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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but once again fails to deliver, 7 Feb 2010
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This review is from: The Osiris Ritual (Paperback)
I'm only three-quarters through the book at the moment. Sadly, though I'm a fast reader, I find myself having to put the book down in annoyance fairly regularly.

Despite the lacking prose and jarring inconsistencies, "The Affinity Bridge" was a fun read. The Osiris Ritual's premise is, happily, a little more traditional to begin with: a mummy's curse and the murder of a prominent archaeologist send Newbury off on a hunt for a killer. However, just like its predecessor, the book fails to immerse the reader: grammatical slip-ups, anachronisms in vocabulary, and frankly unbelievable plot twists abound. (Let me just say, without spoiling the plot, that the method of disappearance, once revealed, was frankly unbelievable in a technical sense.) I realise the book is intended to be somewhat kitsch- just look at the cover. However, it must also be an enjoyable read to get away with this, and the author has no sense of how to make his world believable, even in a fantastic sense. One thing that comes to mind is the protagonist's frequent call for Earl Grey. Surely plain tea would do? "Do I smell a fresh pot of Earl Grey brewing in the pot?" was amusing, though.

Once again Sir Newbury and Miss Hobbes' separate assignments turn out to be related. I do wish that the nature of the relationship between the cases hadn't been so ham-handed. And what of Miss Hobbes' sister? You'd think she'd rate more mention than one small reference at the start and a later visit. How depressingly Victorian, haha.

I'd recommend that the author spend a few months reading both Victorian fiction and non-fiction to equip himself with a more engaging turn of phrase. I must say, though, the descriptions of technology in their context are exquisite, although the action scenes tend to drag a little. I'll be borrowing the next book from the library rather than buying it; this novel was lacking in substance and I doubt it holds up to repeated reading.
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