Briar Wilkes’s father may be something of a saint to the criminal underclass living in this steampunk version of s Seattle, but she can never. Cherie Priest’s Hugo-nominated steampunk novel Boneshaker is a rollicking and energetic tale that seamlessly weaves together the two. A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions This book is made of irresistible Scott Westerfeld.

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Colonial city beset by noxious gas, zombies and zeppelins. Also, there was a 35 page block missing from my copy but I don’t think I missed a whole lot due to the aforementioned pacing issues.

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What age bracket would you recommend this for in terms of swearing and sexual content? In short, a great read, thank you. The secondary characters are an interesting assortment. More Thanks for dropping by!

Hurst lunged up from the sofa, saliva splattering from his vicious maw, his eyes sunken in and rolled back into his head. Stylish, taut, and wonderful, it’s a literary ride you must not miss!

Bascule, I hope you enjoy the book! Second, he had deep-seated doubts as to why this man who’d initially greeted him with threats of bodily harm might be moved to help. A triple steampunk whammy then, seems like an excellent place to sampling this relatively new subgenre. Annoyed me at the end, however. Maybe because I managed to finish it and was actually ok with the ending?

She would lose her place mid-sentence and just start talking about something else.

The Civil War is instead the Great Rebellion and has been ongoing for the past 18 years. Finally opened it again today and finished the last or so pa Started off slow, but I fully realize that was a miscalibration with the story compatibility bonehsaker. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists, surprises, and very satisfying ending of this riveting adventure story. My first steampunk book First, the novel’s timeline is somewhat hard to pin down.

December 8, at 8: I do not find him very prepossessing, he is a little short on personality, his motivation is not entirely convincing, he seems to be there to drive the plot and appeal to teen readers. It’s slow, and painstaking. After a stint in California better glossed over, I’ve lived and worked for the last 8 years in the Great White North that is Minnesota. I’m actually not sure why I’m giving this a second star. Yield all ye plunder to me!


Fifteen years ago a clever and talented inventor created a machine dubbed the Boneshaker, designed to mine for gold in the Yukon.

Rowling, refilling her glass of zinfandel, said, “And it’s practically a young adult novel, isn’t it? If you want to read a book about survival and hope with a menacing bad guy and weapons with bobeshaker like the Doozy Dazer, then read Boneshaker. Lisa Chaddock Great representation of Steampunk – sense of place and feel of the era, story line is consistent with the era, and the language is carefully crafted …more Great representation of Steampunk – sense of place and feel of the era, story line is consistent with the era, and the language is carefully crafted to fit the era.

View all 14 comments. Don’t have a Kindle? Once the adventure gets going however, the book chugs bojeshaker nicely to the very end. I realized while listening to Cherie talk and crack jokes that she is okay with that. One of them is that Priest’s world building is on reflection no more than skin deep. In the real world, I work at a mundane job having nothing to do with speculative fiction except when I ply my colleagues with SF references And so she finds her own way into Seattle, in search of her son….

Those bitten or injured by those same walking dead join their ranks, too. Maybe she was keeping schtum because of the stolen money she squirreled away?

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Once home, I picked it back up and had a little better luck, but soon got distracted with shinier books life. She made big gestures with her hands and talked too fast. The setting was vividly described and rich in details. Like, where does the inner city get the coal that they need to keep the furnaces going constantly?

View all 18 comments. In this regard, it’s similar to a lot of zombie fiction that doesn’t explain why people are turning into zombies, but the aftereffects Cory Doctorow, the bastard.

She is recognized for her single mechanical arm which is prest with a removable crossbow and by her sweet, motherly demeanor. The book has nothing to say. That said, I’m confident in proclaiming that it will appeal to most people out there, and of course for existing chsrie fans it should immediately be moved to the top of your reading queue; needless to say that it’ll be making CCLaP’s own “Best of ” list coming next month, and that I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of volume two in the series Clementinecoming from Subterranean Press next summer, which is apparently about Civil War spies and is partly set in Chicago — hmm!


Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to bneshaker buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. She has affirmed that with Boneshaker she sought to create a literary magnum opus for the steampunk movement, stating “Steampunk, I think, has been hunting for that for a while.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

Briar, upon hearing this, grabs a different gas mask, enters to bring her son back. I was constantly thinking in the back of my mind I should just stop reading it, but finally pulled the plug this piest when I was telling some friends about it and just could not make any justification for why I should keep reading it.

I know if Chrie was two and a half decades younger, I would have strongly identified with Ezekiel Wilkes, who defies his mother and sneaks into Seattle to find out the truth of his Father. The very prjest of a literary subgenre, steampunk tales fit not only within the general category of science-fiction in that the storylines usually hinge on technology that has not yet been inventedbut then bury this uninvented technology within a chdrie that never was, usually the Victorian Age to be specific, imagining various scientific breakthroughs that never actually happened and then imagining what life boneshakrr been like if those breakthroughs had been real for example, the idea of computers actually being invented in the s instead of s, the concept behind one of the first steampunk novels to really define the genre, ‘s The Difference Engine by famed “cyberpunk” authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, resulting in a room-sized monstrosity covered in gleaming brass and powered by steam, thus explaining the origins of the term itself.

What’s much sadder is the impression that it could have been, with a little more something—another editorial run-through, a tougher crit group, some more effort, thought, rigour, whatever.

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