All Men of Genius

All Men of Genius

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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A steampunk retelling of Twelfth night and The importance of being Earnest. Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds but it is a male-only college. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America-- disguising herself as her twin brother, Ashton, she gains entry. But keeping the secret of her sex won't be easy.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765327949
Branch Call Number: ROSEN
Characteristics: 462 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 20, 2014

I would say that this book is a decent read. I feel like the author had rushed the story starting from the middle to the end, but anyone who is into steampunk should give this a try.

Oct 22, 2011

Would have been better as a graphic novel; in fact I see many similarities to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," by Alan Moore. Uses characters and much of the plot of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Uses characters and one symbol and one line of dialogue from "The Importance of Being Earnest." The science and technology are abysmal. Author seems never to have been in a high school laboratory class. Perpetual motion. Medieval undershot water wheel dipped in sluggish Thames powering hundreds of activities all over the college. Almost effortless organ transplant. Plastic harder and stronger than metal. Worse than the science (which is no worse than any superhero graphic novel) are the problems of an author's first work: awkward transitions between viewpoint characters; spending too much time telling, not showing; occasional clumsy attempts at humor. But if one can ignore all the gaffes that keep dragging one out of the story, it is a fun read. There are brief passages that are almost lyrical.

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