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Girl Genius, Volume 5: Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess
     

Girl Genius, Volume 5: Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess

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by Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
 

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Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!

In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world… with mixed success.

With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master

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Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!

In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world… with mixed success.

With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling troupe of performers dedicated to staging Heterodyne shows—dramatizations of the exploits of Bill and Barry Heterodyne and their allies—who are unaware of Agatha’s connection to the Heterodyne line.

Pursued by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, his handsome son Gil, and their minions (not to mention Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer), Agatha hides in plain sight among the circus folk, servicing their clanks and proving herself adept in performing the role of Lucrezia Mongfish, nemesis to—and later wife of—Barry Heterodyne. She also begins training under Zeetha, swordmistress and princess of the lost city of Skifander. Together, Agatha, Krosp, and the performers travel across the treacherous wasteland of war-torn Europa, towards Mechanicsburg, and the ancestral home of the Heterodynes—Castle Heterodyne.

But with many perils standing in her way—including Wulfenbach’s crack troops, mysterious Geisterdamen, savage Jägermonsters, and the fabled Storm King—it’s going to take more than a spark of Mad Science for Agatha to get through…

From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the multiple WCCA and Hugo Award-winning webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! And Mad Science!

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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Publishers Weekly
The second volume of the Foglios' (Agatha H. and the Airship City) conversion of their long-running Girl Genius comic into novel form continues to succeed in staying very close to the original while providing lots of bonus material for committed fans of the series, often in the form of footnotes containing self-referential wit and historical asides. For readers otherwise unfamiliar with the source, this zany and playful gaslight fantasy—full of "Adventure, Romance, Mad Science!" (per the comics)—works successfully on its own. Spunky mad scientist Agatha Heterodyne and her talking cat companion Krosp, having crashed the dirigible with which they escaped the airship Castle Wulfenbach, hide themselves among the eccentric cast of Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling show presenting plays about the Heterodyne Boys, and attempt to be useful, without being discovered or recaptured, until they reach Mechanicsburg and Castle Heterodyne. Expansive descriptions of places and mechanisms, delightful characterization of creatures human, near human, and thoroughly mechanical, and an inventive, high-drama story line make this an immersive yet lighthearted and delightful bit of adventurous fun. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802222
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Series:
Girl Genius Series , #5
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
347,880
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Girl Genius, Volume 5: Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series of novel adaptations of the Hugo award winning Girl Genius webcomic (web graphic novel?) has all the charm and humor of the original. They are great companions to each other (the comic and the books) - after reading the book I went back to look at the other again. The stories take place in an alternate, "steampunk" world where the Earth (Europe in particular) is ruled by mad scientists (sparks), most of whom are terribly evil and all of which are ruthless, and tells the story of Agatha, who discovers not only that she is a spark, but that she is the offspring of such famous parents that she has to fight to keep from being swept away in huge waves of politics, intrigue, and mad science. The world that has been created by the Foglios is deep, wide, complex and lots of fun. The first book starts with a scene of major (but confusing) foreshadowing that has yet to be reached even in the comic, but they evidently have had the ending worked out from the start. What a cool story. Get the books, but read the comics also to see Phil's delightful artwork. These would make a cool series of movies someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The prose version is just as smart and funy as the comic, but provides some concrete aditional back story.
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