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Steampunk Gormenghast

Friday, 24 January 2014

Graeme Hurry, editor of KZine, prints a nice review of Engn in KZine 8 (which is just out on Amazon).



A Steampunk Gormenghast? That's the impression initially, and there is a lot of Peake type imagination and imagery. However, this detailed account of a machine built over generations, and a boy's part in its functioning, is tempered by contemporary allusions. Any story of a giant city sized machine worked, Metropolis-like, by slaves to its whim, will attract comparisons to our society, our infrastructure ... ourselves! This balance between imagery and allusion is well maintained, but I feel the story wins out.

It is an intriguing book which dangles mysteries in front of the reader one after the other and even answers a few as the story progresses. Danger and intrigue haunt our heroes on this adventure into a city so vast no one person can understand it. This is a great young adult book, but like the best of that genre would also be well appreciated by the discerning adult.

 A steampunk Gormenghast? Most definitely a description I'm happy with...

8 comments:

  1. Awesome review, Simon. Congratulations!

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  2. Thanks, Ellie, yes I was pleased with it.

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  3. Congrats on such a great review, Simon

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    1. It is cool when someone really gets a book, for sure.

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  4. I want to be an discerning adult!! LOL! Must. Read. This! Awwww but it's in e-format! :-( Argh! Does no compute! Must buy ipad. LOL! take care
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    1. I suspect being a discerning adult is overrated - but I'm thrilled you want to read it. A paperback edition would be very nice, I do agree...

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  5. Very nice, Simon -- well-deserved. And of course I agree completely. Looking forward to the sequel.

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    1. Thanks, Milo. Some time this year...

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