Sunday, February 17, 2013

strange for me, not for steampunk.

A Red Sun Also Rises is the newest book from Mark Hodder, best known for his Victorian Steampunk trilogy starting with The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. In Rises, we read a novel based on a journal from a 19th century priest, written with his authentic voice and viewpoint. Aiden Fleischer is our priest, who ironically refers to himself as a man without faith. Aiden, along with his humpbacked sidekick Clarissa Stark, embark on a missionary expedition to the far side of the world. Stationed on a remote Pacific island, the two find themselves under a strange sky on a strange planet, facing strange creatures with a strange society and even stranger ecology. The inhabitants of this alien world of Ptallaya find the two human visitors quite fascinating; however, this adventure takes a turn for the worse as a giant red sun rises along with the dominance of the Blood Gods.

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