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A Curiosity of the Solar System

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Set in 1851, A Curiosity of the Solar System follows the adventures of Captain Ivor Hooke, an affable but rather undistinguished officer in the British army who has been sent on a mission of diplomacy to one of the farthest flung corners of the British Empire.

Ivor is soon hurled in to a world of rebellious intrigue that sees him plotting his escape from a city suspended ab
ebook, 290 pages
Published March 17th 2017 by Atmos Press
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Faith Jones
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is hoped herein, dear readers, that by entreating ladies and gentlemen of discernment and no little inquisitiveness and discretion, one might inflame the discussion, discursive as it must be, about the rather peculiar yet amusingly instructive cabinet of marvels that constitutes A Curiosity of the Solar System, by Master Ian Anthony, of that ilk.

The dusty desarts of philology aside, this is a semi-steampunk tale following an alternative reality where the British Empire made an early foray int
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite a pacey romp, this, with a few twists and turns through a well imagined and technically advanced Victorian universe. There's the odd hilarious consequence on the way and a sequence of good, often very likeable, characters. Fine, atmospheric storytelling.

Less technology driven than a things in related genres (it's difficult find a place for it). There're threads of social comment here too.

Importantly, for me, it's well drafted and edited (poor editing can really let down self publicists).
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice and pleasant, go Sancho Panzo :)
Mandy Parmenter
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captain Ivor Hooke is a quite likeable if naive office in the British Army who has been sent through space on a diplomatic mission to a far flung corner of the British Empire. During that mission he will find himself in a city that is suspended above clouds, get caught up in a rebellion meet strange people and find out more about himself.

This was a great book that merged the world in the 1850's with colonisation and spaceflight. Somewhere in all of that was a story about the nature of people, th
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My name is Ian and I write highly anachronistic books about the age of Victorian space exploration. They’re not entirely serious, often make little scientific sense, but they do keep my readers turning the page and occasionally strike an emotional chord or two.

My Influences span a wide range of nerdicana: Sharpe, Hornblower, The Fighting Fantasy novels, Dune, Star Wars, Marvel and DC comics, Dumas