Top critical review
Disappointment. Does NOT live up to the hype.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2017
I did not read it when it originally came out. I’m an avid reader of Sci Fi, but prefer hard science fiction.
This book is often referenced as a major influence in the steampunk genre and “culture”. So I thought I’d better read it.
Wow… major disappointment. Characters introduced and fleshed out early in the book then disappear and are literally only seen once again in passing by another character. The book wanders all over, making use of frankly unbelievably complex mechanical devices.
It looks like the authors never decided where the book was going, but wrote it anyway. I really had to slog through to the end, and wish I had not wasted my time. It feels like sections from several separate unfinished books were put together and a poor ending tacked on.
I've read other books by these authors and been entertained, so I have no idea what happened with this book.