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The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  3,711 ratings  ·  536 reviews
Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Tor Books (first published 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Veronica Hobbes investigate an airship crash in Victorian London. Why were all the victims lashed to their seats? Where was the pilot? And why is the Queen so intent on Newbury and Hobbes finding out what happened? The trail leads them to the airship manufacturers who also happen to make automatons. Can Newbury and Hobbes solve the mystery before the mysterious glowing policeman takes them?

The Affinity Bridge is a fast-moving steampunk mystery. Once it gets...more
Jeffrey
Aug 16, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci fi historical mystery fans
If this book is Steampunk, then I want to read more of them. Maurice Newbury is a Crown Agent, an investigator of both crimes and the occult for the crown in this delightfully vigorous mystery set in a reworked victorian England full of both elements of science fiction and horror.

Revenants (zombie like human creatures, who are victims of a plague from India) are roaming London killing people, but other people are dying by some mysterious means, found strangled. There are odd sightings of a glowi...more
Miriam
While in some ways original, this novel combines a number of themes which seem oddly prevalent in recent publications: zombies (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War, Patient Zero A Joe Ledger Novel, Breathers A Zombie's Lament, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), automata (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Alchemy Of Stone), airships (The Wizard Hunters, Clementine, New Amsterdam,Airborn) in a vaguely steampunkish setting ( Larklight A Rousing Tale of Dauntl...more
Amanda
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This wasn't a bad little story. It moved along at a fair pace, it had some interesting characterizations - and I love anachronistic female characters - and the mystery wasn't entirely obvious, though it was hardly surprising, either.

I figured it out the first time Veronica visited her sister, and I was kind of annoyed that she didn't.

I was going to bump this up to a 3 1/2 stars, but then came the part with the impossibly unstoppable man.

Ok - here be some spoilers

**

So, our hero gets himself inju...more
N
I got through 60 pages of this before I just had to stop reading it; I tried to give it a chance, but if there's nothing good about a book 60 pages in and MUCH bad about it, it's time to move on.

Before I get into specifies, I want to make clear that none of the problems I had with this book had anything to do with steampunk in particular; everything that's wrong with the book is purely bad writing. Steampunk concepts and the aesthetic are still appealing to me, but this is clearly not the book...more
Tim Hicks
Meh. This reads as if it was written to fulfill a contract obligation, or because "we need a steampunk novel".

Too many formulaic components - and this may be a problem with the genre rather than this particular author - and too many chunks of boilerplate text.

Every time characters of the opposite sex enter the room, it's tea time. Every time two men come together, it's time for some brandy, sometimes with a pipe. Yawn.

Implausible hero. Makes Batman look like a wimp. The more he got hurt/maime...more
Josephine
A zombie plague! Mysterious clockwork automata! Airship crashes! What more could Crown Investigator Sir Maurice Newbury and his capable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes ask for?

(Maybe... an editor?) The story was... solid, I suppose, but I felt no connection whatsoever to the characters, and there was only one part of the mystery that even mildly surprised me. The prose was functional but not clever, and the dialogue seemed to waver confusedly between Victorian and modern (neither of which I would...more
Paulette Jaxton
If you're really, really desperate to read something in the Steampunk genre and the only thing you can find is this book, by all means read it. However, please don't think this is what the genre is all about.

My biggest complaint with Mr. Mann's book is that the characters, from the atypical Victorian female protagonist down to the lowliest soon to be victim Bobbie, are inconsistent. One minute they are all proper and speaking in a quaint variation of period English and the next minute they might...more
Libby
3.5 stars – another reviewer stated that this was a pretty simple, straightforward book and I agree. Nonetheless, it was very enjoyable and I recommend it for a fun, easy read.

It’s a Sherlock Holmes, Victorian setting adventure with a Steampunk aspect – the story is predictable and the characters are stock but it’s still very well done. The author knew his genre and worked within it in a creative way. This is one of the better examples of this type of work.

If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes (especial...more
Tim Chaplin
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edifanob
"Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. For this is also a world whe...more
Katie
Set in an alternative Victorian London populated with mysterious scientists, brass automatons, airships and zombies, this book was very silly but also very entertaining.

At times it seems as though Mann has a few too many subplots on the go at once and that certain aspects are being ignored for too long. However, he handles them all skilfully and eventually they become so impressively interwoven and dependent upon one another that I was willing to forgive their seemingly disparate nature because...more
Ian
Apologies to my dear friend (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/39...), but I could not manage to finish this. It's not because it's a pastiche. Those are great. The writing itself bothered me. The author repeats passages of exposition almost word-for-word: p. 21 "After the last of the thieves turned up dead, the 'glowing bobby' was never seen again"; p. 39 "Once they were dead, the 'glowing bobby' disappeared, never to be seen again." The setting and dialogue are not very believable either, and...more
Christine
This story had all the right ingredients, but something went wrong when it was all assembled together and tasted really bland.

So it has all the right plot elements and the characters and adventure and steampunk inventions are there, but the writing quality seemed kind of low. If I were told this was a story written by a middle schooler for a contest, then I'd say this is quite well done. But upon looking up the author, I had some other thoughts cross my mind about the prose...but since I'm not a...more
Grace
Steampunk is all the rage right now. And Mann did not leave me disappointed at all with his take on it. Introducing Newbury (the detective) and Miss Hobbes (his assistant), this book delves into a world where airships float gracefully through the sky, where zombies stalk the dark street corners, where automatons appear to the be the new frontier.


I loved this book. That is not an exaggeration in the least. Mann definitely knows what he's doing. He has great character development and the plot-line...more
Al
I get it, I get it. Steampunk is "in." Zombies are "in." Speculation about androids is "in." But do we really need to put them all in one book? Mann does nothing but attempt to cater to the masses in this mess of genre-fiction. Bland writing and flat dialogue round out a cast of indistinguishable characters. Even the cheesiest (but still fun) genre series (think Dresden Files, Anita Blake, etc.) at least have characters with some spunk and differentiation--and if you're writing what you're hopin...more
Megan Baxter
The epilogue to this book almost caused me to bump this up to a four-star review. Almost. But given that the vast majority of it had me quite comfortably rating it as a 3, I'm going to stay with that. But the ending is just interesting enough to convince to to pick up another.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Bill Tillman
A totally delightful tale of Victorian England, with the Jules Verne twist of steampunk. I found the sub plots a pure delight adding scope to the tale. A must read for steampunk, fantasy, and Sherlock Holmes lovers.
Paul Weimer
The year is 1901.

A strange zombie plague threatens the low class areas of London. Zeppelins fill the skies, piloted by mechanical men. Queen Victoria, with medical help, is still on the British Throne. A mysterious, glowing policeman has been strangling people.

Welcome to the world of George Mann's The Affinity Bridge.

In this Victorian AH Steampunk world, meet Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes. Agents of the Crown, its their job to deal with enemies and threats to Engla...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
My first foray into Steampunk was through The Parasol Protectorate and I love those books. The Affinity Bridge is the first in a series of books by George Mann and is an altogether more serious affair. In a way it takes itself far too seriously and would have benefited from a touch of humour (a la Gail Carriger).

Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes, Investigators of the Crown - by day they work at the British Museum, by night (or when they feel like it) helping Scotland Yard with all man...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Honestly, I really don't know how to review this book. This book for me was more along the lines of a 3.7 and that's because the action picked up somewhere after the 120 page mark.

The writing was a bit laborious to get through and the POV that George Mann decided to take was a bit of a headache. The characters, even with all of their backstory, seemed a bit 2-d and cardboard with the only really promise every thirty pages or so only to be bogged down by superfluous description.

I bought this book...more
Nick
This is my first foray into the Steampunk genre, and I must say it set the bar pretty high. At the same time, The Affinity Bridge could have easily been designated a place in the Mystery section as much as SciFi.

I can't help but think of this as an amalgam of other great works, to no discredit to George Mann. It reads like Victorian Jack the Ripper noir-ish mystery meets a George Romero zombie movie meets Asimov's I, Robot with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (drug use and all) investigating bei...more
Lee
The Affinity Bridge brainstorming session #19

Author enters and finds himself on one of two adjacent stages. The only furnishings on his stage are two chairs. In one of the chairs sits O'Bare, a large, hairy man. Author goes and sits on the free chair.
Author: Uh, hello.
O'Bare: Hello there! I'm O'Bare.
Author: That's a peculiar name.
O'Bare: Meh, it's needed for a pun at the end of this sketch.
Author: Oh, okay. Why are there two stages here?
O'Bare: Well that one over there is Stage Right.
Author: And...more
Christine
Summary
This British sci-fi tale invites you to visit a Victorian London that would baffle and astonish Sherlock Holmes. In this Jules Verne�worthy realm, Queen's agent Sir Maurice Newbury and his fetching assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, are charged with thwarting miscreants who use science and the supernatural to achieve their ends. In The Affinity Bridge, Newbury and Hobbes must confront mysteries involving a crashed airship, a missing automaton pilot, a glowing serial killer, and a zombie pla...more
Robert
Victorian London. Steampunk. Brass robots. Zombies. A detective who is a professor with an interest in the supernatural, and an assistant who is a plucky young woman.

Sounds quite enticing, doesn't it? The Affinity Bridge is the kind of book which would make for a rollicking, pretty movie. Unfortunately, as a written story, it falls strangely flat. If I had to put my finger on a cause, it is the way the story seems to be soulless, drawn by numbers, rather than energetic, innovative fare. It feels...more
Trucido
I finished this book with an overwhelming sense of having been cheated. Cheated out of the time I spent reading it, cheated out of the possibilities suggested and then abused and abandoned by the author, cheated out of a little part of me that really did love steampunk. The author seeds the story with characters who blather on despite not having a voice, racing between generically contrived scenes for obtuse reasons that even the author seems not to understand. Their copy-and-paste emotions are...more
Sarah
I didn't think I was going to enjoy this - I'd originally bought it for Chris - so included it on my TBR Challenge for this year. I'd had an earlier, relatively unsuccessful foray into steampunk so I approached this with some trepidation.....

It's London under Victoria's reign, but ground trains and electric hansom cabs run along the streets, and airships rule the skies.........and a plague like virus is making people zombie like (although for those of you who aren't zombie - or revenants as Mann...more
Richard Gazala
This book is a passably entertaining foray into steampunk and a good way to while away a few hours. The principal characters, Maurice Newbury and Victoria Hobbes, are shamelessly modeled on Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Holmes and Watson, and they're even more blatantly reminiscent of the X Files' Mulder and Scully. The plot moves quickly as the heroes grapple under unreliable gaslight with an array of zombies, robots, and human miscreants in Victorian London at the seemingly incessantly foggy daw...more
Jen3n
Let's see: it started-out promising and then devolved into a Marty-Stu character study. With zombies.

Are you familiar with the concept of Mary-Sue characters? There is some debate over the proper definitions, but ESSENTALLY it's a character who has no flaws or whose flaws are just so charming that those flaws are austensibly no longer flaws. It's a character who is so gosh-darn sparkly-perfect and humble and smart and good-looking but, like, you know, so totally unaware of how, like, hot they ar...more
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George Mann is an author and editor, primarily in genre fiction. He was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1978.
A former editor of Outland, Mann is the author of The Human Abstract, and more recently The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual in his Newbury and Hobbes detective series, set in an alternate Britain, and Ghosts of Manhattan, set in the same universe some decades later.
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