Review: Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Rowena Fanshawe follows a path of her own, and finds a lot more than she bargains for. Maria the Mechanical Girl has come into her own in this installment of the Gideon Smith adventures. For all the pell-mell nature of the narrative, the multiple character arcs move a step at a time. Is this a drawback?
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This episodic limitation seems endemic to the nature of a series, but Barnett employs it to allow an increasing tension and desire for intimacy between reader and characters. This volume should work for new readers, and Barnett does an impressive job of seamlessly laying in the essential information, and the story certainly stands on its own. Rather, these elements and more combine like the meshing gears in the Brass Dragon Apep: together, they are a creature that soars.
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We experience the macabre, the stilted social conventions, the seers, and the brilliantly mad, the spookily insane. From the trans-girl on the stage and the single girl on the streets, and the small individual choices and the systemic ramifications.
While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley. With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett's riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was Without these cookies, we can't provide services to you.
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