Girl Genius, Volume 1: Agatha H. and the Airship City

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For nearly a decade, Phil and Kaja Foglio have been providing web surfers and comics fans with one of the most glorious Steampunk visions every committed in a story that’s equally grounded in adventure and romance. Now, Phil and Kaja — with eight volumes of the Girl Genius comic under their belts and a formidable platform built both on the web and at the numerous science fiction and comics conventions they participate in — have decided that it’s time for Agatha to become a bit less of a visual distraction and ...
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Overview

For nearly a decade, Phil and Kaja Foglio have been providing web surfers and comics fans with one of the most glorious Steampunk visions every committed in a story that’s equally grounded in adventure and romance. Now, Phil and Kaja — with eight volumes of the Girl Genius comic under their belts and a formidable platform built both on the web and at the numerous science fiction and comics conventions they participate in — have decided that it’s time for Agatha to become a bit less of a visual distraction and something more of a fit for "bookstores and libraries." That’s why you’ll find a new beginning for their girl Agatha in book form going over where she came from with a healthy dose of robots, mad scientists, and zombie armies.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Hugo Award-winning Foglios (Girl Genius) present the first three volumes of their popular gaslight fantasy comic in novelized form, maintaining the zany energy, witty repartee, creative characterization, and innovative world-building of the original. Agatha Clay is a university lab assistant in a world filled with madboy scientists, dangerous automata, and not quite human soldiers with silly Germanic accents. She soon finds herself a pawn in political power struggles when her locket is stolen and she is taken hostage on the airship of the powerful Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. While trying to stay alive long enough to discover the truth, she begins to discover her personal history and genius talents of her own. This version keeps closely to the original plot, and uses most of the original dialogue, but also provides expanded scenes and character interiority that will delight regular fans of the series. Although this book is likely not the best way to experience the Foglios' talent for the first time, and cannot do justice to the sheer buxomness of its main character, it is entirely comprehensible and enjoyable on its own without its comic counterparts. (Jan.)
Library Journal
It's hard being Agatha Clay. On top of debilitating headaches and missing relatives she has to deal with inventions that don't work and a lab position at Transylvania Polygnostic University that is heading nowhere fast. This uncomfortable inertia is disrupted when Baron Wulfenbach visits the lab and all mad science breaks loose, ending with Agatha a prisoner aboard the massive airship Castle Wulfenbach. With sparks of surprising scientific insight, the Baron's son, and a cat on her side, Agatha can't help but succeed, though it won't be easy. VERDICT This volume by the creators of the Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius (Volumes 1–9) is a fantastic reintroduction (in a novel format) to the Girl Genius world and will definitely capture new fans. It will appeal to fans of the steampunk genre who like their books riddled with mad science and adventure, along with a liberal dash of humor.—April Steenburgh, Endwell, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441878465
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Girl Genius Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PHIL & KAJA FOGLIO are famous for their comic book series "Girl genius". This year alone, Girl Genius, Volume 8 won the World Science Fiction Society’s prestigious Hugo Award for “Best Graphic Story” and Girl Genius was named as “one of the thirty most important comics of the decade” by Comic Book Resources. Over the last eight years, Phil Foglio was nominated for a Hugo Award as "Best Professional Artist," the series has twice been nominated for the Eisner Award and won five Web Cartoonist Awards.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Works best as a companion to the comics

    I was very excited to find this book on the shelf at my local Barnes & Noble. I have been reading the Girl Genius comic for several years, so a novelisation was of interest to me.

    The writing is solid, though some stylistic elements may take getting used to, particularly if you are unfamiliar with steampunk and/or Girl Genius. Content-wise this novel covers the same time period and story elements as the first three volumes of the Girl Genius comic. There are some minor differences between the two, and the novel expands on several background story elements that aren't really covered predominantly in the comic.

    Unfortunately, reading the novel doesn't let you see all the intricate background details that are shoved into the art in the comic. Including said details would be impractical; if nothing else it would completely bog down and derail the story. So as an example, in the novel we have to be content with knowing Gil's personal library has bookcases crammed with books, and some of the broad categories those books fall under. In the comic we can read the titles of many of those books (things like Who's Who; What's What; Cultivate a Maniacal Laugh; and Oops!) and get some chuckles.

    All in all I would say this is a good companion work to the comic, not a replacement or substitute. They work best together. Reading the novel had me jumping back in to reread the comic, because I was craving all the little humorous details that just didn't translate over to the written word.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Great Read with Interesting Premis

    if you like steam punk this is a series to look into. with the crazy ideas and odd world most any one would enjoy exploring this world.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    The story was very visual, matching the world I'd seen in the gr

    The story was very visual, matching the world I'd seen in the graphic series with extra material to fill in the gaps.  My only problem with the Nook Book version was the formatting that kept my Nook Touch from resizng or reflowing the text as needed, with the line spacing too close together for easy reading. That could be the fault of the formatter, however, not the authors of this great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Goofy fun--now with lousy formatting!

    Light fun, though the slapstick in the online comic doesn't translate well to prose. A bloodbath at the end doesn't seem to fit with the book's earlier frothiness. Unconnected with the sometimes-amateurish writing is the very bad formatting of the e-book version: sentences broken across paragraphs, barely indented paragraphs... It's a mess and difficult to read. If you want an electronic version, I'd stick to the graphic novel.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    CD/Unabridged: First, let me say that I really liked the way Angela Dawe read the book. She did an excellent job and did not read with a stuffy English accent. The story, however, was lacking plot. It starts with Agatha getting kidnapped by evil German robot people who have taken over the European realm. Agatha and the man she is brought to the evil airship with are mistaken for lovers and scientist. They want to get out evil mastermind's lair and she meets the evil son. The ending was a letdown as Agatha searches for her parents, who may or may not be her parents. Agatha is a strong character and I really liked her. I think that her being stuck in this Steampunk world really retarded her character's growth. The ending was very anti-climatic with a lead in that there is another book to come. I heard that it will be a graphic novel. That I can see with all the robots and action. Overall, it was interesting, but fulfilling.

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