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Alan K. Baker
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907777547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907777547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan K Baker was born in Birmingham in 1964. After leaving university in 1991, he endured a series of increasingly unpleasant jobs, culminating in a nine-month stint as a meat-packer in a Sheffield sausage factory, which served to increase his fascination with the macabre and outlandish. Since 1997, he has published a number of non-fiction books on the paranormal and popular history, which have been translated into seven languages.

"The Martian Ambassador" is his first published novel. "Dyatlov Pass", his unpublished science fiction thriller inspired by the unexplained deaths of nine ski-hikers in the Ural Mountains in 1959, has been optioned for film by director Simon Fellows and screenwriter/novelist Andy Briggs.

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LONDON, 1899

Something strange is happening on the London Underground. The ghosts which haunt the platforms and tunnels are being seen much more frequently than usual, and it seems that they are both angry and frightened. Something has appeared on the subterranean railway network of which even the dead are afraid, and the train drivers and other staff are becoming increasingly reluctant to work there. Installation of the new Atmospheric Railway has begun, and the railway companies are demanding that the mystery be solved before their investments go up in a puff of steam.

When a train driver is driven insane by something indescribable in the remote tunnel known as the Kennington Loop, Queen Victoria instructs her Bureau of Clandestine Affairs to aid the Metropolitan Templar Police in their investigation.

Enter Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator, and Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research. Along with Detective Gerhard de Chardin and the famous occultist Simon Castaigne, Blackwood and Sophia plunge into a terrifying adventure which takes them from the dank tunnels of the London Underground to the depths of interstellar space and a dying planet known as Carcosa, where a horrific being from beyond Space and Time has set its sights on Earth.

The being is known in the annals of the occult as the King in Yellow, or the Feaster from the Stars, and unless Blackwood and Sophia can prevail, it will descend upon the Earth and consume every living thing on it!

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but... 18 Nov 2011
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A hundred years ago, Robert W Chambers wrote his pioneering stories featuring the rumour of The King in Yellow, the subject of a play, fragments of which were enough to drive readers insane. These are chilling, disturbing stories, clear precursors to much 20th century Lovecraftian and other "weird" fiction.

In "The Feaster from the Stars", Baker takes and develops this mythology, pitting his investigators Thomas Blackwood and Sophia Harrington, inhabitants of a steampunk Victorian world replete with ghosts, faeries and Martian visitors (think HG Wells's Martians, but peaceful) against the eponymous King, which now threatens Earth. The story is told with great zest and pace and is certainly a page-turner. As a contribution to the alt-Victorian genre it is OK - better than The Affinity Bridge perhaps, maybe not quite as good as The Bookman - but I'm bothered by the use to which Chambers' disturbing vision is put. In his stories the King is only hinted at. We don't really know what he is, or where Carcosa is, or what has happened to produce such horror. However, Baker can't help but be much more specific, and that, frankly, takes away a degree of the horror. "You must not let daylight in upon magic" wrote Walter Bagehot and I think that also goes for nameless-evils-from-beyond-the stars. "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming". Don't wake Him up, in case He simply looks silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that ranges far - far away 4 Oct 2013
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A good story well plotted, continuing with the characters from "The Martian Ambassador" these are further developed, with a well honed plot in the alternative Victorian Empire the characters inhabit to far distant planets ravage by "The Feaster of the Stars" A good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first book, hated this 5 Dec 2012
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series- its not in any way groundbreaking (ive read at least two other steam-punk series with very similar plots) but it was at least well written and pretty entertaining. This follow up on the other hand has appallingly stilted dialogue, terrible cliches left right and centre, awful plot..etc. Its like the author has allowed his dog to randomly select sentences to slot into the book. A terrible dissapointment!
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Fascinating, well written, illuminating, good research results emphasise points. Anyone interested in how the mind works and the tricks it plays should enjoy this
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