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The Immorality Engine (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 27, 2011
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“Mann turns out a riveting page-turner that mixes the society of manners in turn-of-the-century London with a gritty and brutal murder mystery. And in the midst of all this, automatons clank about, zombies lurk in the night and dirigibles float majestically in the sky—until they crash and burn….Will leave readers clamoring for the next book.”
--AM New York
“A science fantasy novel that should appeal to lovers of both genres. One of the biggest surprises of the year, and I can’t recommend the book enough.”
--Fantasy Book Critic
“Steampunk is making a comeback, and with this novel Mann is leading the charge…. An engaging melodrama that rattles along at a breakneck pace.”
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Fresh and bold storytelling. Mr Mann knows how to spin a yarn.
Not sure about the opium addiction subplot, but I guess every hero has his Kryptonite to bear. The relationship between Newbury and Hobbes is rather predictable, but its development through the series works well nonetheless. True to form, however, the main plot is anything but predictable, with many twists and turns that leave you guessing all the way through. I really enjoyed the Queen Victoria angle as well and am interested in seeing where that ends up. Would also like to see some positive resolution to poor Amelia's plight wherein she might overcome her "gift" and learn to control it. One can only hope.
"Something dreadful is coming..."
Can't hardly wait!
I found the book hard to put down as I was swept into the story of this alternative London. I like the way that Mann allows the characters to feel their way through the information that is provided and that each one brings a different perspective to the investigation and the new technologies that are introduced. I am eagerly looking forward to a fourth installment.