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Lord Kelvin's Machine: a novel by James P. Blaylock, 1992

Lord Kelvin's Machine: a novel by James P. Blaylock, 1992

Part of the Langdon St.Ives novel series. Other titles include Homunculus, The ebb tide, the affair of the Chalk Cliffs and the Aylesford Skull.

Reviewed by BookList: Combine James Blaylock's idiosyncratic writing with the subgenre known as "steampunk"--realistic science fiction set in the Victorian era--and the results are apt to be curious. In this case, they are also quite readable. Victorian gentleman Langdon St. Ives is on a quest for vengeance for the murder of his wife, a quest that takes him to Norway, through the Victorian underworld, and, finally, back in time (via Lord Kelvin's time-travel device) to confront his wife's murderer as an infant. This tale will not, in and of itself, convert readers to either Blaylock or steampunk, but it will please those already practicing either faith and is recommended for any collection with an audience for experimental science fiction. ((Reviewed Jan. 15, 1992)) -- Roland Green

Source of the review: NoveList Plus - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=015891&site=novp-live

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