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The Great Game (The Bookman Histories Book 3)

The Great Game (The Bookman Histories Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Lavie Tidhar
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Literary figures emerge from the fog, automatons patrol the streets, space probes head for Mars. A potent and atmospheric steampunk adventure. --Chris Wooding

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When Mycroft Holmes is Murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life.

Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.

As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.

Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.

File Under: Steampunk [ End Of Days | Only The Beginning | The Ark | Insane Thrills ]


“Lavie Tidhar has once again created an outstanding Steampunk novel. Gripping, multi-facetted, and fascinating … 10 out of 10 Zeppelins”
- Daily Steampunk

“I heartily recommend The Great Game; not only a satisfying read, but an enjoyable, fun, and interesting one too.”
- Libris Leonis

” … steampunk epitomised in the form of a whistle-stop tour …”
- Drying Ink

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (30 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073HU9ZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bookman Chronicles Series 21 Feb 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 May 2012
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This is the second in the series and once more it is a superb steampunk novel, highly evocative with a noir feel overlying the steampunk scenario and landscape. Highly recommended but read the first one first...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bookman-series is getting (even) better 26 Feb 2012
The Bookman-series took a turn for the (even) better with this third entry. At this level I loo(c)k forward to stay with it and I am happy to give four stars to "The Great Game" because it's fun, thrilling and entertaining all the way through.

It's not so much the story, but the author is getting better as a writer. I would still call him 'talented' and 'promising' though, because he is not 'there' yet. When he gets there, I hope there is a there there. (Sorry - I couldn't resist.) Seriously: When Tidhar get's 'there', he will be very good indeed, maybe even excellent.

The plot is more convoluted this time, though this third novel has the problem of many 'middle'-books that have to carry previous story lines and introduce new one, while keeping the overall story in mind. I imagine that some story lines which seem superfluous or at least redundant at this point, are vital for the big showdown.

The author keeps using (and introducing more and more) fictional characters by other writers as even very minor characters of his own. This is ... fun and no doubt for many readers one reason they buy the books, but I'm looking forward to a Tidhar-novel with his own characters.

Finally, a word about the publisher. Angry Robot deserves full credit for the most excellent cover design (front AND back). And their books are good on the inside as well! For a small publisher, they've already published some great books.
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