Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
author: Nathan Yocum
average rating: 4.60
book published: 2012
read at: 2012/11/01
date added: 2012/11/05
A rip-roaring "steampunk noir" novel. Jacob "Jolly" Fellows is a big bruiser of a man. When he gets involved in a case that sees him framed unjustly for murder, he decides to investigate. Along the way he runs across A certain Dr. Doyle who offers him a "seven percent solution" to keep him going, and one of the antagonists is a certain Charles Darwin.
What is at stake is the Automatic Woman of the title. A robotic woman programmed to dance in Swan Lake, but who, it seems, has gained a life of her own. He is double-crossed and beat up at every turn along the way, but he also finds an unlikely ally.
I enjoyed this novel. The main character has a dark sense of humor and manages to take quite a beating during the book. He is not without resources, but they are reasonable and not preposterously out of line. The name dropping tends to get a little old to me, but this is not out of sorts for this genre of novel. Charles Darwin made an unusual choice for an antagonist, but I thought it was interesting.
A fun quick read and I recommend it.
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