Illustrations from Aurorarama
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|Title page||A Panorama of New Venice||"He drew a curtain aside..."||"...the disused Pneumatic subway line"|
Described as “gloriously retro literary steampunk” (Guardian), something like “what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms” (National), Aurorarama captivated the critics from start to end. As it slowly unravels its secrets through Orsini’s and d’Allier’s alternating perspectives, the narrative “glides on silver skates from the surreal to the absurd to the languorously decadent” (Salon.com), balancing a stylish, suspenseful thriller with eccentric characters, sly humor, and a vivid and alluring setting. Salon.com bemoaned Valtat’s flat female characters and the National cited some of the pitfalls of world building, but these complaints didn’t diminish the charms of New Venice. A sophisticated and literate page-turner, Aurorarama should have a wide appeal among many readers.See all Editorial Reviews
I wanted to like this book--it has a great premise and a lot of potentially good world-building in it. But for me it never gelled. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LowbrowLitLover
I really enjoyed this book. It had an unusual plot, many, many great moments of Steam Punk concepts, and interesting, complex characters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lou
A beautifully written book, in a gorgeous world, but the characterization did not appeal.Published 9 months ago by M.
I picked this up on the strength of its setting -- a retrofuturistic canal-chopped Arctic city called "New Venice. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Ross
There is nothing more disappointing than a book that fails to live up to its hype. Unfortunately, Aurorarama falls squarely into this category. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nolite 17
What a mad journey. Morals, mad characters, la belle epoque set in a fictions world, magic, rebels, indigenous people, set in a cold, cold world of snow and ice!Published 23 months ago by V
Absorbing the words contained in this book was a way I chose to pass some time. Before giving up, realizing I could go no further. Seriously, what made me buy this?Published 24 months ago by Liz Lemon
Perhaps it is not my type of book,I find it hard to rate it at all. The three stars are for the author who has done a great work in producing it. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by jim,harrison
I've given Aurorarama four stars as a reward for the sophistication and polish with which Valtat accomplishes what he sets out to do: produce a complex, linguistically... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Joshua Villines