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When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself....
©2012 Lavie Tidhar (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces." (The Guardian)
"This is a steampunk gem...Bring on a sequel, Tidhar! I'm craving to know what happens after the ending!" (SFF World)
"The Bookman pokes at the fat and waddled body of steampunk with its walking cane and leaves it on the roadside with its fresh take on Victorian London without losing any steam on its way" (Loudmouth Man)
Book itself is not bad - much better that I expected really. An eclectic patchwork of real names (not only of "Victorians" but also of people who lived much later) and book characters with no real connection to their personalities. But it was a great fun to hunt out familiar names and titles. And some pieces, like Bookman's lair description, were as music to ears of a bookmaniac and collector as myself. (Music, which, I must add, had a little air of Walter Moers's "City of Dreaming Books" for me.)
Jonathan Keeble's reading is a little bit TOO dramatic, but in the end it was a nice listen. It's a pity, that the second book is read by a woman narrator. Actually, it was rather unpleasant surprise for me. I don't like women voices much and I doubt I'll buy the sequel. (Also I think that it should be a good courtesy to give all the books of the series to read to one narrator.)
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