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Gods of Gotham epub ebook

by Lyndsay Faye

Gods of Gotham epub ebook

Author: Lyndsay Faye
Category: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Headline Review (March 1, 2012)
ISBN: 0755386744
ISBN13: 978-0755386741
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 445
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Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission

Published by G. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission.

blished police force. That is, I liked it until the last part of the book, when Timothy finds out about Mercy Underhill and solves the crimes.

The Gods of Gotham book. The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye. New York City forms its first police force  . Helped by an explosion of combustible saltpeter, a great fire has once again decimated Lower Manhattan, claiming the lives of four fireman and 26 civilians.

GODS OF GOTHAM is the fantastic first novel in Lyndsay Faye's Edgar Award-nominated series.

Lyndsay Faye's novel, The Gods of Gotham, is an excellent historical mystery set in a time and place not many fiction writers have ventured to date: New York City, circa 1845

Lyndsay Faye's novel, The Gods of Gotham, is an excellent historical mystery set in a time and place not many fiction writers have ventured to date: New York City, circa 1845. On the surface, the year seems unremarkable - James Polk is President, and the American Civil War has yet to occur. However, Faye manages to capture the setting brilliantly, breathing life into the era, making it interesting and relevant to modern readers. She provides real insight into the tensions that permeated New York City during that period.

Home Lyndsay Faye Series: Gods of Gotham. A series by Lyndsay Faye. 1. The Gods of Gotham (2012) 2. Seven for a Secret (2013) 3. The Fatal Flame (2015).

Lyndsay Faye is an American author.

From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes the next book in what Gillian Flynn calls a brilliant new mystery series. Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city?™s dark practices?"until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the blackbirders, who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation.

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These books are perfection. I've read all three and this review applies equally to all of them. The plotlines are detailed and interesting, the environments are incredibly rich, and I cannot say enough about the characters. All of the characters come to life- even the secondary characters are fully developed, but the main characters in particular are just incredibly well done. I have to comment in particular on the author's style of writing. I read a LOT, and I've never experienced this before. I hesitate to say that the prose sounds like poetry, because I don't like poetry, but that's the closest I can come to describing it. When you're reading these books, at times it's almost like the words just carry you along like a breeze. That sounds cheesy, but I don't know how else to describe it- the author has a talent I've never had the pleasure of coming across anywhere else before. These books would have rated five stars from me even without this added bonus, but they are worth the read for this experience alone. If I were forced to make a criticism, the only one I could come up with would be that I would have liked to have seen more of Valentine in the books. His presence is felt often in the background, and he is possibly the most interesting character in the books, and when the brothers are interacting it is always entertaining, so I would have loved to have seen more of him. Really though, even that is more of a compliment than a criticism.

Absolutely BRILLIANT historical fiction! WOW! Faye has and does it all: her language is fluid and melodious; her work's historical accuracy and her attention to detail are downright academic; the characters she creates are multi-dimensional and continue to grow throughout the novel; etc, etc.

The setting is early 19th century antebellum New York City. I've read a bunch of scholarly studies on the era and region, and was absolutely blown-away by all the accurate details Faye managed to explore: women's entrance into the workforce (and piece-work, that kept many off the streets but in constant poverty), racism and racial-based violence, political battles between the Democrats and the Whigs, 19th century medical practices, the formation of a police force and the conflict this caused, a lot more, and most of all, a quite believable portrait of what 19th century New York was like to live in.

I love, love, LOVE New York. It is my soul-city. And I, as any reader probably, have often wondered what it would be like to have lived at some point past (or future?) - have been there, in fact, by reading. <i>The Gods of Gotham</i> is a complete immersion into a fully fleshed out, entirely plausible, compelling rendering of 19th century New York City. And it's absolutely fascinating, especially if you love that time period or the City: there are the rural locations east of 5th Ave, there are people in the streets pumping water, there are firemen brigades which basically rule the city like mafiosos (until the police force steps in, tentatively, during this period).

The novel is not perfect: it's definitely "genre" fiction - it follows all the plot rules, and Faye takes no creative license beyond her absolutely beautiful use of language. But, this language is almost too poetic: it's a strange thing for me to say, because I value that above almost all else as I read, but at times it was hard to believe that all cops, madams, spinsters, dock-workers, etc, spoke in such exalted tongues. Also, the mystery itself is not the most compelling, and the ending, as these things tend to, tries to "twist" one too many times, just for the sake of novelty.

Still, highly enjoyed as a ticket to antebellum NYC!

This book was such a pleasant surprise. The author uses a language called "flash," which takes a bit of getting used to. It's kind of like reading "A Clockwork Orange," which contained a made up language. Once you see the words used several times in context, you begin to feel comfortable with them and the reading goes faster.

The characters are what make this book so fantastic. The central character, Timothy, is endearing and cunning at the same time. He is a product of his time, which is pre-civil war New York. In many ways, the world he inhabits is very similar to ours in that the populace is being riled up against foreigners and there is a strong nationalistic fervor. Maybe that's one reason it hit so close to home for me. I also came to like Timothy's brother, Valentine, by the end of the book, although he is a nasty character overall. We come to see why, though, which makes him more sympathetic.

I unreservedly recommend this book.

Well-researched history of New York circa 1845, immersing the reader in the colors and flavors and "feel" of New York City during the great Irish Immigration; the formation of the New York Police Department, whose officers sported a copper star; and the developing Fire Department, who faced frequent huge disaster with little but its own bravado. We follow Timothy Wilder and his brother, Valentine, who were orphaned at a young age, as they struggle to survive and achieve in their American world. Valentine, the older brother, kept a watch out for Tim and later navigated him when he was a grown man through the raw and ugly world of politics in newly burgeoning New York City.

New York was overwhelmed with the thousands of immigrants, poor, hungry, and desperate for any kind of work. Social injustice was rampant. Crime was unchecked. Through Valentine, a fireman and a prime mover in the political machinations of the day, Tim finds himself on the newly formed police force, wearing the copper star. The book begins with his description of of a crime for which he must write a report. The report will state facts only, but we, the readers, will get the whole story.

The English language, always rich, coming from the pen of Lindsay Faye is richer still. It has a slightly different sound and quality. It is crisper; cleaner; so beautiful. She is an exceptional writer. I will definitely read her other books.

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