Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

2013
Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

This book was far outside my normal reading, and that novelty may be a large contributing factor towards how much I enjoyed it.  Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl is a Steampunk novel, set, of course, in Victorian England – specifically 1890.  The author, David Barnett, presents an alternate history that includes Pulp-Adventurers, Bram Stoker, Elizabeth Bathory, Frog-man Mummies, Jack the Ripper, an Automaton, and many more amusing or terrible characters.  

 

The story revolves around 20-something Gideon Smith who is trying to solve the disappearance of his fisherman father.  In the course of this, he is swept up into incredible conspiracies and he encounters fantastic Steampunk technology. This is definitely just a light albeit exciting read, and I easily imagined the exploits being put to film.  A word of warning, however: one character regularly engages in swearing, mock-swearing, and sexual language, so if that is a problem you will want to steer clear.

 

I will be doing a saved search with an email alert in InfoSoup for the words ‘gideon smith david barnett’ to make sure I don’t miss any other books that may likely follow in a series.

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