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The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs (Narbondo #5)

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An outbreak of violent madness at the Explorers Club, the coincidental murders of a recluse scientist in North Kent and a lighthouse keeper on the chalk cliffs below Brighton, and the mysterious disappearance of Alice St. Ives, lead Langdon St. Ives, Jack Owlesby, and their resolute friend Tubby Frobisher into the very heart of danger, where they discover the great secret ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by Subterranean Press
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Jun 27, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I became a fan of the newly-named Steampunk genre in 1985 or 1986, after reading James Blaylock's Homunculus. Now, 25 or so years later, it's interesting to read new stories about those characters, knowing that Steampunk (as a genre) has grown and changed into something else.

The adventures of Professor Langdon St. Ives and his friends still read like madcap, pulpy adventures. This one is fast-paced and funny, with the friends striving to stop the evil hunchback, Doctor Ignacio Narabando, from ga
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 23, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it liked it
Blaylock's "Langdon St. Ives" series, is classic Victorian English adventure. St. Ives is a brilliant scientist, and adventurer. It's been a few years, since the last St. Ives book, but Blaylock slips into the style of the era, like putting on a favorite pair of slippers. The characters, the plot, the pace, all read like something of the time of Verne, Conan-Doyle, et al. The only problem I had with it, was that it was too short.
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Jul 13, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it did not like it
Langdon St. Ives returns in The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock’s latest LANGDON ST. IVES ADVENTURE.

St. Ives is described as “the greatest, if largely unheralded, explorer and scientist in the Western World … piecing together a magnetic engine for a voyage to the moon.” Unfortunately, the premise of The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs is less ambitious than its protagonist. Although our heroes are explorers and scientists, they do little exploring here. In fact, they don’t even leave En
May 08, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
A charming little kitbag of quirks; more complete than his last couple of this series.

Mar 09, 2012 LP rated it really liked it
Another fine Langdon St Ives adventure. It's fun reuniting with Jack and the gang. There's not quite as much involvement with St Ives, as he's out of commission part of the time, but we get to know Alice St Ives a little better, which is nice. I hope there will be more adventures to come.
David Schwan
Jun 19, 2011 David Schwan rated it liked it
A solidly written book in the the St. Ives series. The villain uses a "ray" type device to inflict madness on people at a distance. What is disappointing is the protection device used against the "ray." An entertaining short read. Wonderful illustrations.
Peter Brander
Jun 30, 2011 Peter Brander rated it liked it
Homunculus is by far the best of Blaylock's St.Ives books. This is the latest book in the series. Short and enjoyable. You won't regret having bought/read it.
Sep 03, 2011 Deborah rated it liked it
A quick easy Steampunk adventure set in Victorian times. Enjoy reading about Langdon St. Ives as he hunts for the elusive Dr. Narbondo.
John Pendergraft
May 06, 2013 John Pendergraft rated it really liked it
Another Langdon St. Ives adventure. An extremely enjoyable read.
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James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author. He is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.

He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receivin
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