- File Size: 6343 KB
- Print Length: 474 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B0X43NU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Inventor's Son Collection (Books 0-2) Kindle Edition
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This is not an excellently written series.It reads like a poorly edited first attempt at writing
I Have read the first 4 "books";
-The Inventor's Son: The Beginning, expanded .
-The Inventor's Son
-The Scientist's Son
-The Explorer's Son
So far the writing is a bit inelegant . Modern phrases are sprinkled about which should have been removed in editing as they don't fit with the era the story is set in.
Why did I give this such a low rating ?
1) Ethan is 12/13 and his father pretty much abandons him for most of the series & by book 5 we still don't have a really good reason why.
<there is a reason but to have him not show up at any of the key crises points at all seems to suggest that he's protecting himself & purposely putting his son in harms way. Since the whole series hinges on Ethan trying to find his father, the reason why his father went away needs to be compelling & so far it isn't.>
2)12/13 year old falls for a girl & kisses her. Yes he is certain she's the love of his life & the only one for him forever. Ridiculous plot ploy.
4)"Bitch" is used a good bit. This is a preteen/tween book so totally unnecessary
3) The crazy man's "monster" is VERY horrible...very violent & not only wants to crush children's heads, but has a sexual "thing" for young boys.
5)! totally too far with the blood, guts, gore & pedophile subject for the target reader.
4) Hero policeman keeps shouting things like "sweet Jesus"....much too often.
5)The main character spends a bit of time contemplating suicide
6) main character comes into acquaintance with prostitutes& mistresses of family members...why so much adult subjects in a kid's book ! ?
7)Evil people who are after Ethan are really violent. People are dismembered, hung, exploded and the like in detailed description.
8) Main character is told that his mother got pregnant before she was married & had an abortion .
9)torture & assassination
10)Main character is addicted to morphine
so by the end of book 5 you know why everyone is after Ethan, but his father still hasn't shown up.
More importantly, Ethan continues to be unlikable. I actually found myself becoming fond of his cousin Theodore ! I read this because it was free.
Each of the books in this series deserves at least four stars. Collectively and with the huge cost savings? It's got to deserve that fifth star.
Since they're each standalone books, and that's how I read them, here's my review of each such book:
The Inventor's Son: The Beginning (Prequel)
This is a well written introduction to the lead characters of The Inventor's Son series, its alternative Victorian Era London, and its steampunk mechanics. It's also a fun book in itself even for those who hand no plan to read onwards in the series.
The Inventor's Son (Book 1)
This is a fun steampunk-fantasy mix with interesting characters and a strong plot. I find both of these genres to be a lot of fun so it's no surprise that I found this book to be fun. The writing is nicely done. There probably are some writing glitches as other reviewers noted, but the ones I noticed didn't get in the way of my enjoyment of it. Definitely recommended.
The Scientist's Son (Book 2)
For some reason there are not a huge number of good Steampunk novels published so, if you like the genre (as I do), you tend to treasure the good ones when they come along. SB James clearly knows how to write good Streampunk stories. The Scientist's Son, book 2 in The Inventor's Son series (though it's actually the third book in this setting as the author also write a very good prequel, The Inventor's Son: The Beginning), is a perfect example of that. It's lead Ethan Stanwood is a very well-crafted character, the supporting cast of characters are also complex and well-developed, as is the well-written plot (which is actually growing in its complexity though still easy enough to follow). And, must importantly, as with its predecessor book 1 (which realllybshould be read first), this is just fun to read.