Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Affinity Bridge

By: George Mann

Genre: Steampunk, sciene fiction

Read if:
1) You appreciate good English banter.
2) You not only know what steampunk is but like to see it well used.
3) You like tea. Hot tea.


     Care for a Victorian steampunk detective novel? With zombies...sort of zombies? Good. I thought so.

     Allow us to take a journey back to nineteenth-century England. Clouds in the sky, puddles on the ground, and tall buildings blocking what little sunlight has managed to sneak through the clouds. But wait! What is that? A blimp? Really? Well surely that should not be there. Not yet at least. Oh that's right, we seem to have stumbled upon a steampunk world.

     This England contains airships, automatons (clockwork robots) and horridly rough mechanical carriages. Even the Queen is kept alive on a life-support system. This is a world of growing technology, however, some people are more enthusiastic about the worlds progress than others.


     Sir Maurice Newbury; imagine your typical English gentleman, now add an extraordinary courageous character, a large amount of curiosity, and an endless fascination with the occult. Imagine a mix between this guy >>>>>
and Indiana Jones. He serves as a secret agent of the Queen, but publicly he holds a high position in a museum.


  Miss Veronica Hobbes, Newbury's new assistant, is a brave and stubborn woman who refuses to follow the rules society has set for respectable ladies, But all kudos go to her for managing to run around town wearing such dress.

     These two are kept ridiculously busy during the course of this book. They begin by assisting Scotland Yard in solving a string of murders while in search of a missing man. Now you would think two cases would be enough for them to handle but no. The Queen does not agree. "MORE I SAY! MORE!" Just kidding. She would never say this. However, she does request that they investigate a recent airship crash.

     Throughout their journey you'll discover that England is running mad with a plague brought over from India. The wretched disease affects the mind and then the body, and eventually turns its victims into horrendous, unaware, cannibalistic zombie-like creatures. Fun stuff.

     This book is only the beginning of the wonderful adventures of Newbury and Hobbes, and I will admit I am impatient for more.

     Alright, off you go. Go read it.

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