The Affinity Bridge

The Affinity Bridge

A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

Book - 2009
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Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes, agents of Queen Victoria, battle both physical and supernatural enemies of the crown. They are called in to investigate the wreckage of a crashed airship and its missing automaton pilot while dealing with a zombie plague in the slums of the capital and attempting to solve a string of strangulations credited to a mysterious glowing policeman.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765323200
Branch Call Number: F MAN
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 05, 2014

Victorian London is in the throes of the industrial revolution, airships rule the skies and ground cars are replacing the horse and carriage. Sir Maurice Newbury is an agent for Queen Victoria and with his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes; he helps Scotland Yard investigate the string of murders being committed in the slums, while avoiding the victims of the zombie plague. When an airship crashes and the pilot is found to be missing, the Queen demands he drop the murder case and concentrate on explaining the disaster.

I love the idea of the steampunk genre; the world is fascinating, the story exciting and the characters engaging. When it is done well and all these aspects come together, it can make a 5 star book but I find these few and far between. This one…just didn’t quite make it.
I liked this story, the concept and characters were interesting but it felt incomplete, like the world was half built and the characters were cardboard cutouts instead of fully fleshed out human beings. The book was too short to fully detail all the interests of Sir Maurice and thus I was left with a piecemeal feel to his character. What I was most disappointed with was the world, other than the zeppelins and the clockwork men it really didn’t evoke a steampunk atmosphere for me. It was good enough that I will eventually read the sequels but I’m not in a big hurry.

Feb 13, 2014

Interesting concept, disappointing execution. This set the pattern for the rest of the series: an engaging start that waned into a dull and anticlimactic ending. Not worth it.

Sep 16, 2013

This book is good enough that I read it quickly, but not great. Sir Newbury is basically Sherlock Holmes though not as smart. I had two real issues with the book. The first one is minor, but Sir Newbury had been injured in a fight and was still in pain when 3 days later he did something to make the pain worse then he thought that "he had forgotten what it felt like to live without pain." As someone who has lived with chronic pain for years this annoyed me. The second thing was the explanation the creator of the automatons gave as to how they were programed. Anyone who knows a tiny bit about programing will know that programs don't work the way they said. That totally took me out of the story. I would like to read the next book despite those two flaws.

Jun 11, 2013

Zombies, and automatons, and Queen Victoria, oh my! This steampunk work is a mystery with a Sherlock Holmes type character (complete with addiction) with a mechanical men and zombies thrown into the mix. A good book, but not great. A good start for someone wanting to read something in the steampunk genre, but is not sure where to go.

Nov 28, 2010

This just wasn't for me. Read it in the Elliott Bay Speculations bookclub. Overall the group did not like it, but most were not as strong in their opinions as me. I really disliked it, and stopped reading it after 50 pages. Steampunk isn't my favorite, but even the genre fans in the group were critical.

Mar 08, 2010

This book was fun to read. While it pays homage to Sherlock Holmes it then takes off in a different direction with a plot full of steampunk, ghouls and a cyborged Queen Victoria. An enjoyable mix of proper Victorian England, a dashing hero with a weakness and the sidekick who is more than she seems.


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