The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine

82%

13 Critic Reviews

I had fun with The Janus Affair. The storytelling is cracking and the world-building layered.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

Hang onto your bowler hats, agents Books and Braun of Britain’s top-secret Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are back in The Janus Affair. In their second wildly imaginative, utterly fantastic steampunk adventure, authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris carry readers back to an alternate history Edwardian England, where suffragettes are inexplicably disappearing in flashes of lightning, and the brainy, intrepid Mr. Books and his partner, the fearless, lovely, weapons-loving Eliza Braun, must get to the bottom of the nefarious matter—while confronting high-flying assassins, a traitorous turncoat, and the Queen of the Underworld herself. The Janus Affair is the British TV classic, The Avengers, updated for the 21st Century and given a delectable steampunk twist—an Affair that will satisfy fantasy lovers, graphic novel aficionados, and dedicated fans of the novels of Gail Carriger.
 

About Pip Ballantine

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PIP BALLANTINE is a writer, podcaster and librarian. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel and Parsec awards. In 2009, the podcast version of Chasing the Bard won a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She is currently residing in Wellington.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Harper Voyager. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Jean Wan

I had fun with The Janus Affair. The storytelling is cracking and the world-building layered.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by ERIN HORAKOVA on Jul 10 2012

The Janus Affair feels complacent, and not as progressive as it might like to be. The ending makes little sense, and ultimately doesn’t cohere with the whole of the novel well enough to be very interesting.

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Steampunk Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Prof. Upsidasium on Apr 24 2012

In this novel the mystery is the thing, opposed to some of the all-out running gun fights of the previous volume.

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FlagShip The Sci-Fi/Fantasy arm of Flying Island Press.

Excellent
Reviewed by sroche on May 14 2012

If you like high adventure with a mix of humor, romance, and a dash of social commentary, then this is indeed a book for you.

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Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders

Excellent
Reviewed by Aly Grauer on Jul 09 2012

I felt my jaw drop open so hard several times that it popped audibly. I was white-knuckled gripping the pages.

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Book Chick City

Good
Reviewed by Melanie on Sep 10 2012

Morris and Ballantine just get better and better with Eliza and Welly, and I have difficulty thinking of anything I didn’t like about the characters or the world in which these authors set the story.

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Lit Stack

Good
Reviewed by TS Tate on May 24 2012

But what I found to be the most dynamic aspect of the novel...is the effortless manner in which these two writers wove together such a seamless story. T

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Ageless Pages Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jessie on May 07 2012

The Janus Affair, simply put, is a book that has a lot to offer across a wide variety of areas.

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Travels Through Iest

Good
Reviewed by Elfy on Jul 06 2012

The Janus Affair took a little long to set up for mine, but once you got past that, and the story really got going, the sparks flew, the action rolled and the pages flew by.

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Begin at the Beginning

Good
Reviewed by Catherine on Jun 08 2012

If you are a fan of steampunk, historical fiction, X-Files, spy stories, romance, explosions or, most particularly, all of the above, then I’ll wager that you will love this series as much as I do.

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The Nifty Tech Blog

Good
Reviewed by DOC COLEMAN on Jun 06 2012

The book is beautifully written. The characters are real, and the dialog rings true in a wonderfully snarky way.

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Readin' and Dreamin

Good
Reviewed by Christy B on May 23 2012

Even more thrilling than its predecessor...is filled with even more sketchy characters, hilarious dialogue, drop-down drag-out fights, and more scenes with my favorite Italian lady assassin: Sophia del Morte.

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Beauty in Ruins

Good
Reviewed by Bob Milne on May 07 2012

As for the characters, they are truly why this second volume shines.

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