Lord Kelvins Machine (Langdon St. Ives) Paperback – 22 Mar. 2013
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Don't get me wrong the characters within are passable for the reader but when you find the title not only dragging but a story that you'd rather ended leaves me thinking that I won't be embarking on another adventure with James for quite some time.
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Lord Kelvin's Machine: A Tale of Langdon St. Ives is a steampunk novel that can be divided into four arcs: prologue (or the beginning), comet dangers, ship magnetism, and time travel. In the novel, our main protagonist, Langdon St. Ives, is a British professor in search of the main villain, a certain Ignacio Narbondo. St. Ives wants vengeance for the death of his wife, Alice. He is accompanied by his companions Bill Kraken, Jack Owlesby, and his trusty servant, Hasbro. Together the group chase after the "evil" Narbondo successfully ruining his schemes of cosmic extortion. Narbondo falls to an icy grave, but is kept alive by Leopold Higgins, an ichthyologist. A second scheme is hatched using Lord Kelvin's machine as a gigantic magnet to threaten British shipping. This too is foiled by St. Ives and company. The last arc finally brings in the time traveling aspect of the story. St. Ives salvages Lord Kelvin's machine for his own practical time machine. His main opponents now are the people of the Royal Academy under the leadership of Secretary Parsons who are intent on retaking the machine. St. Ives successfully completes the time machine and travels into the past to save Alice.
The story at first appears out of the order in the beginning chapters. However, the it settles back into a chronological pattern within the first part in the chapter titled "Dover." The main narrator for most of the story is Langdon St. Ives. However, both Bill Kraken and Jack Owlesby get their own chapters. Kraken is given a chapter titled "London." Owlesby narrates the entire second part of the story in first person.
Langdon St. Ives as I noted in my own headline should be renamed Langdon St. Angst for his own brooding and self deprecating personality. He blames himself for his failure to save lives, but at the same time seeks to take the high road by avoiding outright murder. Fortunately for him, the villains are more interested in murdering each other leaving his own hands clean.