1) I very much liked the setting of the book. Victorian London make for an interesting backdrop to the events of the story. The lack of modern technology makes the events that transpire much more compelling because of the fictional technology that is present. Also the character of Eddie is compelling and fun to read.
2) What I didn't like about the book was that some of the major ideas seemed just a little rehashed from other books. For example the "monster," while cool, felt a little too much like Frankenstein meets Jurassic Park.
3) I can relate to George's fascination with clocks and mechanical devices. I considered mechanical engineering for a long time as a possible major. The character of Eddie reminds me of Toby from Sweeney Todd, a clever "street urchin" just trying to stay out of the workhouses. Lastly, the "monster" consistently reminded me of the T-Rex from Night at the Museum.
4)One possible way I might use this in my classroom would be to offer it as one of many choices of science fiction books for my students to read and identify the one or two fictional scientific leaps the reader must take for the story to be plausible, and explain why they are not possible....Continua