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Steam Detectives, Vol. 1 Paperback – Feb 5 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (Feb. 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569313172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569313176
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,032,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Steam Detectives suffers from the simplicity of its stories. Although it's not quite on the Scooby Doo level of simplicity, it's not nearly far enough above it. The villains are of the masked variety, with nonsensical schemes and goals. The steampunk--high technology based on steam power--setting is interesting enough (if derivative, considering the recent wave of steampunk stories), but it's really wasted. It's not so much that the stories here are bad; rather, there just isn't enough to them.
The art can either save this book or harm it. I've never been a big fan of Kia Asamiya's artwork--the noses of his characters are just too big for their faces (in length and width), and it doesn't appeal to me. Steam Detectives doesn't suffer this nearly so much as other stories (Silent Moebius, for one), but the artwork is also simpler and more stylized. My recommendation: click on the cover art to get a larger view of it. That's what the art looks like, except the book is black & white. Some people love the look of Kia Asamiya's artwork, so take a look at it and decide.
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Asamiya's normally known for the "Blade Runner"-inspired "Silent Moebius"; for "Steam Detectives", he turns the clock back instead of forward, putting us at the turn of the century... or is it? I love it when an artist freely intermixes past and present metaphors as a way of enriching a story, and "SD" does that excellently. Some of the translations are not quite up to snuff, but the quality of the work as a whole is unbeatable.
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This is a very simplistic series of books. I must admit though, that the simple feel of the manga makes the series more enjoyable. Sometimes I grow tired of wading through the heavy and more realistic titles out there. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of anime and manga, but every now and then it's nice to stop reading a mental buster and pick up something more light - kind of like the difference between Gerald's Game and Harry Potter ~_^
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By A Customer on Sept. 22 2001
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This is a very good book. I got it hoping for something to last me a while, but it was so good I read it in less than 2 hours. A very good bit of mystery for the young reader. But I suggest parents look over this in a book store before sharing with children because of a shower scene. It's not explicit though. It doesn't show anything really, but it may offend some parents.
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I like the whole idea of the steampunk genre but it's SO hard to execute, and so I was really hoping alot when I took a look at this series, but, it was really [bad] and didn't make anysense and I thought it was so cheezy that even a little kid would be disappointed by this.
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