Friday, 19 June 2015

Beneath London - James P.Blaylock

The collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath the city. Langdon St. Ives sets out to explore it, not knowing that a brilliant and wealthy psychopathic murderer is working to keep the underworld’s secrets hidden for reasons of his own. 

St. Ives and his stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl, and the grim horrors of a secret hospital where experiments in medical electricity and the development of human, vampiric fungi, serve the strange, murderous ends of perhaps St. Ives’s most dangerous nemesis yet. 

My thoughts:
I did assume it would take place more beneath London, I mean that is the name of the book. But it mostly took place above ground. Which sort of was a shame, cos the underworld seems really strange with toadstools that eat people.

Steampunk wise, yes it was an alternative Victorian England, but it was more gadgetwise it was steampunk. A few here and there, and witches too, oh and those weird toadstools.

It is a series, but I thought it worked well in its own. Sure there was talk about other characters. And I am sure I could have experienced things even more if I had read the other books, but that is the downfall when you jump into a series. So it works like this too.

The story. We have a professor St Ives who gets a new case about what is beneath London. But then more things happen. A psychic girl is kidnapped. Strange things are going on in London. Are they all connected somehow? To his help he has his wife, and well more people. But I can give you the details cos as things happen, we meet more people...as things happen. Spoilers darling.

It's kind of a thriller mystery set in a steampunk world. There is a strange sort of dry humour there too. The tone is actually really hard to describe. 

But sure, sometimes I felt like, maybe everyone was too nice. More boom, and toadstools please! It was cool, but not always for me.

Conclusion:
An interesting mix.

Cover
eh

Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Titan Books
Steampunk mystery
For review


30 comments:

  1. I tried to find the name of the series but couldn't ? However, I found several books by this author on GR with the same kind of covers. I'm interested by the dry sense of humor :)

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    1. Narbobod series? GR was not good at updating it seems

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  2. Now I want to know about the toadstools. LOL

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  3. It's been a while since I've read steampunk, I think I need to remedy that!

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  4. Hmmm... I love a good steampunk mix up. This may be for me.

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  5. Well, that's a misleading title then!

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  6. Interesting and strange. Two things I usually enjoy but sometimes it just doesn't work. I have a feeling I would see it the same as you.

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    1. There was something not quite right for me, still good, but something

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  7. Makes me think of Neverwhere and London Below. Now I think I'll have to reread that.

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    1. I do not know what that second is...hmmm, perhaps

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  8. I've not really done any steampunk yet. Maybe one day :D

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  9. Meh. *crunches on apple* Try as I might I am not a fan of the steampunk.

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  10. OOh toadstools and steampunk and witches! I don't think I've read witches in Steampunk before...

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    1. I liked that, I mean if you have steampunk then why not use magic too

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  11. I hate it when everybody is too nice even though we are promised blood, entrails and flesh-eating toadstools. Meh.

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  12. I'm trying to think if I've read any steampunk... And nothing comes to mind. But I think I'll skip this one.

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  13. The cover is pretty eh :D The premise is not bad, but not unique either. And you're right, if this had taken place beneath London ... oh, brother, the fun! :) Enjoy your weekend, Linda <3

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  14. Interesting mix barely covers it. And what the heck are toadstools? Lol. Glad you enjoyed it nonetheless. But I know what you mean about this book probably not for everyday enjoyment. :)

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    1. Big mushrooms I guess, I do not know the difference really. not really a shroom expert

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  15. You had me by the title and cover. But to learn it's not under London as the title implies is a bummer. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. But then maybe you were not expecting that as much as I ;)

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