The Girl In The Steel Corset

The Girl In The Steel Corset

The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Published by MIRA Ink
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Published 1 January 2011
477 pages
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I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is ‘a steampunk novel’.

WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT

In 1897 London, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the thing inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. . . . Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. Griffins investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on even if it seems no one believes her.

EXTRACT

 London, The Age of Invention, late April 1897

‘You’re the very spawn of Satan and I’ll not have you darken this door ever again’.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I was going to say this was my first steampunk novel but that’s not true, I love The Lunar Chronicles. I thought The Girl in the Steel Corset was great. I was surprised that it was set in Victorian London and would have expected this kind of novel to be set in the future. But what do I know, eh? This novel has clearly been influenced by Frankenstein and I really enjoyed this take on it. It’s not the deepest and most profound novel I’ve ever read but it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it and there’s nothing wrong with that. I plan to read the series and would recommend this book.

RATING

4 STAR RATING

Review: Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar

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Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar
Angry Robot (ebook), 2010
416 Pages

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT

CAN’T FIND A RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO A MYSTERY? CALL IN THE QUIET COUNCIL.

The mysterious and glamorous Lady 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 cause her to question the very nature of reality itself.

OPENING PARAGRAPH

The young boy huddled in one corner of the house, half-reading a wuxia novel and half-keeping watch on the night. The night was very still. Outside only the barest hint of wind rustled in the coconut trees, and the air was thick with humidity and the promise of rain.

WHAT I THOUGHT

This is my first time reading the author. It’s also my first time reading steampunk (not entirely sure what the hell that is anyway).

Camera Obscura is crazy, fun, terrifying and hilarious all at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are times when I had no idea what was going on or whether I was reading something set in the present or past or some other time but I was having such a good time I didn’t mind. The characters and events in the book are mad but so fun and weird I couldn’t put the book down when I started. I loved how the author twisted and distorted well-known historical characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Frankenstein. I loved the character of Milady – she was a crazy bad ass from the start with her tough attitude and gun and got even more hardcore when some insane stuff happens. I found this book so refreshing and fun. I now need to read the first book in the series, The Bookman.

I’d highly recommend Camera Obscura.

RATING

4 STAR RATING