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The Rise Of The Iron Moon (2000)

by Stephen Hunt(Favorite Author)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 5
0007232225 (ISBN13: 9780007232222)
review 1: I LOVE this book series, and if you love sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, or Doctor Who, you will too. I've been meaning to write a review since volume 1, and I can no longer wait to write about how awesome this book is. Where do I begin?The world is absolutely fantastic! An excellent mix of steampunk, fantasy, and sci-fi. Mr. Hunt has created a wonderful world complete with a parliamentary nation, a communist nation, an arabic nation, polar barbarians, spartans, and even a steammen robot nation! At first I thought his obvious naming, such as Communityist or Cassarabia was corny, but after a while it was just genius.Hunt does an excellent job of weaving story lines. Stories will split and merge when you least expect it, and villains suddenly revealed when you had learned to tru... morest them. Just as I expect a plan to be pulled off well, or for our heroes to be rescued, it only gets worse. And sometimes it seems to be going so well, and I wonder if Hunt had fallen into predictability. Nope. As unpredictable as ever! My favorite moment was the Deus Hex Machina in book two ;)And there is a great cast of characters. Of course you have orphans, for it would not be a great fantasy without them. My favorite invention are the steammen. There has not yet been a steammen I disliked (but of course I don't fancy siltempters.) The characters are wonderfully complex, and even characters who only get a few pages still have depth. The first book is exciting, wonderful, and crazy. And it only gets crazier from there. Thank you, Stephen Hunt. I've found my new favorite book series. (I know your favorite book is usually the one you've just finished, but I think I mean it this time. I will be rereading this soon.)
review 2: The sci-fi adventure book Rise of the Iron Moon was confusing and full of genre tropes and recycled imagination. The unlikable characters (namely and most regrettably the main character) were one dimensional, and the plot was hard to follow. The multiple stories at once approach left me wading through page after page of uninteresting techno-babble just waiting for the next action scene to happen, or the story to take an interesting turn. Deus ex Machina is used heavily in the second half of the novel when the (I kid you not) Math Sword is given to the protagonist so she can “math” her problems away by changing the equations of the matter around her, thus manipulating the world to her liking. It’s a sort of heady conceit and difficult to understand or find interesting. The book isn’t completely terrible. Despite all the hatin’ I just did, the writing is fair to good and some elements such as Coppertracks the robot were fun to read about. Ultimately it’s a book for steam-punk super fans who have already played through the game Bioshock ten times, already saw the movie Hugo in 3D, and desperately need a steamy, punky fix while they wait for the next re-make of Metropolis. You won’t necessarily go wrong picking up a copy of Rise of the Iron Moon but you won’t go right either. As for me: I’d rather just go play through Bioshock one more time. less
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Every book in this series is wildly different and I love that about them. Very fun read.
A fun continuation of the story from previous books. Basically, invaders from Mars!
Grand ideas but the actual execution falls short.
Excellent steampunk-y goodness.
Cracking good read.
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