Clementine (The Clockwork Century, #1.1)
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Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a feder...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published 2010)
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Miriam
In an alternate America where the Civil War stretches on, a former Confederate spy turned Pinkerton agent and an escaped slave turned dirigible captain may be pursuing the man -- or are they both being tricked?

This book could have been a lot better with an extra few dozen pages. The characters and setting were interesting (although I was disappointed not to meet again with Briar and Ezekiel from the first volume), but the villains and their Evil Plot were introduced so late and briefly that it...more
Megan Baxter
Clementine is a slim book, a fun romp, but in some ways unsatisfying, and in others, a little...troublesome. Which is perhaps too much thought to put into a book that seems to be intended as brain candy and little more. But still, doubts remain. Can you really keep slavery as an aspect of life in the Southern states during the Civil War, and yet then try to make the pre-eminent Confederate spy's motives all about states rights, and give her absolutely no prejudices against an escaped black slave...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
What kind of book is this? Is it science fiction, alternate history, steampunk, or just madcap adventure? All of the above.

Clementine is is part of the Clockwork Century series, and I admit I cheated and read these out of order, starting with this book. The storyline was a huge draw, honestly.

I'm a sucker for Westerns, especially with a heroine at the helm. Maria Isabella Boyd is on the wrong side of the Civil War, as far as I am concerned, but I don't like her any less. She's a complex woman wi...more
Sandi
Clementine is a novel set in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century world. It was entertaining but not as good as Dreadnought. Heck, it wasn't even as good as Boneshaker. Fortunately, it bears no connection to either of those novels and you can go ahead and skip it if you want to.

I really like the production of this audiobook. I like how they used a female narrator for the female protagonist's chapters and a male narrator for the male protagonist's chapters. It really got to be a lot of fun when the...more
Ranting Dragon
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Cherie Priest has been called the “High Priestess of Steampunk” for good reason. Her Clockwork Century world is a well-constructed alternate history version of 19th century North America. I reviewed Boneshaker recently, and was eager to read the next installment. With Clementine, the only disappointment I felt was when it ended.

Clementine tells the tale of Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey. A former slave and current air pirate, his airship—the Free Crow—h...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Hey, whaddya know, Priest actually improved upon her steampunk series in most of the ways that angered me in Boneshaker.

First of all, the story goes somewhere. It has characters who all want something other than to merely survive. There's a genuine thrust to the narrative.

The pacing goes along at a nice rate, the characters all have amusing back stories rather than just featuring a wide-eyed kid with a dark family history (the ultimate fantasy trope.)

What I still take issue with is Priest's di...more
Beth Cato
Boneshaker, Priest's first book of her Clock work Century series, set an awfully high standard. It used the background a steampunk-style Seattle overrun by noxious gas and zombies, all while the Civil War continues to ravage the rest of the United States well into the 1880s. Clementine takes place immediately after the first book, though following different characters across the country. While I enjoyed the setting, the emotional punch simply wasn't there. Part of the appeal of Boneshaker was th...more
Kristina Jo
My sister read and wrote a review of Clementine before I got to it, so I noticed things that she mentioned in her review that I wouldn't normally notice: It was a fast-paced book; it lacked the sharing of background and history that Boneshaker had; it could probably be called more superficial. But I don't mind. Sometimes, a slow, leisurely exploration of a new place or culture or universe is enjoyable, the way curling up in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a book on a snowy wint...more
Adam
A fun adventure in Priest’s Clockwork Century a steam punk alternative history of the American Civil War (an underused idea since a war fought with gatling guns, ironclads, primitive submarines, and balloons should fire more steam punk imaginations).Pirates, Pinkertons, A woman confederate spy, escaped slaves, airship battles, and a doomsday weapon and the barest sketching of the historical background are along for entertaining a pulpy ride. I feel like I’m just getting tastes of this series so...more
Robert
As much fun as I had with Boneshaker, I enjoyed reading Clementine even more, and my expectations are sky high for Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought, the third volume in the Clockwork Century, which is scheduled for publication on September 28, 2010 via Tor...
Chris
Not as good as the first. It still is a good adventure read, but does call upon the reader to take a feel things on faith. I also disliked how Priest sidestepped the whole question of morality of North and South. Still, a good adventure read.
RK
Taking place after Boneshaker, Clementine is a short story about Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey and his crew chasing after his stolen airship The Free Crow now named Clementine by it's kidnappers transporting a deadly cargo across the US meanwhile Pinkerton National Detective Agency has sent Confederate Spy and new Agent Marie Isabella Boyd after the Clementine since any bridges she previous had have now been burned.

At a shy 200 pages, this short story expands on the universe Boneshaker intro...more
Maria
I bought Clementine because I had just finished reading Boneshaker, which I thought was a clever and original story that reinvented American history and offered a plausible alternative timeline in which the American Civil War never ended and drags on through internecine fighting and skirmishes. While I think much of Clementine captures elements of this originality, it was a touch disappointing, primarily because there wasn’t enough narrative to develop either of the main characters or their plac...more
Brian Maicke
The second novel set in the Clockwork Century universe. While not a direct sequel to Boneshaker, there is some overlap in characters and references so while reading the first book is not necessary by any stretch, you will probably get more out of the book by doing so.

Clementine is a shorter book, clocking in around 200 pages, and has much less of the world building and setting that Boneshaker did. The novel is a non-stop action story following Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey, an escaped slave...more
Tracy Riva
Clementine
by Cherie Priest
copyright 2010 by Cherie Priest, published by Subterranean Press, PO Box 190106, Burton, MI 48519 http://www.subterraneanpress.com ISBN 978-1-59606-366-2 available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $4.99 for the eBook

Clementine is the second installment set in Cherie Priest’s “Clockwork Century” world. It is a world where the American Civil War still continues, great and terrible machines are being made and the city of Seattle, Washington is walled in and quarantined....more
Bridget Flanagan
I kinda wish this had been a little more complex and removed from reality. This story had none of the creepy other-worldliness of Boneshaker, and the whole plot was a basic two-path convergence chase scene where everyone just came together conveniently.
Speaking to convenience, I find that the novel conveniently dances around some serious racial stuff from the time to provide a conveniently cleaned up history where Boyd, a confederate slave owner, conveniently teams up with some black freed slave...more
Nathan
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The Clockwork Century was a five book series. Right? It is a completed series with five books. If I go to my library, get into the catalog, I can count the damn things. One, two, three, four, five. It is that easy and I would assume that like many series anything else involved with the series would be a throwaway story; short and only loosely connected.

So someone bring me the head of the marketing genius that hid the most entertaining story of the entire series as a special re...more
Anelis
Clementine is a good example of an "I_DESPERATELY_WANT_TO_BE_A_MOVIE" book.

Let me back up a bit.

Each art-form uses a different medium for a certain reason. Not all movies can be books, not all comics can be made into movies, not all poems can fit into a song, not all paintings can be interpreted as a poem. The basis of making art is finding the most appropriate medium that can help you best express and communicate your idea, story and feelings. Some mediums are affordable, like writing, and som...more
Kristen
In a word: disappointing! I jumped straight from Boneshaker to this, hoping to get to learn more about--or at least hear the survival rates!--of the characters I'd so grown to love from the first book. However, aside from one minor character in Boneshaker becoming a main player in Clementine, and a few throwaway references to, what, one or two other minor characters? It's an all new playing field in more ways than one. Not exactly what I was hoping for. Aside from that, the story felt plodding i...more
Angela
Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series is rather refreshing in that the various books, thus far, don't follow the exact same set of characters. They're all set in the same universe, but the characters featured in each book are only tangentially related to each other. And things are slightly complicated by how the books in the series are not all exclusively with the same publisher. The main books in the series are via Tor, but Subterranean Press has the actual Book 2: Clementine.

Now, this one d...more
Sarah
Curious plot, appropriately steampunky, but lacking in depth. Having read Boneshaker, I was interested in the continuation of Croggon Hainey's story; references to the events in the first book definitely enriched the world of Clementine, and made me more invested in the advancement of the plot. However, none of the newly introduced characters in this book left an impression on me, which makes me feel I could have skipped this one altogether (or at least kept Croggon and crew and left all the res...more
Kelly
Following the adventures of Croggon Beauregard Hainey, airship captain and thief from last year's fantastic Boneshaker, as he tries to recover his beloved airship from the hands of the pirate who swiped her. Of course being that things are never as easy as simply stealing back the ship he rightfully stole in the first place, Maria Isabella Boyd, former spy and newest member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, is hot on his trail.
"Why are you chasing the Clementine? What's on board that you want s
...more
Stacey
Clementine is a pure chase novel. The main story is the cross country chase of a stolen dirigible, using, naturally, another stolen dirigible. Her lead characters really make the story, especially the female main character, Belle Boyd. She's smart and capable, but not anachronous.

There is some world-building in the short novel, (more if you were lucky enough to also receive the bundled short "Tanglefoot," which I HIGHLY recommend,) this story is really about this single adventure, the pursuit o...more
Tac Anderson
This is a great addition to the Clockwork Century series. This book was a limited run done through a different, smaller publisher so it's one not most fans have read. Although now you can get it digitally, which is what I did. If you're a Cherie Priest, Clockwork Century fan then I highly recommend you get this book and the original short story, Tanglefoot Tanglefoot. Read Taglefoot first and then this one. It includes some of the same characters that don't show up in Boneshaker, or the other bo...more
C. Purtill
I totally dig Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and I was so excited for this, but it's only kind of a sequel. I really wanted more of the Seattle from the 1st book, with the zombies and the yellow goo and the walled city. The first book was so evocative of a truly unique time and place. This was good too, and Priest's prose and dialogue are as sharp as ever, but the story itself didn't capture me as much. Also, I had a problem with Maria originally being part of the Confederacy; as kick-ass as she was...more
Jason
This book, like the first book in the series, Boneshaker, has a lot to offer me. Steampunk, zombies, and anti-heroes to love, all done up in a great world that could have been ours. This is a short story about anti-hero, pirate, and captain of a dirigible, along with his crew, in pursuit of "The Clementine", his ship that he stole long ago. Maria, a veteran war hero is employed to stop captain Hainey and his crew is also an atypical protagonist. This is a short fast chase story with characters t...more
Laylah
A really quick read, barely 200 pages, but exciting, full of airship chases and battle scenes. I was glad to see Priest address the racism of the society she's writing -- not just glance at it, but really pay attention to how it shapes the characters' options and their relations to each other. And I think I am in the minority in having disliked the rotters in Boneshaker pretty thoroughly, so I was happy to see that this one's threats and troubles remained thoroughly in the realm of the scientifi...more
Lucas
Fast and fun. It's a novella stuffed with snappy dialogue, airship battles, and indiscriminate firearm usage. A spectrum of politics--race, gender, geography, war--strengthen the short chase/revenge plot. Its greatest offering is the greater view of the high-tech Civil War Priest teased in Boneshaker.
KristenR
Where Boneshaker had toxic gas and zombies, Clementine has spies, escaped slaves and airship-jacking. Much shorter and more action-packed than Boneshaker, and I thought Maria Isabella Boyd was a stronger female lead character who took charge and made smarter decisions than Briar Wilkes.

I am looking forward to Dreadnought...I've heard good things about it.
Rob
An excellent continuation of her "Clockwork Century" steampunk series. My biggest complaint is that it was too short, but, it was presented as a novella so I shouldn't bitch too much. Very highly recommended and, unless something really outstanding appears, Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century books will be cited as my "Outstanding Reads for 2010."
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of twelve novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought 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 Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor (Macmillan), and her novellas Clementine, Dreadful Skin and Those...more
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