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Product Details

  • Series: Girl Genius
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781597802239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597802239
  • ASIN: 1597802239
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kaja Foglio is the current Head of the Department of Irrefutably True History at Transylvania Polygnostic University. She first became aware of the power of Creative History while listening to the excuses of her fellow students who had failed to produce their homework. Her doctoral work brought recognition to the long hidden canis operisphagus, or "homework-eating dog" which, as we now now, infests most of our major schools and universities. She first became interested in the history of the Heterodyne family during the infamous "Nymphenberg Pudding Incident" when she was mistaken for Agatha by an angry mob of dessert chefs from whom she barely escaped. Her subsequent research has brought her the grudging acclaim and jealous rivalry of many of her academic colleagues. She enjoys airship racing, Hyrulian Electro-Mechanical Shadow Puppetry and illustrated novels.
Phil Foglio spends most of his time in the field, collecting legends, folk songs, anecdotes and gossip relating to Sparks and their effects on village society and "folk science". This is a bit odd, as he was originally hired by Transylvania Polygnostic University to teach Modern Dance. He first became interested in Heterodyne stories while doing research on simple automatons and was actually present when the Lady Heterodyne unleashed her "Battle Circus" upon Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. Through subsequent research, bribery, and rampant speculation, the professor has managed to fill in a great many of the narrative gaps in the early life of Agatha Heterodyne. He enjoys botany, mechanical illustration, entomology and -in moderation- modern dance.

Customer Reviews

Cute story, with adventure and humor as well as a little romance.
Aunt Sheesa
I am a huge fan of Phil Foglio and I read this book in no time at all... highly recommended for all!
Becky Schwalm
This novel allows a much greater depth and insight into the story.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terrell T. Gibbs on April 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I usually tend to shy away from novelizations, but this is an unusual novelization--generally, novels get made in to comic books, not the other way around. But I've enjoyed Phil and Katya Foglio's "Girl Genius" series (available online for free, or from Amazon as a set of handsome graphic novels) so much that I decided to give the novels a try. I've read both this one and its predecessor, and while they tell the same story as the graphic novels, and while I miss Phil Foglio's cartooning, I find the novels quite enjoyable on their own terms and very much complementary, enabling the Foglios to develop the characters a bit more that was possible within the constraints of the comic book format.

For those who are new to the series, the Agatha/Girl Genius series is an extended dramatic farce set in a steampunk alternate europe in which scientific genius is almost always accompanied by Victor Frankenstein-style mania often with unfortunate consequences for the populace at large. Clockwork and biotechnology (of the Frankenstein style) is developed to a high level, but electronics has been neglected. The plot is baroquely complicated, with a huge cast of unique and engaging characters that the Foglios somehow manage to keep in play. The Foglios' flair for comic dialog is very much in evidence. Be sure to read the humorous and informative footnotes (which unfortunately are not hyperlinked in the Kindle edition). The novels follow the plot of the "Girl Genius" series pretty much exactly. The first novel "Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess" was quite good, but with this sequel the Foglios (and the story) really hit their stride.

I'm eagerly anticipating future additions to both the graphic novel and prose novel versions of the story of Agatha.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sydney Ashcraft on October 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess

Amazon.com: $11.99, Kindle edition, contains DRM
BN.com: $13.74, Nook edition, contains DRM
Baen.com: $6.00, any ebook format, DRM-free

For shame, Amazon and B&N! You can't even pretend the publisher set that price.

Stars are for the book itself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By antryg on June 4, 2012
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Right from the start, I'll tell you that I am a fan of Girl Genius. I read the webcomic. I've bought all of the paperback graphic novels. I also bought the first hardback novel. So why buy the book when you can get the webcomic for free?

Have you ever seen a movie and said "It was good but the book was better."? The comic and graphic novels give you amazing artwork and colors. (Yes! Go buy them as well!) This novel allows a much greater depth and insight into the story. The humor and jokes are still present. Yet this book provides so much more. Important details which a picture can only hint at, are lovingly described and expand on things which you thought you knew (if you are already a Girl Genius fan).

Even if you don't like to read because words scare you and paper makes your head hurt; you will want to read this book. It is filled with action, adventure, a few kisses and science!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wyked moose on May 26, 2012
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My second venture into the Steampunk world. Thoroughly enjoyable and very easy read. Hilariously funny stuff. Especially the heavily accented dialog from the Jagar monster characters. The footnotes added to this installment of the series was a stroke of Spark. Curiously, the authors name, Phil Foglio. Could it be an homage to Philious fogg?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. R. A. Egghead on May 15, 2012
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I've been reading this comic online for a while and I must say, this novelization of it is amazing. You get glimpses of background stories that just are not possible in a comic. I can't wait for the next novel to come out. I'll be buying that one too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C on December 2, 2013
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I love the online graphic novel and faithfully follow it, unfortunately without the pictures this novel tends to be somewhat two dimensional and is a good overview of the online story but does not do it justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Oppen on May 30, 2012
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This book belongs in the collection of any fan of Phil Foglio's _Girl Genius_ webcomic/graphic novel series. It is a novelization of the events following the first book, starting with Agatha Heterodyne escaping the _Castle Wulfenbach_ dirigible in a stolen support dirigible, up to her parting with the Circus of Adventure.

This has quite a few pivotal points for the story in it, as well as a lot of background that didn't make it into the graphic novels/webcomic for space reasons or because the Foglios had a Better Idea, to quote Lois Bujold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Teegarden on May 18, 2012
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This is a very good book. I believe it's great for fans who've already read the graphic novel/online comic! Further information is given in this novel than can be found in the comic, too.
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PROFESSORESSA KAJA FOGLIO is the current Head of the Department of Irrefutably True History at Transylvania Polygnostic University. She first became aware of the power of Creative History while listening to the excuses of her fellow students who had failed to produce their homework. Her doctoral work brought recognition to the long hidden canis operisphagus, or "homework-eating dog" which, as we now now, infests most of our major schools and universities. She first became interested in the history of the Heterodyne family during the infamous "Nymphenberg Pudding Incident" when she was mistaken for Agatha by an angry mob of dessert chefs from whom she barely escaped. Her subsequent research has brought her the grudging acclaim and jealous rivalry of many of her academic colleagues. She enjoys airship racing, Hyrulian Electro-Mechanical Shadow Puppetry and illustrated novels.

PROFESSOR PHIL FOGLIO spends most of his time in the field, collecting legends, folk songs, anecdotes and gossip relating to Sparks and their effects on village society and "folk science". This is a bit odd, as he was originally hired by Transylvania Polygnostic University to teach Modern Dance. He first became interested in Heterodyne stories while doing research on simple automatons and was actually present when the Lady Heterodyne unleashed her "Battle Circus" upon Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. Through subsequent research, bribery, and rampant speculation, the professor has managed to fill in a great many of the narrative gaps in the early life of Agatha Heterodyne. He enjoys botany, mechanical illustration, entomology and -in moderation- modern dance.

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