Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath: From the Peculiar Adventures of John Lovehart, Esq., Volume 1 - by Ishbelle Bee
A world of spiritualists, a murderer who kills children and transfers their souls into clockwork pieces of art, a shape-shifting guardian, a possible look at the root of the Jack the Ripper legend, and I still had a difficult time embracing The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath.
Maybe it was the way the story was told piecemeal in a series of vignettes through a wide variety of first person narratives rather than with a single voice. At times it seemed disconnected. At first it almost seemed like a children's fairy tale, but before long we see the incredible darkness beneath the surface. That I liked
I'm not saying The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath is without merit. The characters are well developed and quite varied and even the most ruthless among them isn't without a tender moment or two. It's just that I wished there was more of a cohesiveness throughout.
Although a part of a series, The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath, stands well enough on its own and is available now both in paperback and e-book formats from Angry Robot Books.
I'm kind of on the fence when it comes to recommending this one. I liked it, but not enough to say others should read it, but then your mileage may vary.