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New Author Spotlight: Lev A.C. Rosen

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres. Today’s spotlight shines on Lev A.C. Rosen!

His debut novel is All Men of Genius (Tor).

Here’s the cover copy…

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, All Men of Genius takes place in a Victorian London familiar but fantastical, where mad 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, the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever Ernest speaks to her, and a deadly legacy left by Ernest’s father. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year she has to worry about: it’s surviving that long.

You might like All Men of Genius if you enjoyed any of the following:

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3 Comments on New Author Spotlight: Lev A.C. Rosen

  1. I haven’t read it but the basic concept (steampunk plus gender swap) sounds alarmingly similar to Scott Westerfeld’s amazing Leviathan trilogy…

  2. I read the first book in Westerfeld’s trilogy and it doesn’t have the humour of All Men of Genius.  I enjoyed it though, and really should pick up the other two books now that the series is complete.  It’s also YA, while Rosen’s book isn’t.

  3. Rene Sears (@renesears) // December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm //

    I very much enjoyed All Men of Genius. It was so much fun.

    I also greatly enjoyed the Westerfield books, but they’re not really that similar (besides the plot elements you mention.) Rosen’s book is more of a romp. (Which is not intended to denigrate either book- I liked them both.)


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