Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review - Mind the Gap

Always assume there's someone after you. That was the paranoid wisdom her mother had hardwired into Jasmine Towne ever since she was a little girl. Now, suddenly on her own, Jazz is going to need every skill she has ever been taught to survive enemies both seen and unseen. For her mother had given Jazz one last invaluable piece of advice, written in her own blood.   Jazz Hide Forever    All her life Jazz has known them only as the "Uncles," and her mother seemed to fear them as much as depend on them. Now these enigmatic, black-clad strangers are after Jazz for the reasons she can't fathom, and her only escape is to slip into the forgotten tunnels of London's vast underground. Here she will meet a tribe of survivors calling themselves the United Kingdom and begin an adventure that links her to the ghosts of a city long past, a father she never knew, and a destiny she fears only slightly less than the relentless killers who'd commit any crime under heaven or earth to prevent her from fulfilling it.

Mind the Gap in the first of the Hidden Cities series by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. Let just say it is amazing. From the first page this story grips you. Jazz finds out from the very beginning with the death of her mother, that she cannot trust anyone. She takes to the Underground where she meets Harry and the United Kingdom, a group of lost kids. There is a feel of Oliver Twist to the United Kingdom.

The story continues to have twists and turns, with the introduction of new characters that must help Jazz embrace her destiny. There are heart breaking losses, but all are necessary for Jazz to reach her goal.

All in all this is a wonderful read and I can't wait to read the next in the series, The Map of Moments.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Review Whitechapel Gods

Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters is the first steampunk book I have read. Peters paints a world where the sun never penetrates the smog, and the villains never seem to die. There are two gods that rule the closed off world of Whitechapel, Grandfather Clock and Mama Engine. Grandfather clock is all about things working in harmony. Mama Engine is all about desires.

The main characters are trying to put the control of Whitechapel back into the hands of men, battling monsters beyond imagination. These monsters are men who have by turning to worship the two gods are transformed into part man part machines, with oil and blood in their veins. The followers of Mama Engine have furnaces burning inside, while Grandfather Clocks' have steel and steam.

There is also a strange disease that is attacking the regular masses. The disease is turning ordinary people into part machine part humans, with no cure in sight.

The uprisers have insurmountable odds to overcome before the end of the battle.

All in all Peters has written an excellent tale of man versus cult mentality, with a healthy dose of the dehumanizing effect of the Industrial Revolution.

Whitechapel Gods

Thursday, March 3, 2011

World Book Day

In honor of World Book Day I have decided to share my love of books with the world. This blog is devoted to book reviews and recommendations. After I have done this for a while, I will start doing author interviews as well.

To start, I am currently reading Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters published by ROC. Expect a review in a couple of days.