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by Ariadne MacGillivray and Kim Belair
My thoughts: Barry says — excellent.
Pure Steele is a pure joy.
The book has that Sir H. Rider Haggard vibe to it. I really enjoyed those stories in my youth and clearly still do. The tale has a wonderful pace and the satisfying conclusion that all heroic fantasy should have but so seldom do. Having said that, I was blown away by the art.
Pure Steele is packed with some of the most beautiful art that I have seen. This is a book that will remain on your coffee-table for years to come. As a lover of all things neo-Victorian and steampunk, I lost myself in the art.
I give Pure Steele 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for your collection. Enjoy the thumb-through …
Famed explorer Sir Jonathan Pryce is dead. As the nation mourns, Pryce’s daughter Eleanor begins to suspect that there is more to the story than the newspapers tell. When a parcel delivered to her door provides a clue that her father may indeed still live, she wastes no time in mounting her own expedition to track him down. On her newly-assembled team: a fanatical physician, a hopeless cartographer, a disgraced upperclassman and a meticulous accountant tasked with keeping the whole affair under budget. It is a motley crew, but fortunately, Eleanor has also enlisted the aid of James Alexander Steele, the world’s greatest hunter-tracker and a living legend. With no time to spare, the new Pryce Expedition makes for West Africa to pick up Sir Jonathan’s trail. At first, the task seems simple, but it soon becomes clear that the path ahead leads into a darkness and danger none of them could have foreseen.
From lies to theft to cold-blooded murder, more and more of Sir Jonatan’s secrets are uncovered and the members of the Pryce Expedition find themselves on an unlikely adventure. Told by the men and the woman who were there, Pure Steele is a tale of grand deception, ancient treasure, rampaging elephants and unpalatable French poetry.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blind Ferret Entertainment. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Once again, it is that time of the year when I pick my Creative Reads by Outstanding Writers (CROW awards). Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect stocking-stuffer for that “book nerd” in your life. As you know, Gnostalgia leans to the paranormal and steampunk.
- The Secret History of the Reptilians
- Growing Up With Ghosts
- The Witches’ Almanac
- The Exodus Reality
- Do It Yourself Akashic Wisdom
- The Aylesford Skull
- Encounters of Sherlock Holmes
- Nevermore: A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe and Allan Pinkerton
- The Dark Victorian: Bones
- The Resurrectionist
- The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi
- The Clockwork Scarab
- The Stuff of Nightmares
I’d like to point out Elizabeth Watasin’s work. Any of her three latest titles would make the “CROW” list. I only picked one to keep the list manageable. The Clockwork Scarab review is by my blog-buddy Debby.
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition
Available through Amazon
(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)
My thoughts: Barry says — good.
Did you ever read a book and think to yourself that this would be an excellent movie? Something similar ran through my mind as I read this book. Sadly it seemed to be more movie than book, if that makes any sense. It was as if Dan Brown were plotting the future movie rather than writing a book.
I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it at times. Inferno does seem to be typical of a Dan Brown story and I love Dan Brown stories. If you follow Brown’s tales, you might find this story a tad formulaic. I wanted to love this book, but this is probably my least favorite of the series. Is the magic gone?
I thought the book was good — and I’m sure that the movie will be a hit. I give Dan Brown’s Inferno an average score of 3 stars out of 5.
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Doubleday . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure
by Paul Crilley
Available at Amazon
The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure
(Barry’s score 3 stars out of 5)
Barry says — good.
Clearly, The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure is targeted at the younger teenage crowd and should make a good stocking-stuffer this Christmas for the young steampunk enthusiast. Even this 55 year-old enjoyed portions of this book.
It was a pleasant read that made me feel a little nostalgic for Scooby Doo. I imagine that I would have loved this book at age 10. The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure has some cute ideas and dialogue.
I give The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure 3 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the kids.
When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. What’s more, it seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia’s mother’s disappearance. As the two cases intertwine, Tweed and Nightingale’s investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Osiris. Fleeing the cult’s wrath, they go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen’s View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza.
In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla’s death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world. But if the cult’s plans aren’t stopped, Britain may lose the future.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I was saddened to learn that Ripper Street has been cancelled.
The occasionally grisly Victorian-era show will end when the second series winds up in just under a fortnight on BBC One.
I can’t help but think that the show could have made it given more time.
- Crime drama Ripper Street is axed (Forevervogue.com)
- Ripper Street cast left ‘in shock’ as BBC axes show after two series (metro.co.uk)
- BBC Kills Off ‘Ripper Street’ Due to Poor Ratings (variety.com)
- Ripper Street Cancelled After Two Seasons (contactmusic.com)