Ganymede (The Clockwork Century #3)
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
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.
I'd do ...more
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
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
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
The author has done a nice job of imagining this parallel past. The technology bits are both firmly root ...more
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
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
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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
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
As an aside, there have also been tendencies for populist authors to bring up ge ...more
With a handful of typos and other errors, I again thank my luck that I got this book used rather than for full price. It's not unforgivable for a publisher to put out work with e ...more
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.