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Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann
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Aug 22, 10

Read in August, 2010

If I wanted to read Batman fanfiction, I could probably find better fic on the Internet for free.

While the book is set in an old-tymey steampunk universe, everything else is straight from the DC/Batman universe, coated with a quick and slapdash coat of paint. I do not know whether this is 'merely' a steampunk-AU fanfic with the serial numbers filed off, or if it was an official Elseworlds script submission which DC turned down, but either way, it's still Batman, albeit in the Witness Protection Program.

The prose is awkward and the plot holds absolutely zero surprises. However, there is a plot, and I can't fault the book's enthusiasm for it, and I only found a few typos ('taught' for 'taut' during a shoot-out scene is the one which comes most easily to mind), so I was able to finish the book with minimal eye-rolling. Two stars, then--because I do like a good Batman AU from time to time.
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