About Automatic Woman
There are no simple cases. Jacob “Jolly” Fellows knows this.
The London of 1888, the London of steam engines, Victorian intrigue, and horseless carriages is not a safe place nor simple place…but it’s his place. Jolly is a thief catcher, a door-crashing thug for the prestigious Bow Street Firm, assigned to track down a life sized automatic ballerina. But when theft turns to murder and murder turns to conspiracy, can Jolly keep his head above water? Can a thief catcher catch a killer? And does he dare to?
Reviews for Automatic Woman
The Automatic Woman is a refreshing change from the mainstream of Steampunk detective stories, which tend to emulate either the Holmes-Watson partnership dynamic, or the aristocratic or scientific detective styles. “Jolly” Fellows is a relentlessly working-class loner, best compared with Dashiell Hammet’s “Continental Op.” So, if you like your detective tales hard-boiled, and would appreciate a dash of Steampunk flavoring, you may well enjoy The Automatic Woman. I do, and I did.
This was an interesting one, written in first-person dialogue narrative; that is, it's in first person and that person is telling the story to someone else, unlike many first-person books where the book is narrative, like the person talking is writing it down. I hope that makes sense outside my head! In any event, it sort of reminded me of Dolores Claiborne, where the book is basically one long dialogue from the MC. It's a style I don't see too often, so I tend to enjoy it when I do.
This is no great work of literature, but [...]
i thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this book. i am a fan of steam-punk storylines and using historical figures in fiction. this book centers around a feud between THE darwin and a (probably famous)lord over evolution. the poor sap caught in the middle is just trying to get through his day, but turns out to be just as smart as either of them. the voice of the main character is very distinctive and i could really imagine the guy richie movie that would ensue. at times funny, at times strange, this is a great read.
I loved this book right up to the ending. I was disappointed when I reached the last word and realized that it had ended so abruptly. I feel a bit short-changed,