The late Richard Matheson will always be remembered for the ideas he brought about in his stories (ok, he will most likely be remembered for The Twilight Zone). He was a good writer but not a great one. With his constant supply of original ideas he didn’t need to be great. On the other hand, if you are going to take an unoriginal idea, you best have some writing chops to keep us interested. Richard Ellis Preston Jr. is no Richard Matheson.
Our hero, Romulus Buckle, lives in a post-apocalyptic world where it is always snowing and technology has been reduced to a steam powered level. Buckle lives on his ship, the Pneumatic Zeppelin (it’s easy to remember because they say the phrase Pneumatic Zeppelin on almost every page). He is out to save his adopted father and clan leader, Balthazar. But you would think he is more concerned with his wardrobe as he seems to always be changing and thinking about what he is wearing. By the constant asides on clothing one would think that half of the ship is nothing more than storage for Buckle’s various outfits...read more