Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sharing the TBR: ALL MEN OF GENIUS by Lev AC Rosen


We start a new occasional feature at Preternatura today!

I’m on a heavy writing schedule between now and early spring, finishing up the third book in my upcoming Sentinels of New Orleans series (yeah, I know, crazy, right? I’m finishing book three and book one isn’t out until April!). So what I want to do is continue to share the love with some books from my TBR pile that I just don’t think I’m going to get to in a timely manner. So I’m giving them to you! Comment at the end to win the day’s featured book. And if you want to see how the new book is progressing I have a jarring blue progress bar over to the right and down a bit.

Today, I’m looking at All Men of Genius, a steampunk from debut author Lev AC Rosen that got great reviews, and looks like a fun read. I do love stories where the girls pretend to be guys so they can get somewhere in life…and then get in all kinds of “situations” because of it. The book was inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which is...sort of mind-boggling, actually.
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, All Men of Genius takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible. Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who has held to his father’s policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry. But keeping the secret of her sex won’t be easy, not with her friend Jack’s constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke’s young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet’s alter ego, “Ashton.” Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest (who has a secret past of his own), speaks to her. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry about: it’s surviving that long.
MY THOUGHTS: I like the steampunk genre as long as the character development keeps pace with the whirligigs and machinery—and from what I can tell, this one does a good job of it.
            The author has some links to reviews on his website, which you can find HERE.

THE GIVEAWAY: Want to win a hardcover copy of All Men of Genius? Have you tried reading steampunk, and what do you think about it? Four entries possible:  +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Go!

16 comments:

  1. I've only read a couple of steampunk books. I really liked The Girl in the Steel Corset.

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  2. I love every thing steampunk! I was introduced to it at dragon con a few years back, I really love the whole concept of it.
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  3. I've read a couple steampunk books - one that was okay and one I LOVED. I'm really looking forward to reading more books in this genre, and I've heard great things about All Men of Genius. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I have really enjoyed steampunk so far. I really liked Boneshaker.

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  5. I've never read steampunk books but would love to give it a try.. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I haven't tried anything steampunked yet. I will someday ....

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  7. +1 I've only read one steampunk so far, which is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It was an OK read.

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  8. I've read Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger and enjoyed them.
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  9. I've only read a few Steampunk novellas, but I really like the concept and I'd love to read an entire book. This one sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read much steampunk, but I'm interesting in exploring the genre more.

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  11. OOO, this book has been on my wishlist for ages! It's just so darn expensive on Amazon I keep waiting for the price to drop :) I love steampunk, and I blame The Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook for introducing me to it. Also love the dressing up and mannerisms, I went to a steampunk festival this year and absolutely loved it! So much fun :)
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  12. I read a couple of steampunk novel. The first one was The Girl in the Steel Corset and I wasn't impressed. Now I'm readind Soulless by Gail Carringer and so far it is very good.

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  13. I don't like hardcovers, so don't enter me in the contest. (They take too much space on my overburdened shelves). I don't really like steampunk, tried the Iron Duke, hated it. But I do love the Soulless series by Gail Carriger!

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  14. ive only read a couple authors who write steampunk..so far ive loved what ive read!!

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  15. Have I read any steampunk books? :) Does a turtle want to dance even if it doesn't have hips?? (In case you're wondering the answer is YES! at least according to a rather quaint African proverb :)) I have read, watched and listened to anything steampunk related that I could get my hands, eyes or ears in at least 3 languages :) Not everything was great of course (or even good really) but that can be said about every genre.
    I was initially drawn to steampunk because it generally involves some sort of an alternate history setting (which is also a subgenre I love) but I remained a fan because of the sense of wonder with which these stories are so often filled.

    thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    Happy holidays!

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  16. I've tried steampunk for the first time this year and immediatly loved it!Would like to try this book.

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