Waiting On Wednesday - Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett
Sept 10, 2013 (Tor Books)

Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world—including the East Coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, told in Gideon’s favorite “penny dreadful.” When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work.  Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him, Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities. Together they make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger.

But Trigger is little more than an aging fraud, providing cover for the covert activities of his lover, Dr. John Reed, a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day...but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!

Imaginative title? Check. Interesting cover? Check. Intriguing cover blurb? Check. Admittedly, I don't know much about David Barnett, and I'm only a casual fan of the steampunk genre, but this one just connects with me on all levels. Here's hoping an ARC finds its way across my shelves.


  1. OOh interesting! This one's new to me but I hope you enjoy it!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  2. Hello Bob. Yes, I have been googling my own book :). Thanks so much for your interest! If you're keen on getting hold of an ARC, then the person at Tor to contact is Leah Withers in publicity - Leah dot Withers at Tor dot com. Hope you enjoy it...

    1. Thanks for stopping, David! I'll definitely pop Leah a note, and you're interested in stopping by for an interview or guest post to help launch it, just let me know.

    2. Hi Bob, that would be brilliant. Can I message you my email address somehow?

    3. An email is on its way, David. :)

  3. Interesting pick. Never heard of this before so thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

    old follower


  4. I'm kind of a casual steampunk fan too, but sometimes I really enjoy it. This sounds like one to add to the list.


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