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Steam City Pirates by [Musgrave, Jim]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: English Majors Publishers, LLC (December 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HMNHYN4
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The Goodreads synopsis of Steam City Pirates is misleading. It suggests that the assassination attempts by aliens on Pat O'Malley and his friends are a central part of the book; instead, they occur in the final chapter (the last 10% of the book). While this was probably the most interesting part of the story, I had lost interest long before I got there.

Musgrave's writing is awkward, to the point of absurdity: at one point, he describes a character's eyes as "liquid brown pools of humanity," while at another, a character expresses his desire for more information as an effort "to ascertain a much better degree of discovery." However, the biggest problems I had with this book are the extremes to which Musgrave goes in order to explicitly raise issues of anti-Semitism and the inordinately long passages he devotes to detailed discussions of Jewish beliefs. For example, a group of midgets ultimately plays an unexpectedly significant role in the attacks on O'Malley's group, but do we really need to know the following?

"In Leviticus, we are instructed by God not to permit dwarves or midgets into the sacred inner temple. . . . This does not mean all dwarves or midgets are evil. This is an ancient text that probably wanted to keep the inner sanctum free from any blemish of the flesh. Once the sacred Ark of the Covenant was brought outside, all members of the congregation were then free to participate in the reading of the scriptures. The original Ark contained the Ten Commandments, and, according to some, Aaron's rod and some manna from the wandering in the desert.
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I am ambivalent on steampunk since from all the novels I have read in this sub-genre the quality varies wildly. This is one of the better ones (my favorite is still the world of "Darkest London" series).

The character of O'Malley is a complex a character as you will meet in literature but quite entertaining in his ruthless pursuit of answers. The problem I have is there is so much emphasis on the steampunk aspects and the multimedia bonuses with this novel that a bit of the story got left along the way but while I did listen to a bit of the music and visit the game site, they really did not add anything to the book. The illustrations did help establish the mental images rather cleanly even though you might have to readjust your own mental image once you view them.

I short, this is a decent paranormal novel, set in an age that never existed but uses our world as its mold. The imagery is good, the story is moving and a bit Sherlock Holmes-ish in places (which is always a good thing IMHO)

While I don't share the gushing enthusiasm of the steampunk genre as some of the reviews this was done well with only a few distractions, some of my lack of enthusiasm could be attributed to my lack of appreciation for this story is that in many places I found it a bit "dry" for lack of a better term.

I can give it 4 Stars with no reservation and those who truly love the steampunk sub-genre may find it enjoyable beyond my review.
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Whilst I enjoyed this story, I found the writing style (particularly the dialogue) jarring - it didn't ring true for me. There were also several plot inconsistencies which tended to derail the suspension of disbelief necessary to fully enjoy alternative fiction.
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The writing style seems aimed towards a younger readership, and the welter of characters and plot lines in the early stages smell of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, although less sophisticated in the rendition.
Lots of steampunkery on show, and the artwork and hyperlinks indicate a willingness to try extending the form beyond pure narrative.
Unfortunately I kept falling asleep after reading more than a few pages.......
Sorry Jim, all the best for future stories....
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I wonder what "Steam Punk" was all about. People evidently dress "Steam Punk" for an annual event in Willits Ca. This story provides background support for what it's all about. Oh for the good old days...of aliens and a steam powered victorians!
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This was my first time reading a steam punk book. This Victorian Science Fiction was different that what I am used to reading. What I found most intriguing about the book was that games the author put in it. While I found this novel to be quite different than what my taste suites I can appreciate an excellent author. The author is very descriptive in his writing. There is a lot of detail that Musgrave uses to describe Pat O’Malley and his adventures. After beginning this book I figured out there are other books in this series. I didn’t feel lost, or out of the loop at all because there was enough back story to fill me in enough. I recommend this book to anyone who likes steam punk genre.
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This is a steampunk novel, but it's also a mystery with a detective, involves aliens, Jewish mysticism, and time travel, and the e-book version comes complete with online puzzles, music and videogames! It's more than just a book - it's an opportunity to enjoy yourself past the page and play around in the world steam powered fantasy New York Musgrave has created.

As genre steampunk, Steam City Pirates works well - a shadowy group (Good? Bad? Something else?) is relocating inventors from the future to the past in order to create even more spectacular steam powered technology, but is it to save the world or take it over? On the case is the engaging detective Patrick O'Malley, who has appeared in other Musgrave novels.Also operating is a fascinating family who turn out to be mythological beings from Jewish folklore and somehow it all comes together in a wildly imaginative, goggle clad steam fever dream. My issue with the novel is there might just be too many elements at play here, leading to a lack of development of characters at times, and little attention to some stylistic elements of the writing, but overall it's an ambitious, entertaining romp. I particularly liked the insider knowledge of New York City's buildings and infrastructure, and seeing it gone steampunk was a kick. I think this book would be a good first novel of the genre for a reader new to the concepts, but I think it would work well for afficionados, too.
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