January 13, 2012

The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross

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One day while I was checking updates from blogs I follow, a handful of my fellow bloggers suddenly started posting about Steampunk. I honestly haven't heard about this genre before although after doing some research, I've read, seen and unknowingly followed books, movies and fashion inspired by Steampunk. So I got schooled on the movement and if there's a select few out there who, like me, are unaware of what Steampunk is, here's the genre in a nutshell.

  • Take place in the Victorian era but include advanced machines based on 19th century technology (e.g. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling);
  • Include the supernatural as well (e.g. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger);
  • Include the supernatural and forego the technology (e.g. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, one of the works that inspired the term ‘steampunk’);
  • Include the advanced machines, but take place later than the Victorian period, thereby assuming that the predomination by electricity and petroleum never happens (e.g. The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling); or
  • Take place in an another world altogether, but featuring Victorian-like technology (e.g. Mainspring by Jay Lake).
Now after perusing Amazon's library, I came across this little novella by Kady Cross. I am a sucker for novellas because it's short and a good taste test for a genre or author I like to follow. And if she imagines Lily Cross and Emma Watson as her heroines, then I'm all in.
This story is basically how Finely Jane started her career as a companion/bodyguard and how she finally embraced her unique qualities. I love the feel of KCross' world, set in Victorian England, it's reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and CClare's Infernal Devices. Fancy gadgets, automatons, leather corsets, and evil geniuses manipulating science to serve their own selfish reasons. Very stimulating.

I don't want to jump the gun but I have a weird feeling that I'll be an avid follower of this genre. I get the best of both worlds: historical fiction and the supernatural. Plus the excitement of all those machines and nifty gadgets will do nothing but enhance my reading experience further.

This is Book 1 of the series.

read an excerpt


  1. Thanks for this post. I've been mystified by what "steampunk" is, but I think it's a genre I'd enjoy, too. I appreciate you breaking it down for me. :)

  2. Anytime, I'm new to it myself. Maybe you van write something steampunk next? :)

  3. I absolutely adore Steampunk, who knew? I love this series and I have had The Strange Case of Finley Jayne for a while to read, yes a freebie, it was on my list of novella catch ups to read . I was supposed to read after my little Soul Screamer novella's, but * sigh* , I do get off track sometimes. I am so hoping the publisher will give me The Girl In The Clockwork Collar to read..I have been sniffing around, but no luck yet. I adore Jack and Griffin. They are my triangle I can't choose from. TGINCC I have literally been bouncing for this book since I read TGITSC. Kady tells a most awesome tale and her characters are all wonderful.


  4. Oh Michelle, why must you constantly entice e me with your reads!!!? I want to raid your bookshelf!!!!

  5. Honey, I stay up half the night reading, just to have some 'me' time..hehe. I say bring on Iced by the book goddess herself Karen Marie Moning, now that one I am bouncing for.


  6. Yeah bring it on KMM! I wonder what Dani has been up to! Karen promised that it will NOT be a YA read

  7. I hoped she was going to age young Dani, hehe as well a 13 year old was a tad young to be included in the type of writing Karen does. Plus if Ryodan has his eye on her...then let's get her out of jailbait age bracket. I don't think Karen writes YA at all, so I only hoped it was Adult. Will be great getting another fix of the Fever world:D It's been a while:D



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