The Bookman Histories

The Bookman Histories (Omnibus) by Lavie Tidhar

The Bookman Histories

This omnibus of Lavie Tidhar’s Bookman trilogy will hit the bookstores December 18th. I love the cover art by John Coulhart ( http://www.johncoulthart.com/ ). I’d love to have a poster of this for my wall.

The Bookman Histories will include Bookman (my review), Camera Obscura (my review), and The Great Game (my review). If you haven’t read the Bookman trilogy, this is a perfect opportunity to grab all three and get some great art by John Coulhart.

Review: The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar

The Great Game
by Lavie Tidhar

Publisher: Angry Robot
ISBN-10: 085766199X
ISBN-13: 978-0857661999

Product description:

When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.

As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.

Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.

My thoughts:

This ain’t your granddaddy’s steampunk, if in an alternate time-line your granddaddy had steampunk. The marvelous and oddly disturbing mind of Lavie Tidhar has once again cranked out an awesome steampunk novel.

The pace is fast and the book is packed with action. I loved the interaction with the historical and fictional characters. As with Bookman (my review) and Camera Obscura (my review), The Great Game is a standalone novel. Having said that, treat yourself to all three.

I highly recommend The Great Game to steampunk fans!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Angry Robot Books. 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.”

My thoughts of “Camera Obscura” by Lavie Tidhar

Camera Obscura
Lavie Tidhar
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot (April 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0857660942
ISBN-13: 978-0857660947

CAN’T FIND A RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO A MYSTERY? CALL IN THE QUIET COUNCIL. The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city – and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself. (Angry Robot)

( 5 stars out of 5 )

While “Camera Obscura” takes place about 3 years after “The Bookman.”, it is a stand alone novel. Lady de Winter ( cool name but no Alexandre Dumas connection) is called in to investigate an unusual and sinister murder. I couldn’t help but think of Poe and his detective C. Auguste Dupin.

Lady de Winter finds herself traveling throughout much of the steampunked world created by Tidhar. I really enjoyed the multicultural steampunk of this novel. Tidhar pulls in characters like Sitting Bull and William F. Cody when Mylady travels to Vespuccia (North America).

Chinese secret societies, strange French rulers, cowboys and indians makes this novel a tough one to put down.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Angry Robot Books. 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.”

Book Review: The Bookman

The BookmanThe Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Need a taste of some steampunk goodness? Try “The Bookman” by Lavie Tidhar.

Imagine a Victorian England with blimps dotting the sky, Automatons roaming the streets, and brushing elbows with legends from historical fact and fiction. That, and reptilian royalty, is the background for “The Bookman.” The story is very much what you will find in classical heroic fiction.

Our Arthurian-like protagonist, by the name of Orphan, is propelled into the mystery while seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend. Like a Greek mythological character, Orphan finds himself a pawn used by others in a complex power play.

I really enjoyed the novel. The story is a complex tale with a fast pace. Come on people — it even has pirates! How cool is that!

I give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars and I look forward to the sequel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Angry Robot Books. 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.”

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