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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priedt I liked some of the minor characters better than the two main protagonists. Buy the selected items together This item: 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.

Hard-working, working class mother with a past in a dystopian steampunk northwest rides to the rescue as her cherue son by a hated scientist goes to find out what lurks inside the zombie-gas zone.

View all 18 comments. That does sound quite silly. The book does have great atmosphere and an excellent plot twist at the end.

Priest adds genre-appropriate ninjas to keep the plot humming.


What do you mean with “Be careful”? Of all the characters, the villain was a bit of a trope. Hugo Award for Best Novel Nominee: She would lose her place mid-sentence and just start talking about something else.

Judging by the way reviews run the star gamut, it might be worth checking out for yourself. There’s something which happens at the end which Briar is said not to care about because her focus is on something else.

View all 29 comments. All of these things inform this first novel of the trilogy, and especially when it comes to the dueling airships which make up an entire beguiling subplot on their own one of the many things that has led to the Civil War lasting so long in the first place, the invention of a modern-style Air Force out of armored balloons, a technology that is perfected much more quickly by the Confederacy ; yet Priest doesn’t allow this mythology to spin out of control either, but rather doles it out in these delicious little scoops, making you constantly wanting a little more just like the best genre projects do.


On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award.

He snapped the second glove into place and bent over to pick up his bottle. However, there are few RARE exceptions to this rule. It totally pushed all my buttons. She was completely unscripted, which was awesome. But on its first test run the Boneshaker wen In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest.

All in all, I found the book to be a mixed bag of a Steampunk novel. I am willing to keep going for a book or two, but the prospects are poor.

Steampunk, Zombies and Alternate History: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest – The Functional Nerds

Briar shows her son Blue’s mummified body, still inside Boneshaker. Harry, Cherie’s other books sound interesting, and I’ll definitely be checking them out cheri than later: Despite an engaging opening and good characterization, ultimately I can’t regard this as a good book. What’s much sadder is the impression that it could have been, with a little more something—another editorial run-through, a tougher crit group, some more effort, thought, rigour, whatever.

He and Zeke are separated after a rotter attack, and he is revealed to be a deserter by Princess Angeline. Briar Wilkes lives just outside Seattle with her fifteen-year-old son Ezekiel, working as a manual labourer at the local water treatment plant, filtering out the effects of the Blight. He takes Briar into Seattle to find Zeke. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of gas—dubbed the Blight—that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.


Leviticus Blue referred to boneshakerr Briar as Levi is the creator of Dr. View all 5 comments. Set up a giveaway.

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

Not sure where it got the story, except some navel-gazingness. Zeke was a realistically annoying and petulant fifteen year old who did mature somewhat by the end of the book; it still made me tired of hearing him whine and always try to have the last word – and really, how stupid is he to go off into the blighted walled city in the first place?

For other uses, see Boneshaker. His eyes shifted to her buckle again. A Novel of the Clockwork Century. This is one of the reviews here on Goodreads you will have the pleasure of reading in full right here.

The one serious weakness that kept grating on me as I read was that the author never convincingly explains why so many people continue to live in the blighted area where they face constant deprivation and danger. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Views Read Edit Bonesha,er history. 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 family. Aug 11, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it.

The cast of characters is diverse. Secondly the plot seems to meander a little, especially when boneshaier narrative is switched to Zeke’s point of view.

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