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Smoke – tekijä: Dan Vyleta
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Smoke (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Dan Vyleta (Tekijä)

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An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real. An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest levels of government. Three young people who learn everything they've been taught is a lie-- knowledge that could cost them their lives. A grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories. A love triangle. A desperate chase. Revolutionaries and secret police. Religious fanatics and coldhearted scientists. Murder. A London filled with danger and wonder. A tortured relationship between a mother and a daughter, and a mother and a son. Unexpected villains and unexpected heroes. Cool reason versus passion. Rich versus poor. Right versus wrong, though which is which isn't clear.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:YoubyDooby
Teoksen nimi:Smoke
Kirjailijat:Dan Vyleta (Tekijä)
Info:Harper Perennial (2017), 448 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:fantasy, historical fantasy, 2010s

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Decently written, mildly interesting premise, cardboard characters, and so crawlingly slow I started skipping from very early-on. ( )
  SChant | Jan 28, 2021 |
Smoke takes place in early 1900s England and starts with two boys at boarding school (Do non-boarding schools exist in England? Has the Queen forbidden them? Or is it cheaper then buying a house big enough to actually fit your family?) where we learn that in this alternate (hopefully) past, people emit black smoke when they commit any minor transgression. That’s right, you can tell you are being lied to from a wisp of black smoke that the person emits. A large part of school, as a result, is trying to teach children to control their smoke, which coagulates to form soot on their white clothing and linens, or else they will be forced into life on the streets or working in a factory, followed by an eternity in hell.

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  gwilcox | Oct 1, 2020 |
I read an advance reader's copy from Netgalley.

Ohhhh my gosh I'm finally done this book. This book was long, and the closer I got to the end, the more I thought I'd never be able to finish it. The writing style was fine, the premise was really intriguing, and the characters were interesting, mostly, but it just dragged, and I never actually learned anything about Smoke. Which was the reason I picked this up in the first place. I was hoping there would be some explanation of Smoke, and while we did learn a bit more about how it works throughout the book, I was mostly disappointed in what we didn't learn. I also wasn't a huge fan of the love triangle between our main characters. So while the atmosphere of the book was really great, dark and gritty, and the world seems like it's probably quite fascinating, it was a slog for me to get through and I was pleased to finish it and move on to something else. ( )
1 ääni katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
This is book is absolutely fantastic. Weird as hell, but stunning. The book follows a pair of upper-class boarding school boys on an adventure that could change the world. Every other chapter is told from the first person perspective of one the minor characters, these impart more information about the world and what goes on away from the main action. ( )
  GigaClon | Mar 21, 2020 |
For a book with such a richly imagined setting and premise, Smoke's plot and characters fell completely flat. There was not a single character who did not seem like they had been pulled from a catalogue of hackneyed person-types (the tormented antihero, the rebellious daughter, the heart-of-gold best friend, the vicious bully, the aged extremist, etc., etc.) and the plot felt as formulaic as a children's cartoon (two best friends the love interest somebody out to get them = some chase scenes and a mystery to be solved).

It always makes me sad when something so ambitious fails to fulfill itself.

Thank you to HarperCollins for the advance reading copy. ( )
1 ääni fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I read the first half with a frenetic intensity, though as the book went on, with a mild annoyance, too. Mr. Vyleta, known in Canada and Britain for his atmospheric, well-made thrillers (including “The Quiet Twin” and “The Crooked Maid”), writes with intricacy and imagination and skillful pacing; never once would I have considered putting his book down. But when he wants to make a point, he plays with a heavy hand — fortissimo, when piano would have done....It’s the subject of class, unfortunately, that also brings out the preacher in Mr. Vyleta. He is especially highhanded and literal when writing about the use and abuse of smoke as a tool of social control....Yet his ending, which I wouldn’t dare reveal here, is a real firecracker, and the lessons Mr. Vyleta wishes to impart are largehearted, even if they detonate with a loud boom. To smoke is human, is his real point
 
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An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real. An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest levels of government. Three young people who learn everything they've been taught is a lie-- knowledge that could cost them their lives. A grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories. A love triangle. A desperate chase. Revolutionaries and secret police. Religious fanatics and coldhearted scientists. Murder. A London filled with danger and wonder. A tortured relationship between a mother and a daughter, and a mother and a son. Unexpected villains and unexpected heroes. Cool reason versus passion. Rich versus poor. Right versus wrong, though which is which isn't clear.

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