Confusion Reigns in this Girl Genius Novel

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Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio

I’m not quite sure where to start this review. I finished Agatha H and the Airship City, but I’m not quite sure what I read. I’m confused and perhaps that confusion lead to me finishing the book in hopes that my confusion would be cleared.

There are so many characters in this book and they don’t seem to be properly introduced. Everyone is seemingly connected, but those connections are so haphazardly revealed and usually in the middle of a fight or arguement so it gets lost in the action.

That is one plus to this book. There is a lot of action. It keeps moving at a good clip. When you are working with geniuses (called Sparks) who tend to foil their own plans as often as they succeed it requires the hero or heroes to step up and make good (or at least try).

And that is where this book fails again. I’m not sure who the hero or heroes are. There is no central conflict to the book and it’s pretty obvious, I think, from the introduction of Agatha what she is so her scantily clad mis-adventures on board Castle Wulfenbach get old. book review agatha h airship city foglio So basically you are waiting 100 or 150 pages from someone to to actually tell Agatha what she is (she’s a smart cookie, but can’t put those pieces together) and another 100 or so pages after that for another character to reveal her parentage.

This book just seemed to be a hot mess in the end. A girl genius is cool and all, but for a genius she is still pretty dense. There were things that happened to her again and again (falling asleep, waking up in her skivvies at a workbench covered in oil only to be discovered almost every time by a man) and she couldn’t put the pieces together or at least get the idea to sleep fully clothed. I was feeling pretty exasperated by the end. I will give the authors credit for giving Agatha a boy that admires her brains and respects her for them. However, that isn’t enough to keep me reading the other books in this series.


 

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Confusion Reigns in this Girl Genius Novel

Agatha H. and the Airship City (Girl Genius novels #1)

Author: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
Published on: August 1, 2011
Pages: 264
Genres: action & adventure, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Down

About Kaja Foglio

An artist and comics author, Kaja Foglio writes the Hugo Award-winning "Girl Genius" comics with her husband, Phil Foglio.

She has also produced illustrations for "Magic: The Gathering" and various fantasy novels.

Awards: Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story (2009, 2010, 2011)

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About Phil Foglio

A popular science fiction fan artist in the 1970s, Phil Foglio began writing and drawing cartoons and comics professionally in the 1980s. His work includes "Magic: The Gathering," "Buck Godot," and the popular series of comics and novels, "Girl Genius," co-written with his wife, Kaja Foglio.

Awards:
Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist (1977 and 1978)
Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story (2009, 2010, 2011)

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