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Nicole Ross lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband and their pets. She is a translator, mature-age student, bibliophile, Trekkie, podcaster, atheist, and a future laboratory technician. She has a website at clfornax.com. "Fornax Rising" is her first novel.
on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Fornax Rising by Nicole Ross is the story of Cassandra Fornax. Her father is a shipping tycoon and her Uncle Philip is a brilliant engineer and inventor. When visiting her uncle one summer she is bitten by a poisonous snake and has to have her hand amputated to save her life. Feeling responsible her uncle designs her an amazing prosthesis to replace what she has lost. When she returns to her normal life at home she is shunned by the deformity, many people claiming that God was punishing her for a horrible sin. This causes her become a bit isolated from her peers and get a private tutor. Luckily her tutor does not judge her and provides her with a top notch education to go with her already brilliant mind.
The story was well done and as the book was described to me as steampunk I was very excited by the engineering possibilities that Philip presented. Unfortunately after the original creation of the hand there is really not much of the wonderful technology to be found. There are mentions of some special engines and such, but nothing really concrete and fun. Towards the end of the book the steampunk aspect does start to make a comeback in a very exciting and entertaining way however. The middle of the book really goes into the development of the personality of Cassandra. Even with a little disappointment with the lack of gadgets the story still moved along fairly well.
Overall I will be checking back fairly regularly to see if Nicole has written any other books and especially to see what is coming in this story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
I REALLY like and enjoy the story and Cassandra's personality. I love seeing a childfree character on the page and seeing how she defies convention. My one criticism is that I feel like the dialogue isn't always true to the time period. But that's really just a small distraction from an otherwise interesting and thought-provoking novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)