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Fiendish Schemes Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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“In Fiendish Schemes, K. W. Jeter returns to the Steampunk world he left twenty-five years ago with guns blazing--very strange guns, to be sure. To my mind this is Jeter's best book, with more than enough cool Steampunk ingredients to make me jealous. I wish I could simply steal half a dozen and put them into my pocket for later use, but I'll have to be satisfied with merely reading--and rereading--the book. You should too.” ―James P. Blaylock, author of the Langdon St. Ives novels
“Gorgeous grotesquerie -- Fellini by way of Tim Burton!” ―Tim Powers, author of Hide Me Among the Graves
“Welcome to K.W. Jeter's London, a London where technology is out of control and ruled by the upper class. Part commentary for the 21st century, part journey of redemption (but entirely steampunk), Fiendish Schemes takes us into the next chapter of George Dower's presently dismal life until an unwanted, unwelcome associate from his past (literally) resurfaces and sets him on a dangerous plot that could manipulate the financial future of the world, and--in the process--net him a bob or two. Jeter is a modern Arthur Conan Doyle as his sequel to Infernal Devices reads as a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Each turn of the page unfolds the mystery; and the deeper you descend with Dower, the deeper you are drawn into Jeter's work.” ―Tee Morris, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series
“Jeter is an exhilarating writer who always seems to have another rabbit to pull out of his hat.” ―New York Times Book Review on Infernal Devices
“A well-written novel that should be added to any collection. If you have patrons with an interest in steampunk, this is essential.” ―Library Journal on Infernal Devices
“This is the real thing–a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys and windblown Scottish Isles. . . A wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page” ―James P. Blaylock, World Fantasy Award winning author, on Infernal Devices
“Goddamn, what a book. This is like H.G. Wells with H.P. Lovecraft's descriptions of darkness run through the mind of Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle. It's about as screwy as it gets, complete steampunkery with a duo who are scamming their way across the land through an entirely different set of devices. Must-read . . . Pure joy. I couldn't set it down.” ―SFBook.com on Infernal Devices
“A delicious--and quite insane--mad romp through the gas-lit streets of London. Absolute must-read!” ―SF Revu on Infernal Devices
About the Author
K. W. JETER, known as the "godfather of steampunk" for first inventing the term over 20 years ago, is the author of Infernal Devices, Morlock Night, the cyberpunk novel Dr. Adder, noir sequels to Blade Runner as well as dark fantasy and other visionary science fiction. A native of California, he currently lives in Ecuador.
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Jeter is an exhilarating writer who always seems to have another rabbit to pull out of his hat.
-- The New York Times Book Review
Brain-burning intensity . . .
-- Village Voice
Top Customer Reviews
"Infernal Devices" lays the groundwork for this sequel, and we pick up with the narrator Dower a few years after those events, as he's hit on hard times. Some of the other characters reappear as well, but while similar in theme and motion to the first book, "Fiendish Schemes" lacks the pacing and intensity of it's predecessor. Plot points are occasionally left hanging for too long, or are exposed in a reveal that the attentive reader had figured out several chapters earlier.
Still a rollicking read, and well worth the time. When Jeter gets his punk on, there's no one better, and even those new to his oeuvre will not be disappointed.
This is alternate history and fantasy as only he can get away with - an oceanic missionary converting sentient whales to Christianity, walking lighthouses and conspiracies and corruption in the government of a steam powered British Prime Minister.
What more could you ask for?
Infernal Devices is my favorite of the two stories but this is a very close second.
As there is not much plot review of the previous novel, it is best to read Infernal Devices before tackling this one.
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To pass the time, I've been reading a lot of books with bad grammar and worse copy-editing from Kindle Unlimited and the Book Bub, and I had forgotten how wonderful good writing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by NitPicker
Haven't read but looks fab and has wonderful reviews from others.Published 17 months ago by Catherine I Bancroft
This is hardcore steampunk: the author takes great pains describing how the use of steam would raise the heat and humidity and consequently damage wooden infrastructure. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Calbraith
"Infernal Devices" has been my favorite steampunk novel since I first read it decades ago. (I recently re-read it with even more pleasure. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by G Quinn