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ISBN13: 9780765334244
ISBN10: 0765334240
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Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world—including the East Coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, told in Gideons favorite “penny dreadful.” When Gideons father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work.  Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him, Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities. Together they make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger.

But Trigger is little more than an aging fraud, providing cover for the covert activities of his lover, Dr. John Reed, a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day...but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!

Review:

"Barnett gleefully blends Victorian-era characters with steam and clockwork technology in a 'steampulp' romance of supernatural adventure. In quiet Sandsend, young Gideon Smith dreams of adventures like those of pulp hero Capt. Lucian Trigger, as faithfully transcribed by Trigger's friend, Dr. John Reed. When Gideon's fisherman dad disappears at sea amid a string of bizarre events, visiting Irish author Bram Stoker blames vampires, but wandering mummies appear instead. Gideon sensibly heads to London to consult Trigger. Along the way, he teams up with Maria, a beautiful clockwork woman whose human brain is powered by a mysterious artifact from an ancient Viking longship, and tenacious reporter Aloysius Bent. Although Trigger isn't exactly the 'robust adventurer' of storydom, he's got enough gumption to whisk Gideon and the others off to Egypt to find the missing Reed and stop a vast evil conspiracy. With sky pirates, gibbering frog-faced hordes, and nods to historical figures both real and imaginary, Barnett doesn't miss a trope, and even readers who don't usually love steampunk will gobble it up. Agent: John Jarrold. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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DAVID BARNETT is an award-winning journalist, currently multimedia content manager of the Telegraph & Argus, cultural reviewer for The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday, and he has done features for The Independent and Wired.  He is the author of Angelglass (described by The Guardian as “stunning”), Hinterland, and popCULT!

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The Lost Entwife, October 2, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Seriously, this book was one of the most fun romps through reading that I've had this year. You name it, it had it. Steampunk, dirigibles, piracy, searching for treasure, pyramids (!!), adventure, danger - just think Indiana Jones means Jules Verne and yeah.. that's what Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl came out to be.

So first, let me talk a bit about Gideon Smith. He was a fun main character - a bit dopey, a little slow at first; hesitant to seek out adventure and lost and surrounded by a whole lot of strange things. I immediately not only liked the character but was in his corner, rooting for him through all the strange happenings going on around him. A few times I was even surprised at his erring on the side of caution, as that is not something you often see the "hero" of an adventure book doing. Then again, when you are surrounded by characters like mechanical women, vampires, famous authors, pirates, pilots, and noted, famed adventurers - well, I guess the "it" thing to be is the one that's cautious and a little uncertain of things.

Did that all sound like a bit too much for one book? Trust me, it's not. At first I thought the introduction of a famous author's name would be too "over-the-top" and after I got over that I wondered if the right author was chosen. But the right one was and the roller coaster ride that David Barnett takes his readers on very much proves that he knew what he was doing.

Something else I loved? The wide diversity of characters and love mixes. From an old love between two friends to a new love between a man and a machine, there was love and romance without having to resort to cheese or smutty writing. And the men don't save the women - oh no, it's very much equal opportunity here. And I seriously want to go on and on talking about details but I don't want to spoil the fun so trust me when I say - if you love an adventurous, steampunk-y tale, then Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl should be picked up as soon as possible. It'll provide hours of entertainment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765334244
Author:
Barnett, David
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Alternative History
Subject:
Science Fiction/Steampunk
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barnett gleefully blends Victorian-era characters with steam and clockwork technology in a 'steampulp' romance of supernatural adventure. In quiet Sandsend, young Gideon Smith dreams of adventures like those of pulp hero Capt. Lucian Trigger, as faithfully transcribed by Trigger's friend, Dr. John Reed. When Gideon's fisherman dad disappears at sea amid a string of bizarre events, visiting Irish author Bram Stoker blames vampires, but wandering mummies appear instead. Gideon sensibly heads to London to consult Trigger. Along the way, he teams up with Maria, a beautiful clockwork woman whose human brain is powered by a mysterious artifact from an ancient Viking longship, and tenacious reporter Aloysius Bent. Although Trigger isn't exactly the 'robust adventurer' of storydom, he's got enough gumption to whisk Gideon and the others off to Egypt to find the missing Reed and stop a vast evil conspiracy. With sky pirates, gibbering frog-faced hordes, and nods to historical figures both real and imaginary, Barnett doesn't miss a trope, and even readers who don't usually love steampunk will gobble it up. Agent: John Jarrold. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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