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Publisher's Summary

Late Extra! Bomb outrage in London!
When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself....
©2012 Lavie Tidhar (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces." (The Guardian)
"This is a steampunk gem...Bring on a sequel, Tidhar! I'm craving to know what happens after the ending!" (SFF World)
"The Bookman pokes at the fat and waddled body of steampunk with its walking cane and leaves it on the roadside with its fresh take on Victorian London without losing any steam on its way" (Loudmouth Man)
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By Jim N on 05-02-17

Strange and Ambitious

The Bookman, like many other "steampunk" novels, draws it's inspiration from the work of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and other Victorian-era authors. There's a dash of Edgar Rice Burroughs in this novel as well and Lavie Tidhar references real historical figures (Verne himself makes an appearance), machines, etc. He's thrown all of these influences and inspirations in a literary blender and come up with a novel I found simultaneously original and inevitably derivative. At times it works swimmingly. Tidhar writes with flair and the story moves at a rapid pace. However, I could never quite connect with the book's protagonist, Orphan and the book incorporates so many disparate-but-familiar elements that I'm afraid it all felt a little too contrived in the end. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining and valiant effort, a love letter to some of the works I most enjoyed reading when I was growing up, and the audiobook is well read by narrator Jonathan Keeble.

I rated it 3 stars but I'd give it 3.5 if that was an option.

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By Greg on 08-15-16

Fantastic Adventure

The story was engaging, a perfect boys adventure story. The narration was simply brilliant! I will look for this narrator again

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By Graeme from Preston on 01-15-15

Mysterious parallel dimension adventure

The world of fictitious characters mingles with historical personages providing a vivid backdrop for an adventure to find out what is real and what is fiction.

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