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In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.
Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.
Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.
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Fast-paced and entertaining, the novel's an easy recommendation for fans of Mignola and Golden.Read Full Review of Joe Golem and the Drowning City
And that’s not to say that the story cuts off unexpectedly, or is unsatisfying, or something, but I just feel like there’s more there to explore that we haven’t really gotten to yet (and that I’d like to).Read Full Review of Joe Golem and the Drowning City
The only small disappointment in this book is that the focus has a habit of slipping away from the more original, eccentric, and (to me) interesting characters.Read Full Review of Joe Golem and the Drowning City
Joe Golem is a good book, but could have been great. It wasn’t one big thing that caused it to falter, but a few small almost imperceptible things.Read Full Review of Joe Golem and the Drowning City
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