- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Roc (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451456394
- ISBN-13: 978-0451456397
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,269,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steel Rose Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1997
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The setting is Pittsburgh rather than Minneapolis...the heroine is a Performance Artist, not the singer in a band, and she deals primarily with Unseelie rather than the Sidhe Court. But many of the concepts and 'vocabulary' are the same, or subtly different.
Thus it loses a star for basic originality, but it is well done for what it sets out to do. I do recommend those who are interested in reading both read the Bull book and then this...it makes more sense to see the evolution of the concept that way.
TJ is not a traditional weak-kneed heroine, or a bodybuilding monolith Amazon (heh heh), just an average, everyday performing artist (who happens to have inherited latent magical powers) struggling to get her break. As a sometime- actress msyelf, I was able to sympathize with TJ's problems more than a little. As a character, I felt she was extremely well-rounded and thought out-- she had this reserve of almost invisible strength within her.
I must admit I was a bit put off by Dalkey's writing style at first, but I soon warmed up to the idea--it was so refreshing to read a fantasy novel that is written like ordinary conversation--not written in "high language". I also loved the miniature tour of Pittsburgh.
All in all, I am very happy that fate led me to _Steel Rose_ -- and I am looking forward to reading Dalkey's other works as well.
This beat-of-the-city fantacy is intense, involving an array of beings from the spectrum of spiritual creatures. The powers of light and dark are head to head in a battle which could destroy, or forever change the city. And this quirky performance artist holds the key to ending it.
When young perfromance artist T.J. Kaminski enlists the help of two "tommyknockers" to make her perfomrnaces reach people more deeply, she becomes the target of a group of elves who don't appreciate her "magical assistance."
Don't overlook this book done in first person perspective. It hooks you on the first page and never lets you go.