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She is a ball of energy.

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest

Want to Read saving…. Other than that, I loved Boneshaker. Sixteen years later, Leviticus’s wife and son, Briar and Zeke Ezekiel Wilkes, live in the impoverished outskirts of the former metropolis.

This essentially boils the entire book down into a family drama, which is boneshakfr enough on its own; but now add all the morally dubious yet sympathetic people the two meet along their separate journeys, from the massive yet kindhearted airship captain Jeremiah to the mechanical-armed tough-talking saloon owner Boneshakrr, not to mention the dozens of fully realized incidental characters along the way.

And so she finds her own way into Seattle, in search of her son…. But I really didn’t enjoy the experience of reading it much at all and I’m glad it’s over.


Lots of action, suspense, and vibrant, quirky characters helped move the story along at a brisk pace. Which means that the thrilling Boneshaker will survive the ebb and flow of fashions and subgenres within the broad church of science fiction. Home About Hosts Contributors Patreon. I picked it up to satiate my new appetite for all things steampunk.


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I just kept reading, looking out for the next cool idea the villain’s lair is an interconnected series of train cars, buried underground! Priest is or was a gamer.

I think I was born 30 years too soon for steampunk, but I get it.

Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. She thought about how the American Civil War could be been dragged out if this happened, then this, and then that. Everyone knows that zombies are native to Britain. She talked candidly about how Boneshaker with its great cover artwork revived her career.

I mean their are speculations about where the gas came from and why it affects people so, but Cjerie never gives us a definitive answer about it, which was fine to me.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Of all the characters, the villain was a bit of a trope. Those who complain about silly details need to chill out and just appreciate the overall storytelling. More Thanks for dropping by! She would lose her place mid-sentence and just start talking about something else. Sixteen years since the machine ran amok in downtown Seattle, sinking bojeshaker banks and offices into the caverns it tunnelled beneath them, but in the process releasing The Blight, a toxic gas that turns its victims into cannibal zombies.

I suppose they are useful for getting characters in and out of walled cities. Not only did the boneshaker destroy parts of the city, but from the underground tunnel came a gas, a gas that killed people or turned them into the walking boeshaker, driven to attack and consume the living. ;riest by Cherie Priest.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Ottawa Citizen22 May View all 12 comments. Its late 19th Century Seattle.

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These questions are bonehsaker of the ones that bothered me, and the map didn’t actually helped because it seemed like the characters were going all over the place for no real reason. After all, this is the particular fetishistic detail that fuels both steampunk and science-fiction in general, the delivering of stunning visions of technology that never was; and here Priest does a superlative job, not only with the grand scheme of things but all the way down to its gritty details.

The boneshaoer chasing after her errant son gives off a whiff of family-based adventure, and with a lot of running around tunnels and climbing to escape the Blight. There’s gonna be guns and some big old explosions.

Monday, September 21, priesst If she kept the book short, she could get around her contract with Tor and publish with her employer, Subterranean. Other books in the series. Machinery you can understand.

Not sure where it got the story, except some navel-gazingness. Rachel Heston Davis Up and Writing www. Wow – bineshaker you think I could say “I didn’t care” any more?