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The Adventure of the Ring of Stones

(Narbondo #8)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The secret log of a murdered lighthouse keeper falls into the hands of the immensely wealthy Gilbert Frobisher, who discovers encoded within it a stunning and dangerous mystery.

Against all odds Langdon St. Ives and his companions set sail in the dark of night for the West Indies aboard Gilbert Frobisher’s steam yacht, pursued by murderous pirates and bound for an unchart
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Subterranean Press (first published June 29th 2014)
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Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, sci-fi
To love language is to love Blaylock. Vocabulary of the narration and the characters is lyrical, old-worldly, roller-coaster for the tongue enjoyment.

"Ring of Stones" is a simple, linear narration virtually parallel to "King Kong" with only a few substitutions. It's the characters, both stodgy and lighthearted, intrepid to the core, which makes this an excellent read I strongly recommend.
This story was an action-packed adventure story. Action elements included: (major (view spoiler)) as well as the standard steampunk elements. All in a short novel!

Women (view spoiler). Story did not pass the Bechtel Test.
Erick Mertz
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really solid book. Great voice. Had an authentic feeling throughout. My only quibble in the book is with the pacing of the action sequences which felt video game to me. The end was a little stiff, but I, going back to read the other adventures with these characters.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully looney.

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Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The Adventure of the Ring of Stones is one of several novellas written by James P. Blaylock that Subterranean Press has published. Each of these is a stand-alone steampunk adventure featuring Langdon St. Ives, the gentleman scientist/adventurer who stars in Blaylock’s LANDGDON ST. IVES novels. It would be helpful, but not at all necessary, to have read the novels Homunculus, Lord Kelvin’s Machine, and The Aylesford Skull before reading this novella. Not so much for the history of the character, ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pleasant little lark of a book, often categorized as steam-punk, but seems relatively independent of many of the customs of that genre. The book is one in a series of Langdon St. Ives stories, but he does not play a very central character in the story. Anyway, fun in a Victorian era sort of way searching for treasure in the south seas and finding something more than expected. Worth reading if you enjoy action adventures with good language styling and setting from that era with a pseudozoological ...more
Avis Black
Oct 02, 2015 marked it as dnf
Tells instead of shows. I've enjoyed other works by Blaylock, but this book isn't that interesting.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a swash-buckling lark of a book. Read it for fun.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
Light entry in the Langdon St Ives series of steampunk novels. Short novel which challenged my willing suspension of disbelief frequently. Quick read though.
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James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author. He is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.

He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receivin

Other books in the series

Narbondo (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Digging Leviathan (Narbondo, #1)
  • Homunculus (Narbondo, #2)
  • Lord Kelvin's Machine (Narbondo, #3)
  • The Ebb Tide (Narbondo, #4)
  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs (Narbondo, #5)
  • Zeuglodon (Narbondo, #6)
  • The Aylesford Skull (Narbondo, #7)
  • Beneath London (Narbondo, #9)
  • River's Edge (Narbondo, #10)
  • The Gobblin' Society  (Narbondo, #11)

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