The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel Hardcover – 1 Nov 2004
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'A perniciously addictive piece of escapism' -- GUARDIAN
'If you're going to have humorous pastiche, give me this any day, with its evocations of Edwardian melodrama and derring-do' -- TIMES
'The most delicious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious literary debut I can think of. More, I want more!' -- Stephen Fry
About the Author
Mark Gatiss is the author of several succesful Dr Who novels. He is perhaps best known as one of the creators, writers and stars of the hit BBC television programme, The League of Gentlemen.
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N.B. Should there NOT be a sequel (nay, several) to the Vesuvius Club, I shall be contacting my MP forthwith to complain.
I am not a fan of 'The League of Gentleman' and had never heard of Gatiss before, so I came to this novel with no preconceived ideas about its themes, characters or sense of humour (a fact, I think, that has led to many of the negative reviews on this website) and simply took the book on face value.
The hero, Lucifer Box, has a deliciously decadent voice and Gatiss successfully maintains this throughout the novel's 240 pages. I frequently found myself laughing out loud at the absurdities, profanities and bawdiness on every page, relishing the scrapes that Box and his companion Charlie find themselves in. As far as spy novels go, the story isn't that original; a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world, but the way that Gatiss approaches his subject matter is what made the novel stand out for me. Box undertakes his secret service missions with gusto, diving headfirst into perilous situations and always with a pithy aside to put down his opponent. The twists and turns keep the reader on the edge of his seat, despite the somewhat predictable ending, but the novel doesn't lose anything for this; just like Bond, the intrigue is not whether he is going to escape and save the day, but how he is going to manage it.
I wholeheartedly disagree with those who have condemned this novel for being simply "A bit of Fluff" (Gatiss' words), in my opinion it is exactly this that is the novel's strength; "a bit of fluff", yes, and all the more entertaining for it!
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Why is this? Bowdlerisation? Copyright issues? Cheapskate production [although the Kindle edition is about the same price as the paperback]?
Unfortunately, I purchased all 3 books in the series at once, so am even less keen to repurchase as paperbacks.
I would suggest that Amazon is obliged to post a conspicuous warning to purchasers if a Kindle edition is compromised in this fashion.
[I should add that, having checked out a sample, the iBook version is similarly compromised]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful prose style. Subtle, dark and unbelievably funny. Very highly recommendedPublished 11 months ago by John Shuker
Was a tad disappointed by this novel - I expected better from Mark Gatiss. It's a bit of a romp, but quite an annoying one, and full of cliches, which could be seen as parody if... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. E. Wallace
A wonderful novel - akin to Oscar Wilde yet far more compelling! Mark Gatiss is a genius!! I only hope that he will write more and let us as readers know what Lucifer Box is up... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jocasta Hornsey
Every sentence sweats with the effort to be witty and louche. Oscar Wilde made it look easy, Mark Gatiss does not! Read morePublished 12 months ago by libgirl
Lucifer Box holds his own with Bond and matches Flashman for banter and crazy plot lines. Stop reading this review and buy this book now. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ben Welch
Fantastically funny and incredibly unique, I LOVE this book.Published 18 months ago by Shakira Mason
I first read The Vesuvius Club seven years ago and it is still my favourite steampunk novel. Our hero, Lucifer Box, is wonderfully decadent and louche, his adventures as bizarre as... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephanie Jane