The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

The Bullet Catcher s Daughter Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother the private detective She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines In her way st

  • Title: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
  • Author: Rod Duncan
  • ISBN: 9780857665300
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother, the private detective She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus But when she comes up against an agent of the all powerful Patent Office, her life and the courElizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother, the private detective She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus But when she comes up against an agent of the all powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change And not necessarily for the better

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    1. Rod Duncan

      Rod Duncan worked in scientific research and computing before settling in Leicester to be a writer His first novel, Backlash, was short listed for the John Creasey Memorial Award now the CWA Debut Dagger.After four crime novels he switched to fantasy The Bullet Catcher s Daughter was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award He is currently writing a series of alternate history books, called The Map of Unknown Things Rod is also a screenwriter, and was once eaten alive in the feature film Zombie Undead.

    214 thoughts on “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter”

    1. This is a really enjoyable book that blends mystery and steampunk together. I've always been a sucker for cross-dressing ladies a-la Shakespeare, and this one really does a bang up fun job of having a protagonist who dresses as her "brother" in order to be a detective. There's intrigue and a cool steampunk alt-world to dive into, and really interesting characters. There are hints of romance but it's certainly not a driving force. The political intrigue and mystery are, and those are where the bo [...]


    2. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better… January 20 [...]


    3. "The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter" is a book I really looked for reading and after finishing it I feel a little bit disappointed because the book was not as interesting for me as I expected. I’ve read it quite quickly, but it didn’t grip me or excite me in the way that so many other books do. Maybe Mr. Murakami had spoiled me :D I quite liked the story and the characters. The idea to write a steam punk story about a woman who disguises herself as a man sounded really attractive to me. (It’s [...]


    4. 3.5 StarsI really enjoy a good story about cross dressing. When done well I find the social dynamic changes between being male and female fascinating. The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is done well. The background of Elizabeth and the explanations of her mannerisms make it believable.Men fancy that they recognize a woman by dress, figure and face but it is more through movement that gender is revealed.Elizabeth was brought up in a traveling circus and learned very young the art of being both herse [...]


    5. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2014/09/02/bAngry Robot is making a comeback this fall with a couple of great titles, and The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is one gem that is deserving of a lot more attention. I really had no idea what I was in for going into this book, but even before the beginnings of the story was revealed to me, I found myself already captivated by the elegant writing style.Rod Duncan brings the Gas-Lit Empire to life in this steampunkish tale of mystery and es [...]


    6. Stories of cross-dressing always attract me - not just in the fun of the fact itself but also in its deeper meaning, flouting gender ‘rules’. The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter does this in an alternate Victorian setting, one where the United Kingdom has been divided into two republics with very different laws, mores and technologies. This is where we find Elizabeth Barnabus, who takes on the persona of her fictitious twin brother Edwin in order to be able to sustain herself, working as a priva [...]


    7. I took a chance with this book after seeing Rod Duncan on an Angry Robot Live hangout. Steampunk isn't usually my thing, and I tried not to let that bias me, but actually, I'm more intrigued about the genre now than I ever was before.What a pleasant surprise.The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter starts quickly and you're wrapped up in a deep world, both on the world-building and on the character side. It's to the level of an epic fantasy though it doesn't feel that way. You're never clubbed over the hea [...]


    8. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. rated 5.0 of 5Often, when I pick up a new book, by an author who is unfamiliar to me, there is both a sense of excitement, wonderment, but also a little sense of dread, wondering what I might be about to throw myself in to.  It's a game of trust betwen me, the author, the editor, and the publisher.  And when the author, and his/her book hooks me and takes me on a fantastic adventure and in to a land of people and places that I don't [...]


    9. koeur.wordpress/2014/06/02Publisher: Angry Robot Publishing Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9780857665317 Genre: Fantasy Rating:4.7/5 Publisher Description: Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent O [...]


    10. From the ingenious art work of Will Staehle – that blood-red Victorian purse/ metallic hand – to the fabulous title, The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter, Rod Duncan's first novel in the Gaslit Empire series promises a thrilling and duplicitous read. And it delivers. This treat from imprint Angry Robot (loving their Cylon logo too!) is coming to Steampunk fans this September, with a sequel hot on its heels next spring. It has as much peril, mystery and mashed-up Victorian-futuristic technology as y [...]


    11. This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews: avidfantasyreviews.wordpre2014 has been a great year for innovative releases in speculative fiction, and the publisher Angry Robot in particular has put out a wonderful abundance of genre-defying novels this year. One of Angry Robot’s newest releases, The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan, is no exception. This novel is the first installment of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, and is Duncan’s first speculative fiction series. It is im [...]


    12. Rod Duncan’s created a world known, incorrectly, as ‘The Gas-lit Empire.’ Part of what makes Duncan’s alternate history complete is the complexity of it including scattered inaccuracies through its revolutions, wars, offices, and political systems. The Anglo-Scottish Republic is mashed up against The Kingdom of England and Southern Wales splitting at Leicester. The flaws and benefits of both societies are uniquely viewed by Elizabeth Barnabus, daughter of a Bullet Catcher, fugitive, Inte [...]


    13. **ARC provided by Angry Robot and Netgalley**I had no idea what to expect from The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter – but boy, was it a nice surprise!Intriguing characters? Check.Exciting plot? Check.Meticulous world-building?Check.This novel has it all. It's beautifully written too - Rod Duncan has a way with words.Edwin Barnabus is a private detective, a good one at that, hired by the Duchess of Bletchley to search for her missing brother. Respectable enoughexcept Edwin Barnabus isn’t really who [...]


    14. Review: THE BULLET-CATCHER'S DAUGHTER by Rod DuncanAn engrossing steampunk series which takes a divergent turn and becomes Alternate History instead of embracing the more common steampunk trope of a twisted background of Victorian and/or Edwardian England (specifically London), THE BULLET CATCHER'S DAUGHTER inaugurates an all-new series. Much world-building goes into the story, but the author starts with a sharp and catchy reader's hook, and interweaves the background world gradually. I found th [...]


    15. 4.5 of 5 Stars Review copyFirst I'd like to make note of the stunning and eye-catching cover by Will Staehle. Very nice work.How best to describe The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter? Well, there are certainly some elements of Steampunk, there is an Alternate History going on, and there is the feel of a classic Sherlock Holmes story as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Rod Duncan weaves these elements deftly into a beautiful tale of mystery and intrigue.The author has created a not so United Kingdom foll [...]


    16. I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, and seeing that there are now three books in the series (which I think I read is complete as a trilogy?), I thought it was about time I got round to it. I’m not necessarily a reader of steampunk for steampunk’s sake, but the set-up intrigued me, and especially the double life lived by the protagonist.I have to say that I missed some things which other reviewers spotted, like the date this is set, but I enjoyed it all the same. It does feel a bi [...]


    17. I honestly thought this story would be more exciting than it was. The synopsis makes it sound like a lot happens but it’s like a movie trailer that gives you the best stuff leaving nothing big for the story itself. It started out feeling a bit like The Lies of Locke Lamora but then the exciting stuff became a lot less exciting. It was still a good story and I did like it, but I should have loved it. Really. Just look at the cover. It just screams “Read me, I’m amazing”


    18. Initial Thoughts: This was so much fun to read. If you are a fan of steampunk and alternate histories, The Bullet Catcher's Daughter should appeal to you. Nicely written, fantastic story, resourceful and brainy heroine, and such an interesting world. The Review:Steampunk and alternate history fans will adore The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter. Set in England, but not really the England that we know from our history lessons, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is the story of Elizabeth Barnabas, a priva [...]


    19. Bell, Book & Candle | Book ReviewsThe cover art of this book is as creative as the actual story. It gave me the feeling that I was reading a combination of The Master of Disguise and She's the Man, except this was more of a detective mystery with a steampunk element to it. I was definitely on the edge of my seat while reading. Also, the characters were likable for the most part.Elizabeth is a pretty street-smart and cunning character. How she manages to lead a double life as her "twin brothe [...]


    20. Rod Duncan's fabulous writing takes you to places you never knew you wanted to go. He has created a world in the Gas-lit Empire that is so completely believable, it affects you long after you've put the book down. Elizabeth Barnabus is a heroine for our time; Lizzie Bennet meets Lara Croft. She finds adventure between the grinding difficulties of life in a misogynist world and with constant threats from overbearing authorities. Well which of us hasn't been there. To these problems she finds solu [...]


    21. Interesting story, writing is delicious. Evokes the Victorian era without being overly flowery. A nice, diversionary read.



    22. The nitty-gritty: A rollicking steampunk adventure, filled with intricate twists and turns, top-notch world building, and a heroine that quickly became one of my favorites ever.Illusion was my inheritance, fed to me on my mother’s lap as the drowsy rocking of the caravan and the slow rhythm of iron-shod hooves lulled me. It was a ripe strawberry conjured from the air, or a silver coin caressed from my soft cheek by the touch of a loving hand.The first great illusion given me by my father was t [...]


    23. What’s It AboutThe novel is set in an alternate history where, as a result of the 1811 Luddite Rebellion, the UK has been divided into the Kingdom of England and Southern Wales and the Anglo-Scottish Republic. Keeping a keen eye on The Kingdom and the Republic (and a good chunk of Europe and America) is the International Patent Office. Their job is to ensure that only the right sort of technology is developed and introduced.In amongst this mishigas is private detective Elizabeth Barnabus, form [...]


    24. A curious thing happened to me while reading this book. I couldn't get through the very beginning and got stuck on the first few chapters for a couple of months. The writing felt heavy, unwieldy.And then I picked the book up again in mid September and read it in one sitting! Go figure. All I'm saying, give The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter a chance to charm you before giving up.Elizabeth Barnabus is an exile from the Kingdom where women can be owned as property and lives in The Republic now, a much [...]


    25. The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod DuncanElizabeth Barnabus lives with her brother on a barge in the Republic having fled a life of servitude in the Kingdom – or does she?The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is a riveting tale which moves swiftly and the reader will be gripped from the first page when Elizabeth has taken the persona of her brother, Edward Barnabus, a private intelligence gatherer. Disguised as a man for her work, Elizabeth meets with the Duchess of Bletchley who hires her, as E [...]




    26. originally posted at: thebookplank/2014Last year and earlier this year I read some cross genre books that featured heavy fantasy, alternate history and science influences. It is perhaps better to say that they were like the books of China Mieville. Rod Duncan's latest books is precisely this, without the grotesque bits though, its a perfect blend of the "normal" and the arcane. The Bullet-Catchers Daughter is the first fantasy book written by Rod Duncan, before switching to fantasy he wrote 4 cr [...]


    27. Wonderful! And so thoughtful an the role and freedoms of women in a man dominated world. I really like the duality of England.The protagonist is a young woman who masquerades as her own twin brother to make a living in Victorian London. She does it enough that she sometimes starts to think of her self as that second persona. It delt with the gender issues really well. I don't think I have read anything by a man before that gave the feel of a woman in a bad city so well before. Constantly mention [...]


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