Look at this man. His name’s Nick Harkaway. He’s a genius. See the way he’s staring at his hand? He’s probably just found a hitherto-undiscovered form of life there, or the formula for faster-than-light travel emerging from the lines on his palm.
He’s also the author of some pretty good books – The Gone-Away World, which is brilliant, and Angelmaker, which is also brilliant. He’s also written a non-fiction thing about a one-eyed trouser snake or somesuch, but I haven’t read it yet.
Anyway, Nick Harkaway has read Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. I know for a fact that Harkaway (NB: Not his real name) doesn’t suffer fools gladly and calls a spade a spade. I also know that he’s perhaps not the world’s biggest fan of stories featuring Jack the Ripper, nor of what you might call trad steampunk. So the fact that he says the following about Gideon Smith is doubly gratifying:
“A great-hearted, rollicking romp through the many worlds of classic pulp – loads of fun.”
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