For the tl;dr set: I really enjoyed this book, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one.
I met the author at a convention over the summer and I enjoyed interacting with him so I thought I'd give the book a shot. Normally, the terms "steampunk," "alternate history," "civil war," "noir," and/or "urban fantasy" do absolutely nothing for me. Not my particular fandom wheelhouse, so to speak. That said, I found the combination of all those elements resulted in a damn fun time. The protagonist is a noir-ish PI, hardboiled with a heart of gold and a streak of trauma a mile long, the 'alternate history where the South won the Civil War because of magic' environment is really well written and thought and immersive (very 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' in it's way); the cast of characters are all very fun, the prose is tight and well-written, the pacing solid (it definitely takes off after the first act and kept me hooked hard, but didn't exhaust me), the steampunk elements subtle, the mystery intriguing, and the end left me eager for the next one.
Gaslit Insurrection: 1 Paperback – 28 June 2017
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Jason is an avid reader, writer, and movie-goer who keeps busy with (probably) more projects than can possibly be healthy. He started his dream of writing stories in middle school, and has been at it since. He opened his movie review blog, Fail-Flix, in 2010. Since then, he has published a collection of reviews in hardcover, and has launched a digital short story series called The Rifle Chronicles. He lives with his wife and a rambunctious daughter who manage to keep him somewhat in line. Somewhat.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1548447943
- ISBN-13 : 978-1548447946
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