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Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay by [Wooding, Chris]
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Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The Ketty Jay (4 Book Series)

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Short-listed for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award "If Robert Louis Stevenson and Patrick O'Brian had teamed up to write a rollicking fantasy, Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls would be the result. Pirates, sky-ships, and golems are just the trappings for a far-flung adventure of stunning imagination and brilliant craftsmanship. I've already booked passage for the next flight of the Ketty Jay...long may she sail!"--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Altar of Eden "Beautifully crafted prose and some remarkably imaginative scenes ...and Wooding's sprawling, multifaceted world and rough-and-tumble action will delight steampunk fans." -"Publisher's Weekly, starred review """Retribution Falls" picks you up, whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along, and sets you down with a big smile on your face." -Joe Abercrombie, author of "The Last Argument of Kings ""A fast exhilarating read . . . the kind of old fashioned adventure I di

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A fast, furious, tongue-in-cheek SF romp.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1970 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; UK ed. edition (18 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085169
  • ASIN: B002U3CCGU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Retribution falls is the first in the "Tales of the Ketty Jay" series of books, of which there have been three thus far.

It tells the story of Darian Frey, Merchant, Smuggler, Scoundrel, his much loved battered old ship the Ketty Jay and his crew of misfits. The first in the series introduces us to Frey and his world and to his crew and builds the cast and characters, who they are and how they got there setting up the series whilst being an excellent and exciting adventure of betrayal and intrigue.

I decided to give this a go as I was looking for something fresh and new to read in the sci-fi or fantasy genre and saw this was very popular and doing well, and I noted the oft stated appeal to fans of Firefly and ordered it.

At first I was a little surprised. I'd half expected it to be set in space and for the Ketty Kay to be a spaceship (why I expected it to actually be firefly I've no idea) but I quickly got absorbed by the story and the world and in no time was in love with it. No lasers, no spaceships, a steampunk world of airships and guns and swords and utterly compelling for it. The world of Vardia is more than big enough for these adventures and provides a wonderful setting, mixing magic and a steampunk world of airship and dogfighting planes, rapidly moving the story through a host of settings and scenes and evoking a feeling of a vast world with as much variety as our own.

I absolutely loved this and went on to read the whole series in a few weeks, I really couldn't put the Kindle down when I was reading them. As a fan of adventure and Sci-Fi and, yes, Firefly, I couldn't recommend it enough, it's my favourite series of the last few years.
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By Zarah on 14 April 2015
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I find myself stuck in the middle of the road about this book. I find that I simply disliked the main character. I’ll grant that there was a lot of personal growth throughout the book and a lot of what I disliked about him also made him a much more realistic character than many other such characters in the genre (which is all good), but when it comes right down to it, I didn’t enjoy the time I spent with him. Thus, I just didn’t much enjoy the book.

It did have a lot of dry wit and humour in it. It did have an interesting crew and a lot of action and adventure. The writing was tight, if occasionally a bit repetitive. So, there is plenty to like here for another reader. But for me it was all overshadowed by my dislike of Frey (and by extension his treatment/the book’s representation of women).

When I checked this book out of the library, I also got the sequel (The Black Lung Captain) but I don’t think I’ll bother reading it. And that probably tells you as much as anything about where I stand on this book.
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This is a steampunk adventure romp in a similar genre to the Mortal Engines and Locke Lamorra series but nowhere near the same class of writing. It has none of their inventiveness and wit. I give it 3 stars because it would make an ok teenage read (maybe young teenage). If you are looking for something with a touch of quality, I definitely don't recommend it.
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I've always loved Chris Wooding's books ever since I first discovered his Broken Sky series in my local library as a child, and his works have just kept getting better and better. I'd have a hard time choosing between them but I have to say I think the Ketty Jay series is currently my favourite. It's got a really unique retro-futuristic world complete with airships, gunfights and sky pirates, and the detail and thought that's gone into it is amazing. The characters are what really make the book for me - they're completely individual, realistically flawed, and often laugh-out-loud hilarious. I love the banter between the crew members and have been caught giggling to myself several times while reading it. The storyline is involving and really makes you root for the Ketty Jay's crew. Even if you don't think the premise sounds like your sort of thing - I personally am usually a high-fantasy reader but I love all of Chris Wooding's books no matter what sub-genres they span - you should give it a go, I don't think you'll regret it!
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I really struggled to like this book, for about the first third of it, but kept going and really enjoyed it by the end. It was as close as I have come to ditching a book and then pulling back. The problem to me was that each chapter felt too trite and sensational - like a series of episodes of Firely (which I liked a lot) with what felt like a string of over-dramatic situations and solutions to the scrapes they found themselve in etc. Really quite over-dramatic and trying too hard. But Chris Wooding maintains the overall plot throughout the story, without getting too lost or too convoluted so there is a strong sense of where the story is going and you get used to his style and start to enjoy the tale.
I will happily read the sequel some day soon, but I won't re-read this first book again - it was good enough to enjoy in the end but not a real classic. Probably 3-3.5 out of 5
In terms of flavour, it is sci-fi, but frontier cowboy/pirates type sci-fi. And it's not too grim and gritty at all - there is a happy ending and a cheeky squeeky feel to pretty much everything, and even the more serious back-story reveals are not particularly heavy considering, contributing to the TV show feel of the whole book. There are no real strange races and no real hi-tec. Space ships come in all shapes and sizes, but they are definitely not super hi tech marvels like in Alistair Reynolds or Iain M Banks novels. Computers don't really get a mention, but there is pseudo-magic and religion featuring in the main plot arcs, but they don't take a too dominant role and we aren't asked to believe a whole clever magic system or over complicated societal structure. So too me it has a real feel of the TV series Firefly, or maybe Han Solo space pirate.
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