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And then starts the big action and Newbury turns into a real James Bond-like agent going from one fight to another and from one danger to another. He almost dies a few times, makes quite a lot of spectacular things including managing to crash safely one of the airships even though he had never been on one before, let alone piloting it. All ends well for most of the involved at least. And in case you expect that Veronica is just sitting around, you would be surprised.
The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
I cannot judge how realistic were the fight scenes but they sounded logical and were enjoyable to be read. The mysteries get resolved smoothly without any jumps so it was very nice following what was happening. No dirty tricks like someone having a genius idea that just works or having a major property of the world not explained beforehand. Except the one for Jack who just turns up at a place where Veronica can find him with lost memory and no explanation what had happened to him.
The world building is nice - it is building over the real London, changing only the needed pieces. It feels real. The science and medical explanations are not overdone and the parts that are needed are in the proper places to ensure that you know what's going on without breaking the line of the novel. The way the narrative is flowing is a bit dated but is working great for the novel I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if there were not the long and flowery sentences explaining the state of mind of the people during the Victorian era.
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Tying everything together is a bit rushed in a few places and a few meetings and events are happening a bit too comfortably just when they are needed but at the same time none of them feels as a patch which was just added there to make sure that the narrative flows properly. And then there is the Epilogue. You would expect that it will close all the remaining stories and will get our heroes back to their every day life. But this happens in the last chapters and I really hoped that it won't ruin the novel. And in the same way in which the Prologue is part of the story, the Epilogue closes the story in an unexpected way showing a few of the proceedings in a new perspective and explaining a few things that were just looking a bit odd if we consider the way the things had been looking like in If it had happened earlier, I would not have been surprised by certain actions and the novel would have lost from it.
So it was a great decision to send this at the end of the story The few weak points: 1. While Newbury was fighting with the creatures close to the carriage, one of them died again. Well - in most cases zombies are really dead before they turn zombies but this novel makes the point a few times that people get in this poor state before dying. The disappearance of Jack is left out of the whole story.
It looks pointless and the closing is less than satisfactory. I hope it will play some role in later stories because in this one it was just staying as a patch. During most of the story Veronica seemed to hide that she is going to the asylum and why. She did not even want to explain what she meant with the words 'All is in their heads'. And yet near the end, Newbury not only knew but Veronica did not even reacted surprised when he asked about the patient and promised his help The amusing things: 1.
When Newbury and Veronica went to the crashing site, he was explaining to her that such things happen and the latest one he knows about had been in Bulgaria. It might not be amusing for everyone but I live in Bulgaria. Programs that cannot malfunction.
I actually laughed at it. Except that this turned out to be true. As a whole I liked the novel. It had its bad parts and slow moments but I could not stop reading until it ended. It was engaging and entertaining. And it was a perfect read for a lazy weekend. I will be waiting for the sequel this year :. Some steampunk books lean more towards certain genres than others--this one is, at heart, a mystery novel with a steampunk London setting.
It's a bit stiff in some regards, and it does contain many cliches of the genre historical steampunk does have an odd affinity for zombies.
However, I found it to be a delightful romp of a read, flaws and all. I enjoyed the subtle chemistry between Sir Maurice and Veronica and how Veronica is a true lady of her time period yet still has plenty of spunk. I admit, the scenes with Veronica's sister were fascinating in a way that tended to steal the glory of the rest of the plot; I can only hope that relationship is explored more in future books. I would really like to read on in this series.
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About The Author. He is the editor of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction anthology series and the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books, in Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to:. George Mann is an author and editor, primarily in genre fiction. He was born in Darlington , County Durham , England in He works in Nottinghamshire and lives in Lincolnshire, England. He has also written numerous short stories, and original Doctor Who novels.
In he wrote a new Sherlock Holmes audiobook as well.
The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
These are steampunk adventures, set in Victorian England, featuring Sir Maurice Newbury, a gentleman "investigator for the Crown" reminiscent of Mycroft Holmes , and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes who, unbeknownst to him, is an agent of the Queen as well. This is an ongoing series that will consist of at least six novels. The Annual contains new stories, a boardgame, crossword and a comic strip, in the same manner as those earlier annuals. This series Mann has named The Ghost.