Empire State

Empire State

by Adam Christopher
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Empire State by Adam Christopher

THE EMPIRE STATE IS THE OTHER NEW YORK. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple, a place where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes that once kept the streets safe have fallen into dysfunctional rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York… until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants. Playing on the classic Gotham conventions of the Batman comics and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, debut author Adam Christopher has spun this smart and fast-paced superhero-noir adventure, the sort of souped-up thrill ride that will excite genre fans and general readers alike.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ]

e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-194-4

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857661920
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication date: 01/28/2012

About the Author

ADAM CHRISTOPHER was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles. In 2006, Adam moved to the sunny North West of England, where he lives in domestic bliss with his wife and cat in a house next to a canal. When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over DC Comics, Stephen King, and The Cure. He is also a strong advocate for social media, especially Twitter, which he spends far too much time on, avoiding work.

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Empire State 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
hymie More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
SkepticMA More than 1 year ago
For some reason there is no sample available. Reader beware a Nook book that doesn't have a free sample to read.