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Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio
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Feb 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ripping-good-yarns
Read from January 19 to February 10, 2011

If you are already familiar with the Girl Genius graphic novel (available online at, know that this is a novelization of the first three collected volumes. If you are not, it is the beginning of Agatha Heterodyne's (Girl Genius) adventures, from her humble beginnings in Beetleburg through her departure from Castle Wulfenbach. The novelization allows a little more insight into character thoughts and backstory than the graphic novel has time or space for.

It is a world of romance, adventure, and mad science! The authors describe Girl Genius as a Gaslamp Fantasy, but it is also a staple of Steampunk, if a bit more madcap than the common run. Agatha is an intelligent if bumbling student at Transylvania Polygnostic University, who unfortunately is a fit of sleep-engineering attracted the attention of the despotic Baron Wulfenbach, supreme ruler of Europa. Also the attention of his son, Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, somewhat less despotic. Follow Agatha's adventures as she finds her feet, discovers her talents, and swears her fealty to Krosp, Emperor of All Cats.

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