The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes #2)
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The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes #2)

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A steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality, artifacts, and intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn't banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hell-bent on achievin
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Hardcover, 319 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Dan Schwent
Soon after Sir Maurice Newbury attends a mummy unwrapping, people connected to the expedition that recovered it turn up dead. Meanwhile, Veronica Hobbes is investigating the disappearances of young girls that seem to be connected to a traveling magician. How do their investiations intersect? What does it have to do with the mysterious agent who was supposed to meet Newbury at the train station? And who is behind the Osiris Ritual?

The Osiris Ritual is the second Newbury & Hobbes Investigation...more
Alias Pending
Excellent steampunk tea time action. A short summary: I think TOR works better as an introduction to Mann's universe than Affinity Bridge. TOR seemed less weighed down with ornamental brass than AB, and was far more quickly paced and action packed for it.
My only quibble would be a certain damsel in distress scenario that seemed a lost opportunity and a lack of Amelia, but I won't say more for now is not the time for spoilers.
I also have a theory as to how Newbury is the Fox Mulder of his time,...more
Jamieson Ridenhour
I really want to like these books. The characters have the potential for compelling relationships, and the story has potential as well. And--steampunk detective novels with zombies and Egyptian rituals? Sounds like a win. I have now slogged through two Newbury and Hobbes investigations, and I doubt I'll do a third. Mann's writing is the impediment: poor pacing, absurdly extended predictable action sequences, and a bad tendency to restate obvious plot point sseveral times in as many chapters (whi...more
Jeffrey
The flawed agent of this highly imagined Victorian England returns in this second Newbury and Hobbes Investigations. In the prior novel in this Steampunk trilogy, we have learned of many marvels that infuse this society, from seers, like Hobbes sister, to the mysterious Dr. Fabian, who keeps the Queen alive with pumps and wires, to robotic automons. Mann has a rich imagination and his highly stylized writing buoys this novel, which in the end is more about a mystery involving life after death, t...more
John Carter McKnight
Significantly worse than the first book in this series, which was pleasantly readable. Horrid, cliche'd prose, character un-development (they became more cardboard than in the introductory volume), and a generally hashed-up mystery plot. It was an effort to finish this, and I'll go out of my way to avoid further works by this author.
Beka
Reading The Osiris Ritual demonstrated to me that I liked Mann's first book, The Affinity Bridge, more for the novelty of a steampunk detective team than for the writing itself. He clearly has a lot of talent, and loves his characters, but it doesn't seem like he spends enough time getting to know them - they all come across as rather flat. It doesn't take more than a couple of pages to tell me that a) Newbury is very smart, b) Newbury is addicted to opium, c) Newbury is attracted to Hobbes, and...more
Debs
What a fantastic and entertaing read!
This is a wonderful and original story set in late Victorian London complete with atmospheric fog. Brimming with peculiar Victorian inventions and contraptions, strange and sinister characters and good old fashioned gentlemen.
Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are Agents For The Queen (I guess a bit like MI5, although their cases are more suited to the X-Files!), operating from the inocuous facade of researchers at the British Museum....more
Karen Syed
I simply love these books. While I don't so much enjoy the whole undead themes, this second book in the series stepped away from that (prominent in Book 1) and gave us a wonderful tale of intrigue and adventure.

Newbury is in top form in this tale that focuses on an ancient ritual that seems to be alive and kicking in his backyard. Heap on top of this new mystery the fact that the past has reared its ugly head (literally) and it may cost Newbury his life.

George Man is quite a storyteller and I ad...more
edifanob
We ( my inner book critic and I) highly recommend this book - and of course the whole series - to all of you who have a foible for mystery, characters with secrets and avidities, a story with more than one thread, airships, submersives, automatons, steam-driven cabs all placed in a great city. Buy it, read it , love it.

Read my full review at Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Grace
A decidedly average book. The writing was lacking, and although I rarely complain about it there was a great deal of telling rather than showing, as we are always told exactly what everyone thinks to a situation or person and never left to develop our own impressions, which also tends to slow things down. The characters themselves are rather unremarkable, which is to say the have a lot less depth than I remember from the first book (although I read that a long time ago and my memory is a bit vag...more
Wing Ho
A good but very unbalanced book that went from a four to a three star purely on the fact that the main character of this series is simply a moron.

This is my second full Newbury and Hobbes book and though I enjoyed the first novel, it was very flawed (mainly in the characters...) and I hoped that the second novel would make amends and learn from book 1's mistakes...nope...not at all:

1) The world just like in book 1 and the 2 short stories before this book was interesting. This is a steampunk nove...more
Andrew Fear
Dull stuff really. None of the characters were developed and there was a lack of period feel. None of the steampunk devices seemed to add to the plot which was really a rather generic thriller which could have been placed in any set of circumstances. The writing increases that feeling with the incorrect use of "momentarily", "source" and "reference" used as verbs, and bizarre talk about "objectifying" women. Not the language of a steampunk universe. I think the author will find that the British...more
Ryan Abe.
You know whats frustrating about this book? The Main Story. You know what's pretty good about this book? The main characters relationship, Newbury's magic dragon addiction and Ashford. Everything else is just kinda...well...meh. So much so, that i found myself skimming some pages to get to the point of the set up; so i could in turn get back to a fresh Hobbes and Newbury scene. I could tell you this book was a good mystery detective pulp novel but i'd be lying. The overarching plot was so predic...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
The erstwhile Newbury and fiery Hobbes are back at it again in this second volume of Mann's series. Confronted with a murdered lord, two rogue agents in London and a string of missing young women from the East End, the two have their work more than cut out for them. Though this book could be read as a standalone steampunk novel, I highly recommend reading the series in order. Set a few months after the events of The Affinity Bridge, it is a new year in England and things are not as they seem. It...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Cécile C.
Hum. Before getting started, can I ask something? I think it would be a good idea if, from now on, everybody who wanted to get published took a compulsory course in writing decent female characters. It would avoid spoiling perfectly fine books with silly, caricatural heroins who are supposed to be Strong Female Characters(TM), but who still do nothing of significance in the course of a whole book, act silly and helpless every time the writer needs some conflict for the male hero, and end up bein...more
LitAddictedBrit
First published at Lit Addicted Brit

When I posted my thoughts on the first in Mann's Newbury and Hobbes series, The Affinity Bridge, I gave it three stars and said of the second instalment, "I might pick it up one day if I see a copy in a charity shop or something but I'm not exactly clawing at Waterstones' door to get it". That still pretty much sums up how I feel about this series. It's reasonable. The books haven't had me clutching at them, desperate to know what's going to happen next, but t...more
Marie-Claire
Das erfolgreichste Ermittlerduo der Krone, Sir Maurice Newbury und Veronica Hobbes, hat einen neuen Auftrag, denn London wird von mysteriösen Todesfällen heimgesucht: Junge Frauen verschwinden spurlos, nachdem sie die Show eines berühmten Zauberkünstlers besucht haben. Und ein bedeutender Kunstmäzen wird nach der öffentlichen Präsentation einer echten Mumie brutal ermordet. Während Newbury das Geheimnis der Mumie zu ergründen versucht, verstrickt er sich in okkulte Intrigen, die ihn in die tiefs...more
Martin Belcher
In this book we again follow Sir Maurice Newbury, investigator for Her Majesty Queen Victoria and his very able assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes investigating what at first seems to be two very separate cases....

The first being the mysterious murder of the well known Egyptologist, Lord Winthrop, who had previously just unveiled an Egyptian Mummy and precious caskets called Ushabti.

The second case being the unexplained disappearances of girls from a theatre hosting a stage show by the Magician Al...more
Monica
This was still a really great story, but I felt it was less exciting than The Affinity Bridge. I didn't like how the detectives were pursuing individual cases, it meant there was less development in their relationship, both professional & personal. Also it felt like both characters were a bit weaker in this book, Veronica I recall was a much stronger female lead in the first adventure & in this one she spends most of the time in a damsel in distress mode with Sir Maurice constantly getti...more
Liviu
Excellent sequel to The Affinity Bridge and second book in a loose three novel arc that will end in the next installment THE IMMORALITY ENGINE. After that there will be at least three more novels comprising another arc.

The story of Sir Maurice Newbury as Sherlock Bond with an addiction to opium and the arcane and his plucky assistant Veronica Hobbes with a very unusual sister and secrets of her own continues magnificently here.


In The Osiris Ritual there are three seemingly unrelated threads:

- Lo...more
Sjhigbee
This is the second book in this series, although I haven’t read the first offering. Does that matter? While the whodunit(s) powering the book certainly is completely stand-alone and brought to a satisfactory conclusion, I did feel that Mann could have spared a bit more time and effort bonding his readership with his two protagonists. I certainly think the scene where Veronica Hobbes visits her sister should be earlier in the book than Chapter 8 – because that ongoing puzzle was the one that real...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Decent enough action-mystery story - though there's still the problem of sort of either accidentally stumbling on clues or being lead by the nose a bit - and I like the characters well enough.

But the biggest problem is the writing, really.

For one there's the repetitiveness. Not only does Mann repeat plot points, descriptions, and other details constantly in a chapter, but his characters keep going through the same movements and thought processes.

Also, the opium addiction seems a bit too prevale...more
Doug
The second of Mann's "Newbury and Hobbes" steampunk/mystery/adventures (following The Affinity Bridge ) struck me as stronger overall than its predecessor, with a bit more depth of character. I found the tone a little inconsistent -- there are a few moments that veer into excessively broad parody of pulp/adventure conventions and require a greater level of suspension of disbelief than most of the book. And as in the first novel, there are some rough bits of prose that could have been smoothed by...more
David
Feb 01, 2010 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steampunk fans who like a mystery
The Osiris Ritual is the second book of the Newbury and Hobbes Investigation, which has become a series. This book is an improvement on the already enjoyable Affinity Bridge.

The tale follows Newbury at a high society event that features the unwrapping of an ancient Egyptian mummy. At the same time, Hobbes begins her investigation into a series of disappearing girls. The two investigations in themselves are devious and clever, but the unfolding is great. The two enemies we meet are more sinister...more
Claudia
The second in the Newbury and Hobbes series (I reviewed the first book, "The Affinity Bridge", here - http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...). This was the book whose cover drew me in, because I am an absolute sucker for Egyptology and a gilded death mask (even if it is King Tut's) is always a sure way to my heart and wallet.

After my somewhat mixed feelings about the first book, I am pleased to say this is much better. Mann's writing of character and dialogue have improved immeasurably and the...more
Alisha Tarran
The cover of this book is what caught my eye, because it was beautiful and because of the Egyptian theme. I've always had an interest in History, and particularly Egypt as I found it fascinating so I knew I had to read this book. When I got this book I didn't realize it was the second in the series, and started reading it totally unaware.

George Mann has written this book so beautifully that the descriptions of his creations and the scene and setting come to life and you can immerse yourself in...more
Andrew
While I've enjoyed George Mann's other work that I've read, this book was a bit of a let-down. The story was exciting and fast-paced, and had some nice set-pieces and imagery. However, the character development, particularly on the part of the villain, felt very sketchy. We never really get a sense of the villain's motivation, and this leads to him just feeling like he's doing bad things because he's evil, or crazy, or both. We also never really get a sense of what the evil, crazy rituals he's p...more
Tal
Death stalks London and the newspapers proclaim that a mummy's curse has been unleashed. Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, is drawn into a web of occult intrigue as he attempts to solve the murders. And he soon finds himself on the trail of a rogue agent - a man who died to be reborn as a living weapon.

Newbury's able assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, has her own mystery to unravel. Girls are going missing from a magician's theatre show. But what appears to be a straightf...more
David Kerr
Following hot on the heels of George Mann's entertaining steampunk debut 'The Affinity Bridge' comes 'The Osiris Ritual,' the second in the Newbury & Hobbes investigations.
Once again, we find the duo investigating the nefarious to the downright bizarre against the backdrop of a London filled with all manner of peculiar devices and insidious villains. This time, they have to spread their attentions on three different front: Firstly, a series of ritualistic murders are taking place and on the...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.
He wrote the T...more
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