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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk that works!
I didn't think I was going to enjoy this - I'd originally bought it for my OH - so included it on my TBR Challenge for this year. I'd had an earlier, relatively unsuccessful foray into steampunk so I approached this with some trepidation.....

It's London under Victoria's reign, but ground trains and electric hansom cabs run along the streets, and airships rule...
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by SazzyMCH

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1.0 out of 5 stars By-The-Numbers and not as 'steampunk' as it thinks it is...
Recipe for a steampunk novel: You will need:

1 victorian London - present.
A variety of steam-driven machines - present.
Several improbably capable clockwork automata - present.
Lots and lots of airships - check.

But:

1 involving 'ripping yarn' of a plot - missing
several interesting characters - absent
plenty of...
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by J. D. Burnell


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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piles of fun, 9 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Affinity Bridge (Paperback)
I've got to disagree with the negative reviews floating around. I consider myself a decently literate sort of person and could find nothing at all that had me reaching for the editor's pencil in annoyance. It's a cracking read, a nicely constructed little mystery and all played out against a pleasingly murky steampunk vision of London.
There's also plenty of plot threads which are picked up again in the second book of the series, The Osiris Ritual, so while not every part of the story is wrapped up by the end, there's an equally entertaining sequel to carry on where this left off.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring steampunk page-turner, 1 Oct 2009
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If you like Sherlock Holmes, if you like steampunk, if you like Frankenstein, if you like supernatural-influenced mysteries...any or all of these, you'll love Affinity Bridge.

The book is a cupboard full of little gems - my favourite descriptions were of the automatons, and of the airship manufactory. George Mann has made a real effort to make the language 'feel right', with Victorian manners, mannerisms, not to mention vices and entertainments. Descriptions of the fogged-in Whitchapel, with plague victims wandering the streets, are genuinely spooky.

The chemistry between the two main characters fairly crackles along, under the carapace of Victorian restraint - the novel isn't really about Newbury & Hobbes' working relationship, but it's a lovely counterpoint to the building mystery, each wondering whether they can overcome their personal prejudices to work well together.

The book is a real page-turner which kept me gripped from start to finish, and I read the entire thing in a day. That's my only complaint really - it's actually quite a short book! Mr Mann needs to hurry up and write at least another five stories...
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