Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3)
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The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money’s good, he doesn’t think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly’s first legal gig—a supply run for the Seattle Underground—will be paid for by sap money.

New Orleans is not Cly...more
Paperback, Original Edition, 349 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Tor (first published September 1st 2011)
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Kevin Hearne
Well...the rating shouldn't be a surprise, considering I'm such a fanpoodle of this series. It's American steampunk with zombies! What's not to love? There are pirates. Voodoo queens. Primitive submarines. And zombies!

Plus, brown ink. I don't know why that makes every page more delicious, but it does.

If you haven't tried the Clockwork Century books yet, they're lovely. That is all.

Jammies
There is no way for me to do a sensible, scholarly review of this book or any of the books in the Clockwork Century series. All I can say is that I loved this, and that Ms. Priest had me before Marie Laveau but I squealed in delight when she appeared. I'm thrilled with the gentle, low-key touch of romance as well as the breathless action, and just delighted to pieces with the whole book.
Tiyana White
Mar 05, 2012 Tiyana White rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of steampunk and adventures
Ganymede is the fourth addition to the Clockwork Century universe, coming after Boneshaker, Clementine, and Dreadnought (in that order)**–-all of which are centered around a steampunk alternate history in which the American Civil War has carried on for nearly decades longer than in real life. The story follows two main characters: former lovers Andan Cly, the air pirate fans got to meet first in Boneshaker, and Josephine Early, a biracial prostitute and Union spy who is new to the series.

I'd do...more
Sarah
Not my favorite in the series - that would be the first or third - but not the weakest either. I love the world that Cherie Priest is creating, and the way she is building it slowly, weaving in new characters and new locations while reminding us what the others are up to. (view spoiler)...more
Jason
3 Stars

I would have given this book a lesser rating if it wasn't so fun to read. Cherie Priest has created a wonderfully fun and imaginative alt history USA and done it in an awesome steampunk fashion. This was my least favorite of the four novels so far and to me it had the smallest scope. It was even smaller than Clementine which is a Novella.

This book works on the foundation that the first three books have built. Without the wonderful world building in them, this one would not have worked. O...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Regular readers will of course already be familiar with Cherie Priest's remarkable steampunk series known as "The Clockwork Century;" back in 2009 I reviewed the first volume Boneshaker (best described as Victorian zombies meet Doom-style videogame in the bowels of subterranean Seattle), while last year I...more
Melissa Proffitt
I really wish I was connecting with this series better. I like the setting a lot, and the alternate history is very well thought out. But even though the characters are well-rounded, I have trouble caring about them, and I feel like I should. It's like I enjoy the concept of these characters--brothel madam, her former lover-slash-air pilot, the Texas Ranger who showed up in the previous book...actually, I think I like him a lot. In general, this seems like a mismatch with the reader rather than...more
Michael Davis
Loved this one- maybe the best one in the series, or maybe my favorite because it's the most recent - not sure that it matters. Priest's penchant for writing strong but believable female characters is unequaled in anything I've read recently, with the possible exception of Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear novels.

This time around, airship captain/slightly reforming air pirate Andan Cly has to fly across the country from Seattle to New Orleans to help an old friend who's sent a cable asking for...more
Rev. Theodore Laich
Ganymede may never be counted among the great pieces of literature of this century, but it was perfect for the moment that I read it. After finishing Miéville's "Perdido Street Station" I needed something that wasn't challenging and, hopefully, didn't depress the shit out of me. Priest succeeded in both regards.

Reading the Clockwork Century book, as well as her other fiction, feels to me like coming home. It's an old sweater on a cold night. It's a world you know and love, and you're glad to be...more
Alex Wells
First, full disclosure: I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. And I was very excited, first, because I've been waiting forever to get my paws on this fourth book in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series, and second, because I hardly ever win anything.
I'm a big fan of Priest's American steampunk, which is less about corsets and manners, and more about riveting adventure and female heroines who defy the conventions of the Victorian age. I really liked Boneshaker, but I was just crazy abo...more
Vicente L Ruiz
Wonderful new book in The Clockwork Century series.

To me, there's something odd with the way Priest writes: I find myself waiting for things to start happening, you know, really start happening, when all of a sudden I'm 100+ pages into the book and, looking back, lots of things have already happened -but of course! That's how smoothly the action flows in Ganymede as well.

Nevertheless, if nothing else I'm a sucker for good world-building. And all along the book, sometimes quite obviously and som...more
Larou
Feb 19, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: 2011-10, fantasy
This is the most recent instalment in Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century sequence, and like the prevoius ones it has a one-word title that refers to a big piece of advanced machinery – this time round it is a submarine, which has to be smuggled through the Confederate lines and handed over to the Union to give them an edge in the Civil War and hopefully end it (the American Civil War has been going on for decades in Priest’s alternative history universe). The Ganymede does not appear quite as cen...more
Mike
May 18, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This was another book that I "stumbled over" when looking for something else. There is nothing at all wrong with the book but it is one of those times where I may be undervaluing it because I have not read the prior entries in this series. On occasion I'll stop and wait to get the first novel if I think the premise is interesting, but I grabbed this one just because I wanted something to read.

The author has done a nice job of imagining this parallel past. The technology bits are both firmly root...more
Mary
I only have one more Cherie Priest title to read (listen to), and then I have read everything she now has in print. She is good! This book was printed in brown ink on a creamy white paper, which is a nice touch for which the publisher should be thanked. Priest has set up a follow-up story about 'rotters'/zombis in New Orleans that is already interesting for the conflict between the two partnered characters: one, a free person-of-color bordello madam and the other a Texian, which means he support...more
Nathan
Well being the book reader that I am I do not always read series in order. The first book in this series that I read was Boneshaker, wonderful book, So when I found this one I failed to see that there was intervening books between the two of them I just sat down and devoured it.
Now reading it as a stand alone book it was wonderful, taking it in context I was happy to see that she was using some of her same characters in another book. Now as I went to post a review I find more, it is like Christm...more
Aaron
I don't know if it's fair or not to say that Priest's Clockwork Century series follows a formula (I have not read Clementine yet.), but if it is a formula, it's an awesome one. Serious pioneer mentality characters+ZOMG ZOMBIES!!ONE!1+Badass Steampunk contraption=Your money's worth and then some. While being a quicker, sparser story than Boneshaker or Dreadnought, this is not to say that the story was lacking in any way. Indeed, the story has zero percent body fat. Everything is there for a reaso...more
Andrew
What is certain is this: On the afternoon of January 2, 1863, something appalling burst out from the basement and tore a trail of havoc from the house on Denny Hill to the central business district, and then back home again.

Few witnesses agree, and fewer still were granted a glimpse of the Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine. Its course took it under the earth and down the hills, gouging up the land beneath the luxurious homes of wealthy mariners and shipping magnates, under the muddy flats whe
...more
Angela
The fourth installment in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series, Ganymede is now finally getting into actual sequel territory. Like Clementine and Dreadnought, it's a standalone story--but this time, one of the spotlight characters in fact someone who previously showed up in Boneshaker, and we've got clear followup to the events in that book. So if you want to jump in on this series--and if you like steampunk, zombies, and/or the Civil War era, you should--this is not the place to start.

New O...more
Dawn Vanniman
The gist of the story is that there's a submarine that the confederate supporters need to get out of New Orleans - this is an alternate universe story. Josephine, owner of a bordello, recruits an old flame to pilot it out. There's Texans, Voodoo Queens, Zombies and Pirates.

With all that going on, why did I get so bored? It wasn't the writing, Ms. Priest is descriptive and her writing flows easily. It was mostly the characters.

I couldn't bring myself to care about Josephine. I wanted to, she's a...more
Jennie
I think Cherie Priest has some great ideas but needs a little help with execution.

I like the speculative aspect (20 years into the Civil War, Texas is still its own republic, Seattle is a blighted waste). I like the way she writes action scenes: her zombie battles are fun and when her characters are actually in the middle of a fight, it's exciting.

The biggest flaw I find in Priest's writing is her tendency to over-explain everything. There's a lot of telling about what happened instead of showin...more
Kim
The third book in the fantastic Clockwork Century series does not disappoint. There are so many things to love about it. We get to see more of minor characters from the earlier books, in particular airship Captain Andan Cly. I love the way the overall story of the series (the part with zombies) happens mostly in the background of the books, as a B story to whatever is most important in the major character's life. I wish we saw more of Texas Ranger Korman, but I have hope for the future. (Argh, t...more
Colleen S.
Feb 07, 2012 Colleen S. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: alternate history fans, steampunk fans, zombie lovers,
Another fun steampunk romp from Priest - this time she takes her fans to New Orleans in search of another awe-inspiring invention that might help in the war. (Read Boneshaker and Dreadnought first, things will make more sense.) A simple enough adventure is wonderfully embellished with details of the city and its outskirts and some great historical detail (even with the alternate history worldmaking going on). I'm again struck by the nagging feeling that the characters aren't particularly complex...more
Laurel
Jul 22, 2012 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I'm a devout fan of Cherie Priest for a number of reasons. Her stories are written with lush prose that brings a Steampunk version of the American Civil War brilliantly to light. I can hear the explosions, smell the bayou in Louisiana, but most importantly, I can feel for the people on all sides of the war. Add to this her ability to weave in voodoo, zombies, romance, spies, and sexual tension. The Clockwork Century world is one I hope to revisit again, and again. An excellent addition to an ama...more
Cissa
I LOVE this series, and I loved this book!

It's got a great plot, very well-drawn characters, and fabulous alternative-history/steampunk flair. I'd read it without the adventure or the steampunk, because i like the characters that much.

The relationships are complex- only fair, since several of the main characters are 40-ish; things tend to get more complicated as we get older. And the created world is also getting more nuanced, which I really like.

Definitely recommended.
Nathan
Another fast paced book in the series. Priest has an amazing alternative history of the Civil War going, and I have enjoyed each book more than the last.

There is a character reveal toward the end of the book that caught me by surprise, then made me realized that it was handled very well, and is surprisingly absent in speculative fiction.

This is a good series for people who want to see steam punk done right, worth checking out if you haven't.
Rob
...Ganymede turned out to be not quite the story I was expecting, but once again Priest managed to mix the intoxicating ingredients of the Clockwork Century and a number of memorable characters into a fine novel. Fans of the series thus far, will definitely appreciate this offering.

Full Random Comments reviews
Wes
To answer the first question, no you don't need to have read anything else in The Clockwork Century to enjoy this novel. But, unlike Dreadnought and Clementine, you'll appreciate the meta-arc of the series much more if you've read Boneshaker (and Dreadnought to a lesser extent,) first.

Josephine Early is Priest's least developed female protagonist, (even behind the novella-length Clementine's Maria Boyd,) and perhaps as a result, Andan Cly is her most well rounded male protagonist. I think her mo...more
Jamie Gibbs
Ganymede is a fine addition to the Clockwork Century series, though in truth I preferred both Boneshaker and Dreadnought. This installment still holds its own, but doesn't quite hit the mark as well as its predecessors.
Read the full review at Mithril Wisdom.
Christopher
Unfortunately I have to classify this volume as (so far) the weakest of the Clockwork Century books. I think the failure is due to the divided narration between Josephine and Andan. While Boneshaker also had divided narration (between Briar and Zeke), the two views felt like two sides of the same coin and Briar's POV easily carried me through my annoyance at Zeke's adolescent stupidity - in fact Zeke's naivete helped color Briar's world-weariness.

Andy and Josephine don't mesh as well. Their stor...more
Brendan
I don't know if it's because I just read "Doktor Glass" or what, but the book is about the
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and there is so much build up to it but, the damn thing isn't use till 90% of the way through the novel. Then...
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the...more
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