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. Today’s feature is a custom audioslice of Boneshaker from Nebula award finalist Cherie Priest. And it’s not just because I wanted an excuse to.

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In the case of this novel redemption must be found for Leviticus Blue and for Briar Wilkes. Rudy tells Zeke that he can lead him to his parent’s former house.

Plus I have no idea what I’m going to say when we discuss this in book club. It may take me awhile, but eventually the constant chirp in the back of my brain makes me run and pick the damn thing up and just finish it. Slowly piece by piece, my other reviews or fragments of will be migrating across to my new website over here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook She made big gestures with her hands and talked too fast. She is a rough, tough, blunt and no-nonsense woman who is helpful in her own way and protective of those around her. 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 dead, driven to attack and consume the living.

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. I don’t quite get it. 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.

There’s nothing actually wrong with the writing except for the too-free use of climactic standalone sentences ; it just is too much like the mindless, formulaic writing that pervades genre fiction and makes me more and more jaded.


In this sense, of all YA novels I’ve read, I believe that this novel has the greatest sense of understanding how to wield the power of description. Whenever the residents displease him, he sets rotters upon them. Nov 12, Cassy rated it liked it Shelves: These questions are some of the cheriee 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.

The only thing I did sort of care about is the fate of Swahkhammer, which we’re left not knowing.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

A’ight, I’ll bring me some muskets fer them, aye? I can’t recommend it, but neither will I not recommend it. I think most of all, the characters fleshed out the personality of the city with their rough, no-nonsense demeanors, boneshakeg hearts, and determination.

His original decision to go into the city seems poorly motivated and once he gets there the only memorable character trait he demonstrates is his resilient politeness and lack of initiative hide spoiler ]. Heads or tails, aye! Blue’s “Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine” or “Boneshaker” for short, named after boneshaker bicycles of the erainstead destroys several blocks of downtown Seattle and releases a subterranean vein of “blight gas” that kills anyone who breathes it and turns some of the corpses into rotters non-supernatural zombies.

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Ottawa Citizen22 May I liked some of the minor characters better than the two main protagonists. The scientific details are never gone into but the alternative technology is still more believable than the magic found in most fantasy novels. She likes throwing outrageous ideas together just because she can. cherei

Minnericht and wants to kill him, succeeding in doing so with Briar’s help. That’s how I lost my legs. The Clockwork Century stories are notable for their strong female characters Boneshaker is all action and suspense, with zombies. You can read why I came to this decision here. The supporting adult characters are quiet nicely developed also, my favorite being Lucy with her steam driven mechanical arm. What other steampunk novels do you recommend? Like, where does the inner city get the coal that they need to keep the furnaces bonehsaker constantly?


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

The main characters were well developed and fascinating. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The chwrie are never really developed – it’s more an actiony-adventure type story, which could be fine, except it seemed like it almost wanted to be a deeper, more thoughtful story at times, it just never quite managed to be so.

Nov 16, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve never really bee Boneshaker is very different from other Steampunk books that I’ve read chreie enjoyed. She took up the challenge. There are two protagonists in this book, a lady called Briar and her teenage son Zeke, their relationship is somewhat tumultuous thanks to the absent father who messed up their city with his Boneshaker super drilling machine, which caused buildings to collapse, several deaths, and worse of all release a noxious gas from underground which turn people into zombies of the fast moving variety.

It’s the bleakest dystopia I’ve read so far, one where people can’t even breathe the air. Well clearly I survived, but I do have to say that it takes a special book to turn steampunk bonesyaker zombies into boredom. Briar is sharp, resourceful, stubborn especially when she’s set her mind on somethingand is unafraid to speak her mind.

Many of the descriptions I had a hard time following, and picturing: Overall, a middling book that I’m glad I read. If that makes sense. 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 recognizer.