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Well The rest of the characters didn t make much of an impression on me ither way They were different nough from ach other to be The Baby Swap Miracle easily remembered and they came across as very realistic very human characters but there was nothing particularly special about them that stood outitherThe Romance While the story doesn t spend a whole lot of time on Clara and Tim s mutual attraction it spends nough time that it got annoying Authors seem to think that a boy and girl are not capable of being just really good friends The romance was not needed there is no reason on Earth why they couldn t have just been friends and it did at times threaten to slow the story down Plot The plot itself was interesting a scientist on the run from several governments because of a discovery they made a world of coal powered submarines and water awesome But there were several flaws with presentation For one I thought the whole premise for why the world was covered in water Global Warming was just lame and felt like an interjection of personal opinion Can we please have an adventure story without the political agenda The other flaws were the Author waited until well over half the book was finished to xplain xactly how it is Great Britain maintained its hold on the rest of the world Even so you have to read the Author s Note at the nd to fully grasp the world s political situation and ven that didn t make much sense Believability I ll give the Author tremendous points for his submarine the Cuttlefish It was ntirely believable and absolutely awesome He clearly spent a lot of time designing it and I applaud an Author who wants a plausible working contraption in his story and not just something he cobbled together and then said Hey it s fiction in this world it works One aspect that made me cock an Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation eyebrow in doubt was how readily Captain Malkis dismissed the idea of a spy on board his vessel Even if the suggestion was coming from a couple of kids I think the Captain would have taken into considerationWriting Style Injoyed the Author s descriptions of the submarine which were actually very Gender Justice easy to follow and understand The rest of the writing was so so and the Author used in very odd places At the beginning of dialogue at thend in the middle in the middle of the middle And rarely did he use it because a character had trailed off in mid sentence or another character was butting in or they were musing It was just thereContent NoneConclusion Even for having a seuel the Generations and Collective Memory end was very abrupt But the climax wasxciting As a whole I njoyed the story s adventure and the submarine who wouldn t love the submarine It completely makes the book But the world s politics were not made very clear the whole Great Melt was just lame and the protagonists were not the world s greatest Still the adventure makes it worth itRecommended Audience Steampunkers girl and guy read fifteen and up creative technology Audience Steampunkers girl and guy read fifteen and up Intriguingly technology believable characters Steampunk alternate history action adventure He ven From Notes to Narrative expands the point of divergence in the appendix as it s an unusual oneThe opening does some weaving back and forth from the present to the past about Tim on the steampunk submarine of the title and Clara is snuck out of her school by her mother only to be captured by Menshevik agents and have toscape an airship More tangles about how they land on the CuttlefishSubseuent adventures include accusations of theft a canal changes of plan the uestion of what Clara s grandmother researched Clara s imprisoned father the flooding of London and A gorgeous steampunk adventure Highly recommended for YA Although written as a YA book the Alternate History Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America elements are fantastic Cuttlefishxists in a steam powered world and the action takes place on a coal steam propelled submarine Though written for the YA Young Adult crowd this 53 year old thoroughly God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School enjoyed it Having said that I have a weakness for the steampunk genre as many of you know Still I think that the book makes for anntertaining Summer time readBritain dominates a world suffering from global warming as the result of its use of coal At a certain point the leadership decided that it is better to rule a watery hell than to serve the people a very Pa. Els there Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople born to the secret town of drowned London place of anti imperialist republicans and Irish rebels part of the Liberty the people who would see a return to older values and free lections Seeing no further than his next meal Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols to the fortress America and beyond When the Imperia. ,
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review Mr Freer is a former Marine Biologist author in return for an honest review Mr Freer is a former Marine Biologist was conscripted at 17 as a Medic in the AngdanSouth African conflict He s done all sorts of interesting sometimes weird jobs and you can read all about him on his website wwwdavefreercom Oh yeah don t be startled by the burly wild man in the photos that s Mr FreerCUTTLEFISH is a steampunk novel set in 1976 There has been a disastrous global warming and much of the world has flooded Britain s answer was to return to military rule The people thought it was a temporary solution but you know how groups in power are they like to stay in power The story centers around two teens Clara Calland on the run with her mom Mom s a scientist who holds a secret she wants the world to share but we all know the world never learned to share Tim Barnabas a boy from the drowned tunnels of London he signed on as a cabin boy for the submarine in order to be taken care of and to send mone Dave Freer s Cuttlefish is absolutely astonishing It s 1953 and the world is severely altered by the ffects of the Melt Parts of London are underwater where old tunnels are inhabited by the Underpeople and the western part of Australia is dry and sandy The novel will ntertain readers of all ages with it s underwater adventure humor and intriguing alternate history The friendships forged over the course of the novel will no doubt xtend to the readers who won t help but become fascinated by the variety of characters and backgroundsClara Calland the bookish outcast of St Margaret s School for the Children of Officers and Gentleman mbarks on a terrifying journey that takes her and her mother Dr Calland from Ireland to the dry country of Westralia She finds a place with the crew of an illegal submarine learning navigation and doing certain chores as if she were a cabin boy herself While aboard the Cuttlefish Clara becomes fast friends with cabin boy Tim Barnabas Tim grew up in London s underwater tunnels taking on a submariner job at the urging of his mother so that he would always have food He proves to be brave trustworthy to Clara and his superiors and an xcellent submariner Freer takes a very interesting turn when it comes to this character Tim is persecuted and called darkie because of his mixed heritage Though he was born in London his father came from Jamaica and the fact that Tim is darker than the other crew members causes a few incidents of racism and prejudice Tim s character and his friendship with Clara is another layer added to Cuttlefish s deeply layered plotTim and Clara s friendship is the most steadily constant during a tremulous time Clara and Dr Calland are stuck in a cat and mouse game running from the Mensheviks and the British Imperial Intelligence headed by Duke Malcolm Yet here are these two young teens who hardly panic in stressful situations and both cherish their growing relationship Clara stands up for Tim when he s wrongly accused of thievery and Tim backs up Clara in whatever crazy plots she comes up with Cuttlefish is Foraging for Survival exciting for all the action and suspense andven so for the blend of steampunk historical fiction and science fiction Fragments elements Pick up a copy of Cuttlefish and you won t put it down until the last page is readBook provided via publisher inxchange for an honest reviewAlso posted on Lovey Dovey Books Cover Blurb Yes or No Honestly no For on thing there s what I am not calling character impersonators on the front which I have never liked It always spoils my own imaginings of what the characters look like And for another despite the awesome sailsubmarine the cover makes me a little boredCharacters I like that Clara Protagonist No 1 is as adventurous as she is In an adventure story it s always good to have an adventurous protagonist And Clara is astonishingly useful But she also has a feminist attitude and her crush on Tim gets very old Tim Protagonist No 2 is also pretty acceptable He s not as adventurous as Clara but he does what needs to be done and he also demonstrates uite a bit of usefulness But his harping on people not liking him because he s black gets liking him because he s black gets we got it the first time and his crush on Clara is annoying after a time as. The smallest thing can change the path of history The year is 1976 and the British Empire still spans the globe Coal drives the world and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London Clara Calland is on the run Hunted along with her scientist mother by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers they flee Ireland for London They must scape airships treachery and capture Under flooded London’s canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunn. Radise Lost mentality I guess that they are plenty of lessons here for all of usWhile the characters were interesting I loved the detail given about the submarine Cuttlefish I don t think that I have read about a fictional ship from an author since Patrick O Brian The description and the abilities of the ship are simply fantasticAll in all I really njoyed the book and I give it 4 stars out of 5 Steampunk fans of any age should njoy itDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Pyr I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have xpressed are my own I personally haven t read many Steampunk books so I never really know what to xpect when it comes to a genre I haven t read much of I know that sounds pretty obvious but you will be surprised just how often you can read something and feel like you ve been reading it forever With that said I have really come to like the whole Steampunk thing It s different and actually pretty interesting I wouldn t say that Cuttlefish is overly Steampunk or anything if that makes sense but it is pretty obvious that it s a factor in the book I think one of the things that originally got me interested in this book was seeing that Garth Nix had a blurb on the cover which really hyped it up for me I am glad I decided to read it thoughDave is a fantastic writer I was impressed by how ngaging the story became Especially considering the fact that I felt it started off a little slow Once you get over a arly hump this book gets pretty great As far as the story goes I honestly don t think I really had any issues with it I do remember having trouble trying to figure out xactly what was going on sometimes but beyond that I feel like Dave really did a fantastic job with the book but beyond that I feel like Dave really did a fantastic job with the book was uniue and different Which is always nice to see in a book after awhile it can become difficult to find something that is really uniue But Dave did a great job pulling it off while making sure that while uniue the story was also really One Ticket To Texas enjoyableAlong with the story the characters were also deeplyngaging There was a pretty wide cast of characters in the book not Helpmate even going to bother going into a ton of detail simply due to the fact that we would be here forever if I tried to touch onverything I really did Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy enjoy the characters though and not just the focal characters such as Clara and Tim but ALL of them were really great and they all had something great to bring to the storyAnother thing that I want to talk about which I don t usually do in a lot of my reviews is the world building This book takes place in a world with a mix of places we know and then also made up places and the year is 1976 But things are just very very different Literallyverything about the countries tc in the book is completely made up which I always like to see I love when authors take real life places and change things around to help make things really interesting It s hard to xplain Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader exactly how it is all changed unless you read the book But for me this was probably one of the mostnjoyable factors for meWhile this book was really good I don t think it was absolutely amazing Which is why it only gets the four stars I do think it is a book people will Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead enjoy and it has a lot of interesting things going on and did I mention that Dave is a pretty awesome writer I am sure I did but hey it deserves to be said again If this book sounds like something you mightnjoy then I am pretty sure you will It s honestly a pretty straightforward book there really aren t to many surprises or anything tossed in this one While surprises can be a good thing I don t feel like they were really needed in Cuttlefish simply due to it being a pretty great story by just being linear So by all means check this book out if it sounds like something you might like I am sure you will most likely Bryozoan Evolution enjoy it Injoyed some of Freer s adult works so I was interested in reading what he had to give to the YA market To say I was impressed is an immense understatement The characters were complex without being overblown and relationships grew organically out of the shared Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) experiences and obstacles that were faced Mr Freer did an amazing job and I can t recommend this booknough. L soldiery comes ravening Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish Hunted like beasts the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster to freedom in Westralia Carried with them a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power.

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Cuttlefish (Cuttlefish, #1)