Perhaps, you're scratching your head over this one. One friend of mine gave me the most curious look when I mentioned my read this week. She's been pestering me for some time to read a really good vampire novel (I guess we'll just have to wait and see on that one!) and in the process I told her about Steampunk. Yes, Virginia, this really is a genre. Other than watching the dreadful movie Time Machine, this was my first encounter (Oh wait, I did catch that Castle episode as well!) with Steampunk.
So, this week I hunkered down and cracked open George Mann's The Affinity Bridge. I like the cover art, but after reading it, I kind of wish they'd gone with an automaton on the cover. The description of those little clockwork men is creepy! The author, George Mann, is the head of a major British SF/Fantasy publishing imprint. He's also done his share of editing in the past (keep this in mind as I move into my review). Mann has edited the Solaris Book of New Science Fiction anthology series. He's also written numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction. The Affinity Bridge was published in 2009, through A Tor Book. This novel is the first in the 'Newbury & Hobbes Investigation' series.