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Discovering Aberration: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

Discovering Aberration: A Steampunk Adventure Novel [Kindle Edition]

S.C. Barrus
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An ancient map stollen. A lost civilization discovered. A terrible secret unleashed.

Thaddeus Lumpen's archaeology career is near collapse, thanks to the machinations of rivals who would kill to claim a discovery for themselves. In desperation he turns to Freddy Fitzgerald, a rebellious writer who still maintains connections from his days as a street hooligan. For Lumpen to get ahead of his even less scrupulous competitors he must steal an ancient map and forge a path to an island where a lost civilization waits to be found. For Freddy, it's a chance to sell the story of a lifetime.

But nothing is as simple as it appears from halfway across the world. Old acquaintances become enemies, professional rivalries turn violent, and a notorious gang lord wants his map back. The island itself holds dangers that Freddy and Lumpen couldn't have prepared to face--and horrifying secrets that might be better left buried. Beset by wild beasts, cutthroat competitors, and dangers darker still, the two men fight not for glory, but their own survival... before the island pushes them past the brink of insanity.


DISCOVERING ABERRATION is a alternative history adventure novel. Inspired by the classic science fiction, adventure, and horror writers who spawned what would later become the steampunk genre, DISCOVERING ABERRATION is part Victorian era urban romp,part dark fantasy adventure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1477 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Away & Away Publishing (17 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IIGG32M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun steampunk adventure 18 Mar 2014
By Steph B
Format:Kindle Edition
I saw Discovering Aberration marketed on Google+ as a 'steampunk adventure' which intrigued me so I downloaded a copy. The story is inventive with an interesting plot and a strong steampunk feel. It doesn't have a particularly fast pace but Barrus' wordy style is reminiscent of true Victorian authors so I found that this helped to add atmosphere. The varying viewpoints of the narration is a clever touch and nicely done. I did like the cheeky derivation of some characters' names although why 'The Misses' is named in the plural escaped me. On the down side, at the time I read it DA did suffer from the indie curse of Needing a Good Proofreader as there were irritatingly frequent typos and errors, otherwise it was a fun read. However, I am told that a revised version will be available as of the end of March 2014 with no more distracting typos!

"I'm always homesick for the journey" too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking Victorian Adventure 8 April 2014
By Deborah - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
What a gorgeous cover!

Discovering Aberration is what I hope will be the first of a series following the adventures of Freddy Fitzgerald, an autodidact who has risen from street thug to university professor. Although author S.C. Barrus describes his novel as a steampunk adventure, this description is misleading; there are relatively few steampunk elements in the book, and those that exist do not play a significant role in the plot. I would place Discovering Aberration firmly in the rollicking Victorian adventure camp, alongside H. Rider Haggard's She and Allan Quatermain novels.

I had some initial difficulty getting into the book, but that must have just been a measure of my mood that day because when I picked it up again a few days later, I was hooked. Freddy and his friend Lumpen are fascinating characters, and I hope future tales will disclose more about their histories.

Discovering Aberration is well-written, with believable characters. Even minor characters, such as Sir Charles Greatworth, leap from the page fully formed. I recommend it to any reader who enjoys an action-packed adventure full of cutthroat gangs, academic rivalries, mutant humanoids, and a psychotic island.

I received a free copy of Discovering Aberration through Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fantastical story that should be continued, but some technical glitches... 26 May 2014
By AN ODD HUE - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As I started reading, I was turned off by a few technical errors that I'll get to later, but was foolhardy enough to continue reading. The story turned out to be quite gripping, especially that of the primary narrator, affectionately called "Freddy". It was definitely a page-turner. I won't get into the plot too much, but I think this is the first "steampunk" book that I've read and I greatly enjoyed all of the creative elements of it.

However, I would suggest that the author find a new editor or two -- at least, get a proofreader. The editors seemed to despise commas and use (or choose not to use) them in all sorts of unwieldy fashions. In addition, there were a handful of typos and incorrect homonyms/homophones that were left in. These sorts of errors disrupted clarity.

I enjoyed the world building and exposition, but I felt it could have been handled better. All in all, this is begging for a sequel, a series, or a collection of short stories written in the setting of Victania, since it was such an interesting setting but quite underused in this single novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an adventure! 2 April 2014
By L. J. Capehart - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've started getting interested in steam punk books, so when I saw this one, it sounded appealing. I became interested in it right away, enjoying the characters very much as they entered the story. As the story progressed, the level of blood and gore became too much for my taste, but despite my wish for less of that, I had to finish it.
The tale reminds me a bit of 'The Mummy' movies, and 'Indiana Jones'. I would have liked it not to be quite so dark and violent, but nevertheless it was well written, and exciting. I suspect there will be sequels.
I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk adventure at it's finest 10 Jun 2014
By Barry Huddleston - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed Barrus' "Discovering Aberration".
On the upside, it's a polished adventure story along the lines of Robert Louis Stevenson or Edgar Rice Burroughs with a touch of steampunk that reminds me of Scott Westerfeld. The characters are solid and well-fleshed out. The story, for the most part, moves along at a fast and enjoyable pace.
One the downside, the pace of the book sputters from time to time.
Having said that, I really enjoyed "Discovering Aberration" and hope to read a sequel some day.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read that was entertaining 29 July 2014
By Dennis Waller - Published on
I'm a fan of Steampunk so when I was offered this book for a honest review, I had to get it. When I received the book, I was surprised to see it clock in over 400 pages, this is a novel, no doubting that. The characters, Freddy, Lumpen, and Old Chap are well developed and defined, seeming 3 dimensional and the plot is interesting. The backdrop to the story is cool and in line with the genre thus making for a great story. If there is any downside, and this is just a personal preference, I would have liked to have seen a shorter version. Like Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, it seems to get blogged down in places. However, based on expectations, I'm giving it 4 and a half stars. An interesting read that was entertaining and one I can recommend to fans of Steampunk
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