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Boneshaker

16 Ratings: 3.0
A Steampunk novel by Cherie Priest.

Starred Review. Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War–era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue's son, goes into the … see full wiki

Author: Cherie Priest
Publisher: Tor Books
5 reviews about Boneshaker
review by . November 10, 2009
I guess this was my first experience with the steampunk genre (not realizing it was a separate genre until I wikipedia'd), and it was a nice ride. Basically steampunk brings Jules Verne to the future he helped envision and turns him around to report on the past he might have lived--if that past included zombies, toxic chemicals, airships (in 1880) and the Civil War (yes, also in 1880--Stonewall Jackson survived and kept the South in the war a long, long time).    The Boneshaker …
review by . December 10, 2010
   Two years ago, I had never heard of Steampunk (and if pressed, I would have guessed it had something to do with music).  Three months ago, I’d heard of it, and I could even name a few books in the genre, but I still had no idea what it actually was.  Two weeks ago, I read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker and got thoroughly schooled in the matter. (NB for the uninitiated: Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction/speculative fiction that is set in an era or world …
Quick Tip by . February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
A quick, fun read. I enjoy steampunk, but not being a zombie story fan, I liked Boneshaker a lot more than I thought I would. I'm trying to decide whether this would make a good gateway novel for certain friends.
review by . February 11, 2010
Guilty pleasures -- we all have them. Once in a blue moon I crave Kraft macaroni and cheese out of a box, or a huge heaping pile of homemade mashed potatoes with chicken gravy made from fried chicken.  Or a Marie Callender's pot pie, even though they're like 600 calories and almost as many grams of fat. Well, I have them in books, too, and my favorite guilty pleasures are steampunk and pulp.  I just finished Boneshaker and it is the equivalent of hot comfort food between two covers.   …
review by . December 06, 2009
Back in the Civil War era in Seattle, before Washington was even a state, ambitious inventor Leviticus Blue created a massive tunneling engine, intended to unearth gold buried beneath the Alaskan ice. Only problem is when he first used it he undermined several city blocks and unleashed a stream of viscous, zombifying gas that eventually turned the whole of the central city into a walled-in wasteland. It also turned the young wife of the inventor, Briar Wilkes, into a pariah among hopeless people, …
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