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The Osiris Ritual Paperback – 7 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190672704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906727048
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK genre movers and shakers.' 'The author does a superb job of recreating nineteenth century London...a thoroughly engaging story.' SF Signal 'Mann is leading the charge.' The Guardian 'Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees and things that go bump in the night.' Strange Horizons 'A carefully plotted and entertaining steampunk mystery.' '[Mann] has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre' Sci Fi Now 'Highly, highly recommended'

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George Mann is the author of The Affinity Bridge, Ghosts of Manhattan and The Human Abstract, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and an original Doctor Who audiobook.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2009
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George Mann's previous 'Newbury and Hobbes' novel, The Affinity Bridge was a curious mix of riotous entertainment and horrendous cliché, that teetered on the brink of being truly awful, yet managed to remain a book worth reading. So, it was with some apprehension that I settled down to read 'The Osiris Ritual' - which way would Mann go? Would we be treated to a robust steampunk thriller, or a latter-day penny-dreadful?

I'm pleased to report that some of the problems of the first instalment have been ironed out. Mann's characters and settings now feel like artful homage, as opposed to clumsy pastiche (though some may argue there is little difference!), and although there is still some anachronistic dialogue, the editing for book two is tighter, making for a smoother read and considerably less frustrated tutting.

Again the sleuth's adventures are exciting; this time Newbury finds himself dealing with an Egyptian curse, whilst Hobbes hunts down a mysterious magician, linked with the disappearance of a number of women. The story flows quickly, thanks mainly to Mann's fluent writing style, which is a good job, as it hides 'The Osiris Ritual's' main flaw. The plot doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny. On the face of it, the villain's motives and methods seem sound, but on reflection it's a rather half-baked scheme not befitting for the master criminal he is purported to be. There are some nice set pieces in the book, but I was left with the impression that the plot was fudged to fit around them, rather than things being developed in unison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2011
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The Victorians were wild about mummies -- they even had "unwrapping" parties where everybody would gather and... well, unwrap the mummy.

So guess what leads to a gruesome string of murders in "The Osiris Ritual," George Mann's second steampunk thriller about special agents of Queen Victoria. Also present: a sinister magician and an undead cyborg agent. While cleverly plotted and well-written, Mann just doesn't draw us into the adventure -- it's a fun read, but leaves you wishing you felt closer to the characters.

London is thrilled by the unwrapping of a mysterious unnamed mummy in a black casket, who apparently was mummified alive. Meanwhile, Newbury has been sent to pick up Caspian, an agent in Russia who unexpectedly returned without warning; andHobbes has been investigating the magician Alfonso the Great, who is connected to the disappearance of several girls.

The Newbury finds out the true horror of "Caspian's" true identity -- it's his predecessor William Ashford, who was horribly killed and then "rebuilt."

And then the man who found the mystery mummy is found horribly butchered and placed in the sarcophagus. Newbury suspects that Ashford is the one responsible, but after an encounter with the man he begins to suspect that someone else is responsible -- someone very interested in the mummy's past.

There are three main subplots in "The Osiris Ritual," and while they seem to be totally unrelated at first, George Mann loosely links them together through Egyptian ritual, mad science, and a few gruesome murders. It's a solid steampunk thriller, neither REALLY AWESOMELY GOOD or HORRIBLY DISMALLY BAD. It's middling.

Mann has a flair for the horrific ("...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alisha Bookseller on 31 Oct. 2013
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The cover of this book is what caught my eye, because it was beautiful and because of the Egyptian theme. I've always had an interest in History, and particularly Egypt as I found it fascinating so I knew I had to read this book. When I got this book I didn't realize it was the second in the series, and started reading it totally unaware.

George Mann has written this book so beautifully that the descriptions of his creations and the scene and setting come to life and you can immerse yourself in it. He's also written them so that if you haven't read the first then it doesn't matter as there are no points where you have no idea what he's talking about, so you can read them as stand alone if you wish.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, the Victorian setting, the steam punk devices and contraptions, the characters and the mystery or mysteries themselves. Newbury isn't painted to be a perfect hero of the story, he is imperfect but still a hero despite his drug addiction. Similarly Hobbes isn't the swooning, damsel in distress, useless female character you so often come across in books like these. She is instead independent, strong and a hero all of her own, not afraid, and perfectly capable of looking after herself.

For you Romance fans out there, there are slight hints of possible romance between the two, but largely it's a very unusual and different mystery book, set in a wonderful world, and with plenty of Egyptian mystery and myth. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I wasn't expecting alot, and I was pleasantly surprised with the book, and i'm off to go and buy the entire series now!
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