All Men of Genius by Lev A. C. RosenAll Men of Genius by Lev A. C. Rosen

All Men of Genius

byLev A. C. Rosen

Hardcover | September 27, 2011

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Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, All Men of Genius takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible.

Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who has held to his father’s policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry.

But keeping the secret of her sex won’t be easy, not with her friend Jack’s constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke’s young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet’s alter ego, “Ashton.” Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest (who has a secret past of his own), speaks to her. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry about: it’s surviving that long.

LEV AC ROSEN grew up in Manhattan. He attended Oberlin College and received his MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. His work has been featured in Esopus Magazine and on various blogs including He lives in lower Manhattan.
Title:All Men of GeniusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.46 × 5.87 × 1.46 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765327945

ISBN - 13:9780765327949


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty steampunk debut Pros: fabulous writing, witty, complex story with multiple subplots, endearing characters, emotional punch/ Cons: the first 5 pages are a bit over the top, get past them and the rest of the book is fabulous/ The Importance of Being Earnest meets Twelfth Night in this fabulously written debut novel. Violet Adams has a plan to attend the illustrious school of science, Illyria, by dressing the year as her twin brother Ashton. Being a man is more difficult than Violet considered, and it turns out to be quite an interesting year, filled with experimentation, drinking, exploring the labyrinthine basement of the school, blackmail, avoiding the love of Cicely (ward of Illyria's duke) and dealing with her own complicated feelings towards said duke./ This is a delightful romp that could well have been written by Oscar Wilde himself. It has the feel of Victorian literature, with subtle wit and constant references to things of the period./ As a steampunk novel there's a lot of experimentation going on, but very little scientific explanation, so those who want a more hard SF feel should look elsewhere, while those wishing for a book to ease someone into genre should think of this as the perfect gift./ The plot becomes more and more complex as new characters are added, each with their own plans that interfere with those of the others. And the characters are all complex. Rosen takes a few pages here and there to flesh out even minor characters so their motivations are understood. And while he jumps between heads often, it's always clear whose thoughts you're following./ This book made me laugh, out loud, at several points. It also made me cry. Can't ask for more than that.
Date published: 2011-11-15

Editorial Reviews

“This debut literary steampunk novel fits well on the shelf with Gail Carriger’s “Parasol Protectorate” series, with broad crossover appeal to fans of sf, historical romance, and young adult fiction.”--Library Journal“With All Men of Genius, Lev Rosen has constructed a wonderously vivid and dreamlike new world, both utterly original and mysteriously familiar. He writes with great wit, verve and tenderness, and he is without doubt, one of the most exciting and talented young writers of his generation.”--Dan Chaon, bestselling author of You Remind Me of Me“All Men of Genius is utterly charming. A large ensemble cast revolves around the central character, Violet Adams, as smoothly as gears in a precision clock. Like the best steampunk, it feels as though it were written in a much older time. Witty, dashing, and a little bit dangerous."--Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Nebula and Locus award nominee Shades and Milk and Honey“All Men Of Genius is filled with a contagious joyful abandon.”--Angela Zeman, author of The Witch and the Borscht Pearl