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New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear
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Alright, I know it's good. Before it falls into steampunk cliches, it really is good and fresh (and this might be a good moment to mention that I despise the soft, devoid of meaning and social context, overabundant in clockwork and corsets thing that has become of steampunk). I was offered two delightful, intriguing, and original characters, and stylish mysteries, all wrapped up in pretty prose. But I couldn't connect to the stories emotionally - maybe because of their length, they felt too short and oversimplified. The characters, with such potential for roundness, were flat. I could point the exact moments in this book that were supposed to deliver an emotional punch; I knew why they were there; they just didn't do their job, at all.
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April 10, 2014 – Shelved

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