Mann, George -- The Affinity Bridge

Victorian gonzo adventure with airships, automatons, zombies, madhouses, and it's not putting in the care I need to sell it. I've read plenty of Victorian this year, from Tidhar (gonzo) to the recent Melissa Scott (realistic). You can go either way, but don't go sloppy. The automata are absurd pre-modern tropes -- incapable of error and require no energy source! -- and the story doesn't do anything with that; it's just there to set up a constraint on the murder mystery. Plus the tone has a fruity, unironic condescension which puts me right off.

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