Review: A Matter of Temperance (The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance) by Ichabod Temperance

“A Matter of Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

Available on: Amazon
Released on: 17 April 2013

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Description: In a past that never was…

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world’s foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.

Review: Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this in the first two chapters. Ichabod’s first chapter was kind of info-dumping, and I never approve of killing the animals. (Slaughter all the people you want, apparently…) I’m also always on the fence about whether First Person from multiple people works.

Yet, after a couple chapters, I decided that it did work here. The chapters are short and punchy, and written in Present Tense, which gives a very excited pacing. Ichabod’s enthusiasm was contagious, and there were little details to the writing that you think would annoy me but were very funny.

Like he would use (!) in sections to convey the narrator’s shock over something. Ichabod being an Alabama boy in England was also amusing, both from his accent mixing and the change of stereotypes in the racist Englishman (!) versus the appalled Southerner (!).

By 16% (thanks to my Kindle), I was really getting into it. Seeing various events from both Ichabod’s and Persephone’s perspectives made it very intriguing, as did using the comet to set up the steampunk world–even if the first description of it made me doubtful at the start.

Nonstop is a good word to describe the story. It gets a little too much so towards the middle, but it picks you back up. The humor was corny at points (magically delicious, really?) but it works and was actually cute. Not to mention, the Siberian tigers? A way to this reviewer’s heart, even if briefly.

Ultimately, I call this book monstrously amusing, quirky, charming, and just a hell of a lot fun. 5 Fireballs!

5 Fireballs

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