Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg

Girl Genius, Book Four

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Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg (2020, Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated)

496 pages

English language

Published June 27, 2020 by Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated.

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5 stars

4.5 A tour de force as usual, the Foglio's newest Girl Genius novel is a little hard to get into if you haven't read the books or the comics in a while, but the rest of the book more than makes up for the first 10 percent. The scheming is multi-layered to the point of byzantine absurdity, the characters weird and fun, the humour is top-notch and made me laugh more times than I can tell and the footnotes are well on their way to approaching Pratchett's (only these are numbered as is proper for a "scientific" work as this).

The only complaint I have is that the scenery, especially inside Castle Heterodyne, is often described in rather broad strokes. Makes you want to go back to read the comics, but not so great if you want to read the novels on your own. But that's a rather minor quibble …