The best thing I have watched in a year. Beautiful, understated drawings. Slow, thoughtful plots. Excitement, joy, happiness, terror, and violence are not seen often. But, sacrifice, longing, nobility, family, community, respect, mystery, and love are presented frequently and beautifully.
The girl genius series won a Hugo as a graphic novel - this is the first 3 volumes as a text novel (I never read the graphic novel, though).
Wonderful world of mad-scientists and clanking machines. The heroine is great escapism - I wish I had her abilities. Inventive enemies. Great plot twists so often, that I wonder if the original was serialized. I can't wait until the next one comes out.
Not as good as its predecessor (which you must read beforehand as this book contains spoilers). It was too easy to figure out how things would play out (the god appearance on the stairs surprised me, but seemed a little like the author was taking the easy way out). But I still lost more than an hour of work because I couldn't put it down.
Unlike many fantasy novels, the magic stays in the background. It is an important part of the plot, but for much of the book it is almost naturalistically explainable. The demon: merely a tumor; visions: merely psychosis; curse: a self-fulfilling prophecy. This ambiguity gives rarely found depth. Combine with: escapist plot, intriguing pantheon & light philosophy and you have a great read.