Tom is a third level apprentice in the museums of London, a city on tracks that moves across the Hunting Grounds of what was once Europe, 'eating' other cities, tearing them apart for scrap metal and resources. Tom finds his job boring and wishes he could be an airship pilot, and travel around finding artifacts of the past, like his hero, head historian, Valentine. Little does Tom know what lies beyond the peaceful sheltered world that he knows, but he will soon begin to learn...
Mortal Engines is a book set in an alternate future, when mankind has nearly destroyed itself through warfare, and those that remained took to moving cities, while searching the ground for ancient technologies of the past that are barely understood anymore. Things like computers are alien to this world, and old technologies such as 'seedys' have become collectors items and museum pieces. The airships resemble zeppelins more than planes.
I loved this world that was so painstakingly created down to the smallest detail. You really feel that you are immersed in this world, and all the different inventions and machines all fit together so well to create a believable setting. The characters were well written, I liked Miss Fang, who was mysterious and adventurous, Hester and Katherine. The main character, Tom was likeable, if a little naive. Sometimes he found it hard to deal with the truth, but he would still try to do what was right, and his unwavering loyalty to his friends was touching.
This book definitely left me wanting more, although thankfully, it did not end on a cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading the next in the series, Predator's Gold. ...more
Ecstasia is not an easy book to describe, it is hard to do it justice. Like other novels by Francesca Lia Block (especially the Weetzie Bat books), it gets into your heart and soul.
Brother and sister Rafe and Calliope live in Elysia, a place that is all about joy and pleasure. The youth of Ecstasia spend their time visiting circuses, clubs, cafes, eating sweet sugary foods and drinking champagne. But there is a catch. When you start aging, you have to go Under. To the dark subterraneous caverns below the city, a place where nightmares seem real.
Combining heady, surreal beauty and dark horror, ecstasy and pain, with a terrible price that must be payed for the pursuit of beauty and pleasure, Ecstasia is an intense novel. While this novel is short, it took me quite a while to read it, it was so intense I could only read short bits at a time, swept away in a whirlwind of sights and sounds, beauty and terror. This is a book that will stay with you after the last page has been closed.
This book gets 6 stars out of 5! Add it to your MUST READ list!...more
Funny and dark at the same time, this is a great horror comedy about San Francisco and the end of the world. Starting off with a fascinating story ofFunny and dark at the same time, this is a great horror comedy about San Francisco and the end of the world. Starting off with a fascinating story of my favourite historical figure, Emperor Norton of San Francisco, we are soon introduced to a city where the hospital has a 'body tank' of preserved limbs they trade on the black market, chinese hopping vampires haunt the bus system at night, and to get cheap rent, you have to blackmail a serial killer into being your landlord.
This book is definitely suited to those with a darker, rather macabre sense of humour.
This book was originally published on the Errata Gothic webzine in the early 2000s (I think) and, according to author Poppy Z Brite "City of Apocrypha is one of my favorite novels of all time, a tale with as strong a sense of place as any I've read."
I wasn't there during that time (not having even started high school in the 90s), but I do feel a sense of nostalgia for the idea of it. If anyone was a part of the San Francisco alternative scene during that era, I would love to hear their thoughts....more
This collection blew me away! Not only do we see the usual strong and inspiring females from Jennifer and Sarah Diemer's work, but we have a collectioThis collection blew me away! Not only do we see the usual strong and inspiring females from Jennifer and Sarah Diemer's work, but we have a collection of fascinating steampunk and science fiction worlds. Exploring worlds past and future, we are given an insight into humanity.
There is a world where those who aren't perfect (gene def) are second class citizens, one where A group of cloned 'Mary's' live in a lab, watched over by scientists. There are girls who love automatons, and are loved back. Girls made of clay by magical outcast old men, and creatures stitched together from parts of dead children, who still have the power to feel.
If you want to read a creative collection of steampunk and science fiction stories, that grabs to start to finish and never lets go, this is for you! ...more