A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES New Venice--the “pearl of the Arctic”--is a place of ice... show more
A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES New Venice--the “pearl of the Arctic”--is a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate sled-gondolas and elegant Victorian garb, of long nights and short days and endless vistas of crystalline ice. But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like qarrtsiluni-- “the time when something is about to explode in the dark.” Local “poletics” are wracked by tensions between the city’s security forces--the Subtle Army--and the Eskimos who were there first; by suffragette riots led by an underground music star; and by drug round-ups led by the ruthless secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night. Meanwhile, a mysterious and ominous black airship hovers over the city like a supernatural threat--is New Venice about to come under assault, or is it another government ploy? At the root of it all is an anonymous pamphlet calling for revolt, which the Gentlemen suspect was written by one of the city’s most prominent figures, Brentford Orsini. But as they tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a message from a long-lost love that compels him to radical action.
Publish date: August 31st 2010
Publisher: Melville House
Pages no: 434
Edition language: English
Series: The Mysteries of New Venice (#1)
I'm having a hard time deciding whether I liked this book or not. One one hand, the world building was absolutely fantastic, with just the right amount of detail to build it up in your head and leave the rest up to your imagination. New Venice seems like a splendid magical city of wonder and corrupt...
So there was this bit on BBC World this morning about sexism in France.Explains the fact that female characters are cyphers in this book.Intersting idea and world building. But needs more character and plot.
Finished the book and I still do not know who or what the ever so important Helen was supposed to be. It is very confusing.Ahem, we'll get back to that. Aurorama, by the end, reminded me a lot of The Court of the Air in both its strengths and its weaknesses. That is, both books have extremely strong...
I guess I won't read this after all even though I was looking forward to it. The Amazon Vine preview copy came with the last 5 chapters missing. What's the point of that?