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Mr. Stitch Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Chris Braak is a playwright and novelist, and co-founder of Threat Quality Press. He has many important opinions on a wide variety of subjects, and rarely hesitates to offer them.
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The book continues the affairs of detective Elijah Beckett, as he tries to put an end to the spread of heretical science, while battlig high-profile terrorists, at the expense of a drug addiction that consumes his life.
This is a fun read for anyone who enjoys steampunk novels. Braak has put a lot of effort into creating a very distinct setting, the city of Trowth, and it really draws the reader in with its claustrophobic architecture, sprawling both above and below ground. The city is as dense as Braak's writing.
While the paperback is only 240+ pages, it reads like a 400 pager, because of the amount of detail on every page. This is offset by concise chapters that are generally only a few pages, but pack a punch.
I enjoyed this book more than the first, because I was already accustomed to the way it's written. Braak has spent some time researching every detail in the fictional world, choosing to replace things such as gasoline with phlogiston, a debunked theory of combustion from the 1600's. I found myself looking up a lot of these tidbits in order to fully understand what was going on in the book, so it made for a challenging experience initially. The metaphors for modern day civilization are fairly to pick out however.
The supporting characters are much deeper in the second book. You really get to know who they are and how they think, so it was very effective in that area. The city is also much more alive, as the novel focuses more on the supporting characters and their interaction within the city limits.
Overall, a great second effort from a talented writer. It should be noted, that you should read the first book `The Translated Man' before picking up this one.
For fans of Dr. Who, HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Sherlock Holmes
I read this in plain old print book form, so there were no technical problems. Like The Translated Man, Mr. Stitch had a few typos (including one on the first page--ouch!), but the writing was of such a high quality that I wasn't really fussed about it. Honestly, I think this was one of the best science fiction books of 2010, which is quite a feat for a self-published book. And, no, I haven't read all the sf books published in 2010, but who has? I would advise starting this series with The Translated Man, because there's a lot going on here in the world of Trowth and I think it might be a little bit confusing to begin reading in the middle.