Automatic Woman by Nathan Yocum
There are no simple cases. Jacob “Jolly” Fellows knows this.
I have received the Automatic Woman ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. No chocolate kitties were offered as bribe. No bunnies were threatened with death. Promise.
So let’s get on with it, shall we? Automatic Woman is a pretty decent Steampunk story. The beginning of it was entertaining. I really liked crazy old doctor and his swan lake ballerinas. A very nice idea indeed. BUT it did not live up to all those praises from its description. This particular phrase got my hopes up:
A volatile mix of steampunk, noir, historical fiction, and two-fisted action, Automatic Woman takes us to a place that never was yet we all know so well… the London of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker with a pneumatic twist.
Automatic Woman failed to deliver all that.
Despite the fact that Jolly is not my type of fellow, I kind of liked him. I can’t say the same regarding the rest of the characters though. Everyone is broken in this book. The story started brilliantly, but lost me mid-way. All the events that took place headed in a wrong direction. Jolly got extremely annoying as the story progressed. Eh.
Anyways, Automatic Woman is not a bad book. It’s not a great one either. I would recommend it if, say, you can borrow it from someone, and/or if you have nothing better to read.
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