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- Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145584862X
- ISBN-13: 978-1455848621
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,867,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is the real thing – a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys and windblown Scottish isles… a wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.”
– James P Blaylock, author of Homunculus
“What we see in Infernal Devices is not just the presager of what steampunk is, but what it could have been, a marvellously self-aware and inventive attack on the obsessions and degradations of the present.”
– Strange Horizons
“Goddamn, what a book. This is like H G Wells with H P Lovecraft’s descriptions of darkness run through the mind of Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s about as screwy as it gets, complete steampunkery, with a duo who are scamming their way across the land through an entirely different set of devices. Must read… Pure joy. I couldn’t set it down.”
“Suddenly I can see exactly what the whole fascination with Steampunk is all about. Jeter sets the Victorian scene here so skilfully, it’s absolutely perfect. I could easily have been reading a novel written in 1840. He’s impressively deft and accurate in his language of the time, making the novel completely believable, and yet he still writes in a style that is effortlessly readable. His Victorian London is dark, menacing, and compelling.”
– Fantasy Nibbles
“A delicious and quite insane romp through the gas-lit streets of London. Absolute must-read!”
“I’ll save you the trouble of reading this entire review by simply saying that K W Jeter’s Infernal Devices is one of the best executed novels I’ve read in a long time, and I easily expect it to be one of my top reads for the year. I guarantee you will enjoy it.”
– The Little Red Reviewer
“A truly fantastical journey that requires a suspension of disbelief – but makes you all the happier for it.”
– My Shelf Confessions
“A skillfully handled, wonderfully inventive, and agreeably witty adventure.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Infernal Devices is a ripsnorting, grandly comical Victorian-era potboiler that is far more entertaining than the most recent Indiana Jones movie; indeed it is more exciting than any big budget Hollywood blockbuster that I have seen in the past five years. It is that rare book that is both literary and cinematic. You can’t help but pine for a movie version even as you realize that it could never be as good as the book. It’s full of crazy, clockwork automatons, cliffhanger chapter endings, sinister conspiracies, and gloriously impossible super-science. It is a book which will transport you to another reality.”
– Tetsuo Broker --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
K.W. Jeter is a respected American novelist who wrote what was likely the first true cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K. Dick. His many original novels range between dark noir-horror and visionary science fiction. He has also written several authorised sequels to Blade Runner (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep).
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Told in first person (which is also not a favorite of mine), the plot follows a man who has inherited his father's clockworks shop. There are many and various items which the father has made, which are beyond the son's ability to repair or even understand. That conflict is a neat part of the story.
Adventure comes to the shop, and a wild ride of a story takes place. From strange machines, to religious nuts, to secret identities, to rumors of aliens, to shipwrecks,to people seeing into the future, to robot duplicates, the sage goes rollicking onward.
Positives: Interesting story. Well done characters. Surprise twists.
Negatives: Told in 1st person (which is a VERY subjective aspect to every reader),
My grade. B-
First of all, Dower is not the stock protagonist you would expect. Jeter’s main character pushes the definition of “reluctant hero” far past the hesitant Bilbos of the literary world. Like Bingley to Austin’s Darcy, Dower is a beta-type man through and through. But, unlike Bingley, he has no Alpha to guide him (other than the occasional prompting of the mentally-deranged Scape), so his hesitant and frequently awful choices cause nail-biting angst for the reader. Of course, Jeter uses this weakness in his protagonist to great effect; and I suspect, as a critique of Victorian-era repression of human nature in general, seen through the lens of 80’s era excess in which Jeter penned this tale.
This undertone of satire is further underscored by the climax at the end. Without spoilers, I will say that the dark humor built into the plot’s conclusion, along with the apparent fun the author has at the expense of Dower and his prudishness, is hilarious and very well done. But Dower himself is satisfyingly dimensional and shows character growth the reader expects.
Yes, there are some annoying typos in this edition. But whether or not you are an aficionado of this trendy genre, if you enjoy stories peppered with social critique, and unique and layered worlds populated with flawed but memorable characters, you will enjoy Jeter’s Infernal Devices.
That being said, for fans of speculative fiction, you can't go wrong with the work of the man who christened the Steampunk genre. Infernal Devices is a clever, funny romp through Victorian England, complete with clockwork automatons, frog-faced villagers, a mad inventor's son pulled into a madcap adventure, and not a little amount of social and political satire. There's really little I can add to KW Jeter's reputation except to say, if you're a Steampunk fan and you haven't read Jeter, get thee to a bookstore! Or maybe a library to find an older version, because this edition is terrible.