"Praise for James P. Blaylock: "
"A singular American fabulist." - William Gibson, author of "The Difference Engine"
"Blaylock is a magician!" - Michael Swanwick
"Blaylock's prose is so rich it literally sings!" - Charles de Lint
"Blaylock is better than anyone else at showing us the magic that secretly animates our world..." - Tim Powers, author of "On Stranger Tides"
"While many recent novels have picked up the steampunk banner, this one fully delivers, offering action, farce, tender relationships, and prose full of genuine Victorian cadence and flavor." - "Publishers Weekly" [on "The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs"] --Publishers Weekly
"Airships, pirates, magic, I was hooked from page one and hated to see the adventure end. I loved the cliff-hanger chapters that forced you to come back for more. All in all it is an excellent book and I enjoyed every minute of it." --Gnostalgia
"The cover says, Steampunk Legend under [Blaylock] s name. Trust me, it s a well-earned accolade." --SciFiFX
"St. Ives has to be one of the most fleshed out Victorian characters ever written, and I m sincerely hoping that Blaylock isn t finished with this scientist adventurer. The Aylesford Skull can easily stand alone without any knowledge of Blaylock s previous steampunk stories, but you ll want to hunt down additional St. Ives tales, I m for certain." --Wired.com
"The plot of the book is a joyride through Victorian London, taking in all the grandness, wonder, depravity, and utter hopelessness that makes that time and place so endlessly fascinating." --Geek Smash
"Sure to be one of the most delightful works of fiction you read this year." --Team Hellions
"Blaylock is an extraordinary writer. This rollicking steampunk adventure showcases his excellent prose. Likeable characters, a vile villain and an imaginative setting makes this book into a must-read for lovers of steampunk literature...it s headed the way of the steampunk classic." --Punkettes<br /
"It s riveting, heart-wrenching, and magical." --Speak Geeky To Me review
"Had me literally sitting on the edge of my seat." --Best Geek Blog Ever
"It's a fast, rich and thoughtful thriller that is as different as it is clever and as bold as it is beautiful." --SF Book Review
"This is steampunk at full power and it s a heady, thrilling read as a result." --SFX Online Review
With lots of action, skulduggery and foolhardy bravery, this is an old-fashioned romp. --Fortean Times
"Blaylock throws in all the furniture of the genre: derring-do and cliffhangers, a vivid portrayal of Victorian London, a gallery of grotesque characters and the obligatory airship, but the strength of the novel is his rendering of St Ives caught between his love of the chase and his commitment to family. --Guardian Review
"Strong on mystery, horror, steampunk elements, and fantasy, you couldn t ask for a better read." --Geek Mundo
"This is a story full of twists, humour and action. There s something for everybody." --Trash Mutant