Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

“In an alternative 1890, the British Empire’s reach and power is almost absolute, and from a technologically-advanced London where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world – including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

But London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast, where Gideon Smith whiles away his days fishing on his father’s clockwork gearship and dreaming of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, as presented in Gideon’s favourite ‘penny dreadful’ periodical, World Marvels & Wonders.

When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances, Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work. The writer Bram Stoker, holidaying in nearby Whitby, fears that a vampire from Transylvania is abroad on English soil, but is the dark agency that killed Arthur Smith and his crew even more ancient and foul – murderous, mummified creatures from the shifting sands of Egypt?

Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him in his search for answers, Gideon sets off for London, and on the way rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities.

Looking for heroes but finding only mysteries and unanswered questions, it falls to Gideon Smith to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day… but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?”

(Via: Cover reveal – Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl | Postcards from the Hinterland)

It’s not out until Sept and is currently US only but you should easily be able to import it. 

You can’t go wrong with a bit of steampunk, can you? 

4 Thoughts on “Cover Art and Blurb: Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett (Tor US)

  1. Thanks for the hint. I added the book immediately to my list. I love to read steampunk.

  2. That is a particularly enticing cover.

  3. More steampunk is always good with me :) Adding to the wishlist as we speak :)


  4. Thanks for posting this, Gav, and thank you for the positive comments.

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