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Praise for James P. Blaylock:

"A singular American fabulist." - William Gibson, author of The Difference Engine

"Blaylock is a magician!" - Michael Swanwick

"Blaylock's prose is so rich it literally sings!" - Charles de Lint

"Blaylock is better than anyone else at showing us the magic that secretly animates our world..." - Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides

"While many recent novels have picked up the steampunk banner, this one fully delivers, offering action, farce, tender relationships, and prose full of genuine Victorian cadence and flavor." - Publishers Weekly [on The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs]

"St. Ives has to be one of the most fleshed out Victorian characters ever written, and I’m sincerely hoping that Blaylock isn’t finished with this scientist adventurer. The Aylesford Skull can easily stand alone without any knowledge of Blaylock’s previous steampunk stories, but you’ll want to hunt down additional St. Ives tales, I’m for certain." – Wired.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857689795
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 958,909
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Another excellent Langdon St. Ives adventure, in the steampunk e

    Another excellent Langdon St. Ives adventure, in the steampunk era. Blaylock is one of my favorite authors, because he writes in diverse
    styles. This is "steampunk adventure", but he also writes some very metaphysical stuff, and some very down-to-earth stuff.  This book
    would make a very interesting movie, as it has lots of action, some mystical stuff, and oh by the way, Arthur Conan Doyle joins in the fun.
    This is the 6th St. Ives novel, but they all can stand alone, so there's no benefit in reading them in chronological order. You can just enjoy
    them as you find them.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    James P. Blaylock in his new book, ¿The Aylesford Skull¿ a new b

    James P. Blaylock in his new book, “The Aylesford Skull” a new book in Tale of Langdon St. Ives series published by Titan Books gives us the first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre’s founding fathers!

    From the back cover: It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives – brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer – is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard.

    In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives.

    When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit…

    If you like science fiction then this book is for you. I have to admit I do not know much about this genre “Steampunk” however I do know and enjoy Jules Verne stories and Mr. Blaylock has captured quite a bit of what Mr. Verne used to put in his stories. What I am reminded of is “Master of the World” by Mr. Verne with his airship because Langdon St. Ives has an airship that he uses as we use a car. “The Aylesford Skull” is my first Langdon St. Ives thriller but I guarantee you this will not be my last. I like this character a lot and he kinda has a Sherlock Holmes atmosphere about him. Mr. Blaylock has given us a rip-rousing adventure yarn that will grab your attention and keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. A partial list of ingredients within “The Aylesford Skull” are a pirate attack, grave robbing, murder, a bombing, a chase in the sewers and an airship over London. This is an exciting book and I am sure you will enjoy this book as well.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 13, 2013

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