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Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
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Mar 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk, arc
Read from March 15 to 22, 2011

I’ve been coming across the subject steampunk every so often while browsing through my favorite genre Urban Fantasy. It seems only appropriate that I venture for the first time in the genre with the classic Infernal Devices.

The book introduces us to Dower Junior, son of renowned clockwork maker who inherits his shop and trade, but not his skill. The visit of a mysterious client starts a most disconcerting chain of events that will lead him far from the safety of his house.

The narrative is told from the point of view of the protagonist, recalling on the events that have come to pass. The book rolls out in different parts, which while following the same story path, introduce new elements or a scenery change in the story, and can be a little confusing until the reader (along with the main character) adapts to the new situation and the additional set of questions and unanswered riddles. Through a journey of mixed breeds, loony scientists, unique creations, devoted friends and unlikely allies it all comes together in a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion.

Well written and solidly constructed I found it a pleasant introduction to the steampunk genre and I’m looking forward my next clockwork expedition.

A last positive note to the preface/introduction, very informative, and to the cover, detailed and intriguing.

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