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The Lamplighter's Love

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Mary has trained for years to become the next Lamplighter of London. When her chance comes, however, she realizes the massive difference engines of the Lampworkers' guild would be a cold substitute indeed for the passion she's begun to explore with the current Lamplighter, Nicholas. Though fate, it seems, is determined to separate them. A rival threatens to upset all Mary' ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Ellora's Cave
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Nicholas, the lamplighter, operates a machine which controls the lights of London: drawbridges,lamplights, stoplights, factory whistles, the synchronized chiming of the clock towers, and al the other systems which keep the city going. As his apprentice of several years, Mary formed a friendship with Nicholas. He is now retiring, and as a master lamplighter herself, Mary has a chance to be the next Lamplighter.

Nicholas decides to teach Mary much more than that job. He introduces her to the pleas
Jenny Schwartz
Loved the style. An imaginative, original steampunk world that left me wanting MORE but not dissatisfied. I enjoyed the whole underground setting and the tentacles reaching out (this is my highly metaphorical description so that I don't inadvertently drop spoilers) to everywhere else.

Nicely played out complications of politics and personal relationships. I love that element of steampunk - the punk bit that acknowledges the role of power in society, and confounding it.

And wow, was the story sexy!
Ruthie Knox
This steampunk novella is a tasty little morsel of pseudo-historical sci-fi erotic-romance goodness. The hero, Nicholas, is the Lamplighter. He lives underground and spends nearly every waking moment controlling the contraptions that keep London moving and producing–everything from train whistles to traffic signals to shipping lanes to the lamps. He’s almost solely responsible for keeping the city’s lights on, but he lives in the dark, having given up all semblance of a normal life for his work. ...more
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I admit I was not much of a steampunk fan.. until I read this novella. What first drew me into The Lamplighter’s Love was the atmosphere. Ms. Dryden creates a beautiful, sensual world in this story. Mary is a sympathetic and accessible character and the story stays deeply in her point-of-view. She’s dedicated, hard working and prepared to devote her life to the Lamplighter’s way. Yet she finds herself capabl
3 stars.

Imaginative and yet familiar. Interesting premise. Very good world building in the short story; maybe needed a bit more romance?

The lead characters had depth and some dimension, but the secondaries (including the villain) were merely sketchy (pun intended).

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Upon consideration, I know what bothered me. Obviously, the ages at which their relationship began, and the disparity. But more importantly, it's an anti-feminist fantasy wherein the woman who has worked for a decade in h
2.5 stars

The world building was really interesting, but I had problems with the characters.

The hero wasn't really developed enough for me to get a good handle on his character (granted, it's only a 60 page story, so there's not much room for character development). Add to that the self-martyr tendencies of the heroine -- not everyone has a problem with that theme, but it bugs me just as much in novels as it does in real life, and it's hard to enjoy a story when you want to smack the heroine upsi
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I enjoyed this story but didn't like the ending. The world building was interesting and I'd love to read more in the world. About that ending, though... it felt a bit out of character for Mary. (view spoiler) Maybe if this had been hinted at earlier in the story it wouldn't have surprised me. As it is I found myself wishing for a different ending to ...more
Sweet, different, and a little bit steamy. The steampunk elements seemed a bit heavy-handed at times, but that may have just been my personal taste. On the whole, I'd recommend this one.
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