The Affinity Bridge ; bk. 1
|Series:||Newbury & Hobbes|
Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automations are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. For this is also a world where lycanthropy is a rampant disease that plagues the dirty whorehouses of Whitechapel, where poltergeist infestations create havoc in old country seats, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where nobody ever goes near the Natural History Museum.
Steampunk fantasy. "An enormous pile of awesome" - Chris Roberson. "Mann's imagination has clearly run wild in this quirky and well realised version of the world, and this is no bad thing! It's fun, it's exciting, and Mann has a very agreeable hand that's easy to appreciate! He has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre..." SCIFI - Now "The author does a superb job of recreating nineteenth century London... a thoroughly engaging story! Excellent world building; captures the Sherlock Holmes feel; never a boring passage. Bottom line: A hugely entertaining book. 4.5 out of 5." - SF Signal. "I absolutely loved it" - Lou Anders "Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees and things that go bump in the night." - Strange Horizons "Automata, clattering railway carriages, hansom cabs and 'pea soupers', gas lit streets and the doffing of caps, gruff policemen, mad scientists, arrogant industrialists, seances, pentagrams, addictions to laudanum and a few ravening zombies... Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK genre movers and shakers." -SFRevu.com "The Affinity Bridge is a carefully plotted and entertaining steampunk mystery, and Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes emerge as engaging characters readers are likely to want to see again - a desire the publisher promises to fulfill with a sequel, The Osiris Ritual, announced for 2009." - F. Brett Cox, SciFi.com 'Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK genre movers and shakers.' - SFRevu.com 'The author does a superb job of recreating nineteenth century London... a thoroughly engaging story.' - SF Signal 'Mann is leading the charge.' - The Guardian 'Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees and things that go bump in the night.' - Strange Horizons 'A carefully plotted and entertaining steampunk mystery.' - SciFi.com ' [Mann] has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre'- Sci Fi Now 'Highly, highly recommended' - fantasybookcritic.com
George Mann is the author of The Affinity Bridge, Ghosts of Manhattan and The Human Abstract, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and an original Doctor Who audiobook. He has edited a number of anthologies including The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, The Solaris Book of New Fantasy and a retrospective collection of Sexton Blake stories, Sexton Blake, Detective. He lives near Grantham with his wife, son and daughter.