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Review in brief: What Ho, Automaton!

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What Ho, Automaton, Chris Dolley. Book View Cafe, 2011, ebook.

Steampunk P.G. Wodehouse. OK, what do I do for the other 22 words?

If the concept appeals, the book should. It’s been years since I’ve read any Wodehouse, but the story of Reginald Worcester (pronounced like . . . ) and his human-appearing steam-driven automaton manservant Reeves (rescued from a closet at the Drones Club, where he’d been confined some 14 years after being lost at poker) struck me as letter-perfect. The steampunk framework is overlaid lightly, but works well. I did get a bit of the sense I was reading fanfiction; that didn’t bother me. There’s nothing particularly original about What Ho, Automaton, but it’s a loving tribute.

This ebook was a LibraryThing Early Reviewers’ Program giveaway; there is a 25-word minimum for Early Reviewers’ reviews there, hence the reference to the other 22 words.


Written by Catherine Siemann

June 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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