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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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Dec 04, 13

bookshelves: adventure, counter-fantastical, doing-the-dishes, steampunk, young-adult, zombies
Read from August 29 to September 17, 2010

I dug Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, but I wanted so much more.

I dug Blighted Seattle and the Outskirts, but I wanted more detail in the former and more time in the latter.

I dug the Rotters, but I wanted more rot, more zombie madness, and more exploration of their potential ability to communicate and problem solve.

I dug the pseudo-history and Hale Quarter, the fictional biographer, but I wanted more installments of his history.

I dug the back story of Leviticus Blue, but I wanted to be convinced that he was evil rather than merely devastatingly irresponsible because while I can see devastatingly irresponsible as being negative for all, I don’t think it can really be called evil.

I dug Dr. Minnerecht, but I wanted more time in his lair, more time with his nasty deeds, and way less of his silly petulance.

I dug Zeke, but I wanted him to do more, to be more active.

I dug how Briar took responsibility for the killing of Levi Blue, but I didn’t like that she did it nor the way that she did it, and I find the general cheering on of her actions a bit disconcerting.

I liked the supporting cast, but I wanted more of what brought them to where they were, what motivated them, what they cared about, who they were pre- & post-Blight.

I dug the technological steampunk elements, and was more than willing to suspend my disbelief, but I wanted more of the steampunk social criticism to go along with the toys.

I dug the hints of a larger world beyond Seattle, but I wish there’d been more of it here so I wouldn’t have to wait for Clementine.

I dug that there were three interesting women, but I didn’t like their disdain for men nor that they felt like three versions of the same woman.

I dug the dirigibles, and for once there was enough time with the Skypirates to fulfill my desire.

So to recap: I dug it, but...
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message 1: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Did it have enough cowbell?

Brad I'm a knob, Ryan. I don't get it. I've been trying to figure out your comment all day, and I suspect it is painfully obvious, but you gotta fill me in, bro.

KristenR Yeah...this book needed more cowbell :)

message 4: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Sorry Dude. I'm not a TV guy, but I thought that one was pretty much universal.

Brad Yikes, am I out of touch. No apologies necessary, Ryan.

Nancy I didn't get the comment either. Thanks for explaining. Nice review, Brad.

Brad Thanks, Nancy.

message 8: by Ryan (new)

Ryan My wife didn't get it either. I found a link.

I think it's funny.

Miriam Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't we not supposed to know for sure about her killing Levi until the end? If so you might want to click the SPOILER box.

message 10: by Brad (new) - rated it 3 stars

Brad Hmmm...I know it isn't explicit until the end, but I clocked to it during her early conversation with Hale Quarter, so I never actually considered it a spoiler when I was writing the review. I'm not sure now. Let me think on it, Miriam. Thanks for pointing it out.

message 11: by Nancy (last edited Oct 02, 2010 09:12AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nancy Ryan wrote: "My wife didn't get it either. I found a link.

I think it's funny.

Haha! That was funny, thanks for sharing.

message 12: by Chip (new)

Chip I too would have expected that to be a near universal (and in this case wonderfully succinct and apropos) reference, but then again I'm the guy that utterly killed an approx 10 person conversation at a work social function with "I love my dead gay son!". Took me years to recover the confidence to quote again.

Glad the video was linked - wiki is inadequate to recognize the brilliance.

Nancy I may have to divorce my husband. He didn't find the video nearly as funny as I did.

Chip, I'm afraid I don't get your comment either.

I'm old and out of touch.

message 14: by Chip (new)

Chip Scene from Heathers, the highest grossing* movie of all time. And yes, clearly your husband is defective.

*Excluding the hundreds of thousands of movies that made more money.

Julie Salyards I agree entirely and you said it much better than I could. Thanks!

message 16: by Brad (new) - rated it 3 stars

Brad You're welcome, Julie.

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