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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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Oct 09, 13

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, zombies, post-apocalyptic-dystopia, library-books
Read in November, 2009

Dazzling inventions, air pirates, evil bad guys, underground vaults, goggles, daring rescues, gold, Blight gas, a one-armed bartender, a princess, zombies. Oh, what fun!

The setting was vividly described and rich in details. The main characters were well developed and fascinating. Briar Wilkes, widow of Leviticus Blue, eccentric inventor, searches for her teenage son, Zeke, in a walled-off section of Seattle, where a dangerous yellow gas shrouds the city, forcing the remaining inhabitants to live underground. Lots of action, suspense, and vibrant, quirky characters helped move the story along at a brisk pace.

I thoroughly enjoyed the twists, surprises, and very satisfying ending of this riveting adventure story.
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11/28/2009 page 118
28.37% 2 comments
12/02/2009 page 271
65.14% "Some earlier pacing issues seem to have been resolved. I'm really enjoying this story!"
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Nichole (Dirty H) This just came in for me at the library - I don't even remember requesting it! But I remember putting it on my TBR, so I guess I'll be reading it soon. :)

Nancy I just happened to see Jason's review on my update feed, so I added it. It looks great! Hope you enjoy it. :)

Nancy Just got this from the library today!

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OK - this sounds awesome.

Sandi I hope my library gets this. I want to read it.

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Emilie really cool review, nancy. (smiles) ive been wanting to try a steampunk novel. im really into steampunk musick, and i am a sucker for air pirates, goggles (grins) i wanted to find one that was character driven. so this looks really good-im going to get it now!

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Maggie Very cool review, Nancy!

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) Awesome review, Nancy. I'm excited to read this one.

Nancy Thanks, everyone! :)

Sandi - My library had a brand new copy. I was surprised to be the first to borrow it.

Emilie - Steampunk music? Please tell me more!

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Emilie im having trouble defining steampunk musick. so i found this, and i think its a pretty good description by joshua pfeifer of vernian process. (at
“theres no defining element to steampunk created by steampunk fans, or music that steampunk fans find invokes the atmosphere they expect from a steampunk setting or aesthetic”
to me, its the feeling, a romantic and fun feeling of an imaginary past of steam-powered airships, of corsets and frock coats and top hat wearing victorians mingling with pirates, a fantasy space that really draws me in.

heres some different songs to play with- have fun! (smiles)

abney park-the wrong side (the song that first hooked me)

abney park-airship pirate

vernian process-

creature feature- a gorey demise (i thought you might smile at this one, as a tinnies lover (smiles)


johnny hollow-hollow world

Shellie (Layers of Thought) Wow Emilie -
Nice job!

Nancy Great stuff, Emilie...thanks!

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