Must be a fan of Firefly to apply!
Thanks to Being a Geek for the photo!
The true story of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, left me wanting more. After a somewhat disappointing mash-up from Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), I was hesitant about reading this one. But I was put at ease soon after starting, becoming engrossed in the life of Abe and his vampire problems. The author’s writing style switched back and forth between Lincoln’s journal and bits of history, filling in any of the gaps nicely.
I won’t go on about the familiar history of Abe, but the addition of vampires into his life made this a story that must be read by all vampire fans. I am looking forward to the movie! (Yes! It’s in the works!!)
The talented Joe Benitez, comic artist for the likes of JLA, Superman/Batman, Supergirl, and Soulfire, has developed a new series called Lady Mechanika, a Steampunk-driven comic that I plan on picking up soon!
Benitez’s website describes the comic as follows:
“The tabloids dubbed her “Lady Mechanika“, the sole survivor of a serial killer’s three-year rampage through England. Authorities found her locked in an abandoned laboratory amidst an undeterminable number of corpses and body parts, her own limbs having been amputated and replaced with mechanical components.
With no memory of her captivity or her former life, Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as a private detective, using her unique abilities to solve cases the police couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. But she never stopped searching for the answers to her own past.
Set in turn of the century England, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, Lady Mechanika is about a young woman’s search for her own identity as she solves other mysteries involving science and the supernatural.”
Please let me know if you’ve read any of this series and what you think!
First, let me say that I wanted to love this book. From its awesome cover art and the summary on Amazon, it looked interesting enough. Authored by S.M. Peters, this debut is a Steampunk-themed story where two mechanical gods, Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock, rule London. You follow the rebels of an uprising who live in this dirty, dystopian city and who only want to free themselves from these mechanical monsters and their murderous henchmen.
It took two months for me to read Whitechapel Gods, and I struggled the entire way, mostly out of disinterest. The prose was easy enough, but the storyline switches gears so many times, it was really hard to follow. I lost interest, forcing my way slowly, until about 2/3 of the way through when it seemed like the characters were actually about to do something important.
The characters seem very interesting, but their individual lives seem to overtake the book, making the plot lose its momentum. Have I mentioned just how many players there are in this drama? There’s Oliver (the protagonist), and Missy, Tom, Aaron, Scared, Penny, Bergen, Heckler, Bailey, etc. Delving into so many lives, it’s no wonder I got lost. Their abstract dream and drug sequences proves nothing but to confuse more than reveal anything plot-worthy.
In saying all that, though, I believe that my favorite characters are Tom, half man and half machine, and his pet clickrat Jeremy Longshore (who we later find out is embodied by Aaron). Tom is a large man-machine who, yes, takes a licking and keeps on ticking, but his demeanor is gentle and that of a small child. His pet Jeremy is very faithful and turns out to be pretty useful. He convinces metal hounds, through a series of clicks and nods, that his friends are not a threat. Their relationship shows us more humanity than the real human beings in the story do, which might be a point the author is trying to make, but it gets lost in the muddle.
By the end of the story, I was left very unsatisfied. The underwhelming finale and odd change of personality for two of the characters seems a little forced for a “happy ending.” Maybe I can give it another read in a year or so to see how I feel about it. Until then, I don’t think I can offer any mind-blowing review. It is not a bad book, by any means. It just needs to be more reader-friendly.