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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (1 Oct. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1909679046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909679047
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Lakin-Smith is the author of Tourniquet; Tales from the Renegade City (Immanion Press: 2007) and Cyber Circus (Newcon Press: 2011). Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone, Celebration, Myth-Understandings, Further Conflicts, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, and other magazines and anthologies. Kim is a regular guest speaker at writing workshops and conventions.

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An engagingly off-beat mystery adventure set in steampunk future in which everyone is obsessed with cars and rallying -- The Guardian Brought up on the rough side of town, Zar Punkstar's one chance to shine is racing jacked-up retro automobiles through the streets of Autodrome. Securing a place in the legendary Ramrod Rally should have been his ultimate dream, but the murder of his mysterious father and his junky mother's overdose, not to mention the mysterious team manager, the thugs on his tail and his fighting team-mates, put him at the centre of an off-beat mystery adventure like no other. The backdrop is a strangely steampunk future, a city like something out of Metropolis but full of steam technology and clockwork gadgets revolving around the motor industry and a population whose only relief is an obsession with cars and rallying. What lifts this oddball setting out of the ordinary is Lakin-Smith's deft prose, from the loving depiction of the city and its inhabitants to powerfully emotional set-piece scenes. In lots of waysAutodrome is a conventional quest story for grease monkeys, but the characterisation and careful realisation of the city make this far more than a steampunk adventure romp for Top Gear fans.

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With its population of teen motor sport enthusiasts, promoters, grease monkeys and drivers, life in the steam and gas powered metropolis of Autodrome is all about the race. On the same day that 15 year old Zar Punkstar qualifies as a Pro Leaguer, he finds his inventor father murdered, and a clue - a Paranascope scroll containing a holographic map of the city. An encounter with the mysterious race promoter, Braxton Earl, leads him to enter the city’s infamous Ramrod Rally, a series of races, obstacle courses and death traps in Autodrome’s notorious outer suburbs, The Eras. His team mates include fellow racer and number one crush, Raina Jubilique, and a group of jaded ex-Pro Leaguers who’d sooner stab each other in the back as race together. His opposition are a mixed bag of polished Pro Leaguers, hired thugs, and parts’ pirates. But who to trust in a world of competitors? And for a champion like Zar, is the ultimate prize to win the Ramrod or outwit a killer?

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Format: Paperback
An enthralling read; Autodrome takes a bunch of teenagers - full of ego, issues, but most importantly, life (such life!) - and throws them into a heady mix of car racing, devious plots, bold adventure and a momentous quest.

Zar Punkstar must take up the clues left by his father and uncover the secrets that some will kill for. Along the way he must learn to co-operate and get along with the bunch of misfits assembled for the greatest race of their times - the Ramrod!

Full of action, some clever puzzles and plenty of hard racing - Autodrome is a refreshing blast, man!
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By A. Reader on 30 April 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not YA, not adult, this fits wonderfully into the NA reading genre. A perfect blend of dieselpunk, dystopia and science fiction, Autodrome is a city in the desert where racing is everything. I liken it to the pod-racing in Star Wars - those that are poor desperately race for fame, glory and money.

I just loved this so much. The cover, the writing style, the pace, the language, the themes (trust, betrayal, forgiveness and tenacity). I'll read whatever Kim puts out next.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I purchased this in Liverpool Waterstones in Central, as I liked the cover and the first few lines of the page one cause me to think the read would be good.

Unfortunately, the kindle version is not available.

My first disappointment is the way the publisher "Snowbooks" has laid out the font. It is large, and the spacing between the lines is also large, and the book size is also large. So I feel what is published as 432 page book is, in reality, just a few hundred pages - just a Novella or a short story - and in reality (I feel), a waste of paper.

My second disappointment is how the novel reads; it is poor. I feel the author could have enhanced the characters with more layers, more detail.

The best thing about the novel is the Cover, 10-10 for the designer.

Over-all read - I was disappointed.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Along the way he must learn to co-operate and get along with the bunch of misfits assembled for the greatest race of their times 28 Jan. 2015
By Daz Pulsford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An enthralling read; Autodrome takes a bunch of teenagers - full of ego, issues, but most importantly, life (such life!) - and throws them into a heady mix of car racing, devious plots, bold adventure and a momentous quest.

Zar Punkstar must take up the clues left by his father and uncover the secrets that some will kill for. Along the way he must learn to co-operate and get along with the bunch of misfits assembled for the greatest race of their times - the Ramrod!

Full of action, some clever puzzles and plenty of hard racing - Autodrome is a refreshing blast, man!
The person i gave it to loved it. 5 Feb. 2015
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a christmas gift. The person i gave it to loved it.
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