Dovile, December 20, 2009 (view all comments by Dovile)
It's my first novel both by W. Gibson and by B. Sterling, and also my first steampunk novel. Maybe this reason was the reason I didn't particularly like it. It was unusual, that's true, I also liked the authors's writing style, besides, the mystery set up from the very beginning kept me reading to the end, but in general, this novel didn't fullfilled my expectations. The characters are many and sometimes it's difficult to keep track of them. Clearly, this novel wasn't my cup of tea, but I'd recommend you to try it, maybe you'll like it better.
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Katherine Stuart, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
This is the first book I’ve read by Bruce Sterling but the fourth or fifth I’ve read by Gibson. The prose does not disappoint Gibson fans and the plot is as labyrithian as a fan would expect. Even the philosophy is ken.
The book however still manages to be vague and off target. It’s an alternative history novel and yet many of the alternative history “facts” or “characters” seem superfluous and clumsy. Perhaps the authors enjoyed creating the alternate Sam Houston, but the character still manages to seem completely contrived. As an overall effort it falls flat.
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Samsara, October 6, 2007 (view all comments by Samsara)
This book is the best representative of the steampunk genre. A tale of mystery and intrigue set in an England that never was, where velocipedes and airships coexist. The setting is too luscious too describe.
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In 1855 London, a steam driven calculator heralds a new age of information as everything from fast food to credit cards turns the Victorian Era into a bizarre modern-day world. "Bursting with the kind of demented speculation and obsessive detailing that has made both Gibson's and Sterling's work stand out in the past".--San Francisco Chronicle.
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