Unnatural History



Action And Adventure In A New Age Of Steam In Two Scant Months The Nation, And All Her Colonies, Will Celebrate Years Of Queen Victoria S Glorious Reign But All Is Not Well At The Heart Of The Empire It Begins With A Break In At The Natural History Museum A Night Watchman Is Murdered An Eminent Professor Of Evolutionary Biology Goes Missing Then A Catastrophic Overground Rail Crash Unleashes The Dinosaurs Of London Zoo But How Are All These Events Connected Is It Really The Work Of Crazed Revolutionaries Or Are There Yet Sinister Forces At Work Enter Ulysses Quicksilver Dandy, Rogue And Agent Of The Throne It Is Up To This Dashing Soldier Of Fortune To Solve The Mystery And Uncover The Truth Before London Degenerates Into Primitive Madness And A Villainous Mastermind Brings About The Unthinkable The Downfall Of The British EmpireUnnatural History

Jonathan Green is a writer of speculative fiction, withthan seventy 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 outabout his current projects visit www.JonathanGreenAuthor.com and follow him on Twitter jonathangreen.

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10 thoughts on “Unnatural History

  1. says:

    A cross between James Bond and Spiderman with dinosaurs, this should be awesome, right That sabout as far as this book gets The setting is cardboard, the characters interchangeable with their archetypes and the dinosaurs don t even hang around forthan a couple of chapters.The hero is an arrogant sod called Ulysses Quicksilver stop groaning, I like my pulps with an inexplicable Spider Sense, ability to magic his bloodstone topped swordcane into his hand even when clinging to the un A cross between James Bond and Spiderman with dinosaurs, this should be awesome, right That sabout as far as this book gets The setting is cardboard, the characters interchangeable with their archetypes and the dinosaurs don t even hang around forthan a couple of chapters.The hero is an arrogant sod called Ulysses Quicksilver stop groaning, I like my pulps with an inexplicable Spider Sense, ability to magic his bloodstone topped swordcane into his hand even when clinging to the underside of a helicopter dirigible and the power to dissolve any threat that occurs around a scene break, at one point causing the poor villan, Kane described as a reactionary revoloutionary Bolsheivik anarchist, presumably because the inexplicable Victorian Stasis doesn t allow him to be a Commie Nazi , to have a perfectly good gun and airborne bullet blinked out of existence Someone should tell Mr.Green that killing the tiny seedlings of tension he d sown makes for a boring read.I finished because I thought he couldn t possibly make the promised explosions and mutated lizardmen boring He did To his credit, though, the indestructable Mr.Quicksilver, Gentleman Adventurer, does occasionally limp a bit and is even mentioned in passing to have contracted dyssentry from messing about in sewers, though how he bypassed septicaemia and potential gangrene from having open wounds in the same environment is hastily bypassed.The most disturbing thing, however, is that the supervillans nefarious plot is ware spoilers here, guys to make a better life for the poor and disenfranchised of the Empire This is mentioned often enough that one starts to question whether the author actually thinks this is the sort of cause that usually attracts batshit insane terrorists I was minorly creeped outnot helped by the fact the heroes tote around a Magical Negro Neandertal who acts like a friendly gorrilla and gets generally treated like dirt despite saving the heroes lives a few timesor the fact that the villainess chief crime in Ulysses opinion appears to be that she was once a low class prostitute, causing him to call her a bitch to her face So much for gentleman This is the only woman in the story, by the way Possibly I hope this is the case this is due to Green being a writer of crapsack world Warhammer 40K novels, in which case Glory To The Empress since he s used to writing opression as a favoured way of life It does however mean he s never looked up steampunk a movement about reclaimation of the power of craft and machines by the people and instead gone steampunkthat s worship of Victoriana and imperialist ideals, right It may be noted that he s also never looked up difference engines, Neandertals, aeronautics, dirigibles, megolasaurs, velociraptors, reins, hydrogen, British Swearing, quantum theory, DNA, russetSaved from the Single Star of Doom because the dinosaurs at least existed and because I have read a book that was worse

  2. says:

    I never know how to start these sorts of reviews Anyway this book was a free download I suspect to encourage readers to get in to the series of loosely connected books now that they first 6 of them have been collected together in to two omnibus editions But what of the book well I will have to admit that some of the plot devices were a little easy to spot including the big reveal at at the end but to be honest this book is not about ground breaking story lines or award winning dialog I never know how to start these sorts of reviews Anyway this book was a free download I suspect to encourage readers to get in to the series of loosely connected books now that they first 6 of them have been collected together in to two omnibus editions But what of the book well I will have to admit that some of the plot devices were a little easy to spot including the big reveal at at the end but to be honest this book is not about ground breaking story lines or award winning dialogue.No this was about caricature players both villains and heroes , breakneck set pieces and massive amounts of a steampunk from a London about to celebrate 160 years of Queen Victorias reign The results are a fast paced race through the city to decipher what is going on and to stop one catastrophe happening on the back of another As usual it is hard to describe the book without going in to the storyline but what I can say is that every plot device is used to great effect In fact so much so that certain events immediately played out in my mind like scenes from a film in fact the chase through the city is very reminiscent of the Venice chase in the League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen film However rather than feeling cheated or bored with what could essentially be repeats I didnt care as I was too deeply wrapped up in what was happening on the page so if you like your action fast, your characters not necessarily two dimensional but certainly playing to a certain stereotype then you cannot go wrong with this book I for one will be looking for others in the series to follow what Ulysses Quicksliver gets up to next

  3. says:

    Although there aren t any surprises in the book I mean, you can see the truth right away and the ending is a bit cartoonish, I like this book It s the end of the twentieth century and Queen Victoria is still alive There aren t clear black and white sides in this story On one side you have outdated Magna Britannia, its agents, aristocracy, and on the othertheshameful aspects of Imperial life had continued to deteriorate At this time London s slums were darker, dirtier andoverAlthough there aren t any surprises in the book I mean, you can see the truth right away and the ending is a bit cartoonish, I like this book It s the end of the twentieth century and Queen Victoria is still alive There aren t clear black and white sides in this story On one side you have outdated Magna Britannia, its agents, aristocracy, and on the othertheshameful aspects of Imperial life had continued to deteriorate At this time London s slums were darker, dirtier andover crowded than even the visionary Charles Dickens could have imagined in his most despairing hour, its streets filled with the dissolute and the destitute, the gin sodden inheritors of the darkest days of the Empire. Of course, there are those who wish to change things, so a simple break in and a murder in the museum become much

  4. says:

    First of all I like to quote some sentences from the blurb Pax Britannia is an exciting new science fiction series, set on an alternative Earth where the British Empire still reigns Action and adventure in a new Age of Steam And to be honest the story contains action, adventure and steam.we follow the first adventure of Ulysses Quicksilver which mostly take place in an alternative London There is an Overground instead of the Underground The zoo of London harbours dinosaurs There are coloni First of all I like to quote some sentences from the blurb Pax Britannia is an exciting new science fiction series, set on an alternative Earth where the British Empire still reigns Action and adventure in a new Age of Steam And to be honest the story contains action, adventure and steam.we follow the first adventure of Ulysses Quicksilver which mostly take place in an alternative London There is an Overground instead of the Underground The zoo of London harbours dinosaurs There are colonies on Moon and Mars Charles Babbage s differential machine is in use Airships reign the air.And it s the year of Queen Victoria s 160th birthday.who remained me a bit of Indiana Jones Don t expect philosophical thoughts.The whole book is an enjoyable read and has a good flow For me as an non native English speaker it was not difficult to read.I will definitely read the next volumes Two mor are available.For detailed information please look at if you like partially incredible adventures think of Indiana Jones and a world full of steam then give it a try

  5. says:

    You can read the full review over at my blog isn t exactly something that I ve had much of an experience with I can remember a few random examples here and there, nothing substantive In fact, I think I ve only read five steampunk novels to date, one in 2012, two in 2013 and two this year Very, very slim pickings indeed here As a genre, Steampunk doesn t fascinate me all that much, not as much as straight up science fiction usually space oper You can read the full review over at my blog isn t exactly something that I ve had much of an experience with I can remember a few random examples here and there, nothing substantive In fact, I think I ve only read five steampunk novels to date, one in 2012, two in 2013 and two this year Very, very slim pickings indeed here As a genre, Steampunk doesn t fascinate me all that much, not as much as straight up science fiction usually space opera at that or epic fantasy, so that is perhaps one of the reasons why I haven t explored the genre further and kind of what I am attempting to do with my 25 Series To Read in 2014 challenge Then again, ifbooks are like Jonathan Green s Unnatural History, then I m willing to go further Unnatural History presents a steampunk ified Victorian London where Queen Victoria is indeed still alive and is approaching her 160th birthday The action centers on hero adventurerer Ulysses Quicksilver of the Quicksilver who is noted the world over for his many adventures His return after a particularly long adventure, one in which he was presumed dead, sparks off a new adventure entirely for him and he has to stop his nemesis Jago Kane from perpetrating yet another atrocity against the empire that he loves and is sworn to protect, Magna Britannia.The premise of this novel is that Queen Victoria is approaching her 160th birthday and that she now rules over Magna Britannia, an alternate historical version of the British Empire that now stretches to the moon itself and covers most of the globe as well Among the Queen s many loyal servants is Ulysses Quicksilver, a hero and adventurer of great renown who works for the government Presumed dead for a significant span of time during his last adventure, Ulysses returns unexpectedly and is almost immediately presented with an assignment to investigate the disappearance of an eminent professor of evolutionary biology and the murder of a nightwatchman at the professor s place of work Of course, it all spirals down into a conspiracy of massive proportions intended to bring down Magna Britannia and all that stands between Magna Britannia and its doom is Ulysses himself and his trusted butler Nimrod.First of all, Unnatural History is an extremely fun and fast paced action adventure, the kind that I really do enjoy reading Ulysses himself is quite the dashing hero, sometimes a cliche, but often a true well realized character as well He is smart and cunning, proficient in his line of work and also honest to a fault Jonathan Green has characterized him well indeed, presenting just the kind of hero and protagonist that a story like this needed, in just the right amounts all the time There are some moments where I was less than convinced by what Ulysses did, but such moments were rare indeed in the novel His interactions with the people around him, especially Nimrod and his own younger brother Bartholomew, are what define him in the end and I liked seeing that side of him He can be a real hard ass at times but there s definitely a softer side to him.In short, there are a lot of sides to a character like Ulysses and he made this novel a most fun read.The other characters, such as Nimrod and Bartholomew, or Genevieve Galapagos daughter of the missing Professor or Jago Kane Ulysses nemesis of old and Uriah Wormwood a senior minister of Queen Victoria s Magna Britannia are all pretty decent as well I loved Nimrod and Jago the best, although the latter was often a cliche, as was Genevieve, at least well into the first half of the book that is There s a right mix of characters here, whether the execution is well handled or not, and I gotta say that they all do lighten up the story quite a bit, especially towards the final third by when Ulysses has been frustrated by his enemies again and again and has progressed little in his mission for Queen and country

  6. says:

    I am rating this four stars based on its originality within the sreampunk genre and in the context that it is escapist entertainment It isn t four stars stakced up against aliterary writer in terms of the writing but it does what is does very well keeps you reading, entertained, and wanting to readof the series.

  7. says:

    A bit dull, really Also, anyone who uses the old rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated line should be punched in the mouth.

  8. says:

    I was reminded recently that one of the joys of this genre we love is that there is such variety out there Sometimes you want to read a book that s just fun, that doesn t take too much thinking about but is great entertainment For me this was one It takes a huge load of steampunk and Victoriana tropes, mixes them up and adds a James Bond ian hero into the mix to tell a fast paced, exciting story that s not to be taken too seriously and is great fun.To illustrate this, let me quote Jonathan I was reminded recently that one of the joys of this genre we love is that there is such variety out there Sometimes you want to read a book that s just fun, that doesn t take too much thinking about but is great entertainment For me this was one It takes a huge load of steampunk and Victoriana tropes, mixes them up and adds a James Bond ian hero into the mix to tell a fast paced, exciting story that s not to be taken too seriously and is great fun.To illustrate this, let me quote Jonathan s summary of his created world from the Introduction of the omnibus edition of this book It s the end of the 20th Century and Queen Victoria still reigns supreme, maintained by a Babbage esque creation The British Empire still covers most of the known world as well as the Moon and the nearer planets However, on these worlds sedition and discontent are growing with the Martian separatist movement gaining in power and influence all the time Everything you have read in Victorian gothic novels is true People can be brought back from the dead, there are dinosaurs still living in remote parts of the world and London Zoo , and Darwin s theory of evolution has been proved correct by a number of unstable, experimental scientists Aristocratic vampire bloodlines hold sway over Eastern Europe and have sunk their claws into the Russian royal family Russia being a princeling state of Magna Britannia , steam and clockwork robot drudges work alongside the down trodden under classes, whilst reasoning engines help the ruling classes maintain governance of this over populated world Railways bestride the world and there are cities on the ocean bed With much of the world united under British rule scientific advances have continued, in a retro scientific fashion, beyond what we have achieved in our own world Having mastered space travel mankind is now tinkering with temporal travel Into this setting we throw suave dandy and rogue Ulysses Lucian Quicksilver, sometime adventurer and agent of the throne, who works for shadowy masters desperately trying to maintain a regime that has lasted for over 150 years and which is falling apart from within, and who may not be all that they seem He fights the arch felons of the underworld assisted by his unshakeable manservant Nimrod, as the clock of Big Ben counts down to the year 2000, and the end of the world This book, as it is the first, introduces us to Ulysses and his faithful sidekick and servant Nimrod as they attempt to discover the disappearance of Professor Galapagos following a nasty murder at the Natural History Museum Ulysses is asked to investigate, both by the London Constabulary, with its useless Inspector Allardyce, as well as by the mysterious Dark Order, the secret society which Ulysses is also working for This brings him into contact with the seemingly lovely Genevieve, daughter of Professor Galapagos, and also leads Ulysses to meet his long time nemesis again, the anarchist Jago Kane As the story unwinds, we discover with Ulysses that it is a tale of weird science and really about mad science involving evolutionary regression, with Neanderthal like creatures and dinosaurs existing in this age of discovery and technological miracles The rise of the Darwinian Dawn, as a terrorist group determined to bring down the empire of Magna Britannia, has its echoes elsewhere in history, I m sure If the audacity of that enthusiastic precis by the author above doesn t make you want to read the book Dinosaurs in London Zeppelins Clockwork robots Time travel then this is not for you.If I was being picky, I guess I could say that there are moments when the language is a tad too contemporary it is quite disconcerting to read of an old fashioned character uttering the modern expletive bullsh t , for example, although this is the late 20st century, after all There are also places in the plot when there s too many plates spinning at once and when there s one coincidence too many And there s always those pesky issues of empirical subjugation though colonial expansion and the male dominance of society, although these are addressed in the book.At times it did read like the ramblings of a Brexiteer set in a steampunk world which may be a point, although this was first published back in 2007To maintain the intrinsically corrupt status quo Magna Britannia is morally and ethically moribund After 160 years under the yoke of the corrupt, bloated ogre that is the British Empire, it is time for a change, in order to beat the social and moral stagnation and corruption that has infested this nation like a life stealing cancer, and to welcome in a new age of freedom from the shackles of industrialism and Imperial rule The old must make way for the new, so that social evolution can pursue its natural course Chapter 9 But really the energy and the sense of wonder created is so enormous that I was happy to forgive such things Unnatural History is great fun, ridiculously fast paced and was a great tonic for the January blues Just don t think about the plausibility too much

  9. says:

    When I could pick this book up on my Kobo for free, my hopes weren t too high Still I gave it a shot, and I am glad I did.Sure, this isn t a literary masterpiece The characters are simple and shallow, the romance is cheesy, the plot is predictable and we basically fall from one action scene into the next And it was all just a lot of fun.Our main character is described by everyone including himself as the dandy adventurer in service of the crown And that is what he is and nothingWhen I could pick this book up on my Kobo for free, my hopes weren t too high Still I gave it a shot, and I am glad I did.Sure, this isn t a literary masterpiece The characters are simple and shallow, the romance is cheesy, the plot is predictable and we basically fall from one action scene into the next And it was all just a lot of fun.Our main character is described by everyone including himself as the dandy adventurer in service of the crown And that is what he is and nothingA bit of an ass, especially to women he loves his damsels in distress who throws himself headfirst into danger for Queen and country And our female character may be even less developed I did enjoy the butler though are there any butlers out there that aren t great characters though The world this book was set in was one of its biggest merits It all takes place at the end of the 20th century it has all the elements of a standard steampunk Victorian London, but with advanced technologies and mind sets such as women in pants, cars and mobile phones I really like it, but wish forexplanation on the how Overall a fun and quick read that has many flaws, but if you don t take it too seriously it can be a great comfort read for when you just want something easy

  10. says:

    I quite liked the book Yes, I agree with some of the other reviews that it felt formulaic But it was well rescued with Green s excellent research into some great atmosphere, in period setting details and mannerisms, and decent action descriptions.The narrative was bogged down by just that, though I found it a little too action heavy and light on anything else Also, in many spots the prose felt a bit amateurish The author has plenty of books under his belt, including RPGs which is awesome I quite liked the book Yes, I agree with some of the other reviews that it felt formulaic But it was well rescued with Green s excellent research into some great atmosphere, in period setting details and mannerisms, and decent action descriptions.The narrative was bogged down by just that, though I found it a little too action heavy and light on anything else Also, in many spots the prose felt a bit amateurish The author has plenty of books under his belt, including RPGs which is awesome but I felt some of the descriptions were sort of repetitive even down to words themselves , for example.But overall it was an exciting read Normally I d never in a thousand years pick up something with dinosaurs in victorian England in its synopsis, but here I was glad I did

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