Popcorn for the brain … buttered and salted.
A fun steampunk romp through a different world, where there is no “world” and there are two species of humans–unmodified primitives and the “normal” enhanced folks. Muller Jake is one of the latter, as well as something of a rogue. Think Han Solo with R2D2 and 3CPO options.
An admitted “serial novel” this one pauses rather than ends, but Staudt gives the reader a better-than-average conclusion for this opening episode.