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Love Lust, and a brief review

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Last night I appeared on the Sundance Channel’s documentary series Love Lust, in an episode on The Undead. Mostly, I talked about Lord Byron and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although I got in one soundbite on Dracula and a snarky one on Twilight. It’s available on iTunes, and Sundance will be replaying it all week (go to http://www.sundancechannel.com/love-lust/ ) for more information.

Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman, in brief:
A steampunk romp that *gets it* — there’s a cast of historical and fictional personages intermingled here, but it never feels like they’re forced or obligatory. Rather, Tidhar’s clearly having a good time with the story of Orphan, who works in a bookshop and loves marine biologist Lucy, in an alternative England ruled by the Lizard Queens and Kings from Caliban’s Island. Other reviews here have complained that too much is going on, but that’s one of the book’s strengths — Tidhar knows his stuff and plays with it delightfully. With Isabella Beeton and Karl Marx as unlikely members of the same revolutionary cadre, Irene Adler as a police Inspector (while Moriarty serves as Prime Minister), and a Lord Byron automaton with a will of its own. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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Written by Catherine Siemann

June 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Posted in steampunk

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