Lee Battersby has given 5 stars to: Pyrotechnicon by Adam Browne
Lee writes in Goodreads:
I had the very great joy of beta-reading this novel just before it went to final print, and found it an utter delight: frothy, wildly inventive, and unendingly madcap, with a voice the recalls the best adventure writing of the period it purports to portray. It’s a rich confection of a book, with moments that made me cry out in joyful recognition at regular intervals. Reading it was is like watching the bastard child of Voltaire and Dumas get smashed on muscat.
Browne is a unique voice, and a vastly underrated one. This novel will reward readers who love to see words built in layers, who enjoy seeing a vocabulary earn its crust and see narrative spun out of increasingly spiralling levels of absurdity whilst maintaining its internal consistency. It is breathtakingly inventive, and a genuine treat.
It is, simply, too much fun.”
And Lee is not the only one who rates Pyrotechnicon highly.
Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author, Greg Bear calls it “A rich dessert of a novel, filled with finely crafted wit and adventure — Adam Browne has resurrected Cyrano in fine form. Delightful!’
Jeff Vandermeer — World Fantasy award-winning author of Finch says that ‘The title does not mislead. PYROTECHNICON is a literary cabinet of curiosities filled with lush imagery and exotic notions. A delicious concoction of swashbucklery and delight. Highly recommended.’
Join Jack Dann, author Adam Browne and coeur de lion publisher Keith Stevenson to celebrate the worldwide launch of PYROTECHNICON: being a TRUE ACCOUNT of CYRANO DE BERGERAC’S further adventures among the STATES and EMPIRES of the STARS at Conflux on 30 September.