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It certainly doesn't detract from the fact that this would make a cracking film in its own right. Bring on the next instalment Aug 11, Trish rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Steampunk, Adventure and Plucky Heroines. I picked this up as it was written by someone I was at university with, who I hadn't realised had become an author.

So far it's a weird mixture of Victorian sensibilities, ripping yarns, dastardly Huns and zombies. Nov 28, F. Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I read in a day! The Empire of the Dead is, more than anything, a story of sisterly love and sibling frustration - it also just happens to be a steampunk zombie save-the-world comedy of errors!

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And if that sounds like a lot to pack in, well, it is. But David Wake manages it with the kind of professional aplomb that would make Earnestine proud. The three sisters are fantastic, though perhaps as an older sibling myself I found myself especially rootin I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I read in a day! The three sisters are fantastic, though perhaps as an older sibling myself I found myself especially rooting for Earnestine, who has the weight of the responsibility on her shoulders and must, absolutely must, behave with decorum at all times in order to set a good example for her younger sisters, Charlotte and Georgina.

Yes, even while fighting zombies in the sewers of Victorian London or trying to steer a steam train while under attack by soldiers! To say she has a lot on her plate is an understatement. Sharp and witty, neatly written, and with wonderful characters - I would definitely recommend this book! Nov 26, Christopher Everest rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once upon a time there were three girls Think rigidly-defined Victorian childhoods.

Think bustles and crinolines. Think despicable Huns against the might of the British Empire and then superimpose a Charlie's Angels mentality on top of all that.

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Include a healthy dose of Zeppelins and Zombies and this fits perfectly into the Ripping Yarns category of fiction. Its fair to say that the two books in the series so far are reminiscent of the Lemony Snicket series and the Alan Bradley Buckshaw C Once upon a time there were three girls Its fair to say that the two books in the series so far are reminiscent of the Lemony Snicket series and the Alan Bradley Buckshaw Chronicles.

I think I preferred the second book slightly more because I had grown used to the characters and Charlotte the one that likes shooting and sword-fencing and wearing trousers sees more of the action. Earnestine, Georgina and Charlotte Deering-Dolittle are left alone because their parents have gone exploring upriver as explorers do and just as blood is thicker than water the three girls decide to try not to have any adventures. Unfortunately the Kent Deering-Dolittles are very different from the staid Surrey branch of the family who respectably manage to avoid any trace of adventure and of course mayhem is created.

With a healthy feminism is coming soon attitude and the British stiff upper lip trying bravely to save the world but mainly our bits of it the girls fight the good fight. The first line of the first book says "It was during Latin that the Austro-Hungarians arrived with their dogs and zombies to kill everyone at the Eden College for Young Ladies" and it never stops.

In the second book "The Derring-Do Club and the Year of the Chrononauts" add in time-travel, and witness the birth of a phenomenon. This is a must-buy, must-adapt screenplay for some filmmaker with a background in Sherlock Holmes, Humour and Swashbuckling. I think Guy Ritchie could do this brilliantly. Summary - Great books can't wait for the next one.


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Mar 27, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed that, but this is much more up my street. It's an alternate history, steampunk take on late Victorian Europe.

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It's great fun, and I really liked the central characters, three redoubtable girls who have an irrepressible urge to adventure. It's very funny at times, but I also found it disturbing and upsetting in a good way! I was rather apprehensive as zombies aren't my thing, but this was an ingenious take on the trope.

I'm looking forward to subsequent outings. Aug 25, Lorraine rated it really liked it. I was worried I might not like it because Zombies are not my thing.

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I needn't have worried, they didn't detract from the action and it rapidly became a page turner. A really enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the next one. Jun 06, Francesca Barbini rated it really liked it.

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About Publish Join Sign In. Readers Benefits of registering Where are my ebooks? Describe your issue Have a question not already answered in the links at left or on our main FAQ page? A ripping yarn with everything from Austro-Hungarians to zombies. The British Empire is under threat — luckily the Deering—Dolittle sisters, Earnestine, Georgina and Charlotte, are on hand to save the day.