Now Reading: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson
Just Finished: The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
When I started The Somnambulist, I wasn’t sure if I’d get a Steampunk extravaganza or just a gothy sort of Sherlock Holmes. What I actually got reminded me of one of those Doctor Who episode set in the 1800′s: carnival freaks, psychic powers, espionage organizations, and, yes, even putative time travelers.
The story concerns one Edward Moon, stage magician, and his silent sidekick, The Somnambulist. Moon’s hobby is the solving of mysteries, though he does not always do so succesfully. Yet, when an actor falls to his death from a tower, the police come to Moon for help, beginning his strangest adventure yet.
Possibly, my favorite part of the story was the delightfully lemony narrator who told it.