#Review: The Affinity Bridge #mystery #paranormal #book


Title:  The Affinity Bridge

Series: Newbury and Hobbes #1

Author: George Mann

Genre: Steampunk, Sci-fi

Pages: 350

Reading Level: Adult

Content: R (violence, drug use, scary and mature themes, some gore)

I bought this book at a bargain bookstore and almost feel like I ripped them off. Even though I didn’t love this book, I still underpaid for it.

I’ve been wanting to dive into the steampunk genre for some time, but I keep getting distracted by my faves. Every now and then, though, I do pick up something steam and always seem to enjoy it. The main problem with this book is that it has a reputation and I let myself get caught up in the hype. I was expecting, maybe, too much from it. In any case, I did like it and here’s why.

The story is a mystery in the manner of Sherlock Holmes but set in a world of steam with large blimps floating over London and zombie-like creatures lurking in the dark. This isn’t a spoiler, this is how the book opens up- and what an opening it is. Holmes and Watson are played by Sir Newbury and his assistant Miss Hobbs (who I liked right away).

Punch card powered Automata are at the center of the great mystery which involves royalty, a blimp crash, and a few murders. The pace ebbs and flows and the promise of “dark arts” is lacking. The descriptions were probably my favorite part. All in all, I can’t complain too much. It’s a good story and a credit to the genre. I plan to read more in this series (I think it’s a series).

I give this book a 4.


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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

12 thoughts on “#Review: The Affinity Bridge #mystery #paranormal #book”

  1. Hmm…sounds interesting. I haven’t tried a steampunk book yet, but the genre intrigues me.

    I do love the jewelry. Does that count? 😉

    1. I think it’s worth checking out, but maybe ask around and read one highly recommended by friends you trust.

  2. I like the cover and the title. I’ve only read a couple of steampunk novels and they were pretty good. I love it when I run across a good book bargain. Dollar Tree sometimes has some interesting offerings.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  3. I always hate to read a book or watch a movie after it has been critically praised or one an award because it inevitably raises my expectation level. Which is unfair to the work. I try not to read reviews beforehand for that very reason.

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