Friday, July 1, 2011
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
I blogged yesterday about The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, a prequel novella that was given away as a free ebook in order to promote this book, The Girl in the Steel Corset. Although I enjoyed the novella, I was only halfway impressed. It felt a bit rushed at times, and was obviously an afterthought to the novel, which doesn't work out so well when the afterthought it supposed to come first.
The Girl in the Steel Corset, on the other hand, is pretty good. It's funny, when I was about halfway through it, I told my husband that it was kind of like a Victorian-era X-Men. Well, in the author's note at the end of the novel, she says exactly that: She set out to write a cross between X-Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
I thought the characters were much better done in The Girl in the Steel Corset, which was probably because it wasn't as rushed. Interestingly, I did get a little of the "rushed" feeling in this one too during the big climax at the end. It feels almost like the author started hurrying too much when she got closer to the end. There were a lot of punctuation errors and missing words in the ebook, too, though that could just as easily be the publisher's errors, and not the author's.
Overall, the book was good, and if the author writes sequels I'll read them, too. However, if you get really annoyed at missing words and other errors, you probably won't want to read this. Each time, it caused me to have to reread the sentence or phrase several times before I figured out what was missing, and I know that can ruin the experience for some readers. Sometimes it just amazes me what comes out of big publishing houses that ought to know better!