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Camera Obscura (Angry Robot) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857660942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857660947
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,860,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lavie Tidhar s"Camera Obscura"is not so much a sequel to his generally impressive steampunk novel, "The Bookman," as it is a continuation of events in the world presented in that debut. While the locale is different and no characters brought forward, this work retains all the nuances of the first novel and improves upon most of them."- Alan Cranis, "Although I recommend reading The Bookman first (simply because it is one great Steampunk novel), it is not essential for understanding Camera Obscura. Lavie Tidhar s latest novel is highly enjoyable on its own." ""Camera Obscura" raised the Lesards series to a must for me... I am truly curious where Lavie Tidhar will take it next." - Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic"

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Lavie Tidhar has quickly established a name for himself as a short fiction writer of note, and he's now moved to writing novels, debuting with The Bookman. He has travelled widely, living variously in South Africa, the UK, and the remote island-nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, but is currently resident in Israel. The author lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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It all starts when a man is found dead in a locked room on the Rue Morgue. His stomach cut open to retrieve the mysterious object he was carrying. Milady De Winter is sent to investigate, and what she uncovers is a fiendish plot. With different organisations all after the same object, and dead bodies showing up regularly, the suspects list narrows to one. But how can she find an object when she doesn't know what it is? What is the mysterious grey affliction? Can she figure out who the murderer is and keep her life?

The book was fast paced, with short chapters making it easy to read. The story was divided in to parts, with "interludes" showing Kai and his journey with the mysterious jade lizard, until it all interlocks at the end. I thought the prose was very good, and the book was very atmospheric. Occasionally it felt like the plot was a bit all over the place, as there was lots going on that all related to everything.

I'm warning you now, the cover is a huge spoiler for what happens about halfway through the book or so. The story appeared to be going one way and then did a huge about face and changed.

I enjoyed the cameo's certain well known persons made...Houdini...Mycroft name a few.

The book was fast paced, full of gun toting nuns, and lizard royalty, it struggled to hold my attention once or twice, and can seem a bit all over the place, but all in all it was a good read!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on 21 Feb. 2012
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This is a series of three novels set in a "Steampunk" Universe that includes a large population of Nineteenth Century fictional and historical characters. By `large,' I mean that I lost track during the first volume and merely took occasional notes during the later volumes. For example, Chief Sitting Bull appears in the same volume as Erich Weiss, aka Harry Houdini and Irene Adler is a Scotland Yard Inspector, keeping her eye on Fagin and Oliver Twist. The three volumes in the series are, respectively, "The Bookman," "Camera Obscura" and "The Great Game." All three volumes are, more or less, stand-alone publications. On the other hand, I have a number of questions after completing the third volume, so all of the answers are definitely NOT included in the books.

The main theme of the series revolves around Mycroft Holmes and his Intelligence Organization. Many other Sherlockian characters appear as well as an unruly mob of other personages. One really needs a scorecard to keep track. The author also has a habit of making readers work for understanding of the environment. Every once in a while, some character will summarize a part of history, either recent or ancient, so that readers can orient (not `orientate') themselves. Mostly, though, the characters talk about more immediate concerns as do people involved in active lives so readers are left to catch up on their own. I found this aspect more interesting than most fictional settings because it makes a reader think. Meanwhile, the action continues and events keep happening.

The three volumes occur in 1888, in 1893 and in 1899. Many characters appear in all three volumes and some explanations are offered.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lector TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2011
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An ebony-black Amazonian ex-circus performer turned detective, automata, a steampunk Paris and a murder in the Rue Morgue. It sounds like it should be wonderful...

Unfortunately I found the story dull and unconvincing and the characters didn't engage me at all. It was a bit like watching one of those boring B movies where you really don't care what happens to anyone in it.

Still, I suppose YOUR mileage may vary. But I just couldn't get into this at all.

Oh, and someone should really tell the author that Bushmills is an Irish Whiskey, NOT a Scotch whisky...
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