- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Signet (Feb. 2 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451229312
- ISBN-13: 978-0451229311
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,608,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Steamed: A Steampunk Romance Mass Market Paperback – Feb 2 2010
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*Starred Review* Captain Octavia Pye is surprised to find an unconscious, oddly-dressed man and an equally unusually clad woman aboard her airship. There's evil afoot in her world, and Octavia wonders if these two are pirates or secret agents. After an explosion in his lab, Dr. Jack Fletcher is shocked to wake up beside his sister in a Victorian airship, complete with a no-nonsense captain and crew, all of whom are outfitted in late nineteenth-century fashion. Jack thinks he has gone back in time; instead he's astounded to learn that it's the same day as the explosion. Caught in a parallel universe where technology is still at the steam engine stage, Jack finds himself pulled between a longing for home and an increasingly stronger desire for the intrepid Octavia. MacAlister hits it out of the park with this highly entertaining steampunk fantasy. There's danger, adventure, romance, and lots of humorous moments as Jack and Octavia discover that the laws of love always trump the laws of physics.--Mosley, Shelley Copyright 2010 Booklist--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I also loved the steampunk world Katie MacAlister has created. Yes, it used a lot of cliches of the genre, but they were still enjoyable. The politics that she set up gave some depth to the world between the emperor, rebels, and air pirates.
But that is all this book had going for it. It was heavy handed at every turn, particularly in how it got the main character into the steampunk world. Every character was wholely unbelievable and the way they interacted was almost painfully broken.
Considering it is a romance novel I could have forgiven all of that if it at least had good romance, some sort of emotional context, or some good sex. But no, it fails at that too. Who in the world would be turned on be constantly interrupting scenes to have a calm analytical discussion of what's going on between the man and woman?