Kickstarter is a great way of getting smaller prjects off the ground and also a great way of feeling like your involved in new things. Sometimes the projects seems like great ideas, sometimes not so much. Wollstonecraft caught my eye and appears to fall solidly into the former category. After watching the video introduction I can only applaud the author’s aims and passion.
Here’s the description of the new book:
This is a pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel for and about girls, who use their education to solve problems and catch a jewel thief. Ada and Mary encounter real historical characters, such as Percy Shelley, Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, and Charles Dickens – people whom the girls actually knew. If Jane Austen wrote about zeppelins and brass goggles, this would be the book.
Well, as long as it’s well-written, that ticks most of my boxes for a novel for young girls. I’m clearly not alone in that thinking as the author’s goal was to raise US$4,000; at the time of writing he has got backing of almost ten times that amount.
Even if I liked nothing else about this project, the author’s biography raised a smile:
Jordan Stratford has been pronounced clinically dead, and was briefly mistakenly wanted by INTERPOL for international industrial espionage. He is an ordained priest, has won numerous sword fights, jaywalked across the streets of Paris, San Francisco, and Sao Paolo, and was once shot by a stray rubber bullet in a London riot. He lives on a tiny windswept Pacific island populated predominantly by realtors and carnivorous gulls.