Sunday, 1 May 2011

Infernal Devices - K W Jeter - Book Review

Title: Infernal Devices
Author: K W Jeter
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date: 2011 (1987)
Format: Ebook - PDF
Pages: 352
Genre: Steampunk/Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from NetGalley

HE INHERITED A WATCHMAKER'S STORE - AND A WHOLE HEAP OF TROUBLE. But idle sometime-musician George has little talent for clockwork. And when a shadowy figure tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue. A genuine lost classic, a steampunk original whose time has come. (Goodreads Synopsis)

For the first chapter or so, I really wasn't sure that I was going to like this book, but then suddenly the story grabbed hold of me and I was completely entranced.

There is plenty of action in this fast paced novel and the main character is extremely likeable and well-rounded, which helps draw the reader in.

Jeter was the one who coined the term 'steampunk' and there are so many great elements in this tale: historical setting, mechnical devises, glimpses of the future, supernatural creatures. It is packed full of wonderful visions and excitement.

I liked how the style of the prose was very old-fashioned and Victorian as it really helped to set the scene and establish the time period. It also added a certain weight to the events as they unfolded.

Another excellent feature of this book is the way Jeter lulls the reader into a sense of security -  thinking they know what is happening and who is who - then shocks with a sudden plot twist that you didn't see coming.

This is a great read for any steampunk fans as well as anyone who enjoys a good adventure story with a hint of mystery.

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