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Terrific Steampunk/fantasy novel.,
This review is from: A Red Sun Also Rises (Hardcover)
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Mark Hodder`s name is one that appears in just about every reference book about the Steampunk genre; this was my introduction to his work and what a marvellous novel it is...
Hodder takes a very mischievous, tongue-in-cheek approach to the Steampunk elements of his tale, sending up the conventions to a degree and soft-pedalling on some of the genre's excesses. Though leavened with humour, the novel has at It`s heart a pretty serious, well thought-out plot concept - as one would expect of any good science fiction novel. He has a particular gift for description, conjuring up landscapes evoking Roger Dean-like vistas inhabited by creatures straight out of the illustrations of Frank R. Paul; that he has been able to combine such strands of fantasy with the Steampunk slant is impressive indeed, raising it above the current conventions of that genre; this is - I think - a book that should appeal to a broader base of science fiction/fantasy readers, not just the author`s Steampunk followers - which is probably Hodder`s intention - I shall have to read his Burton and Swinburne novels to make a fair judgement on that. There are little touches of satire, references that perhaps evoke Wells, Burroughs and Moorcock here and there and a rattling good adventure story into the bargain.
An entertaining, at times subtle and thought-provoking novel; well-paced, gloriously imaginative and deserving of a wide readership.