Ghosts of Manhattan

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Ghosts of Manhattan INTRODUCING THE WORLD S FIRST STEAMPUNK SUPERHERO New York The Roaring Twenties Jazz Flappers Prohibition Coal powered cars A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe
  • Title: Ghosts of Manhattan
  • Author: George Mann
  • ISBN: 9781906727161
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • INTRODUCING THE WORLD S FIRST STEAMPUNK SUPERHERO 1926 New York The Roaring Twenties Jazz Flappers Prohibition Coal powered cars A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe.
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    The year is 1926 and the USA is in a Cold War with Britan Masked vigilante The Ghost is on the trail of a crime boss called The Roman Can he evade police long enough to catch The Roman and put a stop to his reign of terror The easiest way to sum up Ghosts of Manhattan is to say Steampunk Batman That s what it is It s very much a Batman story with steampunk trappings And the trappings are minimal If minor details were changed, it could have easily taken place in our 1926.I have to admit I almost [...]

    Do you like noir, pulp, The Shadow, Watchmen, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, steampunk decopunk, Sin City, and Batman Then I have a feeling that you ll love getting to know The Ghost, our lead character and vigilante of Ghosts of Manhattan The story moves along at a lightning fast pace and it s a lot of fun, especially when it comes to the fight and chase scenes The only down side is the characters, they were a little too flat when it came down to it The tale is very visual and I think i [...]

    Spoilers Well, sort of Honestly, it s not like you re going to be that surprised Because this book often shows up on essential dieselpunk reading lists even though the jacket claims it s the first steampunk superhero a claim completely unsubstantiated anywhere in its 230 pages , I a sort of dieselpunk cadet wanted to like it But as it all too frequently happens these days with subgenres trying to find their niche audience, the otherwise appropriate pieces never quite come together to form a cohe [...]

    If I wanted to read Batman fanfiction, I could probably find better fic on the Internet for free.While the book is set in an old tymey steampunk universe, everything else is straight from the DC Batman universe, coated with a quick and slapdash coat of paint I do not know whether this is merely a steampunk AU fanfic with the serial numbers filed off, or if it was an official Elseworlds script submission which DC turned down, but either way, it s still Batman, albeit in the Witness Protection Pro [...]

    So this is how I end up spending my Sunday I knew I wanted to read I just didnt realise how much.So the book well the first challenge is to say what genre it draws from which is easier said than done There is noir detection, alternate history, science fiction, urban fantasy and those are the ones I recognise I am sure people can add to them But what of the story well I guess with this many genres the author can pretty much do what he likes and knows that its acceptable under what ever moniker h [...]

    For George Mann s sake, I m glad that I have a tendency to purchase all of the books in a series when I decide to read the first one He gets my commission, as does my local store These are both good things But never have I felt so embarrassed to read a novel since I was a kid first realizing that YA stories no longer held my attention or demanded my suspension of disbelief And those were the well constructed stories.I don t like to write negative reviews of anything at all, so I ll keep this sho [...]

    Ghost of Manhattan is George Mann s melding of the pulp genre with that of steampunk Set in an America embroiled in a cold war with the British Empire, it is a world of coal powered cars, bi planes taking off from building tops on rockets, of mobsters and of.The Ghost.The book centres on the vigilante The Ghost and his attempts to thwart the schemes of the insidious mob boss known as The Roman Armed with a plethora of customised weaponry, he sets out each night to tackle the criminal element wit [...]

    The back copy sold me on this book new york in the twenties, with a steampunk spin and a villain called the Roman leaving freshly minted ancient coins on his victims eyes.We are introduced to the hero, the vigilante named the Ghost , as he overcomes a band of hoods who work for the Roman Shortly thereafter we meet a Gatsby like character named Gabriel Cross who seemed to be his alter ego, only the author seemed to be trying to make me think he wasn t the Ghost, and then eventually just assumed I [...]

    Ghosts of Manhattan was a lot of fun Unlike a lot of pulp homages, Mann doesn t try to echo the clunky dialogue and purple prose of the originals Instead, he makes his book feel the way we remember the pulps feeling, concentrating on reminding us of the best qualities fast pacing, larger than life weird action instead of the worst.I did wonder if too much information was saved until the final chapters, but ultimately, I think he did just enough foreshadowing to set everything up I really enjoyed [...]

    Picked up for a pittance in a charity shop somewhere, so utterly awful that I may just bin it rather than have the possibility of someone else reading it sitting on my conscience.Stylistically it nearly made me weep, for a book that steals so much from The Great Gatsby you d hope the author would take than a few characters and a setting and learn a little from his prose.Also Alan Moore did the whole Cthulu erupts into high society thing a lot better in one of his League of Extraordinary Gentlem [...]

    Added the book to my own 2010 book of the year list Ghosts of Manhattan is an intoxicating, gorgeous, action packed, adventurous, most entertaining, steampunk hero graphic novel without graphics.You like heroes and steampunk Then read Ghosts of Manhattan.Read my full review over at Edi s Book Lighthouse

    3.5 starsGeorge Mann bring together steampunk and superheroes in a 1920 s New York city that reflects our own but is from a distinctly unique history Mann has seemingly moved his steampunk world of Newbury and Hobbs ahead a few decades and across the Atlantic The story follows the tale of The Ghost and his escapades against a gangster bad guy called The Roman The tale is dark and noir compared to the Newbury and Hobbs stories, and pulpy Neither is a bad thing, but I did not find this book as s [...]

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally This latest title by our buddies at Pyr has a killer concept, one that s almost impossible to pass up basically, imagine The Shadow of 1920s pulp fiction, but if his secret identity happened to be Jay Gatsby, the whole story taking place in a steampunk noirpunk alt history New York, a tech forward place full of holo [...]

    Moving ahead several decades and continents in his steampunk universe serves George Mann well in this book which is a mix of superhero story think Batman and noir The book is a pretty interesting read until the end Mann has knack for writing crazy fight and chase sequences in this book it s a bi plane fight The pace of most of the book is good, mixing the right amount of action and introspection.Where the book lost me and this is why I m giving it 3 stars instead of 4 is in the final few chapter [...]

    A fast, furious and ultra entertaining read set in the alt steampunk universe of the author s superb series Newbury and Hobbes but some decades later and in NYC rather than London while Ghosts is as pure superhero adventure as it gets with clear cut heroes and villains, gadgets steampunk here , non stop action, high body count and minimal plot, so it lacks the subtlety of Affinity Bridge and Osiris Ritual, the engaging direct style of Mr Mann makes it work superbly and you cannot help but root f [...]

    Steampunk, alternate history, a hero who hides in the shadows of the world s most famous city This had all the elements of what could have been a great book, but it just sort of fell flat.None of the characters were really fleshed out enough to care about, and the reveal of the Ghost s true identity just didn t work for me It was too sudden and didn t make sense as presented Everything wrapped up too easily, and the main love interest s involvement in the whole plot seemed to just be sort of thr [...]

    Ghosts of Manhattan was a fairly short book I picked up based entirely on the cover art and short description on the back, and turned out pretty good The story takes place in a re imagined Steampunk style 20s, and is essentially a superhero detective story The story follows the jaded but dedicated Detective Donovan, and the vigilante The Ghost who acts as the sort of anti hero with no problem massacring a whole room of people, so long as they are armed and trying to kill him back The story is a [...]

    I ve been lukewarm to George Mann s Victorian steampunk novels set in London, finding them mostly adequate quick paced but a bit flat and somewhat too beholden to cinematic clich They are intermittently entertaining and lively, but never quite get all the way to good Mann s new novel, Ghosts of Manhattan, is similar, but set in America this time It s perhaps a step above the London novels in quality.It s 1926 and America is in a cold war with a British Empire that still stretches over much of th [...]

    I ve really enjoyed George Mann s Newberry Hobbes series of Steampunk novels, but this is in nowhere near the same class.There are elements of a steampunk setting about this book, though nowhere near as well realised as his other books Ghosts of Manhattan is set a little later in time 1930s and is obviously a riff on the Green Hornet and early Batman tales Our central character is another vigilante playboy with a twisted past.I found the whole thing a little tedious and never really felt that th [...]

    I was fascinated by the premise of the world this book was set in but found the overall execution anaemic at best Character development wavered somewhere between schizophrenic and non existent, the world that held such promise was poorly described and never really came to life for me The plot itself careened between overly predictable and wildly illogical, and the prose was a giant ball of meh.I really wanted to love this book, but I never got anywhere with it I don t regret reading it suspect t [...]

    Taking a break from his previous creations Newbury Hobbes, here Mann rolls his steampunk universe a couple of decades into its future, to Manhattan in the mid twenties, instantly rejuvenating his own world Genre fusing pulp vigilantes into his steampunk world, he launches into an action packed adventure dotted through with gangsters, molls, biplane battles, and the supernatural It s a fun ride, though could have perhaps benefited from a gradual denouement of the plot, rather than saving all the [...]

    Ghosts of Manhattan promises a blend of superheroism and steampunk but it falls very short of the mark on both The steampunk gadgets seem to be a tacked on afterthought, the world building is sparse, and the characters are even even less detailed You never care about The Ghost, his vendetta against The Roman, and would be better off reading a Batman book for story The novel also suffers from some seriously clunky dialogue that may recall the format of pulp novels, but it comes off as cliche oft [...]

    You know who the Ghost is right from the start The story is told from three POVs not the first person narrative the Ghost, an honest cop and Gabriel Cross Someone is killing well known people all over the city leaving them in such a state that they are stripped of all their dignity The main suspect is a man known only as the Roman The Ghost is trying to purge the city of such evil.

    George Mann is the author of many novels for Titan Books Ghosts of War, Ghosts of Karnak, Ghosts of Empire The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes, The Executioner s Heart A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation, The Revenant Express, Sherlock Holmes The Will of the Dead and Sherlock Holmes The Spirit Box.What if history as we know it had been different In 1926 New York City, it s the time of the roaring twenties where coal run cars and zeppelins and biplanes watch over the citizens of the city America is [...]

    Gotta say, I liked it Not perfect, and is basically like Batman but with somehow even less of a moral compass I m interested to see where this is all headed and if the thing at the end ties into anything in later books Not the obvious sequel hook, but the actual climax I would hope it somehow does Anyways it s a fun and pretty fast read, can get a bit repetitive at times, and I liked Celeste but still thought the relationship there was a bit silly, it s all keeping in the sort of silly grimness [...]

    My goodness I did struggle to finish this one off, though I have read it before, courtesy of my excellent local library.You see, there s Steampunk which has been described as Victorian Science Fiction, and now there s Decopunk which takes us forward to the 1920s punked up People still ride about in airships, but the cigarettes are self lighting, the cars are steam driven, the jazz is hot and the cocktails chilled.And the hoodlums are being hunted down by a black coated, red goggled eyed vigilant [...]

    Gabriel Cross is leading a dual life By outward appearances he is the playboy, always partying, always throwing around his cash, unconcerned by the world around him But inside he is haunted by the war he fought in and almost died in He will not let New York sink into a city on the brink with the cops being controlled by the mob With the mob being controlled by the worst mobster of them all, the elusive Roman Splitting his time between his lounge chair and the rooftops of the city, The Ghost as t [...]

    originally posted at thebookplank 2014I have had the pleasure of reading some of George Mann s Sherlock and Newbury and Hobbes books and I have to say I was and still am impressed his writing is very good and addictive Luckily for me Titan is reissuing his The Ghost series over the course of 2014 2015, and this means reading adventures This series does fall a bit in the lines of the detective adventures of Newbury and Hobbes and Sherlock but instead of taking place in Victorian London, the stor [...]

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