When the woman he loves dies at the hands of the mysterious Bookman, young poet Orphan will do anything to bring her back – but how far will you go for love?
Enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies, with a changed England on the brink of revolution, Orphan would have to unravel the secrets of his world, all the while trying to stay alive himself. His journey would taken him from the hidden catacombs of London, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan’s own…
A wild, exuberant steampunk adventure in the tradition of The Anubis Gates and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Bookman is a major debut from an exciting new author.
Exploding books. Pirates. Catacombs. Love. Betrayal. Chases. Escapes. Automatons. What more could you ask for? The first in a series of steampunk adventures set in an alternative 19th century.
WHAT THEY SAY
Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman is simply the best book I’ve read in a long time, and I read a lot of books. If you’re worried that Steampunk has turned into a mere fashion aesthetic, then you’d better read this one. It’s a stunningly imaginative remix of history, technology, literature, and Victorian adventure that’s impossible to put down. The book is immensely smart and readable at the same time. I very much hope that it’s the first of many such books. Buy it.
- James P. Blaylock
The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces.
- The Guardian
That mixture or juggling act involving themes, tones and literary forms, both high and low, is the greatest feat of legerdemain by this Israeli author. In The Bookman, he essentially pulls off the impossible.
skilful, clever and highly enjoyable.
A potent and atmospheric steampunk adventure.
- Chris Wooding
highly, highly recommended.
- Fantasy Book Critic
the most enjoyable, fascinating and captivating book I have read in a long time… an intricate work of art.
- Daily Steampunk
“A wonderfully clever world” – Fantasy Literature.
“I thought the book sounded good when I read the description online. By page 14 I knew I was in love. . . The writing is so beautiful that I would read some paragraphs over just to enjoy it again. I have never done that before in my life. Before I finished the book, I was looking forward to re-reading it. It’s the kind of book that will only get richer the more often it’s enjoyed.” – Open Book Society.
“A mesmerizing tour-de-force … an intelligent, clever book, that creates a wonderfully complex secondary world.” – Red Rook Review.
“Simply marvellous. 5/5 stars.” – Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog.
“Brilliantly written … Absolutely a classic of the steampunk and alternate history genres.” - Android Dreamer book blog.
WHERE TO BUY
The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)
Download in a variety of formats:
Or read online:
- Part 1 (at SF Signal)
- Part 2 (at SF Signal)
- Part 3 (at SF Signal)
- Part 4 (at SF Signal)
- Part 5 (at SF Signal)
- From HebrewPunk to Steampunk (at Daily Steampunk)
- Magic, Moving Pictures and Freak Shows (at The Steampunk Home)
- Heroes and Villains in The Bookman (at Book Chick City)
- What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Steampunk (at SF Signal)
Audible 2012. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble. 20 hours, 50 minutes.
The German edition was published by Piper Verlag in 2012, translated by Michael Koseler.