutely no-idea whats going on. When we come into his life he is fumbling along as best as he can, but he is already out of his depth, making a mess of his fathers legacy. Very quickly, we are introduced to a few new characters, who drag George into mayhem. Once you get through the first bit, the reading gets much easier and you are in for a great ride.
There is a solid cast of characters, all with their own quirks, no-one quite as they might first seem. A really great example of each and every character having their own history, wants and needs, all driving forward the main plot and leaving our narrator one very confused man. (For that reason, I would recommend this book to writers, even those who aren’t into steampunk – there is a lot to be learned here about creating a rich and complex world, about building characters that are in no way cardboard.)
The writing style is convincingly Victorian (to me, anyways). I could easily believe this was written back in those days and never once felt like I got jarred out of the story. It’s just so well done!
I can’t really say much more, without giving away too many details, or ruining it for anyone. If you like steampunk novels, if you like complex, intelligent story lines, why not check it out?”