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Heart of Steel Paperback – February 17, 2015
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About the Author
Elizabeth Einspanier is the author of the weird western novella Sheep's Clothing, and enjoys writing cross-genre fiction of all kinds. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction, and her poetry has been published in Aphelion, Haiku Journal, and Abandoned Towers Magazine. She has been a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild since November 2013. When she is not writing she works full-time at the St. Louis County Library, where she feeds her hunger for new books. Her other hobbies include playing Dungeons & Dragons and watching strange movies. She is a native of St. Louis, but frequently visits worlds of her own creation.
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*clears throat* Ahem. *takes off gloves and lab coat*. Alright, folks, theatrics aside, this book was such a great read for me. It won't be for everyone, I think, but for me it was near perfect.
This is a WEIRD SCIENCE fiction ROMANCE and is a bit like Beauty & the Beast meets Frankenstein with a dash of Megamind and a sprinkle of Island of Dr. Moreau. It's also a 'clean' romance, for anyone who cares - there is no sex, but there is some kissing combined a good deal of relationship building and romantic gestures. Well, as romantic as a man who is a mad scientific genius with an island full of created 'chimera' creatures and zero social skills can achieve.
Yup - mad scientific genius and chimeras. He's got gorilla-horses and sharkmen and gigantic dire wolves alongside an array of robotic assistants and one AI named Arthur who is a bit like Iron Man's AI Jarvis. Alistair himself is a cyborg, almost more machine than man, with a messed up head and memories he's misplaced. He's broken, both body and mind, but the size of his heart is reveled throughout the book, even if its made of metal.
This book asks you to put your hard-science hat aside so you can have fun with speculative and fringe science. If you can't accept sharkmen roaming around, sheepishly smiling at you as best they can, after accidentally severing someone's leg because TEETH, then this isn't the book for you. If you can, however, insert your tongue into your cheek for a while, then you're really going to enjoy the ride.
I had no idea where this book was going when it started. Then, I had no idea where it was headed once I figured out the players. Then it continued to twist and turn and surprise me with mystery, suspense, humor (oh wow, is there ever humor - mainly between Arthur and Alistair), romance and weirder science.
Let's take a moment to talk about the romance. Julia is dating Jim, but she's not happy in his controlling relationship. They end up, by way of sharkman, on Alistair's island. Jim goes mental. Julia begins falling for Alistair. Alistair...well, he has a great deal to figure out between his plans of taking over the world, flashbacks from a past he's forgotten, and the way Julia makes his mechanical heart skip. It is a total Beauty and the Beast dynamic, with Jim acting the part of Gaston while Arthur acts as Lumiere.
I won't give any further story points away. I just.. I laughed and smiled and enjoyed so many moments while reading this book. I recommend it, and it's a free read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Note - I did have formatting issues on my Kindle version. There are oddly hyphenated and broken paragraphs. It was a distraction, but by the end of the book, I didn't care.
The writing was fairly good, and there weren't many grammar errors. The print edition has some layout issues, and "irony" was misused--not spectacular but not bad. I liked the self-awareness that the author employs. You almost have to have some wink-wink-nudge-nudge in a book about a mad scientist who falls in love. I also liked that the author was aware of the dangerous flaws in a "Beauty in the Beast" story (i.e. Stockholm syndrome) and has the characters work over these hurdles instead of ignoring them. The feminist in me did a happy dance.
I just...wanted something more, I guess, and I didn't get it. It could have gone a little deeper, but it didn't. The author did flesh out the characters, but I still don't feel as if I really know them. It needed more jokes about the scientist's quirks and inability to adapt to human contact or something along these lines... it just felt empty at times. The amnesia element hindered this aspect, I feel, because it kept the characters in the past. Anyway, if you want a fun, different read, I would recommend this.
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