All Men of Genius

All Men of Genius

Book - 2011
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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 toworry about: it's surviving that long.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765327949
Characteristics: 462 pages ; 22 cm.


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Mar 20, 2014

I would say that this book is a decent read. I feel like the author had rushed the story starting from the middle to the end, but anyone who is into steampunk should give this a try.

Oct 22, 2011

Would have been better as a graphic novel; in fact I see many similarities to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," by Alan Moore. Uses characters and much of the plot of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Uses characters and one symbol and one line of dialogue from "The Importance of Being Earnest." The science and technology are abysmal. Author seems never to have been in a high school laboratory class. Perpetual motion. Medieval undershot water wheel dipped in sluggish Thames powering hundreds of activities all over the college. Almost effortless organ transplant. Plastic harder and stronger than metal. Worse than the science (which is no worse than any superhero graphic novel) are the problems of an author's first work: awkward transitions between viewpoint characters; spending too much time telling, not showing; occasional clumsy attempts at humor. But if one can ignore all the gaffes that keep dragging one out of the story, it is a fun read. There are brief passages that are almost lyrical.


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