Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Tuesday 14th July 2020 - 08:36:34

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Fantasy > Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences : 2 : The Janus Affair review

« A Perfect Blood reviewA Perfect BloodSheep on a Beach reviewSheep on a Beach »

Score: 8.3/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 3434 - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences : 2 : The Janus Affair
Written by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences : 2 : The Janus Affair
Price:
$24.99
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by HarperCollins

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
Available:
June 2012

Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences : 2 : The Janus Affair product reviews

There's something rotten in the city of London. Women are disappearing - young and old, rich and poor, from all walks of society. The only thing they have in common is their belief that women also deserve the vote. It's up to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences to find out why these women are vanishing, but agents Books and Braun have their own challenges.

There's a turncoat with nefarious plans within the Ministry itself, and the reappearance of an old flame means their growing friendship is threatened. To say nothing of the queen of the underworld, assassins-attacking-on-ornithopters, and a conspiracy that reaches to the heights of London Society.

Check out HarperCollins onlineClick here to see all the listings for HarperCollins Visit their website Follow them on Twitter Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel



Tags:
britain   kate sheppard   peculiar occurrences   pip ballantine   steampunk   suffragists   tee morris
Other listings you may be interested in:
AbaratAbarat
Rating: 6.3
A Collection of Quotable QuotesA Collection of Quotable Quotes
Rating: 9.3
The 39 Clues - 2 - One False NoteThe 39 Clues - 2 - One False Note
Rating: 9.8
Line WarLine War
Rating: 9.8
Conspiracy 365 : 2 : FebruaryConspiracy 365 : 2 : February
Rating: 9.0
The Shearwater BellThe Shearwater Bell
Rating: 9.5
The Shark in the DarkThe Shark in the Dark
Rating: 9.3
Who's That Roaring?Who's That Roaring?
Rating: 9.0
Celebrity in DeathCelebrity in Death
Rating: 8.8
Cooper's BedtimeCooper's Bedtime
Rating: 10.0
Straw Shooter JetsStraw Shooter Jets
Rating: 8.6
Quaky Cat Helps OutQuaky Cat Helps Out
Rating: 10.0
The Impossible Quest #5: Battle of the HeroesThe Impossible Quest #5: Battle of the Heroes
Rating: 10.0

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of tucker

Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 7th of July, 2012

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 8.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 8 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 8 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 8 out of 10

I admit to not having read much in the way of steampunk stories. The odd short story as part on an anthology, but never really a full novel. It just never really struck me as a technological branch that could have really taken a hold - the last time I checked, steam was not compatible with neurological signals, so I failed to make that leap of faith that allowed me to suspend my disbelief enough and accept the technology for the sake of the story. However, this one was worth giving the benefit of the doubt for two main reasons.

Firstly, despite being written by an American couple, the main characters have strong cultural links to Kiwis: The male protagonist is British, and named Wellington Books, while the female protagonist - Eliza Braun - is apparently a redheaded Kiwi. If nothing else, I had to laugh at the British/Kiwi cultural crossovers. (Oh, and the cherry on top, the traitor in their midst... an Aussy!)

Secondly, the story, I was assured, was more about the plot and the people, and less about the actual steampunk technology. This made it a lot more appealing for me, as it meant the bits I couldn't just let go an accept would be discrete and easier to overlook. They were right, except for a cyborg version of famous Kiwi Suffragist Kate Sheppard, there really was very little in the way of Steampunk intrusion into the story.

Now, before you throw your hands up and cry "But I LOVE Steampunk! That's it, I am not going to buy this..." I need to say that it is far from being invisible. It does pop up... all over the place... and some of it is really quite nifty, especially if you can accept the Victorian-era version of modern machines - computers, motorbikes, cybernetic limbs, strength-enhancing exoskeletons, and the likes. It's just that the technology is mentioned and not promoted, if you will accept my distinction.

Overall, did I enjoy this book? Most definitely! I regret not getting the first book when I had the chance, I think it might have been a great way to slowly start accepting more of the Steampunk mythos into my preferences. I've seen it in movies and enjoyed it, but as a literary device I used to find it quite difficult to tolerate - this book has softened that stance a little. Perhaps another few stories like it would open me up to the possibility of enjoying it more in future.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 9.8
Product reviews for listing 4839: Devon the Dog's Adventure -  Author: Jonathan Short

Product image for Devon the Dog's AdventureDevon the Dog's Adventure is a beautifully illustrated children's book aimed at children between 2-5. The book follows the story of a dog who can't remember where his home is and then goes on a journey to see where other animals live and if he can stay with them. The book educates children by showing them over 15 animals and teaching a little about them.

The first book in a series of educational adventures undertaken by Devon the Dog and his friends.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Education is what you get when you read the fine-print. Experience is what you get when you don't."
anonymous

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream