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Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 5 in The Order of the Air
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- File size : 826 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : July 24, 2012
- Publisher : Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition (July 24, 2012)
- Print length : 350 pages
- ASIN : B008OXZIF2
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,707 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a ripping yarn; an Indiana Jones-chase across the continent and the Atlantic; a human-scaled occult thriller and an immersive period piece. A fabulous American passenger airship (not a Steampunk fantasy but a realistically period and improved-on "Graf Zeppelin"-type by the authors). Post-Golden Dawn lodges. 1920's civil aviation. Caligula's ships uncovered at Nemi. Diana Nemorensis. What's not to love here?
The previous two reviewers here, Cannon & DJP, have covered everything about this book that I admire in terms of the meticulous, but never intrusive, research. And it's really refreshing that Alma -- a terrific character -- is not simply a modern women living an unconventional life plopped into 1929 by the authors; she is very definitely someone dealing with the social and cultural mores of her time.
"Lost Things" clearly refers to many things, not the least of which are found in archaeological digs. The main characters have suffered real loss and are in the process of being remade by the things they're finding in the course of the book -- or that have found them. I hear more installments are in the works and I can't wait to find out more about Alma, Lewis, Jerry and Mitch and their Lodge. A great read!
I love Melissa Scott.
I found the story itself interesting, but honestly some of the flying scenes really dragged on for me and the quartet of heroes always seemed to be a tad slow on the uptick in the chase. I think the best scene was played out on the airship. Again, not a bad start, but I've only given it 3/5 stars because I think it could've moved more quickly.
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Then there are the social elements. Things were REALLY different in the 1920s. Social mores were quite a bit more restrictive, and these writers get that.
The book has a pervasive sadness that gives it depth. The aftermath of World War One lies over the heroes like a dark shadow. All of them have lost something. All of them are damaged. They aren't the people they were ten years before. They aren't sure they can still do what needs to be done. But someone has to do it, and there isn't anyone else, so they're going to do their best.