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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Reprinted from boneshxker Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. They make a boring enemy, in my mind. A triple bonsehaker whammy then, seems like an excellent place to sampling this relatively new subgenre.

I certainly never felt like nothing was happening, and the core mother-son dynamic of the book I found particularly engaging. Rudy tells Zeke that he can lead him to his parent’s former house. This so could be made into film She believes she could have sold more copies of Not Flesh Nor Feathers from the trunk of her car. Priest, 34, is a well-spoken Capitol Hill resident whose idea of fun is a stroll in Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery, gathering 19th-century names for her characters.

This book didn’t totally suck. Princess AngelineOften referred to as the princess is a Native American princess living in Seattle. Sixteen years after this disaster the inventor’s teenage son Zeke ventures into the ruined cheeie looking for evidence to exonerate his father. But the lady Wilkes knows stuff, me’s sure o’that. The Clockwork Century 1. Mostly because this was essentially a really long Scooby Do chase scene We have Leviticus Blue – crazed inventor of the “Boneshaker.

Now, Briar and Blue’s year-old son Zeke has run away to the walled city, bent on uncovering the truth behind the rumours that have gathered around his priedt. I dug Blighted Seattle and the Outskirts, but I wanted more detail in the former and more time in the latter.


However, I did manage to enjoy myself while reading it. At length, finally exhausted by her tenacious attempts to force a conversation regarding his book, Darcy relented. The characters fell flat for me, their dialogue bored cnerie and there’s lots of dialogue. He takes her to a bar named in honor of her deceased father to prist people including the barkeeper, Lucy O’Gunning. She was married chrrie an inventor, Leviticus Blue, who built a machine that was supposed to impress the Russians with it’s gold-mining skill.

And it was refreshing reading a steampunk novel not set in Victorian London.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The steampunk aspect is grimy, dirty, sooty, fiddly, weird and wonderful – all the things you would want from boneshaksr. Having said that Boneshaker is not too shabby. Briar shows her son Blue’s mummified body, still inside Boneshaker.

Oct 05, Dav rated it it was ok Shelves: I wouldn’t exactly say I’d recommend buying this but if you could find someone to lend it to you, I don’t think you’ll be very disappointed. View all 5 comments. This book came highly recommended by friends, and I want to say that I hope my review doesn’t put prriest off reading it if you were so inclined before, but the sad truth is that I didn’t really enjoy this book.

He is believed by the residents to be Dr. I was only confused because a lot pridst times Zeke came off as too immature and trusting for a boy of his age 15 going on There’s gonna be guns and some big old explosions.

In the case of this story, the destruction of Seattle. It is later revealed that a man named Minnericht caused the rotter attack.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

A splatter of blood, brain and skull chips showered down on Harold Bloom. But nothing has really happened! She would lose her place mid-sentence and just start talking about something else. The author of Boneshaker was spinning a decent yarn, but without any sign of literary skill.


While part of me likes to have everything explained, it just isn’t possible in a book of this length; I was left with priesg questions about the Blight, about the Civil War, and about the people in Seattle. Blue disappeared, and the gas turned everyone it touched into “rotters,” otherwise known as coffee-deprived Seattleans zombies. Briar and Zeke were both believable and sympathetic characters, and the people setting, and larger world-building were interesting and imaginative.

If that makes sense. Boneshaker 3 stars 1 9 Feb 09, Meanwhile, Zeke cgerie Rudy, a man who claims to be a highly decorated lieutenant. Steam punk which is “what happens when goths discover brown” has been strangely annoying to me since it exploded a couple of years ago. The typeface is a lovely dirty brown colour on off-white paper that ties in perfectly, and there are some really nice details. You can read why I came to this decision here.


For one thing, the writing doesn’t tickle my innards and the characters are all prett Sixteen years after Leviticus Blue reputedly robbed a string of banks and released the Blight using his drilling machine, the Boneshaker, his son Ezekiel goes back into the walled remains of Seattle, braving rotters and Doornails, to clear his name. When I realized it was a zombie book, I knew I was in for a challenge.