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Product Details

  • Series: Pimm and Skye
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804004
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. Aaron Payton lives in Northern California, where he haunts the darker sections of libraries and bookstores and indulges his love for antiques.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre VINE VOICE on July 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Imagine an England in which Prince Albert didn't die, but was transformed into a woman and locked in the Tower due to the proof his "infidelity". Imagine an London with brothels filled with clockwork prostitutes. Imagine the Thames filled with unimaginable monsters. Imagine sections of London walled off due to uncontrollable alchemical reactions. Imagine you're a man whose best friend has been transformed into a woman.

This book was a fun read on a number of different levels. First of all, if you enjoy the growing steampunk genre, this book will be right up your alley. It's set in Victorian England, one in which alchemy is not a discredited science but a driving engine of new technology. If you are a fan of the detective novel, there is an English nobleman with an interest in criminology and an over-fondness for the bottle. In the "empowered women" category, there is the intrepid female reporter pushing against the artificial limits imposed on her gender. For fans of romance there is the question of what happens when a marriage of convenience is no longer convenient? For fans of horror, what is the definition of a monster? Wrapping all around it is the off-the-wall premise of an epidemic of a sexually-transmitted disease that causes a complete gender switch and how a society copes with that.

For lovers of literature, the book is threaded with Easter eggs incorporating classic literary characters; I got a kick as I read it when I realized what was being referenced, and I enjoyed how it was worked into the storyline.

This is one of those stories where there is always something happening and you enjoy going along for the ride.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book, but severely overpriced here. Baen's ebook site (not linking, but a google search will find it) has it for $6.00 in ebook format. Not sure why it's almost 3x the price here, but anyone who'd pay this price for a $6.00 ebook has to be more than a little touched in the head.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Chism on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was surprising, fun, and altogether wonderful. What begins as a murder mystery in an odd steam punk London opens up into a fantastic world of Science Gone Wrong, and a love story too! This book has everything, Prostitutes, Robot Women, Tentacle Monsters, Transgender Disease, Lightning Swords, and a love sick Frankenstein. A wonderful world, an excellent story, and I hope to read more of the same from T. Aaron Payton soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuietNoise on December 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love steampunk and I love mystery, and this book is a great mix of both thrown into a historical version of London. A disease, called the Constantine Affliction, has ravaged society with some very unusual side affects, like turning women into men and vice versa.

In fact, one of our main characters has been afflicted. Freddie was once the best friend of Pimm but, with the Affliction, turned into a female. Pimm does the honourable thing, which is of course to marry her. Pimm saw this as the only way to keep his friend around.

Another fun character is Eleanor Skyler - a female jounralist whoc uses the by-line of E. Skye to keep her anonimity. She finds herself dragged into this case after deciding to write an article about the clockwork brothels.

Pimm finds himself contacted to the crime kingpin, Able Value, to investigate what is happening to his `girls'.

From there, this turns into a rollicking adventure full of fun, interesting science and a multitude of interesting possibilities. This is a great book and if you like to be caught up in a great story with fascinating lead characters, then I can heartily recommend "The Constantine Affliction".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Allison on September 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Constantine Affliction is wide tapestry of story elements: mystery, horror, Lovecraft, steampunk. It's an examination of gender roles, of hubris & technology, of Victorian literature and pulp entertainments. It's also a whole lot of fun.

Gentleman detective Pembroke "Pimm" Halliday is invited to consult on a series of murders involving prostitutes. Simultaneously, reporter Ellie "E Skye" Skyler is investigating the clockwork women who are working as prostitutes in London. It turns out that the stories are intertwined, & they find themselves working to save the Throne.

Payton does an excellent job juggling a lot of characters and plot without ever sacrificing pace. We have a fairly large cast of characters, but they all feel distinct and consistent. Similarly, there are multiple disparate plots that all advance and seem solid. Somehow along the way he makes time for digressions on the fantastical technology of his Victorian London.
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Format: Paperback
This was a gift from my husband, who is usually afraid to pick out books for me. But his selection was spot on. This book has it all. Intriguing characters artfully revealed, fast paced plot, mystery, mayhem and steampunk. After this tantalizing introduction to the author's world, I find myself wanting very badly to go back for more.
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Steampunk is still relatively new to me, being a long time scifi/fantasy reader myself, but the genre really intrigues me. I love the gadget stories, but atmosphere and characters really give a story some dynamic. This really hit the mark, the pacing was consistent, and after a bit I really felt like I was in the middle of a BBC production. The language is spot on, and the author made great use of archaic phrasing and terms (a "lucifer" for a match), that I really enjoyed and found set the tone. There is a mystery to unravel, some romance, gadgets, automatons, basically everything I like to see in a steampunk book. Really enjoyed this and would love to see more adventures of Pimm and Skye
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