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The Ebb Tide: A Langdon St. Ives Adventure Hardcover – 20 Aug 2009

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Another One of Those Writers You Should Read But Probably Missed 27 Nov. 2013
By Joe Keenan - Published on
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Along with Tim Powers, one f the fathers of steam punk. Blaylock receives mixed reviews among todays sci-fi/fantasy authorities, but I like him! He has a very skillful way of populating this mundane world with extraordinary events.
Is this the best of the series? 14 July 2015
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This was the best reviewed of the St. Ives volumes, and I expected to be impressed by an author of Blaylock's pedigree, writing in a genre for which he coined the name. I found it at best, mildly entertaining. St. Ives (essentially a combination of Phileas Fogg and Sherlock Holmes) seeks to recover a lost artifact that fell from space before his arch nemisis Frostico. Apparently, Frostico is the evil scientist / Professior Moriarty of this series. Narration is by St. Ives' sidekick, Jack Owlesby (following my analogy, he would be the equivalent of Passepartout / Dr. Watson). The story is brief, a novella at best, and if you have never read any of the prior books in the series, the characters are seriously undeveloped. St. Ives does little or nothing of note, and Frostico is alluded to but puts in no appearance. There is an interesting action sequence involving use of submarine technology in inland waters to recover the artificact. On the other hand, we are never told what the artifact is, why it does what it does, where it came from, or even what evil use Frostico intended. The writing is good and the atmosphere of 19th century England is not bad considering the brevity of the story. Perhaps this book needs to be reviewed as a single volume with the others in the series. If that is the case, then my comments should be taken in that context. Otherwise, this is dangerously close to a two star book.
Once more into the subterranean depths... 23 Jun. 2015
By Steve R - Published on
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This Langdon St Ives adventure finds Blaylock's usual cast of characters (St Ives, Tubby Frobisher, the Billisons, Finn Conrad, the narrator Jack Owlsby, and of course the persistently diabolical Ignacio Narbando) once more in subterranean depths. First they are beneath London, and then, by means of a rather clever diving bell--one a good bit more interesting and complex than that found in the Adventure of the Ring of Stones--find themselves navigating the London sewers and then the tides of the English coast. Though a novella--a shorter work than a novel--the plot is full and satisfying, and Blaylock's descriptions of an alternate London are amazing. The conclusion is not earth shattering, merely another nudge in the direction of the next St Ives adventure. But that's fine by me, as I read these as much for the story as I do Blaylock's mastery of Victorian, gaslight/steampunk settings.
A new author to follow. 17 Aug. 2015
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This genre (I think they call it Steam Punk) is great! I already bought several of this author's other books, and read one. Definitely worth the read, as was the other Langdon St. Ives story I read. This came from an Amazon recommendation.
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Love Langdon St. Ives Novels 1 Jan. 2013
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I Enjoy James P. Blaylock's Writing. Blaylock is an accomplished writer whose usage of words draws you into the story immediately and his imagination keeps the story entertaining throughout. The atmosphere is steampunkish and I love Victorian and Edwardian settings for detective novels. Highly recommended book.
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