A couple of years ago I read an amazing debut novel titled Gone Away World. It had an outrageous velveteen cover and a great story that pissed me off so much that I put it down for months when I got to the big twist. When I finally picked it up again, I was treated to such a glorious final act, that all was forgiven. That book was written by Nick Harkaway and I am happy to say that his sophomore effort is equally great.
One of my great sorrows at work is that most of the books that pass over my desk aren’t interesting to me in the least. So it was much to my delight that I discovered a copy of Stephen Hunt’s Secrets of the Fire Sea on my desk last week. It was a UK edition, since the US version doesn’t release for another couple months and that made it that much more exciting. I’ve been reading this series for a few years now and I have often lamented that the US editions are arriving more than a year after the original UK publication. It should be criminal I tell ya.
Ganymede is the fourth book set in Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century setting: an alternate 19th century America where the Civil War has stretched into the decades and history has taken a turn to the fantastic. I’ve become a big fan of steampunk, so her tales of airships and sky pirates strike a chord for me. I’m also a fan of handsome books, and Tor has done a wonderful job with these, Jon Foster covers and sepia tone print inside combine to make these trade paper originals a perfect choice.
Normally, I’m not particularly interested in novels with romantic elements, yet somehow, this debut novel by Lev AC Rosen appealed to me from the first moment I picked it up. It helps, of course, that it has a handsome cover. I received an advance copy a while ago, amused by the description on the back. Immediately I envisioned a novel full of Victorian intrigue and romance, populated by a menagerie of mad scientists and rogues. I wasn’t disappointed.