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09 January 2011 @ 12:28 am
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar  

I admit, it was the cover that first drew me to this book. Swords and a blimp? How cool is that? Turing it over and it advertised itself as, "STEAMPUNK! Alternate History! Reptilian Royalty! Diabolical Anarchist! Extraordinary Adventure!"

This has all the makings of an awesome read. And it is. If you like steampunk victorian england then this is a must read. Tidhar plays on all the classics from Shakespeare to Jules Verne and Sherlock. There are plot twists run amuck!

The Story is about a street kid named Orphan and his quest to save his lost love. He runs afoul with The Bookman, a very mysterious villain, who agrees to bring back is love IF he stops the Martian probe from being launched. Thus, sends Orphan to the other side of the world and he run in with pirates, reptilian aliens and a strange island.

The sequel, Camera Obscura, comes out April 26th!
Muse's Booksmuse_books on January 9th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
Turned out amazon.uk was out of stock but the good ole Book Depository had it. Hurrah.

Certainly will.
Cassandra Terracassandraterra on January 9th, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
What will Her Majesty say?!

That's odd too. It's a really new book. But I guess that just proves what a great book it is.
Muse's Booksmuse_books on January 9th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Well Jan 2010 for UK and Angry Robot though a UK-based publisher is a small imprint so not maybe one that amazon uk keeps in stock

TBD usually does come through especially on genre titles so I am glad I checked them.
Cassandra Terracassandraterra on January 9th, 2011 07:02 am (UTC)
Huh. My book tells me it was originally printed in the UK in 2010. I know it had to be December-ish over here in the states because I found it under new fiction at Borders. I also noticed that THAT picture I posted is slightly different than mine. Odd.