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Ganymede (The Clockwork Century #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,366 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
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
Paperback, Original Edition, 349 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published September 1st 2011)
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Kevin Hearne
Nov 27, 2011 Kevin Hearne rated it it was amazing
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.

Oct 02, 2011 Jammies rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Dawn Vanniman
Feb 12, 2012 Dawn Vanniman rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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 Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
Oct 05, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011booksread
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
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
Alex Wells
Oct 11, 2011 Alex Wells rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
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
Nov 19, 2011 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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
Vickey Foggin
Jun 06, 2014 Vickey Foggin rated it it was ok
Cherie Priest has good ideas but struggles to string them together. This book about a reforming air pirate and a madam secreting an experimental sub out of New Orleans is poorly edited so I'd give it a miss. She makes a stylistic choice for a lot of things to happen "offscreen" which I don't get. Words are free. It's not as if she needs to spend her special effects budget wisely. Example: when the crew members are getting to know each other and working out the unlabelled controls of the dangerou ...more
Melissa McShane
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
This is really two stories and I found the one about Josephine to be far more interesting. Most likely because she was a more compelling character. While it was nice touching place with people in Seattle, the story only really flowed when Josephine was on stage. She is an interesting character, and Priest does a good job of capturing conflicting loyalties. What makes Josephine cool is that she is a lady who can shot though her skirts.
Nov 17, 2015 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, kindle
17 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle
Oct 09, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, steampunk, zombies
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
Vicente L Ruiz
Jan 23, 2012 Vicente L Ruiz rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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
Beth Cato
Feb 05, 2013 Beth Cato rated it liked it
The Clockwork Century books are among my favorite steampunk series. This book was very slow to get going for me, and it took a long time for the two main characters to come together. The book did irk me with the annoying 19th century cliche of "the harlot with a heart of gold"; too many books in that time period either use women as a doting mother or as a prostitute. Mind you, Priest is an excellent writer, and Josephine's character slowly grew on me. I really liked the male viewpoint, Cly, with ...more
May 18, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
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
Feb 19, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011-10
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
Michael Davis
Dec 15, 2011 Michael Davis rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
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
Dec 07, 2011 Nathan rated it really liked it
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
Fantasy Literature
Sep 04, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
When Hollywood makes a movie of Ganymede — and they have to — I hope they subtitle it “The Battle of Barataria Bay.” That sequence comes near the end of Cherie Priest’s latest CLOCKWORK CENTURY novel, and is fasten-your-seatbelt, grip-the-arms-of-your-chair exciting.

Priest’s books always feature strong women, and in Ganymede, the main character is Josephine Early. Josephine lives in New Orleans, running an upscale bordello. Nearly twenty years into the American civil war, the Confederacy is havi
Jul 05, 2014 John rated it did not like it
Overall, the book felt like a first draft. Characters didn't feel right, actions didn't mesh with characterization, flow through felt unbalanced. The setting is interesting, but it wasn't exploited. Things could have been easily renamed to make it fantasy, sci-fi, etc., with little change. It could have been a lot of fun, but that would have required going back over the novel, then discovering and polishing its core.

As an aside, there have also been tendencies for populist authors to bring up ge
Colleen S.
Feb 07, 2012 Colleen S. rated it liked it
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
Jul 22, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it
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
Catherine Siemann
Despite its New Orleans setting, the fabulous Josephine Early, and further developments for the regular cast of characters back in Seattle, this was the least engaging of the Clockwork Century so far. Still, as the menace of the Rotters spreads, I'll keep reading . . .

ETA: Although I enjoyed the characters very much, on reread (I'm rereading the whole series for a project), I stand by my original judgment, several years on.
Philip Ulbrich
Nov 07, 2012 Philip Ulbrich rated it it was ok
I have read three of the Clockwork Century books, and loved the first two (especially Dreadnought). I was not too impressed by this one. It has some lovely stuff in it, mind you, but the the action toward the end of the book did not work well for me. I loved the New Orleans setting and the nice cultural reflection, but found the zombies to be somewhat layered on (even though they are integral to the Alternate Universe) and not particularly logical in their deployment.
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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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