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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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A Note Regarding the Complexity of the World: I agree with the previous reviewer who suggested that you read the appendices first. Like any example of great world building, the appendices are vitally important to enjoying the story as well as understanding the complexities of the interweaving story lines and personal histories. The Ascension Epoch appendices are neither interminable nor jejune; they're in fact very interesting, quick reads on their own. This is most definitely an additional credit to the author and his editor(s)!
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.
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.
They don't spoil a bit of the story, and, in fact, provide a great deal of context and backstory, which only improves the experience of reading the main story. Which is excellent, by the way, and either portion of the book would be worth the purchase price. Together, this book is a bargain. If you like your history mixed with the fantastic and bizarre, look no further.