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Nominated for a STEAMPUNK CHRONICLES READER'S CHOICE AWARD (2013)

All that fifteen year old Jonathan Weldsmore wanted to do was design and build steam ships to sail on the high seas. Treated like a poor relation within his own wealthy family, he had little hope of obtaining the future he desperately wanted. That is until he rescued and transformed an injured rat into the me
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ebook, 74 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Madeleine Holly-Rosing
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Mike
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mike by: Laura Morrigan
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Note: I have not yet read the Boston Metaphysical Society webcomic nor any other stories set in that universe. It isn't needed. Steampunk Rat is perfectly accessible and enjoyable on it's own without any prior reading or background.

Fifteen year old Jonathan is the second, and frowned upon, grandson of high society's Beatrice Weldsmore. She has little patience for Jonathan's obsession with engineering and other pursuits "beneath" their family's standing, but with his older brother being a proper
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Bill
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It would be quite easy to dismiss "Steampunk Rat" by Madeline
Holly-Rosing as just another piece of genre fiction and pass it by
without reading it. To do so would be a mistake. In a mere
forty-six pages, using the elements of the "steampunk" genre, Ms.
Holly-Rosing has woven a fascinating tale, an unwithering look at
the attitudes and dynamics of the uppermost class of the type
which gained Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte such enduring fame.

The story itself follows a young man, a genius inventor wit
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Ralph
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this novella derived from the author's web-comic, "Boston Metaphysical Society," the reader is treated to a more in-depth inspection of the highly stratified (both socially and economically) world of Boston, where great financial and industrial Houses maintain a precarious peace between themselves while ensuring the "have-nots" never get from out the mire and never forget their place. While life outside the Houses can be a bitter grind, existence on the inside may often be no better, demonstr ...more
Kindle Ninja
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a Steampunk story done right. I’ve never liked a rat this much since watching Remy in Ratatouille. The injured rat, aptly named Tinker, is nursed back to health by Jonathan, a boy genius who doesn’t quite live up to his grandmother’s expectations. In a way, Jonathan and Tinker are both ‘outcasts’ in their own circles. The parallelism is uncanny, which shows the implicit depth of this clever story.

It’s hard not to be fascinated by the mechanical device (literal and figurative), that is t
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Laura Morrigan
This short story was a real pleasure to read! Holly-Rosing uses brilliant innovation of style and technology, with a real understanding of mechanics that makes the steampunk feel more real. The story has a great turn of phrase, well-written characters and understanding of human nature. The adventure was engaging, and I was moved by the events. Madeline Holly-Rosing is definitely an author to watch!
Madeleine Holly-Rosing
As this is my own novella, I don't think it's appropriate to rate it myself. Therefore, I will use this space to post reviews from outside goodreads.

An additional review can be read here:

http://thelotteryparty.com/steampunk-...
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Good, but I was always paranoid that something bad was going to happen to the rat!
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A TV, feature film, comic book writer, and novelist, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting. Having run five successful Kickstarter campaigns, Madeleine also teaches a seminar on crowdfunding at Pulp Fiction Books ...more