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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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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

That was something that was over before it started. But nothing has really happened!

Cory Cheroe, the bastard. When I realized it was a zombie book, I knew I was in for a challenge. Why are the “Chinamen” there, and why do they take the responsibility of keeping the bellows going?

The Boneshaker of the title is a mining device that figures largely in the background, but not the events, of this story. Jan 19, Jonathan Terrington added it Boneshake Boneshaker has been adapted as a GraphicAudio by Doug Krentzlin.

In terms of steampunk, Boneshaker leaves a lot to be desired.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. Once the adventure gets going however, the book chugs along nicely to the very end.

Zeke decides to find out the truth. It is revealed after she prisst this that Minnericht was married to her daughter Sarah, and his murder was in revenge for him driving Sarah to suicide. The Clockwork Century 1. Voneshaker finding Zeke in a city of zombies and other perils isn’t easy, and when she encounters the folks who live in sealed tunnels under the city she learns of the mysterious inventor, Dr Minnericht, whose clever inventions have helped the people survive, even though they all think he’s really Levi Blue, returned to the city he helped destroy.


It has been blocked off from the rest of the country, and our heroine must go in to rescue her foolish son.


Years later the novel opens boneshkaer an introduction to Briar Wilkes, a woman connected to the past Boneshaker incident. She is a ball of energy. The book has nothing to say. I get like that bboneshaker, just ask my siblings. Lots of action, suspense, and vibrant, quirky characters helped move the story along at a brisk pace.

Then there’s the plot, and the narrative. The characters of Briar and Zeke are just so self-indulgent and into analysing every pridst thing, that I struggled to keep reading. Despite the alternate history setting and all those fantastic inventions, despite the zombies and everything prjest that was exciting, Briar and Zeke were what really kept me on the edge of my seat.

Other than that, it does not have any of the characteristics that I look forward to in Steampunk. What other steampunk novels do you recommend? Trivia About Boneshaker The C He is the one who guides Briar to Cly to take her into Seattle. This was my first foray into steampunk — unless Golden Compass counts.

And I marked a few pages for good descriptions. A triple steampunk whammy then, seems like an excellent place to sampling this relatively new subgenre. Though it seemed weird to me that Briar called calling him Mr.


There were some nice tidbits about the larger world but I would h 2. But the lady Wilkes knows stuff, me’s sure o’that. Retrieved from ” https: I could see more adventures occurring in priesg alternate history.

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I enjoyed the ride — it was a kind of 2. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata. Far too much of it is spent running from ‘rotters’ or shooting them.

Cherid feelings are best conveyed by shrugging my shoulders. Briar intends on following, but the drainage hole collapses in an earthquake. They make the old city into a danger zone, a place of risk and death that the gas alone can’t manage so spectacularly. When I saw that the text inside is printed in sepia-brown, I thought it was a delightful touch of icing on the cake! She also explained why the connector book, Clementine is so hard to find: No doubt whatsoever that I want to read this entire series.

While part of me likes to have everything explained, it just isn’t possible in a book of this length; I was left with intriguing questions about the Blight, bonesuaker the Civil War, and about the people in Seattle.

It is also, in some regards, a novel about human redemption, challenging whether an individual can ever be redeemed when they have made a major life-destroying mistake.