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The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter: The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1 (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Rod Duncan (Autor), Will Staehle (Il·lustrador)

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"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life--as herself and as her brother, a private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better...."--from cover, p. [4].… (més)
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Títol:The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter: The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1
Autors:Rod Duncan (Autor)
Altres autors:Will Staehle (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Angry Robot (2014), 384 pages
Col·leccions:Horror, Untitled collection, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Romances, Mystery, Vegan Cookbooks, Mystery, Holocaust/Genocide, La teva biblioteca, Per llegir
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Elizabeth Barnabus grew up in a travelling circus and now leads a double life: by day she is herself, living on a canal boat in the divided city of Leicester, by night she earns her living as a private intelligence gatherer while impersonating her fictitious twin brother, since women aren't allowed to run a business in the Anglo-Scottish Republic. Because money is scarce, she accepts the Duchess of Bletchley's request to search for her brother, who has joined the troupe of the famous impresario Harry Timpson. Little does she know that the investigation will not only bring her into conflict with an agent of the International Patent Office, but that she will also need to run for her life and fight to preserve her freedom.

I loved the highly original premise of an alternate Britain divided after a second civil war in the eighteenth century, with the International Patent Office acting as a supranational organisation that has limited invention and innovation. Though the story is set in the modern day, this limitation has resulted in a society more akin to the Victorian age – with women's emancipation and suffrage at a similar level.

There is much to admire in the novel's central character Elizabeth Barnabus, who acts as the story's narrator: a strong female character, she's independent, intelligent and resourceful. Contrary to one reviewer's opinion, I thought her voice with the (to our ears) dated expressions worked very well, and helped to set the tone.

The plot is relatively fast-paced and unpredictable for the most part, with unique and interesting characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Unseemly Science, which is luckily already on my shelf. ( )
  passion4reading | May 24, 2020 |
I couldn't resist buying this one: great title, striking cover art, a steampunk setting and the first in a series. It had to be worth a read. Except that it wasn't. I gave up after ninety minutes of this ten hour audiobook.

There's a lot to like in "The Bullet Catcher's Daughter": a truly original take on an alternative nineteenth century England; a brave and tenacious heroine who has to pretend to be a man in order to do what needs doing (which not only allows gender issues to be highlighted but gives lots of opportunities for cross-dressing fun); a tongue-in-cheek attitude that salts the whole thing with dry humour and big, impressive Victorian machinery.

Normally, I'd have settled down to this with the same kind of smile I have on my face when I'm reading the one of the "Parasol Protectorate" books but my enjoyment was destroyed by the faux-Victorian language. It was distressingly inauthentic, producing the distracting dissonance that one experiences when listening to a non-native speaker trying to use the vernacular of one's own language. It may be amusing for a short time but it quickly becomes wearisome. I was expecting pastiche but what I got was clumsy parody that rendered the dialogue lifeless and crippled the attempts at humour.

I'm aware that this is a very popular series, so perhaps the fault lies with my expectations but this one was added to my Did Not Finish pile. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
3.5/5 stars. A bullet-catcher is, in the parlance of this time and place, a circus performer, a magician, a member of a traveling show. And Elizabeth is the daughter of one. After her family's show was stolen from them by a corrupt nobleman, Elizabeth fled the kingdom and, in order to live on her own as a woman, resurrected the fake twin brother she'd developed as part of her father's act. She--or rather, her brother--works as an intelligencer, a bit of a spy and a bit of an investigator. Her newest case will take her back to the kingdom of her birth and put her freedom in danger.

Here's a thing. You're going to be reading this book and thinking gas-lit, steampunk, yes, yes, and then the author is going to hit you with the date of a past event. That date is going to be in the 1970s and you are going to immediately start calculating what the date is and if this book takes place in the 21st century. At that point, the world this book takes place in becomes huge. I'm very interested to read the next book in the series so I can continue to figure out how everything fits together.

The other thing is: I liked Elizabeth. I liked Julia and her father. I liked the people Elizabeth lived near, and many of the people who helped her. And those I didn't like I at least found interesting. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Elizabeth Barnabus has almost always lived a double life as herself and her non-existent twin brother, an intelligence gatherer. When the Duchess of Bletchley hires Elizabeth to find the Duchess's brother, dire financial straits force Elizabeth to accept the job despite the risks it poses to her double identity. In a search that will put her up against the International Patent Office, a tight-knit group of circus folk, and force her to face her own past once more, Elizabeth will be lucky to escape this job alive.

This was a fun steampunk adventure with a solid mystery at its core and plenty of spy intrigue to go around. There's also some larger political issues happening in the background that have me intrigued enough to pick up the next entry in this series. This one sits further on the alternate history side of the fence than the steampunk side but should appeal to fans of both. A solid read that was few steps away from four stars but due to some clumsy plotting in a few spots didn't quite make it. Recommended if the summary strikes your fancy. ( )
1 vota MickyFine | Oct 25, 2017 |
I’ve had a bit of a hit or miss history with steampunk, but The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was certainly a hit. It’s a fast paced start to a series taking place in an alternate timeline where all new technology was outlawed by the all powerful Patent Office. With technology stagnant, societal mores stagnated as well. Thus to live independently, Elizabeth Barnabus has to pull of the greatest illusion of her life – by day she is herself, by night she is a fictional twin brother, who works as a private detective. When she takes a case involving a missing aristocrat, she suddenly finds herself in a world of trouble with the Patent Office on her tail.

If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’ll probably have gathered that I like rogue type characters. These tend to be some variant of con artists or thieves, but Elizabeth fits the bill in an unusual but satisfying manner. She grew up in a circus, learning illusions and slight of hand. These are the skills she uses in her information gathering. My favorite parts of the book involved Elizabeth using some form of deception to escape pursuers or gather intel.

Elizabeth lives in what in our world is Scotland. Her version of the Britain has been split in half between the Republic and the Kingdom (Republic in the north, Kingdom in the south). The two have varying cultures, although women don’t have it great in either of them. There’s some of the technology you’d expect from steampunk – say, airships – but there’s not a huge amount of steampowered gadgetry since the Patent Office keeps a tight lid on new inventions. The most impressive feat was that the world building never became info dumpy. You just sort of gently glide into the world and its rules.

While I loved seeing how Elizabeth used her stage magic training to get her way out of sticky situations, I never grew that attached to her as a character. The same can be said for the supporting cast. I don’t think it was to the point where it hampered my enjoyment of the story, but without a strong connection to the characters I doubt I’d ever give this one a reread.

I’d recommend The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter for anyone looking for a fun, fast paced steampunk story with a very canny female lead.

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"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life--as herself and as her brother, a private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better...."--from cover, p. [4].

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