CAN T FIND A RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO A MYSTERY CALL IN THE QUIET COUNCIL The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself.File Under Steampunk Alternate History Reptilian Royalty Murder Most Foul The Worlds Fair...
|Title||:||Camera Obscura (The Bookman Histories)|
|Publisher||:||Angry Robot April 26, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||564 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Camera Obscura (The Bookman Histories) Reviews
Good read, fun
This book is pulp fiction at its worst. While I've enjoyed a decent amount of pulp in the past due to its raw/unpolished and somewhat experimental nature, this felt like the author was trying to use unusual writing techniques for the sake of having them. For instance, he uses a device where you only read one side of the conversation. Usually this is implemented when one person is observing someone on the phone as a writing device to possibly hide information. Tidhar uses it in the second half of a conversation and hides what the protagonist is saying. The transition in styles felt abrupt and unsettling. I can only guess this is to make Lady seem that much more awesome since the reader would mentally insert the greatest interrogation they could come up with, but it just felt fake and more like the author was incapable of coming up with something on their own. Also starting all of the dialogue with '[name] said "..."' is pretty dumb. I realize that the author is trying to stand out, but being unique doesn't mean being better. In this case, it means being worse. Much much worse.
I have a few problems with an otherwise strong story. First--de Winter is not a very likable character. She callously bullies her way through murder investigations she may or may not even have jurisdiction over. She threatens people, she destroys evidence, and is so intent on getting answers she has the body of one of the murder victims mutilated and forces the dead woman's daughter to look at it to shock her into coughing up what she knows. She never shows any remorse for these actions. Therefore, when Milady is brutally tortured later in the story, I did not feel bad for her.
I got an e-galley of this book through NetGalley.com. I was drawn to the interesting description and the mysterious title of the book. This was an absolutely fantastic book, but definitely not something everyone will enjoy. Those who like quirky characters and worlds that are gritty and a bit ambiguous will find a lot here to love. Those who like their stories happy with well-defined storylines should probably look elsewhere. I didn't know it when I picked this up but this is the second book in this series: the first is