All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

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Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, All Men of Genius takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible.

Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who has held to his father’s policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry.

But keeping the secret of her sex won’t be easy, not with her friend Jack’s constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke’s young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet’s alter ego, “Ashton.” Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest (who has a secret past of his own), speaks to her. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry about: it’s surviving that long.

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About Lev AC Rosen

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LEV AC ROSEN grew up in Manhattan. He attended Oberlin College and received his MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. His work has been featured in Esopus Magazine and on various blogs including He lives in lower Manhattan.
Published September 27, 2011 by Tor Books. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(It is unfortunate that Lady Augusta Bracknell, the imperiously witty matriarch who provides Earnest’s best lines, is morphed into a foul-mouthed, oafish astronomy professor.) Rosen writes with color and verve, particularly in his descriptions of mechanical marvels, and also offers moments of une...

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The course of true science never does run smooth, and soon Violet conceives a disconcerting passion for Ernest, the duke of Illyria, and is hotly pursued in turn by his attractive young ward, Cecily.

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All Men of Genius is a true steampunk novel, a romance, a mystery, and a fun romp through an alternative Victorian England inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

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(That said, All Men’s advent of the steampunk vibrator is just one reminder of Rosen’s bawdy humor.) It’s a nimble twist on Victorian romance that’s woven into Rosen’s intricate web of attractions, repulsions, and matrimonial machinations.

Sep 28 2011 | Read Full Review of All Men of Genius

Fantasy Literature

the Duke is falling in love with Violet (but not “Ashton-Violet”, instead he’s falling for Violet-Violet, Ashton’s sister), Jack is falling in love with the Duke’s young ward Cecily, Cecily is falling in love with Ashton-Violet, Cecily’s governess Miriam is in love with Toby (one of the students)...

Dec 21 2011 | Read Full Review of All Men of Genius

Strange Horizons

Both of them fall in love with Violet: Cecily because she thinks Violet is a boy, and the duke in spite of the fact that he thinks Violet is a boy.

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Buried Under Books

But Violet, being a genius–and just a little arrogant along with it–also makes an enemy of a young man whose desire is to rule the world.

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Booked Solid

A love quadrangle develops at school with Violet’s buddy in love with Cecily, (Cecily is allowed on school grounds only because it is her family’s school).

Sep 22 2012 | Read Full Review of All Men of Genius


not so much an intellectual addressing of the root causes of my marginalization and mostly the brute force of thoughts like, “I’ll show them all.” Violet has a great scientific mind, but it’s also important to note that she’s still a young girl as the novel takes place, a teenager, really.

Sep 27 2011 | Read Full Review of All Men of Genius

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