The Impossible Cube

The Impossible Cube In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors Once Gavin Ennock sailed the skies

  • Title: The Impossible Cube
  • Author: Steven Harper
  • ISBN: 9781101585405
  • Page: 337
  • Format: ebook
  • In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music Now, the clockwork plague consumes his intellect, enabling him to conceive and construct scientific wonders while drIn an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music Now, the clockwork plague consumes his intellect, enabling him to conceive and construct scientific wonders while driving him quite mad Distressed by her beloved s unfortunate condition, Alice Michaels sought a cure rud to be inside the Doomsday Vault and brought the wrath of the British Empire down on them.Declared enemies of the Crown, Alice and Gavin have little choice but to flee to China in search of a cure Accompanying them is Dr Clef, a mad genius driven to find the greatest and most destructive force the world has ever seen The Impossible Cube If Dr Clef gets his hands on it, the entire universe will face extinction And Gavin holds the key to its recreation

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    1. I can't tell if I would have liked this book if my expectations hadn't been so high from the first one, or if it just wasn't very good.I felt very frustrated for the majority of it that all the clever shifts in gender dynamics were basically dropped. Gavin went from Manic Pixy Dream Boy to Tormented Hero Charged with Saving the World (with bonus domestic abuse), and also picked up better mechanical skills, thus making Alice somewhat redundant. Alice alternated between Worrying About Her Man and [...]

    2. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Adventurous steampunk following Gavin & Alice on the next step of their journey. Filled with cool gadgets and explosive toys, The Impossible Cube, is less of a love story and more about saving the world from the Clockwork Virus.Opening Sentence: Gavin Ennock snapped awake.The Review:The Impossible Cube follows Alice and Gavin on the next step of their journey to cure the Clockwork Virus, a virus that turns people into mindless zombies or [...]

    3. When I picked up this book and started reading a few pages, I started to wonder, “Do I really want to read another steampunk?” The answer was yes but for some reason, I had a hard time getting into this one. Since I thought Steven Harper had created a wonderful world in his first attempt at steampunk in THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, I think my expectations were too high and THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE kind of fell short. I was expecting more romance, more gadgets and more crazy ideas. Instead I got a decent s [...]

    4. Though a little slow to start, as soon as the momentum built, I couldn't put this book down. I loved the first in the series, and this one was no different. Harper's worldbuilding is excellent. It's easy to be utterly sucked in and enthralled -- but the world isn't the only strength. The characters, too, are compelling, and people that I've found myself attached to. Definite recommendation to those that love steampunk, scifi or fantasy. I can't wait to move onto the next one!

    5. This is the second book in the Clockwork Empire series and it was a fun follow-up to The Doomsday Vault. There are four books in the Clockwork Empire series and all of them have been released. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, but it was still a very well done steampunk adventure and I enjoy the characters and the world.I think the main reason I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one was just because the story seemed to stall a bit; it just doesn’t make [...]

    6. The truth is - I'm not really sure why I keep reading these - summer reading? Curiosity?Gavin and Alice are really headed to China now with Dr Clef and Feng - difficult to do with a distinctive airship and having been declared enemies of the crown.So - Ukraine and a circus. Dr Clef is dangerous and seems to have started the plague. Phipps changes sides. And Feng gets heroically dead.And we still don't have a cure for Gavin - on the other hand - wings.

    7. Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales: darkfaerietales/review-theQuick & Dirty: Adventurous steampunk following Gavin & Alice on the next step of their journey. Filled with cool gadgets and explosive toys, The Impossible Cube, is less of a love story and more about saving the world from the Clockwork Virus.The Review:The Impossible Cube follows Alice and Gavin on the next step of their journey to cure the Clockwork Virus, a virus that turns people into mindless zombies or extremely i [...]

    8. 3.5 starsGavin and Alice were forced to flee from Britain. They are going to China to spread the cure for the Clockwork Plague, and find a cure for Gavin. The Clockwork plague does one of two things, turns its victims into zombies, or turns people into Clockworks. Though rare, Clockworkers become geniuses who build fantastic machines, but they also end up going crazy before they die. They have the cure for the zombies, but nothing for the Clockworkers. Chasing Gavin and Alice, determined to take [...]

    9. 3.5Gavin and Alice were forced to flee from Britain. They are going to China to spread the cure for the Clockwork Plague, and find a cure for Gavin. The Clockwork plague does one of two things, turns its victims into zombies, or turns people into Clockworks. Though rare, Clockworkers become geniuses who build fantastic machines, but they also end up going crazy before they die. They have the cure for the zombies, but nothing for the Clockworkers. Chasing Gavin and Alice, determined to take them [...]

    10. Review originally posted on my blog: A Book ObsessionReleasing the cure for the clockwork plague was only the beginning despite all the sacrifices made to achieve that goal. Now Alice and Gavin must do everything they can to help it spread as quick as possible to ensure China does not get the upper hand in their quest to dominate the world. Meanwhile, members of the Ward want vengeance for their theft of the cure, and will relentlessly pursue them to the ends of the earth. But incrimination and [...]

    11. Well, darn. Now I'm ready for the next one!When I finished reading the first book in this series (The Doomsday Vault), I was already hot to have the sequel and nagged the author (known to denizens of Book View Cafe as "Igor") on his Book View Cafe blog to hurry up and write it, already! This is what happens when a writer creates a story finale that ties up some things and cleverly leaves others for the next book.Well, I just finished the impossible Cube, and it was worth the wait. I loooooove st [...]

    12. The Impossible Cube blew me away! It was even better than the explosive Doomsday Vault.There are only few steampunk series so far that really impressed me, and Clockwork Empire is one of them. Non-stop crazy adventures, complex and extremely entertaining world-building, fantastic team of main and secondary characters, and gadgets, gadgets, gadgetsIn book one Gavin and Alice release cure for the clockwork plague in London, but it doesn't help Gavin whose illness progresses with a much faster pace [...]

    13. The second book of the Clockwork Empire series begins a short time after the previous novel, with Alice and Gavin starting their grand expedition to China on board their small airship and having reached France, with their mad clockwork plague infected engineer Dr. Cleft and the Chinese Diplomat's son Feng.It starts in media res and pretty much continues a mad pace through various places in Europe, with a very unhappy Lt. Phillips in pursuit armed with futuristic weapons and mecha-like constructs [...]

    14. I had made a trip to the library when I was about halfway through book 1 in this series. I'd been really into book 1, so I picked up this book while I was there. However, book 1 didn't end on a very strong note, so I wasn't very enthused going into this book. But, side I'd already checked it out, I figured I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately, one of the things I most disliked about book 1 was very prominent in this book - Alice Michaels. I didn't care for her in the first book, much preferring sec [...]

    15. I'm enjoying this series quite a bit. It effectively employs many of the usual steampunk tropes: an airship, zombies (who are, for a change, curable), automatons, and a mechanically gifted noblewoman who defies societal conventions. Refreshingly, she's not the only important female character--there are also a military woman (who reminds me somewhat of Angelina Jolie's character in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), a commoner who has struggled to build a career for herself and resents the n [...]

    16. Impossible Cube by Steven HarperThis book is 2nd in the Clockwork Empire series. After escaping from the Doomsday Vault by setting off the Impossible Cube, Gavin and Alice (with Fang, Dr. Clef & various mechanicals) head towards China to in the hope of finding a cure for the clockwork plague that will work on the individuals who become clockworkers. The cure that Alice’s aunt created works on those who catch the plague but will not work on clockworkers. They are pursued by Phelps and other [...]

    17. I came off of this straight off of reading Doomsday Vault earlier in the day hoping that this book would take the parts of Doomsday Vault that I liked and excel. Or at least that it would be an improvement on Doomsday Vault. I was sadly disappointed. The storytelling became even more confusing and introduced daddy issues where, previously, there had been none. There also seemed to be at least two different plot directions which were considered and then abandoned, u-turns in storytelling are neve [...]

    18. I appreciated The Doomsday Vault, but felt this one had less of a human story and more focus on the inventions and technological side. It was distracting for me on a personal level. I know that there are many who would eat this aspect up, I just like a bit more of a balance. Also, I felt a lot of reptition in the plot pattern. Will she sacrifice Gavin? The answer is no over and over again. I thought there were lots of twists that were surprising but for some reason they felt disjointed. Overall, [...]

    19. Solid story with solid, enjoyable characters! The only drawback was the circusI'm just not a fan of circuses so it's my shortcoming. The good news is that the circus wasn't the main focus and now I don't have to expect a circus in future novels! Seriously, circuses are to novels what the obligatory "fight club" episodes are to genre TV. Did I mention the novel was highly enjoyable in spite of this? :)

    20. Granted that the middle book of a trilogy is generally the weakest, this seemed to go nowhere fast. I am left with the impression of the same scene played over and over, just in a new location each time. The sad part is it's the same scene we ended the previous book with. Gavin and Alice get somewhere "safe" only to have Lt. Phipps show up and almost catch them. Again and again, until we hit the point where she's got them and then she changes her mind. WTH?

    21. Second book in the series. Still like how the steam technology is being driven. This book throws you into the action from page 1, and it develops some of the character interactions a bit more than the first book. I like the conundrums that are placed in front of the characters and seeing how they develop to address them. Definitely made room for a follow-up book (or more.) Looking towards the next book.

    22. This is the sequel to The Doomsday Vault. It continued a good story and developed almost all of the characters that you've wanted to see again from the first book. Dr. Clef though was woefully underdeveloped as a character in my opinion though. That's a shame as it would have been a perfect way of letting us see what's in store for our main characters. I still liked the book though. Great steampunk.

    23. I wish the primary opponent to our main character would have staid more in the background, making her more sinister. We do however, get a good insight into her motivation in the process, which we wouldn't have if she were at a remove. Other than that, Steven's latest was very well written with compelling descriptions, well articulated action and well thought out motivations for each of the characters.

    24. Alice and Gavin flee across Europe from Lt Phipps' revenge. This second book of the series moves at a non-stop, breakneck pace, but at the same time it feels more perfunctory. Much of the human element that made "the Doomsday Vault" so enjoyable is missing. This is a common phenomenon in second books of series; one can only hope that books 3 and 4 will improve.

    25. This novel begins shortly after the end of The Doomsday Vault. The characters are familiar. The pacing is fast. I would think this would be a difficult novel to pick up without having read the first volume. This volume doesn't have the vulgarity problems of Doomsday Vault. I liked it better on all levels.

    26. Another entertaining steampunk read to add to my growing obsession for the genre. :-)Harper has a talent for creating interesting, quirky characters that draw you into the story. (Including an automaton who is reminiscent of C3PO and a crazy German genius.) Looking forward to beginning the third book tonight.

    27. Infected with the clockwork plague, Gavin Ennock's only hope lies with the Dragon Men of China.Together with Alice Michaels, Gavin seeks sanctuary with a traveling circus, in an attempt to avoid capture.Harper includes some of the political unrest surrounding the official beginning of WW I.A complex Steampunk dystopian world.

    28. This was the first steampunk book I've ever read. I picked up this book without reading the first of the series and, alrhough It wasn't the most amazing book in the world, it was well worth the read. It's funny and the premise is pretty well thought out. Steampunk zombies and doomsday machines! What else could you want from a book?

    29. The Impossible Cube has no dull moments; it has tragic, horrifying, comic, romantic and thrilling moments, but no dull ones. Harper's world is fascinating and terrifying. The apocalypse waits around every corner, and I look forward to turning those corners with Gavin and Alice.

    30. Lots of fun with gadgets and interesting mechanicals. I did have a little bit of trouble with certain things being too easy as well as the overly saccharine romantic bits. But all in all, a good read.

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