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The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

Natasha Pulley

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2 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781408885161
4 stars out of 5
21 Mar 2020

"Natasha Pulley’s novel is full of paranormal mystery, but it’s the characters — including a clockwork octopus — that keep you reading"

Pulley captures the sprawl of Nagasaki, cosmopolitan Yokohama and Tokyo side streets. A snowbound labour camp in a Hokkaido forest has the ominous force of a Breugel. For lovers of steampunk, there’s scattergun scientific fun: freaky physics, entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, a hint that Mori could have invented the electronic microscope —all part of the game. And Pulley makes room for the hazards of trust and betrayal, and love too.

 

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4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
13 Mar 2020

"Pulley’s books are wildly inventive, full of eeriness and magic"

Mori is sick and tired, and his ability to see into the future is waning. Then he abruptly disappears. There are rumours of strange goings-on in work camps near Mount Fuji. Could he be there? And could his disappearance have something to do with the looming prospect of war between Japan and Russia, whose ships are squatting menacingly off the coast of Nagasaki. Pulley’s books are wildly inventive, full of eeriness and magic, and the plots are fiendishly complicated. They polarise readers, and their power to beguile depends largely on how willing you are to be entranced by the capers of a clockwork octopus.