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The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
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Nov 14, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: steampunk-futuristic, sf-social, sf-not-my-style
Read from October 25 to November 14, 2011

I had had this novel recommended to me a while back, by someone who was giving a list of what they thought were essential steampunk novels.

Well it technically is steam punk. There are steam powered sentient machines 'Steam Men' and there is Dicksonian Class based society that people are rebelling against.... but it turns into a convoluted mess as it installs so many different political and technobabble concepts into its twists and turns that it makes you despair for the main characters as it all looks like a cycle of death, doom and unhappiness.

The style is slow, the plots are draw out and way too obvious, the characters are stolen from tropes I've seen a dozen times done better. Stephen Hunt had potential but burns it away as he plods along....

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