Friday, March 25, 2011
Five Star Review for The Voyage of the Minotaur
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5.0 out of 5 stars It really shouldn't work but it does!, 16 Mar 2011
By S. Horrigan (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Voyage of the Minotaur (Senta and the Steel Dragon) (Kindle Edition)
After reading and being rather impressed with Wesley Allison's novel His Robot Wife I decided to read some more of his work on the Kindle.
This story is totally different! Set in the country of Greater Brechalon, populated by ladies wearing corsets and dresses with bustles, carrying parasols to keep the sun off their alabaster skin and gentlemen with very stiff upper lips driving steam powered carriages, this is a very steampunk version of an alternate Victorian England.
Steampunk however is only one of the multiple genres that are thrown into the mix. There are wizards and sorceresses, airships and analytical engines, dragons and dinosaurs, lizard men and a good old fashioned series of Jack the Ripper style murders to solve too.
Quite honestly this book should never work. There are too many things thrown into the melting pot, but somehow not only does it work, but it works wonderfully well!
It's not all perfect though. The author clearly loves language and his use of idiomatic Victorian style English is really very good, but there are still a few occasions when you are left in no doubt that the book was written by an American author. The end of the story is also rather abrupt in my opinion and the final few paragraphs should probably have been an epilogue, but these are minor things really.
It is quite a long book being over 8000 Kindle locations and provides several hours of hugely entertaining reading. Presentation on the Kindle is excellent with good formatting and no obvious errors that I could see. The cover art is missing from the Kindle version though (although it shows up on both Kindle for PC and on my Android phone).
Overall - 5 stars! I will be reading the rest of this series very soon. I will say though that I have a huge weakness for both steampunk style books and for anything set in an alternate Victorian style setting, so you might want to download the sample and try a few pages for yourself before you decide to buy it. Personally, despite my minor petty criticisms, I absolutely loved this book!
Mr. Horrigan, who recently reviewed His Robot Wife (and is probably responsibile for a boost in sales) also reviewed The Voyage of the Minotaur. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my work. I'm very glad you liked it.