Intelligent Designing for Amateurs
When invention and archaeology collide, the living are almost as restless as the dead.
Charlie Rowcroft meant to be an inventor but mostly she fixes other people's mistakes. Then her new neighbour, socialite archaeologist Justina Fairfax brings a curious find to see if she can reassemble it. After which the chaos begins in earnest, with mad industrialists using mortless (undead) people to power their factories, druids on a traction engine who wish to thwart them, a retired pirate who just wants a quiet life, a stilt-walking dissenting preacher, the arrival of a freak show and other improbable personages and events who emerge as the plot unravels.
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What can one say about a story filled with socialite archaeologists, inventors, former pirates, precocious children, Druids and demons? Well, how about pure brilliant storytelling! Ms. Brown has taken a dizzying number of characters and story elements, thrown them together into a bucket, and created an insanely witty tale of all the best things - action, adventure, social commentary...and dead things! ~ Lee Ann Farruga, co-leader of the Canadian steampunks
Intelligent Designing is a brilliantly engaging story fraught with intrigue and suspense. It kept me enthralled page by fast-turned page. Nimue Brown works magical mystery into Intelligent Designing, crafting a hugger-mugger of a story that deftly keeps the reader turning page by exciting page. A magnificent balancing act between modernism and a victorianesque fairy story, done with heart and wisdom and a dash of steampunk The female heroines are a clever, fun, stronghearted additions to the ranks of bold, adventurous fictional characters. Brown's insurrectionary storytelling is sheer magic. ~ Edrie Edrie from The Army of Broken Toys:
Redefining steampunk ~ Professor Elemental