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Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books) (edition 2009)

by Cherie Priest

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Title:Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
Authors:Cherie Priest
Info:Tor Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 416 pages
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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

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I don't know what to say about this book. It was enjoyable enough to finish and to keep it above the one star rating, but I can't quite see why it has gotten the attention it has. Maybe the zombie-steampunk genre just isn't my thing. ( )
  tlockney | Sep 7, 2014 |
I dipped my toe into the literary pool of Steampunk for the first time this past week. I didn’t choose an old standby. I chose a new one that will eventually become a classic, and I rather think it will be soon.

The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest is a story set in Washington Territory in 1880, with references to the Alaskan Gold Rush and an unusually extended American Civil War. Imagine, if you will, a contest to create a machine to extract gold from the ground as fast as possible. Imagine, then, the pressure put on an inventor to get it up and going. The inventor has grandiose plans for this particular invention of his…and it all went awry the day he tested it. Or did it? The impact on the frontier city of Seattle was catastrophic.

When the devastation was over, Seattle had built around its commercial area a wall 200 feet high to protect those in the Outskirts from Blight, Doornails, the undead and various and sundry other atrocities that came in the wake of the ensuing disaster.

Questions, speculation and rumours about The Boneshaker’s inventor, Leviticus Blue, spun both inside and outside the walls for 16 years. Stories about Briar’s father, 15-year-old Zeke’s grandfather, also grew. Within the walls, Maynard Wilkes truly was a hero. Outside the walls, his reputation was questionable, but not as evil or protracted as that of Briar’s husband, the infamous Leviticus Blue. Some said he was still alive and had taken another name. Others said he was dead, and someone else had taken over his penchant for ingenious gadgetry, as well as new and deadly extractions of the Blight most welcome on the clandestine drug market.

In an effort to find the truth, Zeke takes off through the underground to get inside the walls and learn more about his grandfather and his father. Briar takes to the skies to find him before it’s too late.

The chapters that follow introduce you to sky pirates, the living, the undead, and all sorts of magical gadgets. Primary to the story are the characters of the imposing Jeremiah Swackhammer, sly but knowledgeable Princess Angeline, sinister Yaozu, the evil Dr. Minnericht, the daring Lucy O’Gunning, and the zombie-killing contraption lovingly known as Daisy.

The traps, pitfalls, encounters and lovely, lovely gadgets will enthrall most readers who enjoy Steampunk. I know I enjoyed it, and – true to form – it will become a film in 2013. ( )
  mreed61 | Aug 10, 2014 |
Very fun read. I really enjoyed it. I was a bit sad when I finished. Would've liked to keep reading. At least there are some more books in the series to look forward to. ( )
  sffstorm | Jun 9, 2014 |
this to me is more of a 3.5 than a 4. i hard time beleiving the premise of the book but as it is am running on empty having just arrived from maryland...will review later ( )
  seaofsorrow | May 20, 2014 |
I picked up this novel through a Humble Bundle, I think, but I chose to read it because of reviews I read here, Beth Cato's in particular. Steampunk and zombies -- how do you say no to that? I think Ms. Priest did a fantastic job of balancing the two things and mingling them together into an engaging story. I especially liked that all the characters were strong, detailed individuals who were, when it came right down to it, capable of taking care of themselves. There are no damsels in distress in Boneshaker :) ( )
  RhondaParrish | May 9, 2014 |
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Overall, Priest has created a terrific story that will please endless science fiction fans in search of a thrill.
added by sdobie | editSF Site, Katherine Petersen (Jan 15, 2010)
 
Priest’s latest, very simply rocks: It’s not only the steampunk adventure you’ve been waiting for, it’s the steampunk adventure you can give to friends of yours who wonder what the hell’s up with all those Victorian overcoats and goggles.
added by lampbane | editWhatever, John Scalzi (Oct 13, 2009)
 
It's full of buckle and has swash to spare, and the characters are likable and the prose is fun. This is a hoot from start to finish, pure mad adventure.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Sep 29, 2009)
 

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In this age of invention the science of arms has made great progress. In fact, the most remarkable inventions have been made since the prolonged wars of Europe in the early part of the century, and the short Italian campaign of France in 1859 served to illustrate how great a power the engines of destruction can exert.

-- Thomas P. Kettell, History of the Great Rebellion. From its commencement its close, giving an account of its origin, The Secession of the Southern States, and the Formation of the Confederate Government, the concentration of the Military and Financial resources of the federal government, the development of its vast power, the raising, organizing, and equipping of the contending armies and navies; lucid, vivid, and accurate descriptions of battles and bombardments, sieges and surrender of forts, captured batteries, etc., etc.; the immense financial resources and comprehensive measures of the government, the enthusiasm and patriotic contributions of the people, together with sketches of the lives of all the eminent statesmen and military and naval commanders, with a full and complete index. From Official Sources (1862)
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This one's for Team Seattle --
Mark Henry, Caitlin Kittredge,
Richelle Mead, and Kat Richardson--
for they are the heart and soul of this place.
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Unpaved, uneven trails pretended to be roads; they tied the nation's coasts together like laces holding a boot, binding it with crossed strings and crossed fingers.
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(from the back of the book) In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranen vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenage boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.
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Inventor Leviticus Blue creates a machine that accidentally decimates Seattle's banking district and uncovers a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue's widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that's been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving--until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history.… (more)

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