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Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium by Robert C. Rodgers

Being A Wholly Accurate Historical Account Concerning Matters Of Steam, Skullduggery, And The Irresponsible Application Of Reckless Mathematics In The 19th Century 

In an era of bygone anachronisms and steam-powered ambulatory engines, a sharp-witted street-thief with a heart of semi-precious metal finds herself locked in a battle of wits against a secret plot to bring the city she loves to its knees. Arcadia will need to enlist the help of a reformed mad scientist, a stern suffragette, and a persnickety pigeon to unravel the mysterious past of the Steamwork Consortium—and stop the cabal of sinister mathematicians who would use that past to destroy all of Aberwick.

Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium is both a cautionary tale against reckless mathematics and an accurate historical account all rolled up into one. In fact, the story is so accurate that you might consider it more of a history lecture than an illustrated novel.


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By Linda Schoales, editor

Oct 30, 2009: The writing in the first chapter is quite solid. Very good "Victorian" voice with a touch of wry humour. The illustrations are a nice touch. No sign of the street-thief mentioned in the description, but then the first chapter is supposed to take place 20 years before the main story. Looks to be worth a second look.

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By intergal, member

May 12, 2010: Arcadia Snips is the titular character of this tale, the narrative follows her misadventures in the city of Aberwick, seemingly besieged by an evil that is out to dissect her beloved city. However, Miss Snips herself is something of a rogue and she isn’t going to save the city for free.

I will be honest, I’m not a huge Victoriana steampunk fan, so readers may want to take my review with a pinch of salt. Having lived in Camden Town, the [more . . .]

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What a calculating beast is man

By Kyt Dotson, author of Black Hat Magick

Jun 2, 2010: Deep within the strong-beating brass heart of every steampunk aficionado is a vacuum chilled series of hopeful gaslit rooms filled wall-to-wall with books. And one day soon, one of those shelves in my heart will have this book.

Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium is a tour de force of silly mixed with the macabre, scabrous copper tinge of blood. It manages to wind the dizzying height of humor and edge it aptly with careful cuts. From the very first chapter—and [more . . .]

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By JadedLemon, member

Feb 7, 2012: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Arcadia Snips. I have never read a steampunk novel before and began this one hesitantly. I was a little confused to begin with, but soon found myself enthalled within the novel, and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and was not at all disappointed with the conclusion as I sometimes find with books. A very enjoyable read that I would recommend wholeheartedly.

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