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- Publisher : Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (1 May 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1456116134
- ISBN-13 : 978-1456116132
- Item Weight : 170 g
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Top review from India
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Natalie Minks loves all machines -- cars, bicycles, and the wind-up automata that are her newest fascination. Unfortunately, the ignorant people in her hometown don't realize how special the machines she handles are. Then Dr. Limberleg's Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show arrives in town, and Natalie finds that Dr. Limberleg's interests mirror her own.
And the Show turns out to have strange, almost magical things in it, from a question-answering sibyl to a movie projector. But it alson has automata that she's never seen before -- ones that don't have wind-up keys, and can move on their own. And when her mother becomes ill, Natalie begins to suspect something sinister about Dr. Limberleg.
"The Boneshaker" is a solid little novel, with a hint of magical realism, some dusty Americana (right down to folk legends about musicians and the Devil) and a little puff of steampunk. It has an interestingly dark undertone, as Natalie tries to unravel what is going on in her town, and what kind of threat it poses.
The problem is that Kate Milford hasn't quite mastered tying together all the scenes -- at times the plot feels fragmented and unfocused. Her prose is extremely solid, although at times a little unpolished, and she knows how to inject a real sense of eerie otherworldliness into seemingly ordinary things, and a sense of horror in some of the more sinister scenes.
And she interweaves some pretty interesting fantasy elements into it, such as the mysterious Jack, who allegedly met the Devil, or a photograph whose subjects close their eyes when they die. And she twines the story in the awareness that stories are -- and have always been -- incredibly important and powerful.
"The Boneshaker" suffers from a rather scattershot narrative, but the intriguing fantasy, Americana and hints of steampunk make it an intriguing story nonetheless.
Top reviews from other countries
Overall, I think this is a terrific novel for kids and adults both. I look forward to seeing what the author does next.