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- Print Length: 134 pages
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- Publication Date: June 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056A295I
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Monster in the Mist (A Chronological Man Adventure) (The Chronological Man Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What is also worth noting is Mr. Mayne's originality and diversity. Where PEZ took place in modern times, The Chronological Man... takes place in a 19th century Boston that is tinted with steampunk-esque edges. One reviewer likened the main character Smith to a Sherlocke Holmes / Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) mash up and I couldn't agree more. What separates the venerable Smith from these icons is the intense mystery that surrounds him. From the moment he bursts into the novel you become wrapped up in his mystery. How does he know so much; why is he over 80 y.o. yet appears to be 30? He himself becomes an eliptical problem like the ones he poses to his Assistant April Malone. And oh...April...how wonderful a character she is. Smart, sassy, funny, charming, and brave, she is the perfect grounded match for the eccentric Smith. Add in evil doctors, and my favorite beasty sucking people out of the thick fog of Boston, and the recipe comes out quite tasty.
The few complaints I had about Mr. Mayne's PEZ were no where to be found here. The glaring editorial errors were no where to be found, and the story was much more streamlined and sure-footed. Again, should Mr. Mayne continue to write at this pace, he will have found a lifetime fan with me.
I was a bit dubious at purchasing a $1 book. Then I figured, "What the heck. It's a buck."
A very well spent dollar. The book reminds me in some ways of The Middleman (a 2008 television series) but back in time. It has the feel of several of the shows on the Sci-Fi channel during the summer.
I don't want to go too far in and ruin it, so it suffices to say that I would love to read a sequel. If one never appears, this first book would be enough.
Steampunk, time-travel, a secretary that buys newspapers and pastries for a nonexistent employer every day, and man that stumbles out of a locked room and only knows what’s written on the card in his pocket. The summery states it all: very Doctor Who-esque, crossover with Sherlock Holmes and add a steampunked Iron Man in the mix and you have Mayne’s first book of The Chronological Man.
Smith (seem familiar, Whovians?) is our Doctor’esque character, a time-traveler who seems to remember nothing and relies on a card in his pocket to give him the essentials (such as his own name!). He’s bubbly and stumbles his way through the mystery. Most of the time I had no idea what he was up to, but he’s one very entertaining character to say the least.
April Malone is our female Watson. She’s smart with a sharp wit and quick to go from secretary jobs to running through foggy streets and damp sewers to assist Smith in solving the mystery.
The action scenes in the book were really well written. The novel was simple, but engaging and left plenty of room for the characters and story to grow in the sequel. Whovian (Doctor Who fan) or not, if you’re a fan of the genre I recommend The Chronological Man for a quick, entertaining read.
This book does a good job of combining Steampunk, Lovecraftian and Science Fiction elements to create a novel environment all its own. It features well constructed characters, although I must admit we don't learn as much as I would have liked about Smith due to his amnesia, however that is more than made up for by the amount of time we spend inside April's head. What I think I liked best about this book was its female protagonist who is written with thought processes like a real person, in her own head she is neither damsel in distress nor bad ass demon hunter, but instead swings back and forth from one end of the spectrum to the other as circumstances and the characters around push and pull on her. This made her seem very real and motivated to me and is unlike so many other female characters in supernatural fiction who in today's world seem so one dimensional.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to anyone who likes golden aged pulps, especially those written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H.P. Lovecraft.
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