Once in a while, you just have to have a book – in this case a series – and I caved in on these. I’d wanted them for a while, but a review of the second on in the series finally convinced me to buy them. I’m not much of a fan of steam punk, but these look too good to pass up. Since this is New Arrivals and not a review, I’m not going to put in plot summaries, but I did add the blurbs, by popular demand.
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar [Angry Robot Books 2010 mass market paper, new] – steampunk mystery-fantasy – The blurb:
“When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself…”
Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar [Angry Robot Books 2011 mass market paper, new] – steampunk mystery-fantasy – The blurb:
“The mysterious and glamorous Milady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city, and beyond – and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself.”
The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar [Angry Robot Books 2012 mass market paper, new] – steampunk mystery-fantasy – here’s the blurb on this one:
“When Mycroft Holmes is Murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life.
Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.
As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.
Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.“
As I said above, these just look too good to pass up. I hope they read as good as they promise.