It is always a risk to use characters and/or settings from famous authors.
The Artful Dodger is a well known character who appeared in "Oliver Twist" bIt is always a risk to use characters and/or settings from famous authors.
The Artful Dodger is a well known character who appeared in "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.
What happened to him? There was no answer from Charles Dickens.
Fortunately there is "Dodger" by James Benmore.
Aftere reading the book I'm more than happy that James Benmore took the risk to continue the story of the Artful Dodger after the events described in "Oliver Twist".
The result is an excellent book. I was a great pleasure to read "Dodger". The author hit the bull's eye. Extraordinary good description of Victorian London combined with emotional characters and a story with twist and turns.
I was not aware that there will be a second book starring the Artful Dodger. Now I look forward to end of Mai 2014 when "Dodger of the Dials" will be released. ...more
I have had expectations and for me this alternate history hit the bulls eye. Normally I do not read that much WW II and Nazi stories. But this one is aI have had expectations and for me this alternate history hit the bulls eye. Normally I do not read that much WW II and Nazi stories. But this one is a hit because it is so much more than just the question about who will win the war. Interesting characters, interesting twist and turns, and, and,...
I can't wait to red the sequel THE BLOOD RED CITY ......more
Der Vorgänger "Aetherherz" hat mir gut gefallen, trotz der sich wie ein roter Faden hindurchziehenden Liebesgeschichte der HaupSchade, schade, schade!
Der Vorgänger "Aetherherz" hat mir gut gefallen, trotz der sich wie ein roter Faden hindurchziehenden Liebesgeschichte der Hauptperson Entsprechend waren meine Erwartungen an "Aetherresonanz".
"Aetherresonanz" ist kein schlechtes Buch, wenn Leser/in insbesondere an den Irrungen und Wirrungen in Herzensangelegenheiten interessiert ist.
Für mich war das ein 200 seitiger Anlauf - zum großen Teil bestehend aus Irrungen und Wirrungen in Herzensangelegenheiten - der in einem 60 seitigem Aktionsteil, gekrönt von einem Höhepunkt im Bett, kulminierte. Es folgte ein kleines Nachbeben gefolgt von Ankündigungen freudiger Ereignisse und der schlußendlichen Andeutung, was im nächsten Buch erwartet werden kann.
Wie gesagt, "Aetherresonanz" ist kein schlechtes Buch. Es hat leider meinen Geschmack nicht getroffen. ...more
U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! 2014-01-03 My full review is now available. Therefore I moved my first impression to the end of tU P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! 2014-01-03 My full review is now available. Therefore I moved my first impression to the end of this box. The following text has been posted on my blog Edi's Book Lighthouse and in modified version over at Aamazon where I post reviews under the nickname brienneselwyn.
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My Expectations I read a lot of Steampunk novels in the past years and based on that I have common expectations. Steampunk elements should be part of the story and no decorative parts. I like either a Victorian background or an alternate history setting. Romance is not really my cup of tea. Therefore I hoped that romance would not play an important and extended role.
The Delivery The 270 pages are divided into 20 consecutively numbered chapters. This is quite short compared to the books I normally read. I know that quantity does not say anything about quality.
When I read the words hounds and moor, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came immediately up in my mind. But beside hound and moor there are no further similarities. Hounds of Autumn is a unique story. The title of the book can be interpreted either as the shortest possible summary or as a synonym for Chloe and Ambrose Sullivan who both play important roles. In fact Chloe is the main character. She is young, at least 20 years younger as her husband. I will come back to that fact later. Chloe is an extraordinary person for her time. England in 1890 means Victorian England.
"When a Victorian man and woman married, the rights of the woman were legally given over to her spouse. Under the law the married couple became one entity where the husband would represent this entity, placing him in control of all property, earnings and money. In addition to losing money and material goods to their husbands, Victorian wives became property to their husbands," [Source]
One could say women have been the slaves of her husbands.
How did middle and upper class women spent their time?
"Women's leisure activities included in large part traditional pastimes such as reading, embroidery, music, and traditional handicrafts." [Source]
Author Heather Blackwood shows her talent in many ways. Her vivid presentation of the Victorian society is excellent and matches superb with the unique and fresh main characters in in form of Chloe and Ambrose Sullivan. Ambrose has been a good friend of Chloe's family and the marriage - including a contract - gave Chloe the opportunity to do something outrageous for a Victorian woman: to read what she wants and to invent and build mechanicals. Her latest invention is the mechanical cat name Giles which is always good for a surprise. Ambrose admires Chloe's intelligence, straightforwardness and endurance. He defends/saves her whenever necessary. Chloe enjoys a freedom which stands in conflict with society rules. They respect and also love each other which is shown in small gestures, something your recognise when you keep an eye on long term married couples who are still in love. Without this unorthodox marriage the story would miss a lot.
While reading this charming story - don't get me wrong, there are scenes where Heather Blackwood pulls no punches - I enjoyed the balanced delivery of information which always light your imagination and avoids information overload. I do not want to draw the curtain over the fact that humor, superstition, sense of responsibility and fog found their appropriate place within the book.
Finally I must admit that all my educated guesses to identify the murderer before the final revelation failed. I highly appreciated that the reader most of the time does not know more than Chloe.
It was exactly my cup of tea. An intelligent heroine, a most entertaining story with twist and turns, a mystical touch, an excellent description of Victorian society and a bittersweet end,
The writing style supports the story at all points. Within seconds I forgot my surroundings and followed Chloe and Ambrose Sullivan on her way to the story.
If you look for a good Steampunk book which - delivers suitable action beyond airship battles - denies the endless ostentation of Steampunk gadgets - present you an extraordinary woman her tries to hold her ground in Victorian society - ends bittersweet - bewitch with emotion and eerily-beautiful moments
then you should give Hounds of Autumn a try.
These are my totally subjective closing words For me Hounds of Autumn cries for a sequel starring the extraordinary and inimitable Chloe Sullivan written by the talented and convincing Heather Blackwood !!!
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I like steampunk. I like the Victorian era. I like mysteries.
This was a surprising good read. It was exactly my cup of tea.
A fascinating female main character. A lot of twists and turns. The book breathe the Victorian era and the steampunk elements are integrated into the story.
I hope and wish that Heather Blackwood will write more steampunk mysteries....more
U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! 2014-01-05 My full review is now available. Therefore I moved my first impression to the end of U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! 2014-01-05 My full review is now available. Therefore I moved my first impression to the end of this box. The following text has been posted on my blog Edi's Book Lighthouse and in modified version over at Aamazon where I post reviews under the nickname brienneselwyn.
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My Expectations What more shall I expect as a most entertaining book with a Victorian setting and an antihero after reading following statement: " E L Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness." [Source]
The Delivery The 360 pages are divided into 26 consecutively numbered chapters and an epilogue. Narration is in the third person via several different point-of-views, whereupon the most parts are told from Nicolas Lenoir's point of view.
I As I mentioned above, I saw the cover, read the blurb and ordered a copy immediately. The paperback arrived a few days later and I had a closer look. Nicolas Lenoir ,that sounds French in my ears. The clothing of the man on the cover is in Victorian style. I know this because I sewed something similar last year. But neither the cover nor the blurb offer any information where and when the story takes place. It is charming to see how I have been convinced that Darkwalker takes place in Victorian era. This raised my curiosity to a new level. I belong to the kind of readers who can't resist to get more information about towns, rivers, countries, dishes, drinks and more used in a book. English is not my first language which is the reason why I need a dictionary from time to time. That said I sunk into the first chapters.
Nicolas Lenoir is the broken man as described in the blurb. He works in Kennion. Together with Brackensvale - with around 200 inhabitants a real backwater hamlet, Denouth, North Haven and Berryvine they are known as the five villages. To my surprise none of these villages exist in England. So my assumption to get a story set in England has been wrong. Several years ago Nicolas Lenoir has been a legendary police inspector in Serles. A town in France? No. The only Serles I found is an Austrian mountain. Nicolas Lenoir likes to eat steak serlois. Does that ring a bell? It sounds really similar to serloin steak. He has a marked preference for absinthe. Bingo!! Absinthe has been a famous drink in the 19th century. The people use horses and carriages for transport. They know flintlock and crossbows. horses,
Conclusion: E L Tettensor created her very own and unique world. She did it in a way that the reader feels familiar and smoothly peregrine at the same time. This is excellent because it intensifies the mesmerising effect of Darkwalker. Such a basement - which is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time - is the nearly consummate stage for an intensive, dark and emotional story and striking characters.
Darkwalker is not a one-man show. Based on all information delivered by the cover and the story, Nicolas Lenoir and a lot of other people are similar to us. In other words they are human beings. But there is also another, ancient race named Adali. If would play in our world it would be gypsy to act as Adali. They are a poor race as they are constantly faced with the prejudice to be vagabonds and thieves. Little is known about their culture and as we all know missing knowledge lead to distrust and hate. And when adjectives like magical and supernatural comes into play, it heatens animosity. It is a culture clash. The Adali are he exotic touch in Darkwalker beside Darkwalker. Darkwalker? Yes, there is ......... It is up to you to discover Darkwalker in Darkwalker.
Before I add a few words to Nicolas Lenoir, it is worth to talk about two three other characters. The young boy Zach reminded me of the Artful Dodger, a character from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Mark my words. I said reminded and not copy. It is a talent to create a unique character in such a way that you as a reader get the impression that you know something about this character. Zach is a trigger for some events and has his own story. I talked about the Adali. On of them is Lady Zera. She tries to establish a position in human society. She is intelligent, eloquent and witty. But she is also afraid that any Adali rumor will have a negative impact on her way into society.
Nicolas Lenoiris a police inspector. He works together with Sergeant Bran Kody. The young man is in many ways like an image of the young Nicolas Lenoir when yonder entered the police. You may imagine what it means to work together with a broken man whom you constantly remind of the past.
Nicolas Lenoir who is heavily laden with events of his past which he tries to drown with a lot of green fairy which is another expression for absinthe. He does not treat Sergeant Bran Kody well. To be honest this is an understatement. Nicolas Lenoir is no friend of the police routines he has to follow and he makes no secret of it. I know another brilliant detective who used drugs and doubted police methods. No, I will not name the detective I have in mind, If you can't guess then follow THIS LINK. I admit that I did not like the inspector in the beginning. I even thought I would not like him until the end of the story. But that changed .........
Again as she exercised her world building, E L Tettensor did a great job with her characters. They are sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. I have been impressed by the character development especially of Nicolas Lenoir.
Now it is time to speak about the plot. At first sight there is a "whodunit" crime novel blended with dark magic. But there is so much more. There are people who either try to find their place in society or to find their place at the job or to find a home ..... Furthermore there is Nicolas Lenoir with the burden of his past, the current events and an unknown future. And there is the Darkwalker ....
It is a real joy to read how E L Tettensor cope with the cornucopia of themes, topics and emotions . Believe it or not all the stuff mentioned is interwoven and delivered with a Victorian and slightly gothic touch. Not one thing works without another. Dialogue, inner dialogue, action, descriptions are wonderfully composed and delivered in a prose which fits perfectly.
I do not beat about the bush. E L Tettensor pulls no punches. The story itself is a dark one. People are hurt physically and mentally. Nevertheless the use of violence is not exaggerated.
Finally you should know that Darkwalker has a real end which let you leave the story satisfied BUT with the urgent need to read more about the past and future of Nicolas Lenoir ,,,,,,, and .... Darkwalker .... and .... the history of the world E L Tettensor has created ... and ....,,
I did not like the story! I LOVED IT!!
E L Tettensor delivered a strong debut with Darkwalker. Plot, characters and world are sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time.
You want to read a dark crime mystery with Victorian flair, an intriguing main character, thoroughly world building and an satisfying end which leaves you with the urge for more THEN Darkwalker is your book of choice.
These are my totally subjective closing words
I can't wait to read the sequel. Do I have to bother the author in order to get a date for the next book? NO! E L Tettensor has been so kind to deliver this information in her GOODREADS profile:
"The sequel to Darkwalker is due December 2014." [Source]
E L Tettensor delivered more information about the sequel in an interview over at My Bookish Ways.
"The sequel to DARKWALKER, tentatively titled MASTER OF PLAGUES, comes out in December 2014. I’m really excited about that, because it’s a very different kind of mystery than its predecessor. Hopefully, Lenoir will be making an annual appearance after that."
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What a debut novel! What an excellent start of a series!
A new world with Victorian traces. A dark mystery with detective novel elements and paranormal bits. A main character who will not be loved by every reader. I must admit that after 50 pages I thought I will not like him but there is so much character development...
As one can read on the author's site, she likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness.
To be honest, that is exactly what you get.
Looking forward to read more books starring Nicolas Lenoir. ...more
Cat's Paw continues the story from The Clockwork Cathedral and it is an excellent second book in the series. A lot of time travels, character developmCat's Paw continues the story from The Clockwork Cathedral and it is an excellent second book in the series. A lot of time travels, character development, a touch of magic and an end with more open questions.
Fortunately book three - Luna Park - is available and I own a copy :-) .... ...more
I really like time travel stories. This one was a real surprise because I found an unexpected gem. It is really different compared to time travel booksI really like time travel stories. This one was a real surprise because I found an unexpected gem. It is really different compared to time travel books I read. Nothing like go back in time to save the world. It starts with a simple accident and the desperate tries to return to the time where the story started. But there is much more .... There is a real end and a cliffhanger at the same time. This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to read the other two available books.
David Ashton is an excellent author. I love his writing. Inspector McLevy is a great character. The description of Edinburgh is awesome and the use ofDavid Ashton is an excellent author. I love his writing. Inspector McLevy is a great character. The description of Edinburgh is awesome and the use of old words and Scottish words (I admit I had to use an online Scottish dictionary several times) is the cherry on the cake when it comes to authencity. After reading the firts book in the series I understand why the original Inspector McLevy may have been an inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I read "Caversham Lock" with a great pleasure. This first "Furnivall and Stubbs Case" delivered such a satifying read for me.
With "Caversham Road" auI read "Caversham Lock" with a great pleasure. This first "Furnivall and Stubbs Case" delivered such a satifying read for me.
With "Caversham Road" author Michael Stewart Conway returns to the world Detective Constable Jim Furnivall and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.
Again the author shows his extraordinary talent to animate the gone world of the Victorian era. I love his detailed descriptions of nearly everything important to the story, which is a superb whodunnit with a lot to fathom. Even the name of Sweeny Todd is mentioned, it is not the case of Sweeny Todd. Furthermore the development of the main characters is excellent.
To be honest, I do not have anything to complain about. This is a crime novel set in Victorian era with top-notch characters and story.
I do not understand why this series has not been picked up by a publisher.
I can't wait to read the next book "Caversham House" and I hope that Michael Stewart Conway will write more Furnivall and Stubbs cases. ...more
This was a positive surprise! I got a free copy of the book which revealed news for me about a specific Victorian era crime- "Baby-Farming" - in a mostThis was a positive surprise! I got a free copy of the book which revealed news for me about a specific Victorian era crime- "Baby-Farming" - in a most entertaining way. This is the story of Detective Constable Jim Furnival and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs in the hunt of one of the most profilic baby farm murderer: Amelia Dyer.
I like the writing style of the author which brings the story to life. The author did a lot of research which I can confirm because I checked a lot of things. There is much more to discover beyond Jack the Ripper when it comes to Victorian crime.
Finaly I finished reading my paperback copy which stands for 544 pages and not of 384 pages as shown here on GOODREADS.
WOW! I'm a lucky reader. This iFinaly I finished reading my paperback copy which stands for 544 pages and not of 384 pages as shown here on GOODREADS.
WOW! I'm a lucky reader. This is the third book I read in 2014 and like the two other ones it is a really good one.
It definitely exceeded my expectations.
Toby Venables did a great job with is characterisation Of Guy of Gisbourne, Robert of Locksley, Prince John and King Richard.They all appear authentic and to follow their development in form of flashbacks within a persuading, powerful and fascinating story is most convincing.
I wish to read more stories with Toby Venables' Guy of Gisburne!...more