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THE EMPIRE STATE IS THE OTHER NEW YORK. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple, a place where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes that once kept the streets safe have fallen into dysfunctional rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York… until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants. Playing on the classic Gotham conventions of the Batman comics and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, debut author Adam Christopher has spun this smart and fast-paced superhero-noir adventure, the sort of souped-up thrill ride that will excite genre fans and general readers alike.
File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ]
e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-194-4
British author Abnett, best known for his graphic novel collections and Warhammer 40,000 novel series, offers a ribald, rollicking adventure in the tradition of Flashman. Queen Elizabeth XXX is the monarch in an alternative history of Great Britain where Queen Elizabeth I married her brother-in-law, Philip II of Spain, resulting in a union that created world domination; since then all female monarchs have been named after her. Sir Rupert Triumff, the swashbuckling hero or crude anti-hero and one-time explorer, must ingratiate himself with the Queen in order to get permission for future voyages, and is commandeered to protect Her Majesty. The concept is clever and creative, and magic, treason, and Spanish grandees make for an entertaining read, yet the pacing either bewilderingly fast or inert thanks to arch description may throw readers off. But fans of more intellectual fantasy will enjoy Abnett's misadventures and hope for future installments.