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Empire State

Average Rating 2.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    This thing is all over the place.

    This thing is all over the place. It starts off very slowly. It takes its time in dropping hints about what's going on. Hints that aren't really needed if you've read any blurb about the book. At about the half way point, the pace picks up just a little as characters explain some of what's going on for anyone that hasn't caught on yet after 150 plus pages. But then it speeds up further to become utterly confusing. This finaly speed burst isn't so much about the plot as events on screen. The last couple of chapters are the literary equivalent of those shakey camera moments in a hollywood action film. You're fairly certain something just happened, but you aren't going to know what that something was until the story stops for a moment. Like you'll find yourself wondering where a character has gone, and a couple of chapters later the author will explain that the missing character left at the same time as some other characters being removed from a scene. Add in double (and sometimes triple) doses of characters that the reader doesn't have any reason to care for, and you end up wondering why you bothered to finish the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Horrible, Joyless Mess

    The book is trying to be a madcap romp combining detective noir, steampunk, and superheroes, but never gets in gear. Characters act without any recognizably human sense or motivation and random plot contrivances are thrown all over the place. I read through the entire thing with grim determination, but fortunately you don't have to!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Hard to read

    It was a difficult book to get through. I really, REALLY wanted it to be good. Love the concept but hated the execution. The characters were uninteresting and unlikable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    For some reason there is no sample available. Reader beware a No

    For some reason there is no sample available. Reader beware a Nook book that doesn't have a free sample to read. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Noir, time travel, and enough twists to make M. Night Shyamalan happy.

    after reading this novel in one sitting all i can say is: "WOW!", i loved, loved, loved this book. Please, do yourself a favour and buy this book...now.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    This is a debut novel for this Author, and despite what the cove

    This is a debut novel for this Author, and despite what the cover may lead the reader to believe this book is about, once they start reading they will discover it is something more.  Unfortunately, despite this book having a lot going for it, it didn’t quite reach the spot with me.

    The reason for its shortcomings for me, all lie with the characters; right from the beginning they seem to be lacking something.  The initial character we are introduced to is gone before the reader really has a chance to get to know him, he is replaced by the main protagonist, who is marginally more interesting, but not enough to make the reader connect with him or grab their attention fully.  Many of the characters that appear in the book are never written with any real depth and, even though this is explained about halfway through the book, the reader spends much of their time surrounded by shallow characters.  The characters have very little substance, not enough to carry a whole book, which is a shame in this particular novel.

    Fortunately the setting of the book and the mystery contained in its pages were engrossing enough to keep me reading to the end.  The setting is a parallel universe and brings a very steampunk feel to the pseudo-New York 1930’s written there with robots, prohibition, super heroes, unseen enemies and robots.  This fictional universe is well written and the Author leaves it wide open to the reader’s imagination to explore and populate as they will.  The overall feeling that the reader will gain from the atmosphere created in the book may well remind them of a Philip K. Dick novel, but which one will depend on how they interpret this novel. 

    I would recommend this book to readers of the time travel and fantasy genres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Fun read

    Fun read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Well Done but...

    This is a well put together story with a lot of fun; almost seems to be a graphic novel w/o pictures. Not really my thing but if you like graphic novels, you'll like it.

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    Posted January 20, 2012

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