The mailman has had it pretty easy recently, at least at my house. The books and packages have slowed down to a trickle, although I’m sure that he has enough from other people to keep him busy. Of course, when it rains it pours and I managed to get two packages in one day. One was an awesome Hallmark ornament of the Nautilus from Sharon Day, and the other was a copy of James P. Blaylock‘s “The Aylesford Skull”.
The cover art is simply incredible.
It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives – brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer – is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives.
When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit…
The first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre’s founding fathers!
I’m really looking forward to reading that one…
I am currently reading “The Doctor and the Rough Rider” (link)