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The Glass Sealing

(The Darkside Codex #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Enterprising engineer Arthur Singleton is on the verge of achieving all his dreams when they are snatched away from him. His sympathies for the plight of mistreated workers lead him to speak up in their support, but for doing so he is made a scapegoat by the heads of industry, falsely accused of inciting a riot which they orchestrated to keep the people in their place. Wit ...more
ebook, 213 pages
Published May 23rd 2014 by Musa Publishing (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Ben Babcock
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a review. Loves me the free books!

So, I don’t necessarily do steampunk. I understand the appeal (I think) of speculating about what would have happened had the Victorians taken the Industrial Revolution to the next level. But I think that steampunk often runs aground, for me, as resembling too much both science fiction and fantasy. I like my science fiction scientific, with machines and strange sounds and new inventions. A
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book.

As a genre, steampunk is dedicated to setting, and it's on the basis of setting that a steampunk novel will fly or fail. That's not to say that plot and character are unimportant; but it's the setting that sets the book apart.

The Glass Sealing has magnificent descriptions, some of them breathtaking. The image of a gyrocopter plunging through a corrosive cloud, delicate towers glittering in the sunset, a woman walking along an arc of glass so refl
Mina Villalobos
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steam-punk, fiction
I feel like this book is a nice introduction to the universe it is set on, giving you insights and glimpses of the kind of world it is, the life they have, and what can you encounter in it. In a way, it deviates from what I am used to find in steam punk, encountering creatures that seem to belong to other genres, but I think that those surprises make the world richer and more interesting.

The narrative is very breezy and is easy to fall into step with it, and the characters begin quite naive and
N.E. White
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been meaning to do a proper review for this, but time keeps escaping me, so I'll just offer some brief thoughts:

Disclaimer: Andrew is a friend and I read this novel prior to publication. Some things may have changed.

The story in The Glass Sealing follows two characters; one a determined daughter of a successful business man and the other an up-and-coming engineer. For a brief moment in time, together they think they have the answers that will fix their city, but events conspire against them
Dan Glaser
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
While this delightfully steampunk novel is listed as the third book in The Darkside Codex series (a shared world between several authors), rest assured that "The Glass Sealing" is a standalone work that is begging to be read. Set in the town of Southwatch, the poor and oppressed lower classes labor beneath a toxic Dark Cloud, while the wealthy and elite few live opulent lives far above the spreading smog. The novel is rich in its portrayal of both its characters and surroundings, and would have ...more
Patricia Cleary
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am not an aficionado of steampunk normally but the quality of the descriptions in Hudsons book and the relentless pace drew me in. Call it Pride and Prejudice a lá Isaac Asimov with a with a class struggle thrown in. Hudson has done an outstanding job of creating unique environment within the steampunk mileau. ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Steam engine of a read, great pace and diversity of characters. The social reform undertones are nicely handled and the ending a surprise. Four starts.
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Andrew Leon Hudson is an Englishman resident in Madrid and has been writing full-time since the beginning of 2012, partly in an attempt to appear as unemployed as everyone else in the country, partly in an attempt to lead a fulfilling life. He's currently co-writing a serial alt-history series called ARCHIPELAGO, which is really, really good and you should check it out at ...more

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