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The Osiris Ritual by George Mann

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The Osiris Ritual

Sir Maurice Newbury, investigator for the Crown and curator at the British Museum, is on the hunt for a ritualistic killer and answers in the thrilling sequel to The Affinity Bridge. Lord Winthorp’s corpse is found in the casket of a mummy he had just unveiled the night before to the Who’s Who of London society. Strangely, the mummy, when unwrapped was found to have been mummified alive, shown by the grotesque scream permanently preserved on his face. Why was Lord Winthrop murdered and why was the man from the past so vile that he was entombed like that?

On another hot trail is Sir Maurice’s assistant Veronica Hobbs. She is looking into the mystery of the disappearance of several women. Perhaps because of class differences and the fact that they are women, the crown and local constabulary don’t seem interested in their vanishings. Veronica will investigate them on her own if she has to.

Set in the foggy streets of 1902 London, The Osiris Ritual features something for everyone. Archeology, occult, murders, mystery and a wee touch of the emerging genre of steampunk with a few animated contraptions all converge into a well written book that I just couldn’t put down.

They called this steampunk, but I really felt that part of it was barely noticeable. After reading Android Karenina, I was ready for every aspect of London life to have changed like Russia had. I liked the lighter side of steampunk, it didn’t make me feel that I had stolen my little brother’s SciFy book.

One word of caution: Sir Maurice has an opium addiction. Besides being derivative of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, I hate seeing any kind of drug use being heralded as a way to solve complex problems and mysteries. While it really adds little to the story, it bothered me and I just had to bring it up.

No matter, I liked The Osiris Ritual and now want to read the first one, The Affinity Bridge.

The Osiris Ritual by George Mann

· Hardcover: 336 pages

· Publisher: Tor Books (August 3, 2010)

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 0765323214

· ISBN-13: 978-0765323217

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  • Vicky Alvear Shecte August 7, 2010, 10:36 pm

    The animated contraptions make it steampunk? That's interesting! This sounds like a really good book but I'm wondering about the insertion of steampunk elements. Oh man, now I'm going to have to read it to answer it for myself. One more book added to the TBR pile!

  • Darcia August 8, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Sounds like a great read! I'm glad you clarified the steampunk thing. If I'd seen it marketed that way, I most likely wouldn't have looked further. More for the to-read list!

  • Gwen August 10, 2010, 6:17 am

    The touch of steampunk that it has was just like a squeeze of lemon in your tea. It adds a new flavor, but doesn’t hijack the taste of the tea. It also makes me feel sort of cool that I can add another genre to the list that I will read.

  • Gwen August 10, 2010, 6:21 am

    I just went and double checked with the gods of Wikipedia for the definition of steampunk to check because your comment had me worried. (you know the little voice in your head that says maybe you were wrong?)

    “The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, often featuring futuristic technology as the people of this historical period would have envisioned it to look like, i.e. based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer, but occurring at an earlier date.”

    Yup, it is steampunk, but not crazy, in your face science fiction stuff. I liked the taste as opposed to Android Karenina which was chock full of it.

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