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  • Title: A Thousand Perfect Things
  • Author: Kay Kenyon
  • ISBN: 9781624670961
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this epic new work, the award winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth the scientific Anglica England and magical Bharata India Emboldened by her grandfather s final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, inIn this epic new work, the award winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth the scientific Anglica England and magical Bharata India Emboldened by her grandfather s final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms In a magic infused world of silver tigers, demon birds and enduring gods, as a great native mutiny sweeps up the continent, Tori will find the thing she most desires, less perfect than she had hoped and stranger than she could have dreamed.
    A Thousand Perfect Things In this epic new work the award winning Kenyon creates an alternate th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth the scientific Anglica England and magical Bharata India Emboldened

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    1. 4.5 5I couldn t help it, guys, I loved this book It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful A bit like The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins A Thousand Perfect Things was a curious mix of genres, a little bit of new Victorian alternative historical fiction with a dash of fantasy, maybe Whatever it was, if you enjoyed A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan and Pantomime by Laura Lam, this has a slightly similar feel to it.What really charmed me is this lush, exotic, f [...]

    2. World building and characterization are top notch The setting jumps to life off the page Astoria Harding is a compelling lead and she captures you so much for the first 2 3rds of this, that you can t put it down But when her emotional arc peaks, it seems the book does too I found the ending to feel like an overly long denouement, even though a lot happens It just felt anticlimactic to some stuff which came before That s my only complaint about an otherwise exceptional read.

    3. Review abridged from Plenty of Pages.I want to start by saying that this book surprised me I ve never read anything by Kay Kenyon before, so when I got the ARC of her newest book I didn t know what to expect, and my reaction was mixed.Grief does things to you It s a weird alchemy that takes root in your mind when you lose someone some features of your life become less important, or perhaps only seem to do so as you become listless or depressed or angry But the opposite can also happen, a calcify [...]

    4. Review can also be found on urbanfantasyland should a thousand perfect things ever be found, the world would end Therefore to preserve the world, Rama declared that every manifested thing should have a flaw Such is the crux of A Thousand Perfect Things, the latest novel by award winning sci fi fantasy author Kay Kenyon a sweet irony, since Kenyon has brought us a flawless work Rich, complex and sweeping in scope, it takes place across two continents and features acts of war, magic, tenderness a [...]

    5. e Arc provided by NetGalley In an alternate world where a familiar nineteenth century England Anglica builds a sea spanning Bridge that makes crossing the kraken filled waters to a recognizable India Bharata safer and expedient, young Astoria called Tori is determined to find the Golden Lotus, a mythical flower that her grandfather discovered in Nanpura, across the Bridge She is club footed and scholarly, having spent her time with her grandfather, a student of the natural world Nanpura, a prov [...]

    6. I received a copy from Edelweiss for review All opinions are 100% my own Initial Review This book is all different types of confusing and fascinating all rolled into one The story definitely dragged on than I expected and there were multiple moments where the plot could have just ended but it kept going.Full Review This book was both frustrating and amazing I talked about how I struggled so much with coming up for a rating for this book in my January Wrap Up and I avoided writing this review fo [...]

    7. When a novel like A Thousand Perfect Things comes along, it behooves readers to stop and take notice Kay Kenyon s self described first foray into fantasy isn t simply an alternate world take on Anglo Indian relations, it s a literary triumph that stands upon a dozen universal themes to reach its obscenely successful heights.At the heart of this book is the theme of duality, explored in the dichotomies of magic and science, white and brown, good and evil The novel s central protagonist, Astoria H [...]

    8. I m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but it certainly isn t what I got Kenyon s writing was extremely enjoyable she is very descriptive, and paints a gorgeous picture for the reader However, that s about as far as I can praise this book.While I understand this is meant to be an alternate history it seems as if Kenyon used the term in order to get away with her lazy concepts of Anglica England and Bharata India I found myself constantly rolling my eyes at the stereoty [...]

    9. Kay Kenyon borrows from the Sepoy rebellion and of a young Victorian woman who discovers A Thousand Perfect Things trade from Premier Digital Publishing There are only two continents in this world, England and India and England has built a thousand mile bridge between them Astoria s Grandfather was a famous explorer who brought back a cutting from a golden Lutus that he and Antonia think will allow the scientific society to consider working the wht Magic of India Her grandfather dies and her par [...]

    10. I read this book on my Kindle app in late night can t sleep snatches over a three week period I kept forgetting the characters, but the way I read the book might have a lot to do with that I never found myself thinking about the story the next day, but there again late night snatches Still, if I d have enjoyed it it wouldn t have taken me so long to get through it I did think it was imaginative but it just never really grabbed me To be fair, I probably should have read it in book format during [...]

    11. In an alternate world, with an equivalent of the British Empire in India, Kay Kenyon as spun a tail of science and magic Astoria Tori Harding is a woman wishing to be a scientist in a world mimicking 19th Century England, where woman are rarely allowed to become scientists She travels to the Indian realm to find the Golden Lotus and finds a world of intrigue, suspision, and hatred.Kay Kenyon has woven a fascinating, magical tale of choices and consequences

    12. A little slow to start but well worth the effort Kay Kenyon has wowed us all again with her vivid world that could have been with a twist Please take the time to read this lovely tale

    13. What really drew me to this book is that there isn t a lot of Steampunk or even pseudo Steampunk that deals with the conflict of cultures of 19th century England and India Perhaps this is because much of these conflicts are missing from the American consciousness America is very good about only being aware of what America does and ignoring the rest of the world The United States didn t have colonies in India, so we don t talk about the British Colonization of India A brief background for those o [...]

    14. If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, then you know that I m a big fan of Kay Kenyon s The Entire and the Rose science fiction series If you haven t given Bright of the Sky, A World Too Near, City Without End, and Prince of Storms a shot yet, you need to put them on your wishlist ASAP Hence, when the author s new publisher got in touch with me to inquire whether or not I d be willing to read and review A Thousand Perfect Things, of course I agreed I was curious to see if Kenyo [...]

    15. ARC receive for an honest review.I really liked this story I thought it was well written and interesting I usually don t like the fantasy elements But this story really pulled me in I the evolution of Tori Harding The search for the Golden Lotus was fun and adventurous The history of India was also very enriching and interesting This was a very different but intriguing read.

    16. This review also appears at the Court Street Literary Collective at courtstreetliterary Kay Kenyon s A Thousand Perfect Things is similar in some ways to Susanna Clarke s 2004 novel Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell It takes place in a slightly askew, alternate, but recognizable reality, and it involves magic, though perhaps not the kind of magic we might expect.In Kenyon s nineteenth century, Anglica a version of England is ruled by King Albert, and Bharata India is one of his colonies Astoria Tori H [...]

    17. Anglica, an alternate version of Victorian England, and Bharata, the Indian sub continent, are in the midst of a cold war with one another The Anglicans are using new technology to promote their imperialistic policies Meanwhile, the Bharatans struggle with rules imposed on their society that they don t want, or understand As this war escalates, people on both sides are searching for enlightenment the Anglican s using science and reason, the Bharatan s using mysticsm, spirituality and magic These [...]

    18. This review can also be found on my blog, Snowflakes and Spider Silk.I enjoy alternative histories and fantasy novels, and as an American anglophile of Indian origin, this book seemed like it was written for me I can safely say I liked this novel, but it wasn t as good as I hoped or expected it to be.The story is set in an alternate world that is separated into two main regions Anglica, the seat of science and logic, and Bharata, the region of mysteries and magic As in our own world, Anglica has [...]

    19. How to categorise this book An alternative world fantasy where H G Wells meets the Raj Quartet, with a touch of steampunk and Sharpe It s a clash between science and mysticism a treatise on colonialism and an imaginative mix of culture, politics, love and duty There are only two continents in this world, Anglica and Bharatha, and they have been joined by a monstrous 1000 mile bridge, or pontoon, on the ocean Wondrous engineering, yet this world appears to be pre steam age.Astoria Harding, known [...]

    20. This is a difficult novel to define it s a fascinating mash up of old fashioned adventure and fantasy While it didn t quite captivate me on every level, it s left me wanting to know about this world and some of the characters who inhabit it.The plotting is generally pacy and manages to combine the enjoyable predictability of an adventure story with unexpected twists The hero s journey narrative that Tori follows provides a satisfying structure for the subplots to be played out against I loved t [...]

    21. I would call this fantastical realism set in Victorian times The world in the novel was slightly altered, having only two continents Anglica and Bharata with a bridge joining them The book provides wonderful imagery, strong female characters, brilliant ideas and suspense A perfect escape from the worries of the present.

    22. A Thousand Perfect Things Kay Kenyon In a world full of trilogies and longer a stand alone novel is a pleasant surprise and there is lots to like about A Thousand Perfect Things Firstly, its setting a world very much like our own, in Victorian times, except that the main two countries Anglica and Bharata are able to be connected by the Bridge, a massive pontoon structure that means a lengthy march rather than a dangerous expedition by ship allows Anglica to send soldiers and supplies to their al [...]

    23. In an unusual story, Kay Kenyon has written an alternative history that finds two countries at the center of this universe The first is Anglica or England that is very comfortable for a western reader, and while some aspects of society are overly stereotypical, it is easily recognizable as a country that is based in science and logic, with spiritual elements being consigned to backrooms if not entirely scorned in society The second country is Bharata, most closely related to India, and is a coun [...]

    24. From this holy place he decided that should a thousand perfect things ever be found, the world would end Therefore to preserve the world, Rama declared that every manifested though should have a flaw.Astoria Harding has a tragic flaw Her club foot has prevented her from participating in the many feminine pursuits of the day dancing, socialising, finding a husband so her grandfather, the renowned botanist Sir Charles Littlewood, has trained her in scientific methods and inquiry, nurturing in her [...]

    25. I have always been a huge fan of both historical fiction and fantasy, so when I picked up A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon and realized it combines my two favorite genres, I couldn t wait to keep reading.Astoria Harding is not considered a normal young lady by the standards of society in 1857 Londinium, Anglica Instead of wishing for a husband, she spends her time learning about the natural sciences from her Grandpapa and longing to make a scientific discovery that would get her inducted [...]

    26. This review is part of my weekly review of books Available hereqwillery 2013 0I will however, tell you about A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon I didn t know what to expect when I started this book I hadn t read anything else by this author I got the book from the lovely people at NetGalley and I became instantly gripped The story is set in the late 1800 s in a steampunk version of England referred to Anglica and moves quickly to Bharata India where the young, aristocrat, Tori, searches for [...]

    27. This story takes place in an alternate reality, a world in which there are two continents, Anglica and Bharata, one being similar to England of the mid nineteenth century, and the other similar to India of the same time period Anglica s culture revolves around science and religion, while Bharata s revolves around mysticism and magic The protagonist is Tori Harding, a young Anglican woman from an upper crust family who has a disability that she and others believe will prevent her from ever marryi [...]

    28. This book caught me unexpectedly off guard several times I felt like Sebastian in the Never Ending Story because I would look up from the book and think, No way Did that really just happen with this shocked look on my face In the beginning, as the story unfolded, I thought I might know exactly how this book was going to go But it didn t Thank goodness for that Though at times I did predict the plot bomb coming, but that s ok too, because I was wrong on some of them The heroine has a club foot an [...]

    29. A Thousand Perfect Things is close to perfection itself, at least as far as entertainment is concerned It didn t take me long to feel fully absorbed and invested in this alternate retelling of British imperialism and of the battle between Western reason and Easter mysticism, or magic as it is in this fantasy novel In this universe, the scientific Anglics have colonized and extorted the India like Bharata Kenyon s protagonist, the young aspiring botanist Astoria Tori Harding, is a well wrought ch [...]

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