3.5 out of 5 Stars
Thank you to Shannon at Reads & Reels Tours for having me on the tour today!
It is New Year’s Eve, 1875. In this humorously told Steampunk tale, adventure-prone Ichabod Temperance and his lovely sweetheart, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, once again find themselves swept up into a whirlwind of misadventure and international catastrophe. The entire world totters on the brink of war, as various nations develop arsenals of dreadful power. It seems as though every nation on Earth lusts for Empire. A sinister plot boils to change the course of human history. Along with a remarkable cast of characters, including sapient animals and clockwork men, our heroes find themselves plunged into unimaginable peril!
What a unique “narrative”! This is definitely a one of a kind series. I can’t even really call it a narrative because the entirety of it is written in dialogue with brief setting statements. It reads like the close caption script to a movie, or a radio drama…. I am absolutely NOT stating this as a bad thing! I almost gave it an extra star just BECAUSE of this! It left me to fill in the blanks with my own imagination.
The alliteration in the story was so whimsical, in a very Dandy Steampunk style,
“An aura of anger arises around the metal angel of angst. The tundra trembles with trepidation at the terrible tread. The lumbering lummox looms large. James’ face, formerly framed with fearless ferocity, fails famously.”
“Poison piles up in precarious pyramids, promising portents of pushing up plenty o’ Petunias.”
“Hurrying on with our unscheduled inspection we visit vast visions of venomous vats violently vibrating, with viscous viciousness.”
Was this book written by Wayne from Letterkenny? Or Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer?
The characters were all interesting. My one complaint is that because there was no inner monologue or proper narrative, is was difficult to really get to know any of them, You got a sense of what they were like, but you never really got to know them on a personal enough level to get really invested in them.
I absolutely loved the character of James Murray, the wild Australian. But, I will admit to having little clue as to what he was actually saying most of the time! (maybe that was what leant to the air of charm and mystery surrounding him. Ha ha!)
“Those imaginarian quotational markers dilly up my kwonky, Colonel. Triddie me scuppers, and blocko the diggers, am I to understand that you are involved with a plot to barbee up a method of making the populatto all gully gully?”
“Well it all started when I was just a pup-sized koala to a dingo’s relief. The upbringing I got at the hands of my Binga Bingas was priceless. Never short the berroons, I quickly made my mark in the skids. Up the Raleigh roost I came like a night squelching bird of Gongarine devouring a Tazmanian turtle tink up the gullipers.”
This book may not be for everyone, but I would love if everyone would give it a chance. It’s so unique in this copy/paste world that it’s definitely worth giving a chance. It really is different from anything I’ve ever read before, and I absolutely plan to continue with the series!
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Standing over five feet, seven inches and weighing in at better than one hundred and thirty pounds, Ichabod Temperance is ‘The Alfalfa Male.’ After lengthy music, karate, and pro-wrestling careers, Ichabod’s involvement with movie stuntwork has led him to write these whimsical, steam-driven adventures. Mr. Temperance and his lovely muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, live in Irondale, Alabama, USA, along with their furry pack family.
A World of Intemperance is Best Served with a Koala Zombie Killer Cocktail
“So, Barney, ya wanna buy Wilhelmina a drink?”
“Another round of Koala Zombie Killers, ja!”
Well, when an author writes a drink that doesn’t exist… it’s up to The BookWorm Drinketh to come up with the recipe!! (Although Ichabod, if you happen to have an actual recipe, feel free to let me know!)
Sadly, it’s very hard to get any Australian liquors in Canada. What DO we have?! Copious amounts of Australian wine! So, I decided to do my own Aussie’d up take on a Zombie Cocktail.
- 1oz Gold Rum
- 1oz 151 proof Rum
- 1oz White Rum
- 1oz Apricot Brandy
- 2oz Pineapple Juice
- 1/2oz Lime Juice
- Australian Sparkling Wine
- Pour everything EXCEPT sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker full of ice
- Shake until chilled
- Pour into glass
- Top with Sparkling Wine