Set in Victorian era London, this book is light on the fantastic machinery usually associated with steampunk. This is a London populated by humans, va...moreSet in Victorian era London, this book is light on the fantastic machinery usually associated with steampunk. This is a London populated by humans, vampires, werewolves and ghosts. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, has some problems: She lives with a rather silly family, is twenty-six and unmarried, her father (long dead) was Italian, and she has no soul. After accidentally killing a vampire at a ball, Alexia involves herself in an investigation concerning unregistered vampires, to the great irritation of Lord Maccon. Lord Maccon, in addition to being head of BUR (the Bureau of Unnatural Registration), is both a werewolf and Scottish. The story is a mix of the investigation (extra vampires, missing werewolves, and a wax-faced man) and the growing attraction between Alexia and Lord Maccon. In many ways, the character interactions remind me of Amelia Peabody and Emerson in Elizabeth Peters' books. Overall, it's a very good first effort, and a book I enjoyed so much I read it again. But what else would you expect from an author described as residing "in the Colonies, surrounded by a harem of Armenian lovers, where she insists on tea imported from London and cats that pee into toilets"? Some graphic scenes make this book best for more mature readers.(less)
I used to read a lot of science fiction, but got away from it for about ten years. Now, I'm starting to come back to it. I had actually bought this bo...moreI used to read a lot of science fiction, but got away from it for about ten years. Now, I'm starting to come back to it. I had actually bought this book last year, read a few chapters and set it aside. I picked it up again last week, and finally finished it.
This is the first in a series of books about the human colonization of another planet. Actually, it's a moon orbiting a gas giant circling a star 46 light years away. It's set in the near future, just past the midpoint of the 21st century. The author puts a pretty large amount of politics into the book, but is able to keep politics from dominating the story. That's good, because the story is a pretty interesting one. Unlike a lot of other "colonizing the stars" books, this one focuses more on the day-to-day lives of the colonists. It makes for a less grand scope, but a more interesting book.
I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.(less)
I needed something quick to read on my lunch break yesterday, and happened to see this on the shelf. It looked interesting, so I grabbed it. At under...moreI needed something quick to read on my lunch break yesterday, and happened to see this on the shelf. It looked interesting, so I grabbed it. At under 80 pages, it was a quick and easy read. Even better, it was pretty entertaining, also. I haven't read any science fiction in a long time, but after reading this book, I may need to revisit the genre.
While this seemed to be a book more oriented toward young adult readers, I'd recommend it to anyone interested in science fiction who wants a quick read. Especially those who (like myself) have been away from the genre for a while.(less)