Derivative ideas, poorly written,
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Why should science fiction/steam-punk and alternate history stories demand a lower quality of writing than other genres? I have moaned before that a good steam-punk novel is very very hard to find - this book ain't it. In fact, the writing was just about bearable, but the plot and the ideas in this book are just awful. Not 'smart steam-punk' awful, I mean unoriginal and badly used. The usual steam-punk tropes are here in buckets. Steam powered airships, foggy London, Victoriana, time-travel. Basically all of the stuff that you'd find in Pax Britannia series or His Dark Materials or indeed stolen from any of these types of stories. And a few extras that really go too far, including exploding werewolves and Charles Darwin as 'mega-mind' evil genius. Sounds fun? Trust me, these ideas just don't work. A good editor should have told Mark Hodder to ease of the ideas' pedal and concentrate on the basic story which could, just conceivably, have made a decent read. As it is, I would recommend giving this one a miss. Read some China Mieville or James Smythe instead.