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The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
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Jul 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: steampunk, read-in-2011
Read in July, 2011 — I own a copy

As with a lot of novels I read this one started off very interesting. Many well known fictional characters are included and many non-fictional references to real world people, books, countries are made. Unfortunately this is one of those stories where the clueless hero gets dragged through the plot. He really doesn't have much of a personality and his name is "Orphan" which screams to me, "I'm an important storybook character and I'm very mysterious don't you want to find out who I really am?" But not in a good way.

The lizards were cool but I really didn't like their origin story. There was lots of action but not a lot memorable characters. The setting seemed to be cool enough to have a really great story associated with it, so much so that I am almost tempted to read the 2nd book. But I read way too slow to take a 2nd chance on an author. At this point I'm trying to only read things I REALLY like.

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