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The Extraordinary & Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle

The Extraordinary & Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Webb
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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[Catherine Webb is] by any standards, a Writer, in the proper sense. She produces clever, surprising prose. . . Rich in action and character. (Sunday Times)

A hell of a romp, fuelled by the kind of unstoppable imagination that only the young can achieve (Seven magazine (Sunday Telegraph))

A thrilling story (Sunday Times)

A heady concoction (Publishing News)

Book Description

Horatio Lyle is Sherlock Holmes crossed with Thomas Edison as written by Terry Pratchett: witty, action-packed and perfect for fans of detective stories, fantasy stories and good old-fashioned adventure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atom (1 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3EXO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having published her extraordinary debut, MIRROR DREAMS, at the age of fourteen, Catherine Webb has quickly established herself as one of the most talented and exciting young writers in the UK.

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right good victorian fantasy fun 8 Aug 2007
Having absentmindedly flipped the cover to peer inside this book (lying on my boss's desk due to be taken home to her daughter) I resurfaced at least 30 guilty minutes later when the phone rang. I was hooked! Its true the start is brilliant. My boss had to promise I could borrow it later.

In the wake of Harry Potter's dual children/adult appeal this too has that effect. And it didn't dissapoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. An exceptionally entertaining victorian fantasy science romp - An air of Sherlock Holms come Sleepy Hollow. Great main charachter.

Due to the cover I can't quite get him to have red hair though...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 16 Jun 2014
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle is the first book in the Horatio Lyle series by British author, Catherine Webb. The scene is London, 1864. Horatio Lyle, son of Harry and Milly Lyle, is an enthusiastic inventor and occasional sleuth. Shortly after he catches young pick-pocket and thief, Teresa Hatch leaving the scene of her latest break-in (his house), he is called to the Palace by Lord Lincoln to temporarily resume his position as Special Constable. He is needed to investigate the theft from the Bank of England of, among other valuables, the Fuyun Plate, a Tibetan artefact made by a powerful race of angel-demons. He decides to take Tess along with him, as well as, of course, his faithful and very useful hound, Tate. At the Bank they encounter Master Thomas Edward Elwick, heir to the Third Baron of Elwick; Thomas is keen to be useful in the investigation, and this team of four soon find themselves involved in all sorts of escapades as they try to solve the robbery and find the Fuyun Plate before it falls into the wrong hands. While the details of the character backgrounds are sparse, their dialogue, their resourcefulness and their sense of adventure will certainly appeal to young readers, as will the myriad of inventions (dynamos, flash bombs, tasers, chemical explosives) and the non-stop action (abseiling down buildings, zip-lining, roof-top chases, sliding down bannisters, fights with evil beings wielding crossbows). Webb has fun with character names (Tate and Lyle, Inspector Vellum, Miss Mercy Chaste, the vicar’s daughter, Mr Dew) in this fight between inventive, scientific Londoners and a decidedly malevolent army of a quite different sort of greenie. Young fans will look forward to the second book in the series, The Obsidian Dagger. A fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and well written. 25 Aug 2014
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Found this light read (as an adult) actually very engaging and would imagine quite a good introduction to victorian or even some semi- steampunk fiction for a teen or young adult.

Tone is perfect and story is well paced. Some interesting characters and set ups.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look At The Eyes 18 Feb 2006
By A Customer
After what felt like a long wait from her last book, TimeKeepers, Catherine Webb's new book's out! And it doesn't disappoint!
In Victorian London, Horatio Lyle has been pulled away from his test-tubes to find something in the name of Queen Victoria: the Fuyun Plate. But what's strange about it is that it was stolen from the Bank of England! How? So with "reformed" pickpocket Tess, a "bigwig" Thomas and his dog Tate, Horatio is on the case. But soon finds it getting strange - dead bodies, hypnotism, Green Eyes and a man who enjoys ginger biscuits. But how are all these connected to the Fuyun Plate? And will Horatio live to solve this whole case...?
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