Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Dead Isle” as Want to Read:
The Dead Isle
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Dead Isle

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Jack Baker is an engineer in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. Clare Fields is an expatriate from a country that has no contact with the outside world. Ellis Graveworthy is a famous novelist and a spy. Purva de la Fitte is a pirate princess with a sensible soul. Join them in a steampunk adventure spanning three continents in search of the answer to the puzzle ...more
Published February 8th 2009
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Dead Isle, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Dead Isle

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
It's been a good long while since I last read anything in the steampunk vein. This isn't because I've tired of it - far from it, to be truthful, since I really enjoy the genre and would love nothing more than to keep reading as much of it as I can. But it's been difficult finding steampunk that I really enjoy; my last steampunk read, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, turned out to be a disappointment, and has put me off the genre for a solid five months.

My primary problem is a certain lack of
This is a difficult book to review: it's a magical alt-history steampunk novel in which some american (/american-raised) young people travel with a British spy to conduct espionage in Australia. It is about class and race and what drives people to cruel and/or creative action. Being as I am an Australian and the author is American - no matter how much I trust him - and neither I nor the author are Indigenous Australians, I have some issues and above all I have the uncomfortable feeling that I do ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, magic
Amazing book!
Emily Witt
Asdlksjefkjhsrkjfhsekjfbse. I really, really loved this book. Y’all should read it. That is all.

Oh, some incoherent rambling and three sentences do not a book review make? Sorry, my bad. Let’s start again.

Have you ever read a book that is so good that you can’t immediately start another one (even if you’re in the airport for five hours and have a very long flight ahead of you) because you’ve gotten so involved in that book’s world you’re not quite ready to let it go yet?

The Dead Isle was this
Dec 02, 2012 Moko rated it it was amazing
I simply love it.
I love how the characters are written, where the dreamer is the engineer, after all, and the novel-writer is the disillusioned man.
And Clare. Clare is wonderful. She is the real force behind everything.

More than a Fantasy, is like a What if kind of story. Because you can see how Creationism changed history, especially when you can compare it with the Dead Isle. And for a good part of the book you find it a better Society and a better world. But then comes Revolution and the bes
Feb 17, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Sam Starbuck is as reliably excellent an author as ever. "The Dead Isle" is his magnum opus so far in terms of sheer wordcount, and honestly I was a bit worried it would be a slog - 180k words about only three main characters? - or that the treatment of race issues would be awkward despite his best efforts. But once I got started, I could barely put it down. :D
Jul 16, 2012 Stasya rated it really liked it
Brilliant! Although, I had a hard time to get myself actually in the book for the first 10 chapters or so, but then it turned upside down and I couldn't stop reading it! Espionage, exciting events, revolution, Australia, sudden plot turns! Not to forget character development. Absolutely love Jack and Purva )))
Aug 09, 2016 Superpopielica rated it really liked it
A fun read. Enjoyed the main characters and the worldbuilding, esp. the opposition between Creating and making stuff from real stuff. I thought Found it harder to get into the second part of the book - the voyage to Australia went a bit too smoothly, the revolt against the govt even more so.
Dec 28, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Excellent book, love the dichotomy between the steam punk and modern societies. Great main characters, easy to empathize with them.
Ste rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2011
CJ rated it it was amazing
Jul 10, 2014
Laura rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2013
Harriet rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2013
Chaifanatic rated it really liked it
Oct 16, 2015
Jet rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2013
Rowan rated it really liked it
Apr 10, 2015
Amy Fuller
Amy Fuller rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2013
Antonia rated it it was amazing
Jun 23, 2012
Dominique rated it it was amazing
Sep 01, 2012
Rachel rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2011
Ruth Gornet
Ruth Gornet rated it it was amazing
Jul 08, 2016
Mazzerin rated it liked it
Feb 03, 2013
Shirley rated it it was amazing
Mar 24, 2014
Cassandra Phoenix
Cassandra Phoenix rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2015
Katie rated it it was amazing
Jun 25, 2013
Chelsey rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2010
Jonathan Atwood
Jonathan Atwood rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2013
Chandra LaMorte
Chandra LaMorte rated it liked it
May 02, 2014
pajamas rated it really liked it
Sep 08, 2012
Marika rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2011
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Sam is a corporate samurai, blogger, and former theatre punk who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Secretly, he is a Time Lord.

He writes literary fiction, magical realism in specific, as well as steampunk-oriented fantasy, the occasional satire (he can quit any time he likes) and sometimes even fanfic.
More about Sam Starbuck...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Trains are beautiful. They take people to places they've never been, faster than they could ever go themselves. Everyone who works on trains knows they have personalities, they're like people. They have their own mysteries.” 9 likes
“Do you always try to upset the world as much as possible?" Clare asked.

He gave her a surprised look. "Of course. Otherwise how does anything change?”
More quotes…