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doc Î reader Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl ✓ 9780765334244 Free ¼ David Barnett ↠ Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire Airships ply the skies and ueen Victoria presides over three uarters of the known world—including the East CoasEnny dreadful” When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him Gideon sets off for London On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniuities Together they make for London where Gideon finally meets Captain TriggerBut Trigger is little than an aging fraud providing cove Originally reviewed at BookwraithsThis steampunk book has it allYou want a cool Victorian setting No problemYou want vampires and mummies running amok They are everywhereDirigibles sky pirates treasure pyramids Mr Barnett gives them to youAdventure fighting ancient mysteries love stories between unlikely people Its all in the bookThe story itself begins in a tiny fishing village in Victorian England where our unlikely hero Gideon Smith finds himself an orphan after the mysterious death at sea of his fisherman father And though no one believes him Gideon knows it was no accidental death but the work of some diabolical creature and he vows to follow in the footsteps of Captain Lucian Trigger the hero of his favorite penny dreadful and avenge his fatherBefore Gideon can actually begin his uest for vengeance however he crosses paths with an aspiring author; none other than Bram Stoker who appears to believe Gideon’s story of monsters preying on the living but seems much interested in the eerie similarity between the fate of Gideon’s father and another local shipwreck A shipwreck where all aboard were dead or missing except a huge black hound that escaped and which reeks of vampires to Mr StokerNo matter their different agendas however these unlikely companions gradually discover that Gideon’s monsters and Stoker’s vampires are two sides of the same coin – though neither are what they appear to be But that realization is just the tip of the iceberg as soon our comrades discover that foul business abounds everywhere government conspiracies ancient Egyptian curses and diabolical villains And to Gideon it soon seems he is living a story straight out of the pages of a penny dreadfulAnd that mechanical girl mentioned in the titleShe is here each wondrous tube and clockwork gear Soon you will find Maria one of the most fascinating characters in the book likable and sympathetic mysterious but so familiar Her growing realization of herself as a true person and her relationship with Gideon always enjoyable But even though she follows along behind Gideon in his adventure his journey is not hers for Maria is a person seeking answers and understanding about who and what she is not a heroine fighting villainy – though she does that as wellAnd the steampunk Victorian settingIt is the wondrous backdrop upon which all of Gideon’s adventures are played out A fantastical alternate universe where gears and gadgetry abound And Mr Barnett fills every nook and cranny of his steampunk world with morsels of marvelous history and fantastical machines; each tidbit contributing as much to the enjoyment of the story as do the actual characters Indeed it is one of the most fully imagined steampunk worlds that I have read aboutTo sum up this novel is best described as a grand mixture of Victorian Indiana Jones old fashioned horror story and alternative history fantasy A tale which takes its heroes from the uiet seashore of Gideon’s home to the mean streets of steampunk London from the land of clockwork taxis to the mysterious sands of Egypt from the soaring heights of the dirigibles to the claustrophobic darkness of ancient pyramids from the shadowy depths of the vampire lair to the musty chamber of the mummies It’s the story of a young man discovering that heroes are not always what you envisioned them to be and a mechanical girl who finds that being human is than looking like one or having a few scattered memories It’s a search that brings to light a different side of vampires even when they don’t sparkle and shows the ancient cruelty of mummies too long dead But ultimately this book is about one thing nonstop fun

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R for the covert activities of his lover Dr John Reed a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the daybut can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the EmpireDavid Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop the ultimate Victorianasteampunk mash This one’s for anyone who ever wanted their fictional heroes to be real Do you know how many people look for 221B Baker Street as though it’s a historical site Well David Barnett’s Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl uses something of that idea to send the eponymous Gideon Smith rushing from venue to venue like something out of a Jules Verne adventure Along the way he sprinkles in historical characters such as Bram Stoker and Annie Crook romantic relationship with Prince Albert and fictional characters like Count Dracula although there’s a bit of a twist in this one and Varney the Vampyre the villain of a serialized gothic horror story There are references to Edgar Rice Burroughs an airship named the John Carter and H P Lovecraft a story called “The Shadow over Faxmouth” rather than “The Shadow over Innsmouth” If you get the idea that Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is full of cleverness you would be correctImagine on at least one level the film Her set in a steampunk version of an English empire where the sun still never sets Sure there are still the pulp stand by tropes of secret Egyptian cults vampires secret government plots and “mad” scientists conveniently named Einstein too but Barnett isn’t afraid to delve into the human condition as well What makes one human Is it a capacity for love Is it a modicum of courage and determination to resist forces attempting to bend one to their will Is it the ability to know when to be flexible during shifting circumstances Is it the ability to pass a de facto “Turing test”On another level there is the uestion of revenge What is the price and significance of avenging a husband father or lover At least three of these characters have to consider this On another level what happens when heroes have feet of clay or perhaps in this case brass What constitutes something heroic What internal motivations might cause a hero to change Barnett does a very good job of turning such uestions upside down with events and motivations that belie the standard answersThere was than one turn around in this novel Most of the way through this novel I chafed at anachronistic use of language in the speech pattern of one of the supporting characters He was a cleverly drawn character and well reflected the lower class Englishman’s speech pattern of the modern era But Barnett was not trying to reflect the modern era It forced theersuspension of my suspension of disbelief Yet there was an intriguing sense of poetic justice in what happens to that speech pattern at the conclusion of the novel It was almost worth it However just as one anachronistic word in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves made me start picking apart the rest of the film and just as one unrealistic idea of a helicopter flying inside the Chunnel at the conclusion of Mission Impossible has kept me from viewing the seuels I had trouble keeping my head in the game erplot once that character comedic as said character was entered the story Suffice it to say that I enjoyed Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl plan to read any seuels than I can say for Tom Cruise movies and recommend the book to people who like interesting ideas and action than verisimilitude Of course after all steampunk is really like fantasy than science fiction so I don’t have a very valid complaint—just my sometimes obnoxious opinion

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Gideon Smith and the Mechanical GirlNineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire Airships ply the skies and ueen Victoria presides over three uarters of the known world including the East Coast of America following the failed revolution of 1775London might as well be a world away from Sandsend a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger the Hero of the Empire told in Gideon’s favorite “p When his father is lost at sea and his ship found abandoned Gideon Smith leaves lonely Sandsend behind to venture to London and find Lucian Trigger hero of many penny dreadfuls to help him find who is behind it En route Gideon befriends a writer named Bram Stoker and a Mechanical Girl named Maria But will Lucian Trigger be the hero Gideon needs I got this book from Netgalley Thank you NetgalleyGideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a steampunk adventure tale I'll be honest I was planning on tearing it a new orifice for the first 30% or so Gideon nearly twenty four is really naive acting like he's fifteen a lot of the time Also there was a logjam of the usual Victorian and steampunk tropes hampering my enjoyment namely Dracula dirigibles Jack the Ripper automatons and various others However I gave Barnett a chance to show me something and he didGideon's travels take him from Sandsend to London and beyond looking first for Lucian Trigger then for Trigger's partner and paramour John Reed Meanwhile Bram Stoker and Gideon meet then part ways Stoker pursuing frog faced mummies in the company of the buxom Countess DraculaI love the way Barnett tied things together I also loved that he went with the Countess instead of tired old Vlad and had the renowned hero Lucian Trigger wind up being an aging homosexual former army officer chronicling the adventures of his opium addicted lover Gideon's conflicted feelings for Maria were nicely done By the time Cockayne started teaching Gideon about being a hero I was pretty well sold on the book and it's inevitable seuelsOnce the threads converged and the gang headed to Egypt the story started firing on all cylinders When the true villain of the piece and the purpose of the MacGuffin were revealed I couldn't put the book down The ending was satisfying and not uite happily ever after but I smell a seuel on the horizonThe writing style reminds me very much of Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air and related books only with focus and less disappointment I'm looking at you Jack CloudieDespite a rocky start Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl wound up being one of the enjoyable steampunk books I've read recently 35 out of 5