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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765374021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765374028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For Fiendish Schemes:

“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

For Infernal Devices:

“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

“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

“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

“A delicious—and quite insane—mad romp through the gas-lit streets of London. Absolute must-read!” —SF Revu

“At times Jeter amd quote insane romp through the gas-lit streets of London. Absolute must-read!” —Bearcave.com

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.

More About the Author

K. W. Jeter is an American science fiction and thriller author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and complex, paranoid characters. His latest novels are THE KINGDOM OF SHADOWS, set in the sinister & glamorous world of the film industry of the Third Reich, and the Kim Oh Thriller series -- KIM OH 1: REAL DANGEROUS GIRL, KIM OH 2: REAL DANGEROUS JOB and KIM OH 3: REAL DANGEROUS PEOPLE, with more to come.

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

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It drops us in the middle of the action, but it's indirect action.
Raven's Writing Desk
As there is not much plot review of the previous novel, it is best to read Infernal Devices before tackling this one.
Lady McBain
Whacky, weird and wonderful... filled with vexing fex and other ferric follies.
James Sanderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kastler on October 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As the grandfather of steampunk, it's not surprising that Jeter's "Fiendish Schemes" is a wonderful example of the genre, replete with language, scenery, and a host of infernal devices that meet - and exceed - even the most jaded reader's expectations!

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Pietersen VINE VOICE on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
K.W.Jeter as the father of Steampunk has produced another rollicking yarn.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Walters on November 8, 2013
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K.W. Jeter returns to the strangely twisted England of George Dower and pens a fitting sequel to his seminal Steampunk novel, Infernal Devices. It would be easy to say that Jeter is amongst the most wildly inventive and diverse writers of his generation, but he's more than that, the craftsmanship of his writing simply puts him at the top of his class. This isn't just a tale of adventure set in a world where steam rules supreme, it's also a deconstruction and reconstruction of the hero's tale. If you are a fan of Jeter and have already read Infernal Devices, buy this book. If not, buy it AND this one. You'll be in for a fun, frightening, thrilling, and sometimes repellant ride.
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By Lady McBain on February 14, 2014
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Though initially slow-moving, this is a worthy sequel to Jeter's Infernal Devices. While the vocabulary is truly Bulwer-Lytton-esque in nature, the humour and social commentary is top notch. (Jeter seems to feel he has been unfairly blamed for Steampunk and all of its excesses, simply for coining the term.)
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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