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Book Title: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus|
The author of the book: Jonathan Green
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Edition: Abbadon Books
Date of issue: 2010
ISBN 13: 9781907519369
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This omnibus gives us the first three Pax Britannia novels in one. Which is as well, because they’re rather compulsive reading and it’s very easy to go straight through all three.
Pax Britannia is what would have happened to the world had the Victorians carried on doing their thing, if the Empire had held together, steam technology had carried on and the same attitudes to women, the poor, the earth and the colonies had continued unchecked. As such it’s a rather steampunk sort of scenario.
The plot line follows the adventures of dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver, who is a sort of James Bond type. He’s gung-ho, arrogant, not as good as he thinks he is but somehow not dead. Here’s where the real genius of the books starts to show. We see the world through the privileged, self-assured eyes of Quicksilver most of the time – especially in the first two books. It would be fair to say that he thinks he’s great. He’s a staunch supporter of the Empire, Queen Victoria (even though she’s more machine than monarch now) class structures and so forth. He’s painfully sexist. But underneath all of this is a layer of subversion and irony, layers of writing that let the reader see the bigger, more complex picture. That picture is also a critique of the attitudes and politics of our own world and times.
Green writes action like no one else I have ever read. He sustains the longest action sequences without losing momentum, without ceasing to make sense, or it in any way becoming dull. This impressed me. There are moments of total poetry in his writing, and some grim humour. Here is an author who knows how to relish the moment when an unspeakable thing tears a victim into little pieces. Oh yes, did I mention the monsters? There are monsters. People die.
I liked it a lot. I shall be getting my hands on the rest of the series, that’s for sure.
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Read information about the authorJonathan Green is a writer of speculative fiction, with more than sixty books to his name. Well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks, he has also written fiction for such diverse properties as Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Moshi Monsters, LEGO, Judge Dredd and Robin of Sherwood.
He is the creator of the Pax Britannia series for Abaddon Books and has written eight novels, and numerous short stories, set within this steampunk universe, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver. He is also the author of an increasing number of non-fiction titles, including the award-winning YOU ARE THE HERO – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.
He has recently taken to editing and compiling short story anthologies, including the critically-acclaimed GAME OVER and SHARKPUNK, published by Snowbooks, and the forthcoming Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu.
To find out more about his current projects visit www.JonathanGreenAuthor.com and follow him on Twitter @jonathangreen.
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