I'm still unsure what to call the book. It grew from what was originally a short piece called Company Man that was about an engineer from a steampunk-type company and his problems with the US military during the Civil War. As it grew and I loaded the story with other themes and ideas, I kept the title. After all, the story had the same protagonist, and he had some of the same problems in early chapters. But the title no longer represents what the book is about.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
WHEN I moved into my current house, there were four available rooms and four people looking to inhabit them. One of my housemates took one look in here, saw this dinky little desk, and said 'this is where Cian is going to write the Great American Novel.' And just maybe she was right!
SO - the direction of this blog is changing. Maybe. As well/instead of reviews there will be posts that chronicle the finishing of the book.
What's it about? It's an ode to Victorian-era adventure stories, of course. It's about Selwyn Murphy, an Irish-American in the mid-19th century who flees the US Civil War by joining a mad Confederate general's expedition to a mythical lost land in South America.
|Here's a Confederate soldier|
Saturday, July 19, 2014
So – what’s to be done about this whole ‘steampunk’ thing, then? It's got to be pretty crud, right - all that stuff about guys in goggles footling around in wind-up blimps and such, right? Surely it’s something I ought to have an opinion on, being as I love Victoriana - in particular, the kind of early Victorian science fiction that steampunk riffs on. I have long thought about expressing such an opinion. So here we go.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Buoyed by my enjoyment of The Age of Wonder, I spent Christmas in the grip of a fixation with the Georgian period. As I’ve said before, it’s not a period I’ve been traditionally particularly interested in. It’s the Victorian age that still rules my heart, don’t worry about that. But while the Georgians might have lacked fashion sense and pseudo-modern technology, they sure knew how to conquer other countries; and as such, they built the model of Empire that the whole world was soon to tremble to during the Victorian age.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
And those books were filled with Borley Rectory.