The Bookman

The Bookman #2019

The Bookman A masked terrorist has brought London to its knees there are bombs inside books and nobody knows which ones On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars by giant cannon he outdoes himse
  • Title: The Bookman
  • Author: Lavie Tidhar
  • ISBN: 9780007346615
  • Page: 134
  • Format: ebook
  • A masked terrorist has brought London to its knees there are bombs inside books, and nobody knows which ones On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars, by giant cannon, he outdoes himself with an audacious attack For young poet Orphan, trapped in the screaming audience, it seems his destiny is entwined with that of the shadowy terrorist, but how Like aA masked terrorist has brought London to its knees there are bombs inside books, and nobody knows which ones On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars, by giant cannon, he outdoes himself with an audacious attack For young poet Orphan, trapped in the screaming audience, it seems his destiny is entwined with that of the shadowy terrorist, but how Like a steam powered take on V for Vendetta, rich with satire and slashed through with automatons, giant lizards, pirates, airships and wild adventure, The Bookman is the first of a series Description from
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    Just minutes before a space cannon launches a probe to Mars, a terrorist called The Bookman kills poet Orphan s love in an explosion Orphan s quest for the truth about her death takes him below the streets of London, aboard the Nautilus with Jules Verne and Captain Nemo, and to the mysterious island home of Les Lezards, the lizard men who rule the worldOkay, now this is what all steampunk books should aspire to be What Lavie Tidhar has done in The Bookman is simply marvelous Most of the steampun [...]

    Everywhere he looked there were books.They rose into the air in majestic columns, stacks and stacks of them forming a maze that seemed to stretch to forever the stacks rose high into the air and disappeared towards the unseen ceiling The air had the overwhelming smell of old books, of polished leather and yellowing leaves, like the smell of a bookshop or a public library magnified a thousand fold Orphan is a poet, not just a poet in desire, but actually a published poet He is in love with a youn [...]

    When I first caught sight of this book cover, I was immediately taken in.I wanted to read the synopsis but felt that if I did, there was a good chance it would spoil some of the surprises for me best left for later down the road So, I didn t It was enough for me that it was steampunk, obviously influenced by Jules Verne, had airships in it, and I d accidentally caught wind that there were lizard men in it Drool.I did my research and from the reviews info I found, Lavie Tidhar, sounded like my ki [...]

    And so, not worrying about selling, not worrying about markets all the things I was doing with my aborted trilogy I began writing The Bookman.For fun.It would have all the things I love, I decided Automatons and airships, poetry and magic, the underworld, and the London sewers It would have chases and escapes And a quest, of sort, done for love.And so I wrote it Like my hero, Orphan, I did it for love And I had fun doing it It was the sort of book I could research by drinking in pubs Old pubs Ol [...]

    Rating 3 of five The Publisher Says A masked terrorist has brought London to its knees there are bombs inside books, and nobody knows which ones On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars, by giant cannon, he outdoes himself with an audacious attack.For young poet Orphan, trapped in the screaming audience, it seems his destiny is entwined with that of the shadowy terrorist, but how His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of London on the brink of revoluti [...]

    For all the steampunk fantasy I ve been recently, as well as traditional Western medieval fantasy, this was one that stood out as having its own voice, something to say about that genre, and that incorporated literature and intrigue in interesting ways It s not a perfect book, but the voice of the author is strong, and I forgive the small faults because the overall ideas and characters are so interesting Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement [...]

    2.5 3 starsI m a bit torn about _The Bookman_ On the one hand it exemplifies a lot of the key elements of steampunk One the other hand it exemplifies a lot of the key elements of steampunk Maybe I should explain.I m not quite sure where I stand in regards to steampunk as a genre In many ways it seems to me less a genre than an excuse for cosplay on the one hand and fan fiction on the other I mean once you get rid of the goggles and corsets, the airships and gears what have you really got Oftenti [...]

    When I was a kid, there was this TV special that combined a lot of the famous cartoon characters at the time The special was used as a deterrent for kids to avoid drug and alcohol use You had the likes of Alf, the Muppets and the Ninja Turtles teaming up with Bugs Bunny and others to stop a child from going down the wrong path Seeing this dream team of characters all combined on one program blew my fragile little mind.The reason I bring this up is because Lavie Tidhar does something a little si [...]

    There are a lot of good ideas in this book, but, in a way, I think that s part of its problem There are too many ideas, and it felt like the author just had to include them all.Set in an alt reality Victorian England, where Victoria, and all the royalty, are Lizards from another planet yes, boys and girls meet the Reptilian Overlords , we enter this Steampunkish world which has, in a way, simply too much tech Babbage Engines and Edison recorders and Tesla wires radios and submarines and rocket s [...]

    Set in an alternative version of 19th century earth, with a point of divergence to our timeline sometime in the early 16th century, The Bookman is without a doubt the most enjoyable, fascinating and captivating book I have read in a long time It has managed to claim the throne as my favorite steampunk novel from Moorcock s A Nomad of the Time Streams.The Bookman is steampunk on multiple levels Not only because of the plot and the world with its automatons, simulacra and the giant space cannon, i [...]

    Take authentic details from the Victorian and Edwardian Eras such as The Turk, the famous automaton chess player, activists like Isabella Beeton, the infamous and apparently ubiquitous in this style of literature Jack the Ripper, Tom Thumb of circus fame, and the works of literature by Wilde and Wordsworth, mix in ingredients as varied as Neil Gaiman s tale of British royalty involved with Cthulhu, H G Wells Island of Doctor Moreau, Jules Vernes Nautilus and Mysterious Island, Stevenson s Dr Jek [...]

    An adventurous yet literary steampunkish tale Here s what other reviewers who ve fallen for this book have said and I, for one,agree with em mostly Why Because literary and historical references and persons abound, and the intricate plot continually surprises, fun stuff But you are going to need to take along a few things to enjoy the journey Here s what I recommend An undergraduate or graduate degree in English literature or maybe just the The Oxford Companion to English LiteratureThe ability [...]

    It was the freedom that comes from lack of choice and over, was the kind that only came with decisions delayed It was a freedom of inaction.I was warned, but proceeded without caution The word twee was employed by those doubtful of my enjoymentd I agree I m sure this will be beans and toast for a large crowd, but not for me My favorite section detailed the imaginary books featured not in the weird canon but elsewhere, such as Orwell s Goldstein The need to incorporate every trope from classic fa [...]

    I should have been crazy about this book It s a steampunk book set in Victorian London in which queen Victoria is a lizard, Moriarty is the Prime Minister, lord Byron is an automaton giving readings, and the main character Orphan is friends with an old guy called Gilgamesh There are also whales in the Thames, and Jules Verne makes an appearance later on Also, the London in question is a grimy place where machines produce grit and pollute the air, and a bunch of weirdoes plotting an uprising in a [...]

    Not sure what to make of this It reminds me of a lot of other steampunk I ve read, it s fun enough as a diversion, it was an easy and a quick read it just didn t work for me, somehow The patchwork quilt of literary and historical references, the rather perfunctory love story, heck, the rather perfunctory main characterThere s a lot of fun to be had here, in the adventure plot and the wild sequence of ideas, but it s not something I could really take seriously, somehow I was reminded a lot of my [...]

    Although there were plenty of cool things going on in this book a lot of things I liked quite a bit , and plenty of action scenes, I was never truly swept up in the adventure I m not sure why Perhaps it s because the protagonist was of a puppet than a character with any real agency I do understand this fit thematically chess, pawns, etc , but it still may have contributed to my lack of investment Will I read the next book in the series Perhaps.

    I m hesitant about proclaiming love for historical fiction To me it s just a genre that can be so hard to get right Take too many liberties, and it s not really historical any , is it But don t take enough liberties, try to follow the actual course of history as best we know it too slavishly, and then it s not really fiction The best historical fiction is the kind that follows the main narrative but tries to give the reader a glimpse at the people behind the dates and events, makes them come ali [...]

    I read the 2nd book in the Bookman Histories, Camera Obscura, last year and really enjoyed it I was excited to go back and read the book that started it all Unfortunately this book was just okay for me I had trouble engaging with the characters and the story just seemed to drag on and on.I listened to this on audiobook which I do not recommend The narrator distinguished between voices of different characters well, but his choices for voices were often shrill and obnoxious There were character vo [...]

    Steampunk is a genre tag that is very popular with publishers, and also apparently readers, so they love to slap it on any fantasy that is set around the Victorian period Most of these books don t fit the title as they don t feature any punk aspects to them The Bookman is a Steampunk novel in the true sense of the word as it literally features punks within its story, although this might be we suspect a wink towards said genre title.The other aspect of punk, the underclass rebellious society is a [...]

    This book I picked up along with the other two in the Bookman series was a gamble partly because the cover looked interesting and partly from the sheer scope and audacity of the preface of the story Well what did I think okay I can say that there are a lot of comments and opinions about this books and the series in general and so far I can see reasons for most of them yes the story does shift gears from fast to slow in stages to the point where you find yourself dragging through pages of nothing [...]

    In all, I don t think this was a bad read It was a bit confusing at times, and I was a bit confused as to why there were lizards everywhere, but it seems like it s an ode to the love of books I liked the name dropping of famous authors and iconic characters, and there s some flip flopping of roles of those characters You ll appreciate the Robert Louis Stevenson nod, the dig at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and other classical authors.

    This is yet another great release from Angry Robot Books It was purchased for the price of 99p from UK That is less that a cup of coffee, less even than a vote for Britain s got talent This book is so cheap I almost feel guilty.Lavie Tidhar is an interesting person to follow on Twitter, or to read short stories by I don t always agree with what he says, but he is nearly always thought provoking.This book is different from all the other Angry Robot books I have read so far Normally there is a rea [...]

    To put it plainly, this novel offers a smorgasbord of steampunk goodness Zeppelins, automatons, floating islands, cannon fired space flight, lizard people, and a countless array of literary cameos from the Victorian and Edwardian eras Oh, and somewhere in all that there is a sweeping adventure.Orphan is a young poet, hopelessly in love with Lucy, who is set to take part in the launching ceremony of the first venture in unmanned spaceflight But, a notorious terrorist known only as the Bookman sab [...]

    3.5 stars I went in prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt because I d read a bit of the author s short fiction and knew he was both very creative and also capable of writing things that could be very touching And I d read some really stellar reviews of his books, this one included Which was good that I was prepared to give it some time because it started off really weird Alice in Wonderland weird, with all kinds of historical and literary references and talking lizards ruling England and [...]

    Just finished this novel and it s superb a cross of steampunk lizard invasion a la Turtledove Victoriana with a London cca 1890 1900 where Professor Moriarty that one is Prime Minister at the court of the Calibanic Kings Queen Victoria is now from the lizard race who were discovered revived by Amerigo Vespucci on his return voyage from Vespucciana ie America which today is still a land of the indigenous people with some colonists, and whom took power in England aka The Everlasting Empire with Wi [...]

    This was such an odd tale, by turns strange, chock full of literary references, and compelling The setting is an alternative Victorian London in which sentient lizards from a mysterious island have taken over the crown, automatons are commonplace, and the title character is a terrorist using books as bombs The protagonist is the oddly named Orphan who loses his lover to one of the Bookman s bombs and sets off to find the elusive character It s a strange trip filled with characters borrowed from [...]

    Judge a book by its cover This book is going to be exciting and awesome Look at the airship, and the people running or fighting, or something Its just a really cool cover I like the silhouettes and the lighting, and it just makes me want to read this book I wanted to like this, because hey, its a steampunk book with lots of literary characters, where some of the main conflict is about books Yay But it just never hit home for me Instead of a book like Thursday Next, where literary characters beco [...]

    Need a taste of some steampunk goodness Try The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar.Imagine a Victorian England with blimps dotting the sky, Automatons roaming the streets, and brushing elbows with legends from historical fact and fiction That, and reptilian royalty, is the background for The Bookman The story is very much what you will find in classical heroic fiction Our Arthurian like protagonist, by the name of Orphan, is propelled into the mystery while seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend [...]

    Probably 2.5 stars.I really wanted to like this book, I promise Yet, I just didn t really care that much about it I m actually kind of surprised I finished it The Bookman has some of the fun elements of steampunk, many neat references to literature, plenty of action each chapter ending in a little cliff hanger However, the story is a hot mess hard to follow, many rabbit trails that lead nowhere, a protagonist that stumbles through the entire book as a pawn , unaware of what s going on That s a p [...]

    Somewhere before the midpoint, the story s literary and historical Easter eggs become an actual distraction, and every name and title becomes a temptation for a look up on Google Many of them _The Book of Three_, Princess Irulan, Kilgore Trout are not appropriate to the genre or nominal historical period and this comes off as too witty by half When done well as the offhand mention to Doctors Jekyll, Narbondo, Mabuse, Moreau, West p 106 , this is good, intelligent stuff But not to the extent that [...]

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