Infernal Devices

  • by K. W. Jeter
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When George’s father died, he left his son a watchmaker’s shop - and a whole lot more. But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices. When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, wild music, and sexual intrigue.

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What the Critics Say

“This is the real thing - a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys and windblown Scottish Isles.... A wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.” (James P. Blaylock)

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First is not always best

Written in 1987 this is suppose to be the first steampunk novel and Jeter is suppose to be the one who coined the term. You find this out in the introduction. Unfortunately the introduction was the most interesting part of the book. I wanted to like this book after having read Jeter's "Farewell Horizontal". That was a book with a lots of imagination and it kept my attention. This book has imagination, but could not keep my attention.

I found that my mind kept wondering off. I tried hard several times to bring myself back to the plot, but could not keep it there. I did find the use of language to be charming, it just was not enough.

I don't know actually what you call it, but he uses the ploy where certain characters know things that the main character and you the reader are trying to figure out, but they are always putting him off. "Come back tomorrow at midnight and I will tell you." He comes back at midnight and the character is dead.

When ever the character gets into trouble he is miraculously rescued.

The narrator is good and I have heard him read other books and I have not had the mind wondering problem.

If Farewell Horizontal comes out in audio, get that.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

The Original Steampunk

J.K. Jeter first coined the term "Steampunk" in a bar with Tim Powers and J.P. Blaylock as the trio discussed the Neo-Victorian novels they were planning to write. Jeter then cemented the word in a letter to Locus magazine describing Infernal Devices and the rest is history: an artistic sub genre was born!

Infernal Devices is the first steampunk novel (not counting the works for Wells & Verne) and this production was definitely tailored for those wanting to learn more about Jeter's unintentional pop-culture movement. The narration is exquisite and the novel itself is a fun adventure story, but don't expect any deep thinking to result from it alone; Jeter had no clue what exactly he had created with this one. Overall, if you're curious about the history of Steampunk, you won't do much better than this. Highly recommended!
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- David S. Mathew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2011
  • Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio