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Worth the price
on 4 September 2012
For the most part, this book is exactly what you imagine from the title and the imagery. It deviates in two ways:
1.) There is a running debate about Christianity throughout the book. It's a little out of place and at times clunky, but it is a debate, not a sermon or diatribe, so it shouldn't really offend, but neither does it particularly add.
2.) The middle of the story is at the beginning of the book and the beginning is in the middle. Thankfully the end had the good sense to remain at the end. I could see no reason for this other than because the author chose to arrange it this way.
I suspect that the author is American, or writing for same, so Brits might find that some of the language jars. There's some questionable history, even allowing for the deviation, and don't spend too long thinking about the physics.
These are generally minor points, and for a couple of quid you are getting a fast paced adventure story of Victorian soldiers on Mars that mostly delivers.