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But as they tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a message from a long-lost love that compels him to radical action. You could spend years picking apart the sly references and the particular myths, poems, novels and songs that inspired Valtat, or you can simply enjoy it for the experience. I can hardly wait for its sequels. Valtat may have written the most noteworthy contribution to steampunk in almost two decades…. About Aurorarama A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.

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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention city arctic valtat police steampunk drugs brentford professor gabriel gentlemen council language inuit fantasy ice setting pages north orsini follow. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I really enjoyed this book.

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It had an unusual plot, many, many great moments of Steam Punk concepts, and interesting, complex characters. The story and word choice are at times layered in a way that makes the read curious and contemplative; there are some excellent turns of phrase and I very much enjoyed the structure of the book with whimsical quotes and a long historical backstory. I'm not personally really into frozen landscapes, but I very much enjoyed the descriptions and the story gave me a new interest an larger respect for people who live in a cold, snowy world. I have bought the sequel and am really looking forward to reading it.

I wanted to like this book--it has a great premise and a lot of potentially good world-building in it.

But for me it never gelled. The book was marketed as steam-punk, but it is really only steampunk in the more technological and location sense--it's and this Arctic metropolis exists and there are all these problems and mysteries and pneumatic tubes and sleds. But for the most part Valtat doesn't build a convincing or compelling picture of this world: Lots of boring ingestion of drugs, mediocre dialogue; characters I found flat and boring, with 2 largely undifferentiated protagonists.


I don't normally worry about books being "relatable," which is a useless criterion, but I often found myself asking "who does Valtat think his audience is? I'm not inclined to read the next installment of this series. One person found this helpful. Aurorarama has so many reading levels that it has fulfilled all the desires of the multiple reader in me. On the political side, Aurorarama belongs to the fruitful genre of utopiasfruitful, in the sense that the exoticism of the scenery helps you reflecting about your own experience.

To be more precise, even though the story takes place in , many of the lessons of the twentieth century are on the operating table. Aurorarama has also delighted the fiction-lover in me, by intertwinning an otherwise straightforward tale with shamanic trances, spiritual journeys to the pole, uncanny hallucinatory descriptions or dream restranscriptions.

Without being ever tedious in his psychological forays, the author manages to usher the reader into the most secret recess of the characters. By the end of the book, the main characters have become old acquaintances whom you leave regretfully. Eventually, the novel brims with wit. The numerous dialogues are swift, even during dramatic showdowns.

They give to the whole novel an effervescent pace, page after page. Enchanted scenery, instructive background, enthralling story, wealthy language and witty dialogues: A beautifully written book, in a gorgeous world, but the characterization did not appeal. Did anyone edit this book? I really wanted to like this book. There is so much potential here!! However, I couldn't get past the feeling that I was reading a second or third book in a series where you're supposed to already know a good bit about what is happening and who particular characters are.

There are many moments when reading this where you will be moving right along and then something happens and you are rendered completely confused.

You'll go back a few chapters thinking you've missed something important, but, no, you didn't miss anything at all. There are far too many sentences in this book where words have either been clearly left out or words have clearly been added. All that being said, I honestly think that if you give this book a try you'll somehow manage to actually enjoy it despite frequent moments of utter confusion. What a mad journey. Morals, mad characters, la belle epoque set in a fictions world, magic, rebels, indigenous people, set in a cold, cold world of snow and ice!

Did I finish it? Perhaps it is not my type of book,I find it hard to rate it at all. The three stars are for the author who has done a great work in producing it. If you have the time , it has a strange purpose of its own, didnt lead me anywhere. I had the time so finished it, wouldnt be able to repeat it as a good read. Absorbing the words contained in this book was a way I chose to pass some time.

Before giving up, realizing I could go no further. Seriously, what made me buy this? See all 35 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.