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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest.
Thus was Dr. But on its first test run the Boneshaker wen In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest.
But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.
His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
Published September 29th by Tor Books first published June 1st More Details Original Title. The Clockwork Century 1. Seattle, Washington , United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Boneshaker , please sign up. How is this novel an accurate or successful representation of the steampunk sub-genre? What other steampunk novels do you recommend? 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 t …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.
What age bracket would you recommend this for in terms of swearing and sexual content? I'm 13, and this looks really cool. Inken There's not much of either. Honestly, when I read it I thought it was a YA novel. See all 4 questions about Boneshaker…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Boneshaker The Clockwork Century, 1. Feb 25, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: most-popular-reviews , fiction-that-speculates , s.
She unstrapt herself from her leather seat restraints and stood, careful to maintain her balance as the airship encountered turbulence. When she entered the hoverchannel, she activated the polarity redistribution magnets within her combat suit and began floating comfortably around the perimeter of the foyer.
Miss Bingley's attention was quite engaged in watching Mr. Darcy's progress through his book, so much so that at one point she nearly navigated the ship into the side of Pemberley; and she was perpetually making some inquiry. At length, finally exhausted by her tenacious attempts to force a conversation regarding his book, Darcy relented. An American novel. Steampunk claptrap about the Civil War going on much longer than it actually did, which caused technological advances that didn't really happen until much later.
And a zombie-infested city called Seattle. It has been blocked off from the rest of the country, and our heroine must go in to rescue her foolish son.
Bingley crossed the room, his steam-powered mechanical legs stomping their way across the carpet to the cabinet where he refilled his glass. That does sound quite silly. Everyone knows that zombies are native to Britain. That's how I lost my legs. Hurst said, adjusting himself on the sofa before falling back asleep. Darcy said, "The plot moves along at a good pace, but the characters are a bit uninspired.
A teenage boy constantly doing something inadvisable; the protective mother, blasting zombies and trying to save him. Hurst said, drifting slowly in and out of consciousness.
Ignoring Mr. Hurst's interjection, Darcy said, "I suppose the fairer sex aren't shown in powerful roles that often, even in these books written in the far future about the distant past.
When were we written? Yet you wonder why nothing surprising was done with any of these elements. The whole reinvention of the Civil War is fascinating in theory. Then the author does nothing with it. The book has nothing to say. No reflections on the civil war, racism, or politics. Nor does it say anything about the true nature of zombies.
In fact, it says little about love, which is the very heart of the story. Rowling, refilling her glass of zinfandel, said, "And it's practically a young adult novel, isn't it? Other than one or two mildly violent zombie moments and one four letter 'S' word, this could be the next film from Pixar. There's not even a gay sorcerer to throw off the prudes. Hurst moaned softly. But, like you, I found the novel didn't meet my expectations. When you look beyond the stylish trappings, you have a run-of-the-mill adventure story written in a workmanlike fashion.
I imagine the query letter was spectacular, though. Hurst lunged up from the sofa, saliva splattering from his vicious maw, his eyes sunken in and rolled back into his head. He lurched across the room toward Bingley, whose back was facing him. Eliza kicked off of the wall and rolled over to Darcy, pulling his pistol from his belt, and fired several rounds through Mr.
Hurst's head. A splatter of blood, brain and skull chips showered down on Harold Bloom. Harold Bloom said, wiping blood from his face and wiping it on the sofa, "that was entirely unnecessary, but what HASN'T been? The whole book review is sound and fury, signifying nothing. And how many times is this hack going to parody Pride and Prejudice?
He seems to think it's much more funny than it is, just as Oscar Wilde thought himself hilarious, when he is in fact highly over-esteemed. Hurst was turning. Usually I'm so attentive to details. We are in a zeppelin, you know. Pipe smoking is encouraged over there. View all 68 comments. Mar 14, colleen the convivial curmudgeon rated it did not like it Shelves: dark-fantasy , steampunk.
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Added by 5 of our members. In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city.
Reverse-Engineering the Steampunk Novel with Style: Cherie Priest and Boneshaker
B riar 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 escape the fact that her late husband is the man who brought the deadly Blight to the city, leading to it being sealed away from the rest of the world by a ft-high wall. Fifteen years before this story is set, Dr Leviticus Blue built his Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine to exploit the veins of gold buried deep beneath the rock and ice. Instead of mining for gold, he dug through the foundations of four of Seattle's gold-rich banks, intent on robbery, and unwittingly released a deadly gas that devastated the city. Now, Briar and Blue's year-old son Zeke has run away to the walled city, bent on uncovering the truth behind the rumours that have gathered around his family.