Review Requests (Arcadia Snips)

9 years ago | Robert Rodgers (Member)

I'm putting out a general request for reviews of Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium (located here: ) - I realize that I've already got a few reviews, and that there are plenty of stories out there that don't even have *one* yet - but part of the requirement of getting the second story (still in the works) illustrated is selling enough copies of the first one, and reviews help draw attention to it - which in turn potentially sell copies. On top of that, I thrive on critical feedback - I'm in the process of writing the sequel *right now*, which means that anyone who comes up and points out problems in the first narrative may very well have impact on the current one (That's not to say I'm against reviews that insist that my writing *has* no flaws, however!).

I'm still working on Lucky Monday on the side--as well as a little something else I hope to have whipped up and ready by the end of this month. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read!

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  1. Robert Rodgers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    The story, by the way (to save uninterested people a click), is a steampunk action/adventure/comedy; it's a little manic and concerns reckless mathematics, steam-powered cutlery, and persnickety pigeons. There was a recent review of it just a week or so ago, but it disappeared; as of now, the latest review comes from last November (by Khelden liteum--thanks again, by the way!).

    For those of you who go 'buh?' at the word 'steampunk', basically--think of a style of narrative that pays tribute to Victorian-era fiction (particularly fiction with an optimistic perspective on scientific progress), usually set in some amalgamation of the 19th century. 'Steampunk settings' often attempt to simulate modern amenities using archaic technology; steam-powered computers or hissing steam-driven horseless carriages, for instance. Depending on who you ask, the '-punk' part is either just a reference to the term 'cyberpunk' or a reference to the growing civil protests that the age fostered (the 19th century is when anarchists became popular--and communism got its start--and universal suffrage made its first earnest, tangible gains--and power shifted from nobility to the growing middle class thanks to the ramifications of the industrial age--etc).

    If that sounds rather charming, I'd recommend you give the story a whirl for a few chapters and see how it fits; if it sounds rather silly, I'd still recommend you give the story a shot (well, obviously I would--it's *my* story!), just to see if it's something you can get into.

  2. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    *squints at website blearily*

    Hey wait. Is that Art by Tod?

  3. Robert Rodgers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Yep--Tod Wills is the illustrator (, and part of the impetus to sell copies of the first book is to make enough money to pay him to illustrate the second.

    Also, if the black-on-white website is painful to read, there's a pdf of the complete thing available for download under either the download tab or the introductory page.

  4. Robert Rodgers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Bump to this topic--if only because I'm still looking for reviews, but also to note that we reduced the cost of the book to $10, I'll be heading to the Victoria Steampunk Expo (here in Victoria, BC) on May 22nd-ish with physical copies of the book and hopefully preview pamphlets, and I'll be hitting the Steampunk Expo in Seattle during October with (hopefully!) the artist as well as the fellow who helped me edit and print!

  5. Robert Rodgers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks, intergal--I immensely appreciate the review! I'm unfamiliar with Silverheart or Gail Carriger's work, but I'll give both a look to see if there's anything to be learned.

    Also, I was completely unfamiliar with the term 'Mockney' until I looked it up ( ). Interesting stuff!

  6. Robert Rodgers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Just taking another moment to say thanks to Kyt Dotson for the review! Hearing from someone who truly enjoyed my writing always warms the cockles of the blackened, atrophied organ that hangs in that dark place where my heart once beat.

    As for the Remington Steele reference--regrettably, the series was before my time--the notion of Miss Primrose using Mr. Watts to solve crimes was born more out of my amusement at the idea that it was Dr. Watson who solved the crimes, while writing stories that gave a mildly demented, overbearingly arrogant, drug-addled Sherlock Holmes all the credit (so Watson could avoid publicity and solve crimes in peace).

  7. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Remington Steele is also way before my time. However, I do a great deal of gender study in my fiction and I found it by accident a while ago -- my editor is a huge fan of Moonlighting, which she bought for me to watch last year and from there I discovered Remington Steele. When I found that television series (sadly I've only seen two episodes) I was floored. It was an "Of course! Duh. Wow what an idea."

    I also like the idea of the Watson/Holmes relationship.
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