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The Dead Isle

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Jack Baker is an engineer in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. Clare Fields is an expatriate from a country that has no contact with the outside world. Ellis Graveworthy is a famous novelist and a spy. Purva de la Fitte is a pirate princess with a sensible soul. Join them in a steampunk adventure spanning three continents in search of the answer to the puzzle ...more
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Published February 8th 2009
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Kam
It's been a good long while since I last read anything in the steampunk vein. This isn't because I've tired of it - far from it, to be truthful, since I really enjoy the genre and would love nothing more than to keep reading as much of it as I can. But it's been difficult finding steampunk that I really enjoy; my last steampunk read, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, turned out to be a disappointment, and has put me off the genre for a solid five months.

My primary problem is a certain lack of
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Highlyeccentric
This is a difficult book to review: it's a magical alt-history steampunk novel in which some american (/american-raised) young people travel with a British spy to conduct espionage in Australia. It is about class and race and what drives people to cruel and/or creative action. Being as I am an Australian and the author is American - no matter how much I trust him - and neither I nor the author are Indigenous Australians, I have some issues and above all I have the uncomfortable feeling that I do ...more
Anna
Aug 26, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, magic
Amazing book!
Emily Witt
Asdlksjefkjhsrkjfhsekjfbse. I really, really loved this book. Y’all should read it. That is all.



Oh, some incoherent rambling and three sentences do not a book review make? Sorry, my bad. Let’s start again.

Have you ever read a book that is so good that you can’t immediately start another one (even if you’re in the airport for five hours and have a very long flight ahead of you) because you’ve gotten so involved in that book’s world you’re not quite ready to let it go yet?

The Dead Isle was this
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Moko
Dec 02, 2012 Moko rated it it was amazing
I simply love it.
I love how the characters are written, where the dreamer is the engineer, after all, and the novel-writer is the disillusioned man.
And Clare. Clare is wonderful. She is the real force behind everything.

More than a Fantasy, is like a What if kind of story. Because you can see how Creationism changed history, especially when you can compare it with the Dead Isle. And for a good part of the book you find it a better Society and a better world. But then comes Revolution and the bes
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Peter
Feb 17, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Sam Starbuck is as reliably excellent an author as ever. "The Dead Isle" is his magnum opus so far in terms of sheer wordcount, and honestly I was a bit worried it would be a slog - 180k words about only three main characters? - or that the treatment of race issues would be awkward despite his best efforts. But once I got started, I could barely put it down. :D
Stasya
Jul 16, 2012 Stasya rated it really liked it
Brilliant! Although, I had a hard time to get myself actually in the book for the first 10 chapters or so, but then it turned upside down and I couldn't stop reading it! Espionage, exciting events, revolution, Australia, sudden plot turns! Not to forget character development. Absolutely love Jack and Purva )))
Superpopielica
Aug 09, 2016 Superpopielica rated it really liked it
A fun read. Enjoyed the main characters and the worldbuilding, esp. the opposition between Creating and making stuff from real stuff. I thought Found it harder to get into the second part of the book - the voyage to Australia went a bit too smoothly, the revolt against the govt even more so.
Sarah
Dec 28, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Excellent book, love the dichotomy between the steam punk and modern societies. Great main characters, easy to empathize with them.
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Sam is a corporate samurai, blogger, and former theatre punk who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Secretly, he is a Time Lord.

He writes literary fiction, magical realism in specific, as well as steampunk-oriented fantasy, the occasional satire (he can quit any time he likes) and sometimes even fanfic.
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“Trains are beautiful. They take people to places they've never been, faster than they could ever go themselves. Everyone who works on trains knows they have personalities, they're like people. They have their own mysteries.” 9 likes
“Do you always try to upset the world as much as possible?" Clare asked.

He gave her a surprised look. "Of course. Otherwise how does anything change?”
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