And that's leaving aside the utility of a dossier. Wellington Books prefers to hide away in his basement offices at the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. For a long time I was assuming that it was a fairly historically accurate Victorian world, since the steampunk elements are covert, part of a secret ministry. Still, the book's good points slightly outweigh its bad points and, if you are a fan of steampunk, you'll probably enjoy this. Agent Braun is an outspoken New Zealand transplant who loves to blow things up.
He is really a really good agent when it puts his timid self behind and lets the real Welly out to play. Yeah, but readers do it all the time. Really enjoyable romp What did you like best about this story? Give the people what they want. There was even a barmaid contraption, able to serve drinks. Hopefully, you will learn this sooner rather than later: freedom is not simply opposition.
This one is especially appealing -- at least in its description -- because it also has quietly feminist elements. See above about listening and the accents. I would definitely recommend listening to this series on audiobooks if you enjoy them. It's very much saved by impressive world-building; I kept wondering what else the authors could throw into the backstory, and was always pleasantly surprised. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences-the Crown's clandestine organisation whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling-will not allow its agents to investigate.
This is not a Romance, although there is a very, very light thread of romantic potential between the two leads. But then she would so blatantly violate the rules of Victorian society or dress or speech that it was incredibly jarring. While it wasn't overly crass or vulgar, it also seemed totally somewhat unnecessary to the plot. Since engaging characters are a reading priority of mine, I declare genre incompatibility. Especially after that excessive use of dynamite. Life had sheltered dear Mr.
I will, grudgingly, admit that in the broad strokes the pairing works. Eliza finds herself particularly drawn to an assassin. She has both male and female friends, feels admiration for women who a strong but not strong in the way she is strong. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest. I would think steampunk should I had forgotten the premise of this book between the time I requested the galley and the time I read it. It's a typical steampunk adventure.
I don't mind sex or sexual tension in books. Much a smarter than just steel but by and large, the inventions here are unique and original to Books, Mad McTighe or other characters herein. No I listened to this at work over a period of three or four days. There were a few references to Maori and women's suffrage, and an anachronistic mention of the national rugby team, but that was about it. In other words, it didn't seem to know what it wanted to be.
Perhaps that is why this kind of literature is so popular with their generation. I love to meet new people; therefore, you can comment or email me and talk to me. Take that, you smarmy piece of subgenre. They might as well be tying girls to railway tracks while twirling their mustaches. This story showed up packing a whole lot more than just flashy brass trinkets.
So it remains to be seen whether magic is real in this world or merely very advanced, steam-powered science. But not without some impressive fireworks. They were opposites in practically every way. I do like a good action adventure story and Phoenix Rising certainly delivered on that score. Is the book padded out a bit and sometimes draggy? Rating: three stars the first half, two stars once we hit the mansion scenes, for a wavering two and a half stars. I loved the pairing of Books and Braun an excellent, if blunt, play on names here.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fun to see him blush. Braun is not content to serve her time in the archives and decides to investigate the case her partner was working on when he went crazy. There are quite a few instances, in particular the excellent, almost swashbuckling duel scene in the London Opera, when I felt like having to hold onto my armchair. She is control of her own sexuality when she chooses to have sex to fit in! Everywhere you turn, you can see i Okay, Steampunk, here's the deal.
Since engaging characters are a reading priority of mine, I declare genre incompatibility. Braun pulls Books into her investigation, and as the story progressives a reader might begin to wonder who in this duo is more crazy. Don't judge a book by its cover. Eliza Braun loves her weapons and her dynamite. I feel like this one only really introduced Books, Braun and Doctor Sound. What are the fundamental functions of your universe? The mystery is rather spurious with a meeting leading to a locket leading to a clue and why would the villains pay for a table for a year in advance? This one is far too firm.