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Joe Golem and the Drowning City; An Illustrated Novel

Joe Golem and the Drowning City; An Illustrated Novel

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In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.  Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.  Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.     
In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.  Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.  Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.     

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Publish date: Mar 27, 2012
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v  Cu s  s  s. H s     s  ,     Ms s  quu-ss s, b   s ss  bs   s  fs vus sps,         ss  b pvss u   pu b  s.T s Ov ps s  us  u,      p   sp squ   b , s su u u  us  pu  b  us. T pu   p  spus    s    u    s    k,  s Cu ks   b    b us su       s u.T  s b  k  s  us — uus s   Nu b. T s 

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josh314 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a great book from the team that brought us Lord Baltimore. It is similar to Baltimore in being an illustrated novel -- not a graphic novel or comic -- and may actually be in the same setting as that previous work. It's a very interesting pastiche of the disaster story, Lovecraftian cosmic horror, and steampunk. Also, the book itself is a handsome tome. I look forward to more by this writing team.
shabacus reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Reading between the lines of this novel, I can see the screenplay it desperately wants to be.That's not wholly a criticism of this book, which is remarkably tight and engaging for something that is clearly the start of a series. Joe Golem is set in the same style of universe, though likely not the same literal universe, as such seminal works as "Screw on Head" and, of course, Hellboy. If you liked those, you will like Joe Golem. If you didn't like those, you won't like Joe Golem. There's not a hair's breadth between them.But I don't mind more of the same when it's the same as something excellent, and that's what Joe Golem is--a familiar story, with characters that are more archetype that flesh and blood (or stone). And when or if the movie comes out, I'll be first in line for a ticket.By the way, many have commented on the book's billing as an "Illustrated Novel." Such a phrase brings up images of Hugo Cabret, which fully deserves the appellation of illustrated novel. Joe Golem, unfortunately, does not. Yes, it is a novel, and yes, there are illustrations, but that's about it. By that logic, Harry Potter with its small drawing at the beginning of each chapter was an illustrated novel. Don't buy it for the pictures. Buy it for the engaging story and tight world building, its evocative atmosphere and its examination of the otherworldly in all of us.
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