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The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation (Newbury & Hobbes, 1) Paperback – April 27, 2010
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“Steampunk is making a comeback, and with this novel Mann is leading the charge….An engaging melodrama that rattles along at a breakneck pace.” ―The Guardian
“Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK movers and shakers.Tremendous fun. Mann writes great chase scenes! [The Affinity Bridge] marks George Mann as a writer of enormous promise.” ―SFRevu
“Excellent world building; captures the Sherlock Holmes feel; never a boring passage.A hugely entertaining book.” ―SFSignal
“An enormous pile of awesome.” ―Chris Roberson, World Fantasy Award Finalist and Sideways Award Winner
About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765323222
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765323224
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.76 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will get the next book in the series, in the hopes that the author may improve. I do like the framework of events at least that much.
The book was an enjoyable read. I did not expect much more than I got: an entertaining tale with plot elements I generally enjoy (Not-quite-Zombies, Steampunk, light sexual tension, Zepplins, et al.) The Affinity Bridge went very quickly (as Kindle books often do I have found for some reason), and I completed it in a single (albeit off-work) day not spent obsessively reading. At the same time, much of the critique of the reviews herein are accurate, and had I read them I may not have purchased the book. More would have been my loss though for the purpose of the purchase (light reading).
I gritted my teeth at some of the things written about in other reviews: particularly the modernisms and the somewhat ham-handed writing techniques scattered here and there through the text. If the infodump at the first crime scene had been in the preview I'm not certain I would have picked it up -- thankfully that was the most egregious violation (for me) and not typical. The stock characters were less of an issue for me than for some other reviewers; I didn't expect each character to lift off of the page on wings of originality, it is not that sort of book. The two main characters are a bit more than half-pastiche but with enough to distinguish them to make them interesting. The female character fits well into the Neo-Victorian model of a female protagonist. I do not expect her to act as a woman of the era; I would not want to read *that* book quite frankly. The male character is only tantalizingly Holmesian, with some of Holmes less savory habits to make his character have exploitable weaknesses but hardly the Holmesian full-bore pastiche. Sigerson Holmes maybe, but not Sherlock.
Again, after reading some of the Reviews, I am glad I opted not to look at them in the first place. Despite the fact that I gritted my teeth a few times I enjoyed the read. It was not a book I would call a "new essential", but I do look forward to the next Newberry & Hobbes and will certainly purchase it in a $9.99 (or less) Kindle edition.
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There were occasional typographical mistakes in the Kindle edition. I could not tell either were or were not present in the hardtext: some od dspaci ng here and there but not too bad. I don't want to overstate this observation because I have seen some truly horrible examples and this was not one of them. Perhaps because I have seen such shoddyness frequently in Kindle Editions I have become a bit inured. Maybe I should be more cranky about them however as this is not a good thing. While I like getting Kindle Editions, they save me from storing the dead tree yada yada, the errors in the text of all-too many Kindle Editions are simply outrageous and could have been easily (and quickly) fixed. Here they are more infrequent annoyances than killers.
For example: The original text of the Affinity Bridge must have had Drop Caps because the first letter of each chapter (and only that thank goodness, not every scene change)is bold and hangs out in its own line. Doubtless the book was sent through "Ye Olde Standard Kindle-izer Programme" and dropped on Amazon without really looking at it. I know there are a lot of books to check, but c'mon guys The first line of every single Chapter? I use Mobicreator to transfer files to a Kindle-capable format myself, and I know that these sort of translation programs can produce unpredictable results, but geez this is a product you want me to spend money on. Get it right even if the costs are lower than paper versions.
I'm just guessing here, but nobody looked at this one at all. With all the added new content on Amazon, I sort of give their staff a pass (emphasis on "sort of"), but I'll make this a call to all publishers (and indeed Authors): Please take a look at these before you send them out. Even a cursory examination would have been able to spot some of these issues and allow the work as a whole to have a more professional appearance. It is truly in your best interest as the Author or Publisher to get the book out in the right shape.
Do not get me wrong though review-reader, this book was not the worst violator I have seen. In fact, credit is due in part: I do give "you" (whomever prepped the Kindle Edition) kudos for the chapters being already separated properly (I did not have to bookmark each as I must all-too often). This is a frequent mistake in Kindle Editions. Having the Chapters "pre-tagged" really helps, please keep that up.
Things I didn't like: the plot is very predictable, and is not really complex. George Mann tries to draw a detective with Sherlock Holmes features, but never get even close. What is going on in the plot and how the characters resolve it look childish, and ingenuous. I expected more in this aspect. Let's hope the next book is more brain-challenging.
In Summary, worth to give a try, at the very least, because not very many good steampunk stories are made.