“ Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: Steven Savile / Kindle Edition / Published 2011-01-31 by Bad Press „
Set in Victorian London - this series of stories is as much about the members of the Greyfriar's Gentleman's Club as the events that unfold themselves.
The setting is matched beatifully to it's time - the list of members are variously dashing, studious or dabblers in the occult, but all at the peak of wit, sartorial dress and apt to take a snifter and a cigar before sallying forth to battle evil.
There are clear signs of the direction the author takes with other works like the bestselling Silver (the religious overtones of the occult material), and Gods & Monsters (Demonic entities, the quest to demystify divine creation).
The 3 stories begin with a museum break in, a journey to the centre of the hollow earth and a classic godzilla-type rampage, followed by an imagined continuation of a classic folk tale that draws heavily from the authors penchant for the Golem, and ends with a poignant tale of Art vs Machines and the attempts of a broken man to bring love back to his empty life. I don't want to reveal too much of the plots - but they really are full of fascinating science, myth, magic, wonder and above all action.
A brilliant series of tales that I hope to see more of once London Macabre (a bumper edition of Greyfriar's tales) is published.
At only 70p on the Kindle, this is a real bargain.
This review previously posted by me on Amazon.co.uk