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I love George Mann's series of Newbury And Hobbes steampunk novels. They are well written and accurately capture the feeling of the dark part of the Victorian age. The hero and heroine solve dastardly crimes while dealing with their own addictions and/or deception and they always come out on top. The stories are very enjoyable and a compelling read.
Newbury becoming a more complex character, and as always, well described action sequences. But, there's no plot! It's a series of "Receive a note", "jump in a cab", "fend off some threat", "observe a death", and "back to base" - over and over again. Only the many, interchangable butlers and staff have any integrity.
After what feels like a longer break than it probably was, perfectly mannered steampunk adventurers Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes romp back in a new full length adventure. It's a delight to see them again, and although the plot here is a little thin, there is a real sense of their Victorian world becoming murkier and more sinister than it ever has been before. Dark forces gather in the background, and it is they more than the Executioner of the title that apply pressures that make this a breathless and often claustrophobic turn.
For Newbury and Hobbes read Blackwood and Harrington ( by Alan K Baker). This is a steam punk yarn featuring an aristocratic detective and his attractive female assistant, who he obviously lusts after, but never touches - in the best Victorian manner. In this case they pursue a serial killer with a mechanical heart which has rendered her heartless (sic.) The plot is fairly predictable, but is none the less well written and makes for a relaxing read.
Better than the privious one. Really liekd the character of the executioner and how Newbury is being developd and portrayed. Excellent descriptive parts as in the Crystal Palace exhibition which really give you the right feel of a Steampunk story. Looking forward to the fifth.