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Infernal Devices (Angry Robot)
Infernal Devices (Angry Robot)
by K. W. Jeter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars good to read, 3 May 2012
Pro sides:
interesting book, easy reading, gripping at times. I liked the story, full of twists and turns, some good ideas with always something happening leaving you wondering and thinking it over when you stop reading.
the story is articulated and each character always have something new to add to the stroy. very interesting ideas about the device to see the future and Americanization of the brits, the existance of a amphibious life form, double or triple identitees. very well written you never get lost wandering "who is this?" or "why this is happening now?" that at times happens in too articulated stories.

Down sides:
as you read the story many questions pop up, some are the same as the main character's has, others are due to the fantasy of the story. unfortunately only some are exaustively explained, others are only briethly, as maybe thought not to be central to the story. in that case why put them in in the first place??
also the "brown leader man" hystory is only just introduced at the end of the book, just before he disappears.. his motives are quite clear by then, though I would have spend few more pages in further exploring the idea, which is very interesting.
I found other concepts, or events, of characters that where used but briethly explained or developped.
Furthermore by the end most open points are closed or dismissed with one or two line of text. they sudennly self-resolved without the interaction of the any of the characters..
the last part of the story (last 3rd of the book) things progress very quikly and with less attention to dettails as if in a rush to conclude.

Overall:
is a good book to read, I enjoyed it very much and in fact read it in 3 days! I liked the writing style and the period and setting of the story, from which you can certanly remark a good dose of inspiration form the authors of early 1900, e.g. Wells.
Last time I was in london don't recall a wetwick district.. will ask a cab to take me there next time :).


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