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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways If one more goddam book uses flying cars or antigravity or airships as windowdressing, I will NOT be held accountable for my actions.

Nice review!


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Thanks, Richard!

Ah, for the good old days when antigravity was the only crutch--I'm with you on the airships. I think it's an attempt to work pirates into the story, but--blah, pirates.


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Shamus McCarty Ya, that’s the bad thing about any genre fiction. It tends to grasp onto clichés created by the genre.

The result is, this book wasn’t “insert genre fiction stereotype” enough!
Or
This book was to “insert genre fiction stereotype” cliché!

Not to mention the fact steampunk has evolved into thinly disguised YA Paranormal Romance somehow. (Thanks Twilight for ruining fiction.)

I had planned on checking this book out, until this reviewer said, “the last 250 pages.” I don’t have the attention span to last any more then 250 pages, but I’m from the MTV Generation though…


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways Carol wrote: "Thanks, Richard!

Ah, for the good old days when antigravity was the only crutch--I'm with you on the airships. I think it's an attempt to work pirates into the story, but--blah, pirates."


OMG another one. Sick sick sick of pirates. Call 'em bandidos and see how fast the same characters call down the wrath of the establishment.


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways Etienne wrote: "Ya, that’s the bad thing about any genre fiction. It tends to grasp onto clichés created by the genre.

The result is, this book wasn’t “insert genre fiction stereotype” enough!
Or
This book was t..."


Good point, EG. And no one should need to slog through 250 paceless pages to get to a good bit. It's sloppy writing.


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Emily Love the Paul Reubens reference. Best death scene ever.


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Mike “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well". -Mark Twain

Darned good review. I would say you are a most successful procrastinator. *grin* Now, the question is will you continue the series? I've been eyeing it for ages, as well as Priest's earlier work before turning to steam punk.


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Excellent review.


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Emily wrote: "Love the Paul Reubens reference. Best death scene ever."

Seriously. I laughed so hard during that scene.


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Mike wrote: "“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well". -Mark Twain
Now, the question is will you continue the series? I've been eyeing it for ages, as well as Priest's earlier work before turning to steam punk."


I doubt it. Steamppunk and I have sort of genre incompatibility. I'll wait until enthusiasm strikes.

Thanks for the quote! ;)


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Genesis wrote: "Excellent review."

Thanks, Genesis! Long time no see :)


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True. I've been buried in books at the store AND went to Texas on vacation.
Fear not, I'm always spying on you. ;)


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Krycek Hmmm, I think I recall seeing this on the shelf at my local library. Being a NWterner myself, I guess I've have to read it now. Oh, great review, by the way!


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Genesis wrote: "True. I've been buried in books at the store AND went to Texas on vacation.
Fear not, I'm always spying on you. ;)"


Excellent. I think. ;)


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Krycek wrote: "Hmmm, I think I recall seeing this on the shelf at my local library. Being a NWterner myself, I guess I've have to read it now. Oh, great review, by the way!"

Thanks, Krycek! Did the Seattle digs amuse you?


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Krycek Carol wrote: "Thanks, Krycek! Did the Seattle digs amuse you?"

Haha, yes. Without the digs we'd be just a bunch of coffee-swilling, pot-smoking hipsters who take our ironicism wayyyy to seriously :)


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Mimi You've convinced me to give this book a chance. The cover and blurb look very YA, and that's why I kept putting it off for the longest time.


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Mimi wrote: "You've convinced me to give this book a chance. The cover and blurb look very YA, and that's why I kept putting it off for the longest time."

No, no, that's not what I meant to do at all! I meant for you to make up your own mind based on what everyone else says. I can see why people hate it, and I can see why people love it.

Oh well, as long as you don't hold me responsible if you hate it, unless I get to say, "I said that in my review!"


message 19: by Mimi (last edited Jul 16, 2013 07:44AM) (new)

Mimi That's kind of your fault, Carol. Your reviews always make me want to read the books, despite star ratings and/or disclaimers. j/k ;)

I haven't read much Steampunk (that doesn't read like YA) and just thought I'd try this book since... well, because airships and zombies.

No blaming, I promise.


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Jeffrey Keeten One of the most disappointing books I've read in a long time. I just could not get into it. I finished it, but it was a form of Chinese torture. There are lots of glowing reviews so maybe I wasn't the target audience.


Carol. [All cynic, all the time] Jeffrey wrote: "One of the most disappointing books I've read in a long time. I just could not get into it. I finished it, but it was a form of Chinese torture. There are lots of glowing reviews so maybe I wasn't ..."

It definitely is one of those books that there is no consensus. In retrospect, for me I think the issues were character (specifically the boy's) and pacing.


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