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The Sky: The World

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Who is Doctor Azaz? It is the 19th Century, and Azazian England is at it's pinnacle. Aeroplanes rule the sky, and crystalline technology has transformed life itself. But for stunt pilot Jack Racine, life is little more than an endless tailspin into liquor, laudanum, and loose women. But all that is about to change. For Jack Racine is about to have an audience with the arch ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Reliquary Press
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The opening grabbed me and actually had me on the edge of my seat – it was fabulous! The superb opening had me fired up and ready for action but what followed was many pages of family history and explanatory passages. The telling was skilled and managed to hold my interest for the most part but I would have much preferred there to have been more action with briefer history lessons scattered throughout. The pacing, however, picks up in the latter half of the book. There are more action scenes and ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
A whirlwind tale of larger-than-life characters that both swagger and roll in the hay with equal frequency and dexterity. I thoroughly enjoyed The Sky, The World and, due to the fresh mix of unusual elements it was not quite like anything I've read before. The book is set in alternate 19th century London which has experienced a completely different industrial revolution than ours due to a magical science brought to England and dispensed by the enigmatic Dr. Azaz. The setting feels kind of steamp ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Majanka rated it really liked it
Read the review on my website.

As you all probably know, I’m a big fan of Jessica McHugh’s writing. I’ve previously read and reviewed two other books by her: Camelot Lost and Rabbits in the Garden, both whom I enjoyed a lot. I was thrilled to participate in the book tour for another novel of hers, The Sky: The World. Although this book is something entirely different from the two other ones I mentioned, it was a nice and interesting read as well.

The Sky: The World starts out promising enough wit
May 19, 2013 Richard rated it liked it
The Sky: The World takes place in an alternative history of the early 1800′s in which an enigmatic person named Doctor Azaz has given humanity progress beyond that of it’s own time period. Locked up in his ivory tower and having no interaction with the outside world, he still commands an almost God-like presence over the world. Azaz has created birthing pools in which fertile women bathe in to be born with the perfect children. Child-bearing through normal means is largely a thing of the past. T ...more
Red Tash
A lot to like with this book. There's a scoundrel for a leading man, a lot of sex and a lot of drugs, and it's all set in this alternate timeline where a creepy mysterious "impure" magician in an ivory tower sets the rules for a precocious Western World on the edge of a tomorrow that would-be today. It's a bit of a who-dun-it, with a lot of snappy dialogue and imagery so well-worded that it might as well have been cgi. This is a mystery, an adventure, a love story, and a redemption tale. Did I m ...more
May 12, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a few pleasant (if startling and creepy) encounters with Ms. McHugh's short fiction works, I chose this as my first novel experience. Turns out, it's kind of a mix of a bunch of genres I like: kinda steampunk, lots of action/adventure, seriously speculative, a bit of heaving bosom romance tossed in, and ultimately a lovely, if somewhat gritty redemption story. It's the 19th century, but not the one we're familiar with. The mysterious Dr. Azaz has transformed the world through his many inve ...more
T.R. Stoddard
Jun 01, 2012 T.R. Stoddard rated it it was amazing
Everything about The Sky: The World drew me in: the cover art, the name, and the mysterious Doctor Azaz. I wanted to get to know Jack Racine and therefore it immediately jumped to the top of my “to be read” list. I have always been intrigued by the steampunk genre, but had yet to read anything in it. If they are anything like The Sky: The World, I will be sure to read more. The characters are engaging and believable, no character being all good or all bad. Egyptian Mythology is worked so well in ...more
T.K. Toppin
Oct 23, 2012 T.K. Toppin rated it really liked it
An interesting take on an alternate Britain, incorporating some ingenious steampunk elements. Admittedly, I found it a little slow to start, with much backstory to get through, but once I got past that, I couldn't put it down. At times, it read like as if I were sitting down listening to a master storyteller recite a tale. Thoroughly enjoyable book.
Apr 14, 2011 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
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Aug 24, 2011 vvb rated it it was amazing
LOVED this coming-of-hero story set in a steampunk world.

Touches of Egypt and its lore add to the adventure and mystery which makes this a colorful story.
Apr 20, 2012 Jenni rated it really liked it
This was one of the most unique books I've read in a long time! Highly reccomended!
Oct 14, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
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Toby Racine, his wife Sarah and their unborn child are killed in a plane crash and it’s left to Toby’s brother Jack to find out the cause of the accident. The story is set in a world very different to ours where women’s eggs are fertilized in a fertility pool built by the recluse Dr. Azaz rather than in the conventional way of being impregnated by a man. People ‘created’ the natural way are known as ‘Triaps’, lower class citizens who are looked down upon, inferior to the true children of Azaz.

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Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had fourteen books published in five years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the g ...more
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