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  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd; 1st edition (11 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907777970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907777974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author based in West Yorkshire. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since 1989. He is the author of the Gideon Smith alternate history series from Tor Books, beginning in 2013 with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. David is also the author of Hinterland (2005, reprinted 2008), Angelglass (2007) and The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (2009), all published by Immanion Press, as well as popCULT!, published in 2011 from Pendragon Press. His work has been translated into Czech, Russian and German. He is represented by the literary agent John Jarrold. David is married to Claire, also an award-winning journalist, and they have two children, Charlie and Alice.

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"A triumph of the modern pulp genre. Funny, clever and superbly executed...I guarantee you'll have fun as you breeze through this first adventure of Gideon Smith, and I commend it to you all. I'm already anxious for the next one."--George Mann, author of "The Immortality Engine""A great-hearted, rollicking romp through the many worlds of classic pulp--loads of fun." --Nick Harkaway, author of "The Gone-Away World" and "Angelmaker"

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DAVID BARNETT is an award-winning journalist, currently multimedia content manager of the "Telegraph & Argus," cultural reviewer for "The Guardian" and the "Independent" on Sunday, and he has done features for "The Independent" and "Wired." He is the author of "Angelglass" (described by "The Guardian" as "stunning"), "Hinterland," and "popCULT!"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2013
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There are certain things that I think good genre fiction should always aim to be. Fantasy should be otherworldly, horror should unsettle. When it comes to the sub-genre of steampunk any plot needs to be exotic and evocative in equal measure. A reader is going to be looking for that slightly skewed version of reality. The story is going to be set in a world that manages to both be oddly familiar but also just that little bit strange. We need high-flying dirigible battles, vampiric bloodlust, ancient Egyptian monsters, sky pirates and, if we're really lucky, a sinister conspiracy that has the potential to shake the British Empire to its very core. The good news is that Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl delivers all this and much, much more besides.

It's always a genuine pleasure to discover the cast of quirky characters that inhabit a steampunk world. In this case it feels like the author has judged the mix of personalities just right. None of the characters that the reader meets feel shoe-horned in. Everyone inhabits their own little corner of the narrative and the various interactions all fit together to create a gratifyingly well-developed whole.

When we first meet Gideon he is a bit of an innocent. Having grown up in a small coastal village he is blissfully naïve when it comes to the outside world. When tragedy strikes he is compelled to seek answers. He sets out to uncover the truth, determined to reveal what is ultimately going on. I enjoyed that there is a very definite evolution to Gideon's character. As the plot unfolds he is placed in various different situations that require introspection on his part. He needs to look inside and discover if he has what it takes to truly be a hero.

Lucian Trigger is also wonderfully observed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Izzy on 13 Jan 2014
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David Barnett is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and this latest tale only reinforces that. There is so much going on in this story and you're sucked in right from the start. It weaves existing literary characters with new ones in an entertaining and sometimes hilarious way. Cloth and Bent in particular made me laugh. This would be so good to make into a film too. A little bit Indiana Jones but with far more interesting characters. Next one please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff B on 24 Sep 2014
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This is a great book, funny, exciting and almost impossible to put down. Unlike a lot of Steampunk fiction, which tends to over deliver on the Steampunk theories of cogs and clothes, David's book uses Steampunk as the canvas on which he paints a great story with colourful characters. He is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 24 April 2014
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Gideon Smith is a fisherman who dreams of adventure. Whilst his colleagues bring up kids and lose themselves in the mundane tasks of everyday life, Gideon spends his spare time reading his favourite “penny dreadfuls” sand reveling in the adventures of his hero, Captain Lucian Trigger. When tragedy strikes, Gideon can’t bring himself to carry on living the life which was expected of him, and takes matters into his own hands.

I can’t recommend this book enough for either the avid Steampunk fan or just the curious reader who wants to find out what this “Steampunk thing” is all about.
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