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Clementine by Cherie Priest

Clementine (edition 2010)

by Cherie Priest

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Authors:Cherie Priest
Info:Subterranean (2010), Edition: Deluxe Hardcover Edition, Hardcover, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, To read, Signed
Tags:SciFi, Steampunk, Signed, Unread

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More of a novella at only 200 pages. Still, Priest packs a meaner punch in this work than the previous Clockwork Century novel. Hainey, the captain of the 'Free Crow', and Belle Boyd, the Southern expat spy, are colorful, fun, vivacious foils. A quick read. I rather enjoyed the mentions of characters and locales of 'Boneshaker'...if for nothing more than brand loyalty. The climax was a bit stunted, but at least Priest tidied up all the loose bits at the end (a claim which cannot be made for 'Boneshaker'). ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
A continuation of the Clockwork Century alternative history, this book has a similar setting as Boneshaker, but none of the same plot or characters. I enjoyed Boneshaker, but couldn't get in to Clementine. The plot was slow and limited, and the characters were mostly flat. It was difficult to stay engaged in the story, because I personally didn't really care for the characters or understand where things were going.

I'll read the next edition in hopes that it picks up the excitement of Boneshaker, but this was ultimately a little disappointing.

2/5 for an interesting idea and setting, but flat characters and slow plot ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |

I liked Clementine better than Boneshaker. It stands alone in the same world, so you don’t have to read Boneshaker first. Clementine features a couple of really interesting protagonists and it’s nice to see a black man on the cover of a fantasy novel, isn’t it? The audio version of Clementine is terrific. The two narrators, Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine, work together seamlessly. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
quick, fun-ish read. too character driven and simple and not enough steampunk awesomeness - save the dirigibles. the characters were interesting...but it was all reactionary. if that makes sense? could be a good little made-for-tv movie though. heh. ( )
  Booktrovert | Jul 5, 2013 |
‘Clementine’ is the new name of the ‘Free Crow’, the recently stolen air ship of Captain Croggon Hainey. It’s making its way across the United States, carrying something heavy to a sanitarium in the east. Hainey, escaped slave and air pirate, is chasing it in the airship that he stole in turn, the Valkyrie, and has found himself the unwilling partner of Maria Isabella Boyd- Belle Boyd- former Confederate spy, former actress, and currently a Pinkerton agent – and, by the way, an actual historical person. Belle’s job is to see to it that the ‘Clementine’ makes it safely to the east and to capture Captain Hainey if possible; Hainey just wants his air ship back. But something is definitely wrong about the story Belle has been told, and temporarily teaming up with Hainey looks to be the best way to find out what’s going on.

This is a fast paced story, trimmed down like a race horse to fit into novella size. Yet despite the short length and nearly non-stop action, Priest has room to create fleshed out characters and to address the race relations of the late 1800s (in her Clockwork Century world, the Civil War is still going on after two decades), where having Belle, a white Southern woman, and former slave Hainey working and traveling together is unusual. A word from Belle against Hainey and he’d be strung up without question; Hainey’s all black crew doesn’t trust Belle and wants her gone as soon as possible because of this. This gives the short adventure story an extra tension and depth that many fantasy stories don’t have. ( )
  lauriebrown54 | May 18, 2013 |
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Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty...she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials--essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.And now it s Maria's job to go get him.… (more)

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