Tales of New Albion

Tittel: Tales of New Albion
Forfatter: Daren Callow 
Sjanger: Steampunk
Utgitt: 2017
Forlag: Selvpublisert
Antall sider: 218
Goodreads rating: 4.00

Lest på Engelsk 

Welcome to the wonderfully eccentric world of New Albion. A place where mad inventors rub shoulders with carefree adventurers, grizzled mercenaries, punctilious civil servants and, really rather dull, villains. Where transport is always by mechanical horse or airship and crimes are solved by intelligent hounds and military cats. 

Make sure you have your ray gun to hand and your goggles clamped firmly in place, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

Tales of New Albion av Daren Callow er en samling av noveller skrevet av en forfatter. 
Jeg fikk boka tilsendt direkte fra forfatteren. 

Novelle nr. 1
Timeshock

Den første historien i denne samlingen vakte ganske raskt interesse. 
For det første skriver Callow på en måte jeg sammenbinder med klassiske bøker, noe som lett var med på å sette en god stemning. 
Historien i seg selv er også veldig morsom, og jeg liker originaliteten over ''tidsmaskinen'' i den. 
Mitt eneste problem var at vi ikke fikk svar på den største gåten i denne novellen. 
Hvem vet, kanskje en av de senere novellene gir meg svaret jeg leter etter?

Novellen fikk 4/5 stjerner på goodreads
Den ble lest 8. Juni

Novelle nr. 2
Tobias Fitch

Denne var dessverre veldig treg. 
Hovedsakelig karakteren Tobias som gikk rundt og tenkte på oppdraget han hadde, og hvor lett alt hadde gått så langt. 
Så ble den spennende, og jeg digga det, men da var den over. 
Vi fikk aldri svar på spørsmålene vi satt igjen med. 

Novellen fikk 2/5 stjerner på goodreads 
Den ble lest 12. Juni

Novelle nr. 3
High Cliff Tea Rooms

Jeg likte veldig godt denne novellen!
Den var full av action, humor og morsomme karakterer! 
Jeg vil gjerne lese mer om disse karakterene, og storkoste meg under hele novellen. 

Den fikk 5/5 stjerner på goodreads
Den ble lest 19. Juni

Novelle nr. 4
A Christmas Carry-On

Dette er en gjennfortelling av den kjente A Christmas Carol, med en interessant tvist. 
Den var underholdende å lese, og jeg likte detaljene. 
Igjen har forfatteren skapt et univers jeg kunne tenke meg å høre mer fra. Vi får et glimps av noe som kan bli en veldig artig action comedie, hvis forfatteren bestemmer seg for det!

Novelle fikk 4/5 stjerner på goodreads
Den ble lest 23. Juni

Novelle nr. 5
An Aquanaut Misadventure

Another fun one! 
I really did enjoy the aspect of this story, both the sea-rocket, and the whole secres-society-against-the-Americas thing going on. I also think we got to meet one of the characters we've met before, and that was fun! 
My only problem is that I would have loved to see how they actually did the thing they did at the end.

4/5
Lest 2. Juli

Novelle nr. 6
Lost in the Great White

The Admiral! 
Nothing more needs saying!

Ok, it does, but the Admiral was awesome! 
I really am enjoying the humor in these stories, they are a part of steampunk I didn't know I missed, before this.
Unfortunatly this story had some weird writing, taking away from the story.

3/5 stjerner 
Lest 6. Juli

Novelle nr. 7
La Grande Course de la Caravane

We got to meet Ellen again! Also, pirates. 
A story with a fun consept, lthought I think it turned a little cliche after a while... 

3/5 stjerner
Lest 10. Juli

Novelle nr. 8
In the Shadow of the Moon
Part 2

No, I haven't read part 1, yet, that comes after part 3. 
This novella picks up rather quickly after the first in this book, and instantly after the second, as far as I can tell. 
It's a bit slow and info dumpy, though. 

3/5 stjerner 
Lest 14. Julo

Novelle nr. 9
In the Shadow of the Moon
Part 3

Still a bit info dumpy, but a lot more happened in this novella. Also, it was a fun one, if nothing else for Ms Tickle the 3!

3/5 stjerner 
lest 14. Juli

Novelle nr. 10
In the Shadow of the Moon
Part 1

Ok, so I'm both glad and not that this came last in the book. It was interesting, but it would also have been really confusing if I'd not read part 2 and 3 beforehand. 
Liked the mix of nostalgia and humour 

4/5 stjerner 
Lest 14. Juli


When I got this book I originally thought it was a collection of short stories with steampunk elements. I continued to believe this for quite a while, actually, enjoying seeing some of the characters again. 
If that had been the case, this book would have gotten a 4/5 star rating here on Goodreads.
But it wasn't.
After a while I realized that this book actually tells a coherent story. 
I would have loved that, had it not been for the way it was told. 
As said, in novellas, but with no chronological order, and the story isn't even finished! 
If I were to put the stories into order, it would be something like this:
IV
VI
III
V
VII
I
II
X
VIII
IX
Then again, they were fun to read the way they were as well, just as long as you know about the main story unfolding after a while. 

That said, this is a fun book to read. 
The writing is good - although I think the author might be inspired by Cormac McCarthey, in the way that there aren't many commas in the text. Other than that, it was easy to read.
Also, there is a sense of fun in the writing that I don't often see. 

So I will enjoy reading the next book, hopefully a continuing of the story that starts up in this one, and now that I also know that there is a main story, I will probably enjoy it more!

Boka fikk 3/5 stjerner på goodreads


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Hildur

17.09.2017 kl.17:57

Hørtes ut som et interessant konsept! :D

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