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The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
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Oct 23, 2009

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THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR!!! a more adult themed "steampunk" novel. sure, the two main characters are kids but this isnt meant for the young adult section. it is bona-fide science fiction. and i loved almost every minute of it.

i did have a bit of trouble remembering who all the players were and was let down at the end mostly becuase i couldnt recall where ka'ord was from. and i wouldve enjoyed to know what happened with commodore black a bit more as well.

this would probably be an awesome graphic novel, the fight scenes and imagery from the weapons having such great description. the steammen do seem a bit clunky the way they were described, but whatever. they got mu-bodies. well, some of them do.

i am excited to read more books in this series especially becuase the next book sounds like it is going to focus on commodore black and amelia harsh (who sounds like anna fang in the brief description we get in this book) before the events of "court of the air."

i like serial novels, and i especially liked that molly ended up being a writer. although, i didnt really get how she and the hexmachina did all that much during the final battle. depending on how the next books pan out, this may be a series worth re-reading.
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message 1: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Killjoy really? I've been trying to get through this for months. it's imaginative as hell, and that keeps me going, but i kind of don't give a shit about any of the characters, and it just keeps getting more and more complex.

message 2: by Steev (new)

Steev Hise wow, so are you saying most "steampunk" is oriented toward young adult readers? interesting.

Brian steev, yeah i think most widely released steampunk is geared towards y/a. i had a long discussion with one of my co-workers about this, basically i think its because steampunk was starting to become more of specific genre as y/a fiction was getting wildly popular (think harry potter/twilight) and publishers were looking for new things that would be interesting in multiple generations. so writers saw an opportunity to win over publishers with new y/a series that also happened to be in the steampunk genre. just a way to establish readership for the genre and then it could develop more and publishers would see these stories possibly being lucrative.

magpie, you're right. the complexity kept going deeper and, towards the end, it was hard to remember what all the loose ends being tied up were and where characters/plot points fit into the larger story. if you made it to molly going underground and fighting wildcoatyl while searching for the hexmachina, that storyline was hard to follow. i think it requires a bit more dedication, or quickness of reading, to keep up with it all. but, the plot points and characters that are hard to follow/keep track of would probably be easier upon second reading. there are probably some things i didnt catch first time around or didnt give enough care towards (becasue i didnt understand why it was being thrown in at the time) that a second read through would illuminate more.

but, i think its promising.

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