Monday 8 March 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: The Bookman - Lavie Tidhar


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 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.


Angry Robot is fast building a reputation for bringing new talent alongside the less explored area’s of fiction to the fore. With this offering, they not only give the reader a new area to explore but a unique and novel storyteller to the masses.

In the same vein as Moore, Gibson and Powers the genre has not only grown but won over new generation as creative twists unfurl within this offering. Not only an interesting read but also one that leads the reader to ask more questions than is answered within the text supplied. Whilst this won't please everyone, it is a brave move by an author although at times it does feel that the reader has to have a knowledge of some of the literal characters wtihin to get some of the "in" jokes in much the same way that it happened with Moore. A promising start and I hope that the follow-ups are just as interesting.

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I really enjoyed V for Vendetta, so this one sounds good.