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READ ↠ Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl î Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire Airships ply the skies and ueen Victoria presides over three uarters of the known world—including the East Coast of America following the failed revolution of 1775London might as well be a world away from Sandsend a tiny vilR for the covert activities of his lover Dr John Reed a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the daybut can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the EmpireDavid Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop the ultimate Victorianasteampunk mash. This one’s for anyone who ever wanted their fictional heroes to be real Do you know how many people look for 221B Baker Street as though it’s a historical site Well David Barnett’s Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl uses something of that idea to send the eponymous Gideon Smith rushing from venue to venue like something out of a Jules Verne adventure Along the way he sprinkles in historical characters such as Bram Stoker and Annie Crook romantic relationship with Prince Albert and fictional characters like Count Dracula although there’s a bit of a twist in this one and Varney the Vampyre the villain of a serialized gothic horror story There are references to Edgar Rice Burroughs an airship named the John Carter and H P Lovecraft a story called “The Shadow over Faxmouth” rather than “The Shadow over Innsmouth” If you get the idea that Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is full of cleverness you would be correctImagine on at least one level the film Her set in a steampunk version of an English empire where the sun still never sets Sure there are still the pulp stand by tropes of secret Egyptian cults vampires secret government plots and “mad” scientists conveniently named Einstein too but Barnett isn’t afraid to delve into the human condition as well What makes one human Is it a capacity for love Is it a modicum of courage and determination to resist forces attempting to bend one to their will Is it the ability to know when to be flexible during shifting circumstances Is it the ability to pass a de facto “Turing test”On another level there is the uestion of revenge What is the price and significance of avenging a husband father or lover At least three of these characters have to consider this On another level what happens when heroes have feet of clay or perhaps in this case brass What constitutes something heroic What internal motivations might cause a hero to change Barnett does a very good job of turning such uestions upside down with events and motivations that belie the standard answersThere was than one turn around in this novel Most of the way through this novel I chafed at anachronistic use of language in the speech pattern of one of the supporting characters He was a cleverly drawn character and well reflected the lower class Englishman’s speech pattern of the modern era But Barnett was not trying to reflect the modern era It forced theersuspension of my suspension of disbelief Yet there was an intriguing sense of poetic justice in what happens to that speech pattern at the conclusion of the novel It was almost worth it However just as one anachronistic word in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves made me start picking apart the rest of the film and just as one unrealistic idea of a helicopter flying inside the Chunnel at the conclusion of Mission Impossible has kept me from viewing the seuels I had trouble keeping my head in the game erplot once that character comedic as said character was entered the story Suffice it to say that I enjoyed Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl plan to read any seuels than I can say for Tom Cruise movies and recommend the book to people who like interesting ideas and action than verisimilitude Of course after all steampunk is really like fantasy than science fiction so I don’t have a very valid complaint—just my sometimes obnoxious opinion


Enny dreadful” When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him Gideon sets off for London On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniuities Together they make for London where Gideon finally meets Captain TriggerBut Trigger is little than an aging fraud providing cove. Fantasy Review BarnSteampunk adventure This book was like reading a blockbuster movie and it was a whole lot of fun Like most blockbusters that come up in the summer months you have to prepare for some conveniences assume all the characters will find a way to end up in the same spot and do your best NOT to wonder what the hell the protagonist is thinking at times But if one can enjoy the typical summer movie and sales figures show that most people can then “Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl” should become a very popular book Gideon is a fisherman’s son In a nice change of pace despite having his head in the clouds he is a strong responsible young man He has big dreams of following in the footsteps of his favorite penny dreadful hero Captain Trigger When his father is lost at sea a chain of events starts up that gives him his chance He heads out to find the famous captain and start his adventure From there it is pure pulpy goodness with all the normal steampunk trimmings Airships and pirates supernatural beings smart alleck men and plucky women Based in an Elizabethan England that truly threatens to span the globe a reader can also expect little historical cameos that will either work or drive them loony In this case I felt the cameos worked well Bram Stoker as a chronicler especially The inevitable ragtag group will globe trot to solve the mystery and often to save the title’s heroine Maria Friendships are made double crossing is to be expected and eventually all the pieces come together tied up very nicely I may add Because it is obviously a first book of a series not everything is OK at the end but the book ends on just as strong of a note as it started with a hint of adventure to followSteampunk fans rejoice there is a highly enjoyable new book on the lighter side of the genre Gideon avoids being a trite farm boy on a mission by proving to be smart and able learning as he goes in a fairly believable fashion Sure his willingness to believe penny dreadfuls is a bit strange but haven’t we already talked about suspending belief a bit Bent is a no worries smart ass journalist good for a lot of laughs The crew has fun interactions the plot doesn’t get so complicated as to tie itself up in a knot and the action scenes are fun but short enough to avoid becoming a grindIf the book is going to turn off some readers it most likely is going to come from the plight of Maria the mechanical girl from the title She is at her core a toy in the form of a beautiful girl who has been given sentience Hidden in this light hearted action movie like romp is a character that has been put through a living hell She is abused throughout the book; physically sexually and mentally At each point it is used to advance the story; even Maria shrugs it off and goes on without dwelling on it It doesn’t ruin the story it is not gratuitous and in fact is easy to overlook But I couldn’t not see it throughout the story; she is the lynchpin of the story but never by her own designHey I am a man who loves a Steampunk romp I am happy to see a new series started that looks like it has a lot of potential I found a whole lot to like about what I read and hope to read in the future4 StarsReview copy received through NetGalleyedit Crossed out a rather embarrassing historical mistake The danger of reviewing at night and mixing up historical era's Sorry

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Gideon Smith and the Mechanical GirlNineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire Airships ply the skies and ueen Victoria presides over three uarters of the known world including the East Coast of America following the failed revolution of 1775London might as well be a world away from Sandsend a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger the Hero of the Empire told in Gideon’s favorite “p. When his father is lost at sea and his ship found abandoned Gideon Smith leaves lonely Sandsend behind to venture to London and find Lucian Trigger hero of many penny dreadfuls to help him find who is behind it En route Gideon befriends a writer named Bram Stoker and a Mechanical Girl named Maria But will Lucian Trigger be the hero Gideon needs I got this book from Netgalley Thank you NetgalleyGideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a steampunk adventure tale I'll be honest I was planning on tearing it a new orifice for the first 30% or so Gideon nearly twenty four is really naive acting like he's fifteen a lot of the time Also there was a logjam of the usual Victorian and steampunk tropes hampering my enjoyment namely Dracula dirigibles Jack the Ripper automatons and various others However I gave Barnett a chance to show me something and he didGideon's travels take him from Sandsend to London and beyond looking first for Lucian Trigger then for Trigger's partner and paramour John Reed Meanwhile Bram Stoker and Gideon meet then part ways Stoker pursuing frog faced mummies in the company of the buxom Countess DraculaI love the way Barnett tied things together I also loved that he went with the Countess instead of tired old Vlad and had the renowned hero Lucian Trigger wind up being an aging homosexual former army officer chronicling the adventures of his opium addicted lover Gideon's conflicted feelings for Maria were nicely done By the time Cockayne started teaching Gideon about being a hero I was pretty well sold on the book and it's inevitable seuelsOnce the threads converged and the gang headed to Egypt the story started firing on all cylinders When the true villain of the piece and the purpose of the MacGuffin were revealed I couldn't put the book down The ending was satisfying and not uite happily ever after but I smell a seuel on the horizonThe writing style reminds me very much of Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air and related books only with focus and less disappointment I'm looking at you Jack CloudieDespite a rocky start Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl wound up being one of the enjoyable steampunk books I've read recently 35 out of 5