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Entries from Oct 2009

George Mann: The Affinity Bridge

31 Oct 2009 · No Comments

The Affinity Bridge sets some derring-do and a Sherlock Holmes-ish mystery in an alternate history where England had much more sophisticated technology under the Victoria’s reign (some of the tech, in fact, extends Victoria’s lifespan farther into the 20th century). Sometimes it seems like Mann is juggling a few too many plot threads — a [...]

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Tags: a-title · fantasy · historical · m-author · science fiction

Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan

16 Oct 2009 · No Comments

A week after visiting three bookstores to score a copy of Larbalestier’s Liar on its release day, I was preparing a multi-book store itinerary to buy her husband’s new novel, Leviathan on its first day of sale. I’ve been awaiting this book since at least June of 2006, when Westerfeld first started mentioning an in-progress [...]

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Tags: l-title · science fiction · w-author · young adult

Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection

13 Oct 2009 · No Comments

I loved this book despite a few quibbles. It relates what happens to Charles Unwin when he is unexpectedly promoted from clerk to detective of a mysterious agency, and finds himself rather unwillingly investigating the disappearance of Travis T. Sivart, the operative for whom he served as the clerk. In typical noir fashion, it’s [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · m-title · mystery

Justine Larbalestier, Liar

08 Oct 2009 · No Comments

Larbalestier’s new book is hard to talk about while avoiding spoilers. But I had one good reason to buy this book that has nothing to with the contents: although its narrator, Micah, is a young woman who is half-black and wears her hair short, the original US cover design featured a long-haired white woman, mostly [...]

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Tags: l-author · l-title · young adult