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Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
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Apr 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011

In this steampunk mystery by K. W. Jetter, the inventor of the term "steampunk" himself, the reader finds a believable main character, Dower, who is plunged into societies and mysteries beyond his ken. Automatons, secret societies, crossbreeds of humans and selkies, clockwork inventions, and Victorian London are combined to create a simultaneously impossible and believable world. Dower tells his story in the form of a memoir, reflecting back on the curious incidents he experienced and effectively drawing the reader into his life; the reader knows just as much as Dower does at any point in his reflection and accompanies him through the sometimes confusing, but always exhilarating, events relating to a single invention of his father's. Dower's father had been a watchmaker and talented inventor of improbable machines; Dower (junior) inherited neither his father's skill nor knowledge, but accepts a commission to attempt a repair on one such mysterious invention. The results of this commission take him through parts of England he never imagined and keep the reader avidly turning to the next page.
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