Saturday, April 23, 2011

Camera Obscura, Review

Camera Obscura
Camera Obscura (Les Lézards #2)
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The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city – and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself.
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Angry Robot (first published September 30th 2010)

Review:  Two important things before i start the review. 1. I had no idea til now that the book was part of series. I suck i know, but don't tell this never happened to you. I don't really know if i missed something. 2.That's my 2nd steampunk book ever. The 1st was Incarceron and it went really bad, so i can't comment on steampunk-ie things since i don't have anything to compare.

I have mixed feelings about this one. Hmmm...the book was big as you can see and a bit slow. So it felt even bigger! I actually got tired. There was a point at the book like it felt a 2nd part started so i got the chance and stopped it for 1-2 weeks before go on. I think it might could have worked better if it was 2 books and it would have like an amazing cliffhanger!
As i said it was slow for me. And all those human- machines-aliens didn't really working good for me either. BUT i couldn't stop reading. The mystery (with murders!!!) surrounding the story was truly nice created. It remind me some adventures games (like Syberia) that i used to play. Where there were small hints around and you could try guess what goin on, put a piece and piece together and still you were missing stuff and you couldn't stop go on because you wanted to know more! I was actually thinking "i need to solve this one before Milady. it's a matter of honor!". So you see how i managed to finish it :) 
What i will truly remember of it though? There was a point something bad happened to Milady (it was at the same point i stopped the book). Like really bad. I am really astonished by the cinematography of the scene! The atmosphere was cold and creepy and i could actually hear myself screaming inside with whatever was happening. Not even movies have that affect to me. It was like the author knew exactly what words needed to make the scene alive.

I was planning to say that i had big problem connecting with the character since i couldn't understand her well and i wanted to knew more of her. But know, we all learned that i haven't read the 1st book so maybe that's why that part didn't go well.
There were no more negative things for me...well yeah..i wasn't really into the humans with machinery parts or the aliens and that kind of magic but aren't those part of the steampunk?

Oh well..i did enjoy most of it even though was definetelly not my style.

Thanks AngryRobot Publications for providing an e-book of the book.
Challenges: 100 books in 2011, Ebooks in 2011


  1. Wow....That alive, huh??
    Looks interesting, though the story sounds confusing....

  2. Camera Obscura would make a good movie i guess.. i was a little confused though..

    when i saw the cover i actually thought it was a movie!!


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