on 21 September 2009
Steam punk. This book is a science fiction epic depicting the horrors of abused science. Premise: "what if they discovered Sensies a hundred years ago". Forget giant steam powered robots and flying ironclads. Imagine the shock of absorbing all the most intense Sensory experiences of man or woman, as if they were your own: feeling the blade cleave a man's skull; any and all lovers ministrations.
Warning: not a book for the easily offended; contains descriptions of sexual experiences/ "perversions", admittedly from the point of view of a neophyte heroine.
The tale as told from the PoV of the three antagonists is the high-point; glimpsing one anothers' travails in passing.
The cardinal's analytical descriptions of melee are a pleasurable change from the norm.
on 24 October 2009
Second book in the series, a worthy follow up.
Although lengthy and repetitive in places, Gordon Dahlquist sustains the growing menace and terror of a secret `cabal' consisting of men from the ministry, lords of industry, scientists and the mysterious Contessa and her high class prostitutes, over the three books, so far, in the series.
This book almost defies description and without giving too much away, I found the descriptions of the `process' used on the female characters truly terrifying!
Would make an amazing film and because the author is a playwright, maybe this is a possibility.
With three well rounded protagonists and a huge cast of supporting characters, it's basically an adventure mystery with a big dose of weird science and a touch or eroticism; a good Steampunk genre read for the long dark winter nights to come.
on 22 December 2009
As well as many positive, I read a few negative reviews, which slightly put me off buying the book. But I thought I'd take a chance as I liked the sound of it. Overall, it's definitely lived up to my expectations and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you like pseudo 19thC fantasy mystery/Romance. I feel a lot of intelligent effort has been made by the writer to construct intriguing entertainment.