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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reliquary Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984183353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984183357
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,677,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is the very reason that it's a good thing for readers that indie publishers exist." - Book Reviews Weekly

"The world in 'The Sky: The World' is complex and breathtaking...It sucked me in, I loved it, and it was quite the wild ride." -Novel Addiction

"Inventive and full of surprises." -Innsmouth Free Press

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Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had fifteen books published in five years, including her bestselling thriller, "Rabbits in the Garden," and the first book in her edgy YA series, "The Darla Decker Diaries." More info on her speculations and publications can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

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I love reading new things and getting to know new authors.
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I read a lot of struggling authors and sometimes it's hard to get through some of the books.
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Ms. McHugh once again does a great job of creating characters who feel real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean C. Mcmillin on October 10, 2012
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The story is set in a Victorian era alternate world; not really steampunk because the tech is based on invisible crystals and not steam, and the whole worldview is ... different. It's a society where the citizens are obsessed both machine and human perfection, and where naturally conceived children are apt upon. Almost like a Victorian age Gattaca or something. There's tension in the whole setting, because in a world where perfection is not only worshipped but expected, heroes can fall very hard.

Protagonist Jack Racine is one of these fallen heroes. He's also kind of a douche, really, though his self-loathing makes him strangely sympathetic. Almost every time he's faced with a new clue or challenge, his first reaction is to retreat into a bar/opium den where he gets drunk, stoned, and has sex with various beautiful women who are friends/acquaintances/loved ones of his, which he later can't really remember. Somehow, though, the author makes him compelling and I did really want to see if he would be redeemed by the end.

On the other hand, whenever the author goes into an expository mode (such as the section covering Dr. Azaz's backstory, which was brilliant) the book is truly enthralling. Authors are always warned to dole out exposition in little drips and drops, but here the author ladles it on and at times and it really works great. It's actually in the backstory stuff that her storytelling skills are at their height.
The mythology behind the world is brilliant and original, and the ethereal crystal technology is both fascinating and kind of creepy. This is a fascinating setting where nothing is without danger and every miracle has a price.

I was kinda expecting a steampunkish adventure full of swashbuckling and dogfights, but I didn't get that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William L. Nienaber on June 3, 2013
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After a few pleasant (if startling and creepy) encounters with Ms. McHugh's short fiction works, I chose this as my first novel experience. Turns out, it's kind of a mix of a bunch of genres I like: kinda steampunk, lots of action/adventure, seriously speculative, a bit of heaving bosom romance tossed in, and ultimately a lovely, if somewhat gritty redemption story. It's the 19th century, but not the one we're familiar with. The mysterious Dr. Azaz has transformed the world through his many inventions, including aeroplanes and a strange crystalline technology that has changed everything, including the reproductive process. Jack Racine is a world-famous stunt pilot, and a near-perfect anti-hero type. His prowess in the air is only eclipsed by his prowess in the bedroom (or dark alleys, or... well anywhere for that matter,) and his seemingly insatiable appetite for booze, opium, and laudanum. When his brother Toby is killed in a plane crash, along with his pregnant wife, the official report is that the crash was caused by Toby's intoxication. Knowing that this couldn't be true, Jack sets out to investigate and clear his brother's good name. He's called to meet with Dr. Azaz in his tower of isolation, where he learns many of Azaz's secrets, and is thrown headlong into a conspiracy to steal the knowledge that has made Azaz the benevolent icon he has been for decades. This one is a real page-turner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 7, 2013
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Loved this book!! From pretty much the first page until the end, this book had me riveted to the pages. My only wish was there was more story. Every character was fleshed out in fantastically complete, sensual ways. Jessica made it incredibly easy to envision the smoke filled opium dens as much as the white, glinting tower of Azaz. Love! Love! Loved this book!

On to the next Jessica McHugh story!! :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoey Sweete on September 23, 2012
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This book started out a little slow for me but once I got past a few chapters I settled in nicely. It isn't the typical book I would normally read but the author came to me looking for an honest review. I love reading new things and getting to know new authors. This book was one of them. Doctor Azaz is one of those characters you love to hate and always keeps you on your toes, which I loved. Although the beginning started out slow the ending I loved. I am not one for spoilers but i will say it will not be what you expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BusyMom on July 10, 2012
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A lot to like with this book. There's a scoundrel for a leading man, a lot of sex and a lot of drugs, and it's all set in this alternate timeline where a creepy mysterious "impure" magician in an ivory tower sets the rules for a precocious Western World on the edge of a tomorrow that would-be today. It's a bit of a who-dun-it, with a lot of snappy dialogue and imagery so well-worded that it might as well have been cgi. This is a mystery, an adventure, a love story, and a redemption tale. Did I mention the witty banter? This book has it in spades. Captain Jack Racine and his crew are like characters straight out of a WWII era movie, only they're not. They're out of the McHughinverse, as they should be.

The first chapter is a little tough to chew through, because there's so much going on, so urgently in this familiar-yet-strange reality. Stick with it. The narrative voice is consistent, and though I personally didn't think I was up for 3rd person, eventually I got used to it. (That was strictly a mood thing, nothing to do with the writing.) I enjoyed understanding more and more what happened in that first chapter as the book moved on. I don't think there's any other way it could have been done!

I understand there's a reformat going on to deal with a technical issue, so perhaps inquire to that status before you dive in, but do dive in, at some point in the near future. McHugh's created a truly unique world here like no other. There's a lot of steampunk going around these days, but this isn't that. I did use that shelf tag because I think it will appeal to readers of the genre. This is wholly unique, borrowing nothing quantifiable from any steampunk trope I can name.

Don't miss this. Rarely do we get to see inside the imagination of such an inventive mind. I suspect McHugh's a bit of a Dr. Azaz, herself, truth be known. But what do I know? I'm just a triap trying to keep my secrets in a ruthless world.
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