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- Print Length: 166 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500618640
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- Publisher: Insomn Studios (June 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L6I5DKC
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Like a previous story from these folks, I found the world building effortlessly entwined with the narrative. The actual adventure was entertaining with an engaging plot. The heroes and supporting cast were all very well fleshed out. The most fun came out of the lecherous and self-centered Amp as the narrator. The Promethean, forever a teacher, and old enough in truth to have a mentor’s gravitas is a wonderful counterpoint.
Without spoilers the mystery was top notch, and following the narrative rule we only see what Amp as the narrator sees and only know what he knows or gain knowledge when others share it. This is obvious in many narrator driven mysteries ala Sherlock Holmes. The resolution to the mystery itself is satisfying and well thought out.
The action is as one should expect from the super hero genre with property damage, appropriate monologues and menacing threats.
It should be noted that there are illustrations throughout of the characters in various scenes. These are not comic book style as much as setting the scene itself or defining character in the reader’s mind.
All and all an excellent tale in the tradition of “Soon I will be Invincible”, “Empire State”, and the Grimenoir series.
As I mentioned this is a setting that falls under the concept of Creative Commons as it appears all products from Ascension Epoch are. The universe utilizes other public domain works to flesh out their worlds from Shelly’s Frankenstein, the aforementioned Holmes, and H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Hints of John Carter of Mars and to be discovered in the lengthy appendices to be found at the end of the story.
The appendices themselves include an epilogue style vignette and numerous notes on the heroes and the history of the world. These are well done tales by themselves, entertaining in framework and scope. They also serve as spring point or even writer’s bible of sorts to participate in the Creative Commons aspect of the setting created by the author.
Set against the backdrop of the alternate universe that first debuted in "House of Refuge", Copper Knights and Granite Men pulls inspiration from a wide variety of genres: sci-fi, weird/occult fiction, superhero fiction, and poli-sci speculative fiction. I suspect most writers would have a hard time pulling the wide disparity of influences together, but DiBaggio writes with a easy, self-aware tone that keeps the story moving and helps us adjust. The first-person perspective from which most of this novella is written is a little rough in places, but smooths as it goes along.
If the story has a major flaw, it's the complexity of the Ascension Epoch omniverse in general: the setting encompasses a wide variety of storytelling modes, genres, and tastes. This isn't even a flaw, per se (for some readers it may be an outright benefit), but the reader should be prepared to be quickly introduced to a wide variety of fairly new concepts. This isn't your standard superhero fair--but nor is it the deconstructionist drivel that plagues most independent presses. I feel pretty confident saying there isn't anything else quite like this out there. Once you get it, though, you're acclimated.
To help us along, this novella comes packaged with a generous set of appendices, which (as with the previous AE books I've reviewed) would alone be worth the price of the Kindle book. They represent a genuinely impressive worldbuilding effort. There are some concepts hinted at there that I am really looking forward to seeing developed further later on.
The book is well-edited (which is something I always want to see in an indie book) and Shell's illustrations really contribute to the tone of the story. With the illustrations in this book, it's probably underpriced.
As the title dramatically alludes, a supernatural world of alchemy and science is laid over our own reality and it is here the book shines. The action itself is unexpected, each character has a history that I hope will be elaborated upon in future adventures, and the inclusion of everyman Pete Halstein within the incredible adds a real and gritty feel. The Promethean is at the center of the plot and the writer hints at a mysterious history filled with a variety of foes and friends.
Although appropriate for most ages, I look forward to reading more mature (Amp should be an obnoxious celebrity!) and more drawn out portrayals of the Promethean, Halstein, and the West Side Siren. Almost four stars, Copper Knights and Granite Men continues to build the fascinating Ascension Epoch universe.
5: Must read again in this lifetime!
4: Better than expected. Solid - left me wanting more.
3: Worth the time and enjoyed myself.
2: Wouldn’t recommend, not worth the time.
1: Couldn’t finish. Boring, contrived, obtuse, or repulsive.