Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Review - THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MAN by Rie Sheridan Rose

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About the Book

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is the first book in a Steampunk series featuring the adventures of Josephine Mann, an independent woman in need of a way to pay her rent. She meets Professor Alistair Conn, in need of a lab assistant, and a partnership is created that proves exciting adventure for both of them.

Alistair’s prize invention is an automaton standing nine feet tall. There’s a bit of a problem though…he can’t quite figure out how to make it move. Jo just might be of help there. Then again, they might not get a chance to find out, as the marvelous mechanical man goes missing.

Jo and Alistair find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of kidnapping, catnapping, and cross-country chases that involve airships, trains, and a prototype steam car. With a little help from their friends, Herbert Lattimer and Winifred Bond, plots are foiled, inventions are perfected, and a good time is had by all.

I know nothing about the "steampunk" genre (or world) besides one or two books I've read in the past. The only reason I signed up to review The Marvelous Mechanical Man is because I liked the cover featuring a robot.

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is a well-written first installment in what seems to be a promising series. (FYI: There are five books in the series, so far.) All the characters are likable, with my favorite being Josephine 'Jo' Mann, the professor's assistant. The descriptions are very detailed, and I had no problem picturing the world Rie Sheridan Rose has created.

Overall, I had a fun time reading The Marvelous Mechanical Man. It's a fast-paced and entertaining read.

About the Author

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vols. 1 and 2. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. These were mostly written in conjunction with Marc Gunn, and can be found on “Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits” and “Pirates vs. Dragons” for the most part–with a few scattered exceptions.

Her favorite work to date is The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series with five books released so far: The Marvelous Mechanical Man, The Nearly Notorious Nun, The Incredibly Irritating Irishman, The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive, and The Elderly Earl's Estate.

Rie lives in Texas with her wonderful husband and several spoiled cat-children.

Learn more about Rie on her website riewriter.com.

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