I listed this on my shelves of secret-societies-cults and virtual-reality-alternate-realities just because I wasn't sure how exactly to label it. It's...moreI listed this on my shelves of secret-societies-cults and virtual-reality-alternate-realities just because I wasn't sure how exactly to label it. It's a whole civilization surviving and living in the Underside of London. So it's not a cult, but it is kind of a secret society because very few Above-worlder's know the existence of any of the people who live below ground. Also why I listed it as an alternate-reality because the Underside doesn't have the same rules as Above does at all.
I read this book super fast! I started it last night and if it wasn't for my dumb eyes not being able to stay open I would've easily read it in one sitting!
This has everything, adventure, intrigue, suspense. Anyone who liked American Gods will like this one - it reminded me a little bit of it, with the whole Shadow taking a journey and being completely clueless, that pretty much fits Richard to a T. The difference is that American Gods was filled with mythology and this wasn't.
If you're a fan of Gaiman, definitely give this one a read, you won't be disappointed!
I'm going to miss Door so much and I was really happy for Richard's decision he made in the end, I think it was the right one. I hope at some point there is a follow-up! (less)
Infernal Devices is an account told by George Dower of Clerkenwell, London in the hopes of repairing his ruined reputation as a result of the events h...moreInfernal Devices is an account told by George Dower of Clerkenwell, London in the hopes of repairing his ruined reputation as a result of the events he lays out in full description and detail. A wild adventure complete with sea creatures, people who've seen the future and now speak the lingo, secret societies for science, and a robot (automata) that takes on a life of it's own. A truely fantastical journey that requires a suspension of disbelief - but makes you all the more happy for it.
At first I had a hard time getting into the story because of the classic writing style of writing - which fits with the Victorian era setting and the narrator penning the tale, but had me rereading sentences in order to make sure I grasped their meaning. However, I'm glad I persisted because at some point I realized I wasn't having any problems stumbling over sentences and was fully immersed in the story. There are a lot of funny elements in the book and even though most of them weren't laugh out loud funny (which is rare for me anyways), I did fine myself smiling a lot while reading. However, the ending came together in a rush and some of the surprises left me going "huh?" I won't give any spoilers but it would've made a fine book without some of the surprises at the end, it was just too much. The ending did make me laugh; Dower is just such a stodgy fellow and all this stuff happens to rock his world!
Before the novel there is a forward by the author where I learned he coined the term "steampunk" to describe a genre that he and a few of his friends were writing. Little did he realize the word would take on a life of it's own (much like his robot in Infernal Devices). I found the history of steampunk's beginning very interesting - especially since I had no idea it began as a fiction genre; I usually see it expressed as jewelry since that's another hobby of mine. (less)