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1901: A Steam Odyssey [Kindle Edition]

Lionel Bramble
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Aliens! Corsets! Tattoos! Steam! Join the intrepid Lady Cheyenne as she battles Lunar soldiers and Venusian love-warriors in her quest to save the Earth, and Her Majesty's Empire, from the sinister machinations of voyeur Martians! Discover this and much more in Lionel Bramble's 1901: A Steam Odyssey!

It seems only fitting that now, as a new age of digital publishing is dawning, we would see a resurgence in the kind of fiction associated with the beginning of cheap print publishing. In the Victorian era, they had Penny Dreadfuls, adventures and thrillers printed on cheap paper for the masses. Now, Circlet Press is revisiting this lost genre with its latest full-length release, 1901: A Steam Odyssey.

Written by up-and-comer Lionel Bramble, this erotic novel is both a tribute to, and improvement upon, the tradition of the Penny Dreadful. While Victorian in tone, its characters and plot are decidedly modern, and this seems to be the perfect combination to create fiction in the ever-shifting steampunk genre.

Cynthia Ward at Frequently Felt says: "Ever wonder why Barsoom, Amtor, Tarzan's Africa, and other purportedly prudish worlds of pulp science fiction are full of characters running around naked? Ever wonder what might truly be required when you lie back and think of England? Lionel Bramble delightfully lays bare these subtexts, and more, in his enormously entertaining debut novel, the polyamourously perverse interplanetary erotic steampunk spy-adventure, 1901: A Steam Odyssey."

Kathleen Bradean raves at Erotica Revealed:
"Not only is the premise fresh, but it is superbly executed. There isn't a false step anywhere. Inventive, imaginative, saucy, naughty; 1901: A Steam Odyssey is all that and more."

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JLRA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Gets Sexy 5 Nov. 2010
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Lionel Bramble here shows more than a passing nod to H. G. Wells' novels The First Men in the Moon and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (w/ Active Table of Contents and Chapter Navigation) [KINDLE EDITION]. Think of this as Wells on drugs and feeling frustrated.

With The War of The Worlds already over some are still apprehensive that the Martians may attack again. The British Empire has new technolgy now as they have incorporated what they salvaged from the Martian craft, but this seems to have been used mainly to devise more complex love toys. With people mysteriously disappearing from our base at the frozen pole though, two agents are sent to investigate. Meanwhile two other agents are sent to Venus to investigate a distress signal that has been received. With the agents to remain on Earth being abducted, could the Venus call be a hoax?

Venus seems to make people very active sexually, as the visitors soon find out, and the Martians are definitely up to something, but is it another War of The Worlds, or something even more insidiously diabolical?

In a tale that is full of sex, with humans as well as aliens, ingenious developments of love toys and pleasure and pain taken to new heights this is all a bit tongue-in-cheek. The storyline is all a bit far fetched, but who really cares? This is really like the Penny Dreadfuls, albeit erotica, that the Victorian public hankered for, and which are now our pulp novels that we still buy en masse. This is a tale for adults that is smutty and fun to read and I must admit that I have found it hard to put down, there is just something so entertaining and likeable about it, I must admit that I will be looking at other books by this author, as well as by the publishing house.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected 13 Jun. 2011
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Given the title, I was expecting a steampunk book involving a malfunctioning difference engine and out of control steam engines. I was unable to continue reading the book as it turned out to be erotica. I don't mind sex in a book as long as it is well worked and is seamless with the plot, but I've never been interest in reading just about sex. The focus may change after the first chapter but in most cases a first chapter does represent what one expects from the rest of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 24 Jan. 2011
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It really is what the description says. A novel that goes to all of the silliest places it could. Aliens from Mars and Venus, M/f, F/f, F/m, solo, denial, corsets, steampunk, and much more. That being said, both I and my fiancee loved it, and she does not normally like this sort of story. Not all of the scenes are great, but the book is long enough that there will be something for everyone and there will always be another hot scene waiting to read before bed.

I'm waiting for the next one and encourage the author to keep on writing!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of Touch 18 Sept. 2012
By hookie - Published on
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This one is a "bummer".The previous book with the
same characters was readable but this one never gets there.The sexual antics are not good enough to carry the story.I dont think erotica and Sci Fi
mix all that well at any time and this book goes a long way to proving that.Read it but do not expect all that much.The War of the Worlds it is not.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointing 9 Mar. 2011
By EgotisticalMe - Published on
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Overall, I was quite disappointed in this book.

It was like one long, sex scene, with interruptions that might have been considered a storyline. And of that "storyline", there was precious little to do with most anything in the steampunk genre.

As far as erotic writing goes, it felt like it was lacking variety, and it simply felt bland.

Definitely not the best $6.99 I've ever spent.
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