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Agatha H. and the Airship City (Girl Genius) Hardcover – January 2, 2011
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Overall, if you enjoy steampunk, adventure stories, science fiction or fantasy you should pick this up and is defintaelly a good read. I would give it a A- for a starting novel.
I enjoyed the book, I felt it was well writen for being an adaptation of the web-comic Girl Genius (which I am a fan of). The steampunk themed Europe the authors have dreamed up is amazing. They do a good job of describing the different steampunk inspired devices and enviornment without losing the reader in technical jargon that doesn't add anything to the book. The main characters are well developed, however there are a lot of supporting characters in this first novel that made an appearance that is going to be easy to lose track of in future books. The other drawback is that it seemed a bit short, however since I do read the webcomic I understand why they stopped where they did as it was a natural stopping point.
World Building: A
They do a good job of building a unique steampunk world, solid A.
This is the first book of the series, which introduces the world and the main character Agatha, it finished up the main plot of this story nicely and leaves a couple of sub-plots open that leave you wanting more, solid A.
The main characters are portrayed very well, but as I mentioned above some of the supporting cast that was introduced who played only a small part in this book is going to be hard to remember, will be curious to see how the authors deal with this going forward, B+.
The length was disappoiting, again I know where they stopped where they did due to this being a retelling of the webcomic but would have liked to have seen it fleshed out a bit, maybe add some additional details about the world, B-.
This volume covers the story we met in the first three volumes of the graphic story: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank, Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City, and Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine.
Phil Foglio has stated in interviews that one part of the Girl Genius story is what happens to legends over time. The legends about Agatha's parents and uncle have grown with time; should we not expect the same of the legends about Agatha? In fact, there are some details changed and snippets of story added. A prologue tantalizes with glimpses of history and historical characters and perturbs the historical timeline developed by fans, hinting at clues or vital constraints. Other changes deepen and richen the character development without, so far as I can tell, damaging the story. We learn a few new things and are reminded of some old ones. Some lines of fan speculation are cut off, leaving us to focus on better questions.
The Girl Genius story is all about the backstory. Bit by bit through the graphic novels we've gotten history, found questions in it, and gotten answers that have provided fascinating and bigger questions. That essential story dimension does not change.
The Foglio humor still glows. Much of it revolves around the Jaegermonsters. If you are a fan, you probably know that the Jaegermonsters were a late addition; Phil was already drawing the comic books in which the first part of the story appeared when they were invented.Read more ›
When I heard this book was coming out, I immediately pre-ordered it, but was a little nervous. I didn't know if they could write prose as dazzling as their webcomic and, while I craved learning more of backstory, I feared the whole house of cards might fall down if they tried to explain too much.
This is definitely better than my worst fears -- you do learn a bit of backstory, and a few episodes from the first three volumes of the graphic novels are retold with enlightening new details. And the prose is servicable, if not dazzling.
But it really is mostly the story from the first three volumes, much of the same dialog, with a few adjectives tossed in to replace what was done in the artwork of the books. It just isn't the same!
For those already in love with the characters, it may not matter -- just seeing the familiar lines in the book immediately conjures up the page of the comic in which they occur and the characters you already know so well. But it's all a bit flatter without all that support.
It was Z. who felt he had to state the obvious. "It's a talking cat."
Theo shrugged. "Well, we're in a Heterodyne story now. These things happen." The others nodded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, buxom heroine, science, steam-punk, robots, & monsters. What's not to love? The on-line graphic novel version is less detailed but much more graphic (duh!).Published 8 days ago by William D Peterson
Follows the Girl Genius comic it's the novelization of very closely. With a little variation, particularly the beginning and some better character thoughts moments, you could... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tiffany M.
This was fun! I was disappointed to find it end on a cliffhanger, but enjoyed the read.Published 11 days ago by C. A. Pape
I very much enjoyed this story. I loved the humor and the characters. Lots of adventure and interesting plot changes. Highly recommended.Published 18 days ago by R. Fletcher Jones
Not enough explanation to the world for a first book. But it had airships and a strange new and wonderful world. Definitely a kid's book, but a good kid's book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Stephanie Bolen
Hooray for Agatha and the madboys! Steampunk farce at its' best!Published 1 month ago by E. & J. Roberts
Wonderful read with a great lesson you learn in the end! , our whole family is reading. Mom dad and daughterPublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Jo Sherman
It kept me entertained the whole way.
Now I want more adventures!