Profile: Steampunk, Superhero Fiction
Confession time. I accidentally left my Kindle at home over the Thanksgiving vacation and was forced to pick up some reading material in the airport. I wasn’t super excited about The Falling Machine, but it had a pretty cover. And I was in a hurry. Publishers, take note.
There is very little of substance to Falling Machine. It is a wannabe comic book that draws so heavily on its inspiration that there isn’t much left for the reader to discover. If you’re at all familiar with the steampunk genre, or the plot of Watchmen, you’re already covered most of the territory. What fills in the gaps is bland but inoffensive writing. On the plus side, there’s not much in the way of technobabble, but the science is so flimsy it might as well be a fantasy.