**spoiler alert** Surprising how much I found myself enjoying this book as I neared the end when it had such a rocky start (for me at least) as I wasn**spoiler alert** Surprising how much I found myself enjoying this book as I neared the end when it had such a rocky start (for me at least) as I wasn't able to connect or even like any of the characters. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I think it was the presence of the Unmer that really snagged me (though I have to say that they make a lot of weirdly pointless weapons/knick-knacks--the contrariness of cats, that's the Unmer for you). They lured me in with the little Unmer girl in the beginning and then left me adrift until the end when the fallen Unmer were re-introduced into the story again.
I keep trying to think of ways to describe this book and I can't come up with anything satisfying. Post-apocalyptic (sort of as the Unmer were the lords of the age before this one)? Space ships (albeit it at a distance)? Bizarre conversations about parallel universes and paradoxes and the like from something like a mafia-boss-physicist-anitque-collector equivalent? An ex-soldier father on his quest to get his daughter back (perhaps not due so much to sentiment but instead more due to the principal of the thing? At least I didn't sense too much sentiment on his part unless buying them frilly dresses is supposed to indicate a wealth of caring and other fuzzy emotions)? A teenage girl with powers she doesn't quite understand (these days I guess that's not too surprising...)? Um, dragons addicted to... brine? Shark people, which is not to say they are mer-people but with shark bottoms but instead that they are shark skinned and horrible things happen to them when they are dragged out of the brine-water?
I'll happily pick up the next book if it'll reveal more about the Brutalist and prince of the Unmer. I think Ianthe may even be growing on me (at last), now that she bared her teeth in the last few chapters. I also still can't get over just how grim and unappetizing the brine concept is. I also hope to see if the concept of the Drowned are delved into more in the next book. Guess I'll just have to wait until 2013 or whenever book two is slated to come out....more
I bought this book thinking that, as I enjoyed the Wondermark comics I might like this as well.
If I could give this a negative rating I wI bought this book thinking that, as I enjoyed the Wondermark comics I might like this as well.
If I could give this a negative rating I would. As it is I think it a miracle I even brought myself to finish this book. If I wasn't part of a book-reading challenge I would've chucked this book across the room a long, long time ago. ...more
I should've liked this. Steam-punk, ghosts, murders, serial killers, secret societies, crazy people, hunters and weird creatures galore, what more couI should've liked this. Steam-punk, ghosts, murders, serial killers, secret societies, crazy people, hunters and weird creatures galore, what more could I ask for, right? Rather than being one story I could sink my teeth into, I felt as if it were a manual for world-building. Throughout the book I felt as though I were reading a series of descriptions that never quite reached that stage where one gets immersed in the story and invested in the characters. At other times I felt as though I were reading technical descriptions for a movie or TV series: behold, this is how the scene will be set up, these are the characters, this is approximately what they are thinking, feeling and saying. Cut! Scene change! I also felt as though there were a couple contradictions within the text about information given (sometimes in the same sentence) but I can't think of any specific examples at present. Overall, I'm happy I didn't buy the book and instead borrowed it from the library. ...more
World War I steampunk! The author kindly addressed all of my grumblings about historical changes rather belatedly three-quarters in and again in the aWorld War I steampunk! The author kindly addressed all of my grumblings about historical changes rather belatedly three-quarters in and again in the afterward. It's a cute, quick read and while I do agree with other reviewers that the protagonists read a little young to be 15 year olds... well, it does seem more like its target is children rather than teenagers. Sure, one could argue they grew up in a gentler time and are bound to be more innocent in some regards... who knows, maybe it's to make the "coming of age" theme sharper.
I will admit my attention drifted a little when it got to the descriptions of the mecha and hybrid animals. I can honestly say I don't have a clue in my mind's eye what the heck anything looks like. Growing up on manga, anime and video games I sort of have some weird incomplete pictures in my mind's eye but... nothing distinct. So I subtracted a star for that.
Anyway, I enjoyed it, it is an easy light entertainment. I'm interested enough to borrow the second one to find out what happens next. I don't know that I would recommend it as far as steampunk goes though......more