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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Despite my wanting it to—and it seems particularly mean-spirited to dismantle such a lolloping, likeable puppy-dog of a novel— Boneshaker doesn’t quite hang together. Every main character, and most supporting characters, feels unique onto itself, and fully part of the world Priest has created.

The intertwining of characters and love that would make a person give their own life to protect family. Really, life is so miserable in this Steampunk twisted Seattle that I am surprised that there is such a large remnant population. Far too much of it is spent running from ‘rotters’ or shooting them.

Boneshaer reaction to this book: Dec 31, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: Sadly, it wasn’t exactly my type of fun and I felt bored at times. If it is as plentiful as it seems there, why hasn’t it seeped out before? I have been running the same play by email game for over 15 years Strange Bedfellowsbased on the Amber world of Roger Zelazny.

An enjoyable read and looking forward to continuing the series. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. After looting the banks he drove the machine back through prkest tunnels and into the basement of his fancy home, and was never seen again, leaving his pregnant wife with the stigma of Leviticus Blue’s escapade.


That does sound quite silly. He, like many of the young people in the Outskirts and in Seattle, views his grandfather Maynard as a hero to his mother’s chagrin. The witless, lriest son doesn’t display any reason for his mother’s dedication.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. 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.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Hannah” by Kathryn Lasky R Characters are encouragingly introduced, but never developed. It’s hard to shake off the suspicion that even with the interference of the Civil War, scientists would flock to Seattle to study the phenomenon think of the endless curiosity of the nineteenth century scientist as depicted by Verne, Wells, Conan Doyle, et al.

Retrieved August 27, The book ends satisfactorily though I could have done without the superfluous epilogue. 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. Science fiction books Fiction reviews. Don’t have a Kindle?

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The steampunk aspect is grimy, dirty, sooty, fiddly, weird and wonderful – all the things you would want from steampunk. Jun 10, carol.

I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. In terms of steampunk, Boneshaker leaves a lot to be desired. May 08, Clouds rated it liked it Shelves: When Zeke Wilkes, Blue’s son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father’s name, Zeke’s mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined to rescue her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies called rotters and described in gut-churning detail.

Online Story from the Clockwork Phoenix Before the blight explosion, she owned a bar with her husband Charlie. Open Preview See a Problem? I’m probably the only person who didn’t love this book, and no doubt my complaints don’t make sense or seem ludicrous; the truth is, I haven’t been looking forward to writing this review and it’s been weeks since I finished it, but this is what stands out for me.


I did like some of the secondary characters better, especially Swakhammer.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. The zombies are more visible, and definitely more audible. My other genre love is roleplaying bojeshaker, and I’ve been playing those for 25 years. Someone behind Briar gave her back a friendly pat.

View all 3 comments. I really wanted to like this one – my first real foray into steampunk, which I’ve always found aesthetically amusing, at least – but somehow, it just didn’t do it for me. For instance, as she tries to arrange passage over the wall to find her missing son:.

The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Once inside the city, both mother and son’s paths converge on the mysterious Doctor Minnericht, with a certain amount of authorially contrived dog-legging.

Fantasy Book Critic: “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest (Reviewed by Robert Thompson)

Jan 28, unknown rated it it was ok Shelves: Feb 05, Fergal rated it it was amazing. Why hasn’t it spread further if it is so plentiful?

Not sure where it got the story, except some navel-gazingness.