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Ganymede by Cherie Priest
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Aug 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: zombies, steampunk
Read from September 15 to October 21, 2011

Ganymede kept my attention for the duration at a time in life where there's Too Much Going On. On several occasions I found myself blowing off other things so I could go to bed and read a little longer.

This is a Goldilocks kind of story. Not too much dialogue, not too little, but just right. Not too much action, and not too little, but just right. Not too much focus on relationships, nor are they ignored; there is just the right amount.

Things I liked best about Ganymede:

► Pirates. Interesting pirates, not the arrr kind.

► Ruthie's secret.

► Priest's ability to resist the urge to explain...yet. All things in good time.

Things I might have liked done differently:

► More Briar (a character from earlier in the series.)

► More Ruthie.

► I would say more zombies, but...

Note: Ganymede is the fourth novel in Priest's Clockwork Century steampunk series. I have only read the first--Boneshaker. Yet I had no difficulty following this story, and I don't think I would have bene lost had I not read any of the previous books. However, I very much enjoyed Boneshaker, so whether you want to start at the beginning of this series or jump right in, I expect you'll enjoy yourself.

But honestly? You don't have to read it first, but do read Boneshaker.

Note 2: If you don't know what steampunk is, don't worry. It really doesn't matter beyond the fact that these are speculative fiction pieces set in scientifically alternative history, and here is the important part: they're a blast to visit. The settings are just familiar enough you don't spend all your time trying to get oriented, and--at least in the hands of an author as talented as this one--exotic enough to escape into. The world of the Clockwork Century is as richly drawn as Middle Earth, but with pirates. And zeppelins. And just how cool is that?

See? Just right.

Priest herself, on steampunk and what it is.

Wikipedia's take on it.


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