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A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart.

Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kra
ebook, 1 edition, 235 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Riptide Publishing
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Julio Genao
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every soul in christendom, and mebbe even them as aint got none, too.
Shelves: loved
sing hallelujah, julio—because otherwise your mouth's hangin' open for nothing.


the setting.

nineteenth century AU england.

a lawless prospecting town floating in the sky.

airships that run on magic—and the interdimensional sky-krakens who threaten them.

now, if that's not the most gloriously batshit thing i've ever heard of—


...why are you still sitting there with that face on? why haven't you bought it yet?

the characters.

a black, bisexual, teenaged card-sharp, fresh from the gutter and lookin' to sc
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 18%

There is a LOT of love for this book out there, and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it too... if I could only read it.

I would urge potential buyers to try the sample of this one. The narrator talks in heavy slang, and I found myself reading sentences over and over to try to understand him. I never got into the story at all because I was too caught up with the words.

So, I really can't rate this one because I don't feel like I "got" it at all. And I'm pretty bummed about that.
Vanessa North
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, one day, Alexis Hall decided to write a book about longing, and he called it "Prosperity." Because he's an ironic motherfucker with a twisted sense of humor. He also happens to be in possession of a well of compassion so deep, there might be kraken in it.

This story is gorgeous in places and fun in others. It's told from the first person point of view of one Picadilly, who is sort of irrepressible and sweet in spite of not spending much time on the right side of the law.

The secondary characte
K.J. Charles
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is bloody fantastic and you should read it.

Skyships! Victorianish alt worlds! Unfathomably hot antihero! Glorious set up! Linked novellas all over the place! The cover!

Quite seriously, I adore the writing of this, it's doing such interesting things with narrative and the romance form, it's part of a terrific set of fascinating stories. It's playful and serious, it uses the pulp*-iest and funnest of settings and concepts to say real important things. I love everything about the Prosper
Review written June 5, 2016

4.8 Stars - My huge love and admiration after listening to a GREAT audiobook editon

This was in the last minute decided buddyread (this lovely sunny June weekend - a fantastic mood boost) with the very best Sofia (THANKS for joining me in such short notice) . When I saw there was a newly published 6 hours audiobook narrated by Nicholas Boulton (an outstanding great narrator) I just knew I needed to do this.

Happydancing happy!
So many friends has
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
So, I suppose you wonna know how I ended up like this....Yeah that's right tizz ME....

Well t'was 1863 I was passing thru a place called London very proper t'was, but not the saloon I stepped into thou.

That t'was where I set eye's on him, that card shark Alexis Hall with his punk'd up top'at all a squiff on he'z head.

He gestures for me to take a seat, I'd heard of him ...folk say he'z fall of shit most the time telling tall tales of far away places, places with names lik EsSEX.....t

I consciously don't use DNF.

I just stopped to read at 23% and moved it to my maybe-later shelf. Let me say, I put it on hold.

Right now I'm not ready for this masterpiece(no,I'm not sarcastic) and my head is on the edge of exploding.

Maybe I'll come back after taking some intensive and challenging lessons in English and attending a course in creative writing. Not for the purposes to start to write CREATIVELY, but to understand writers who do it. Because I don't understand what I've just read.
I wa
Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an experience which is difficult to express. Not even aeroplane turbulence could pull me away from the words of this story. But I don't really know how to review this book. I don't really know if I liked it or disliked it. I do know that it is an amazing story and if other mm stories were like this I would never go to work.

I gallop through books at an amazing speed which is why my GR name is 'Ije the Devourer of Books' but sometimes you come across a book which you can't just gobble, yo
This is kind of a stream of consciousness quasi-review.

This book isn't a romance. Okay. I don't have a problem with that.

The narrative arc is all over the place. I chose to read it as a series of scenes, like an ensemble cast. Speaking of cast, Milord was my favourite. Even with the Indiana Jones antics towards the end. I also liked Miss Grey. Byron Kae was nice. Ruben was a bit too perfect.

I appreciated that the characters had quite distinct voices, and also how the book approached gender expr
Can a book blow you away with each subsequent re-reading? In the case of Alexis Hall's Prosperity, the answer is most certainly YES and no matter how many times I read it, by the last page, I'm always left in awe of a story that is at the same time hyper-creative and very human, full of flawed but sympathetic characters, and where form and substance are equally important.

A picaresque, moving, funny, philosophical adventure set in the wild skies of 1863 - where cities are suspended on skyhooks
Wart Hill
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alexis Hall, I love your brain!

Read this and more reviews at Things I Find While Shelving

[I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley. This fact has no bearing on my review.]

Mebbe the occasional gutter rat looking up and being able to stag a star or two to teach him how to dream. Prosperity page 210.

Oh. My. GOD.

This book.

This book is amazing.

It’s a steampunky adventure centered around Piccadilly, a card sharp who literally falls into a whole new world when, after being shot by the crime lor
Kat, short for Clara
"I don't reckon all the power in the world could make up fer not being able to see the sky."

Heaven in book form.

(I'll add to this when I've stopped swooning. Mebbe.)
Did another re-listening. Still incredible <3


The audio is everything to me! L.O.V.E.


I guess nowt changes except ourselves, and I didn't feel fit for roguery no more.
I didn't know who to blame for it. Ruben probably, who was so convinced that life was good. Or Miss Grey being so fucking fearless though she lived with monsters every day. Mebbe even Milord, psycho though he was, for taking whatever he wanted and never backing down. And Byron Kae. For giving me letters and showing me freedom.
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Where BJ and I wrote tomes reviews on Prism Book Alliance

The first thing I realized not long after I started reading this: it has all of the cool aspects I experience while reading Shakespeare. Not in a haughty, stuffy, let’s drily examine the text kind of way, but rather the language is unmistakable in its humor within an imperfect world. I found myself delighting in the rhythm of the prose, letting the words sink in and wash over in whatever ways they pleased. By page four, this book felt
Kaje Harper
4.95 stars. It should be said up front, this is not a romance. It is an imaginative steampunk AU fantasy with a gay main character, and an array of LGBTQ secondary characters. There is romance, but not in a happy-ending for the MC way. Love may come as the series progresses, but don't expect even a HFN yet.

This is a wonderful, unique story with a narrator who is appealing, fun, bright but uneducated, and whose backstory makes you ache for him even as you have to admire his spirit. Picadilly is a
Rhosyo BW
I can't believe it took me so long to start reading these books! And how is it possible that being SO good, they aren't of the most popular ones from AjH's repertoire?
If the fantasy factor is the one stopping you, please please give this a try... I love fantasy books, but I was never a good reader for steampunk. That is, until I tried Prosperity 😃

This first book is told through the perspective of young Dil, our protagonist. He's really made of awesomeness... Even though he's a poor man surviving
Oh. My. God. What a read!! Alexis Hall, I salute you (yet again), you are such a Wordsmith, you make me swoon...honest!! 5 paltry stars for a story of this magnitude is wholly inadequate, but all I can offer I'm afraid.

The skymining town of Prosperity in 1863. A rip-roaring, rollicking, and completely magical steampunk tale. There be lust and passion a plenty, drug addled kickass heroines with clairvoyant tendencies, extremely confused defrocked clergymen (Ruben, I ♥ you), Krakens, Sky Pirates,


In which this reader gushes shamelessly about Prosperity - On impossible, awe-worthy talent of Hall, the wordsmith - Introduction to Piccadilly who bobbed my heart in suspicious game of cards - Fun and adventure ensue - The validity of moral compass is questioned due to swooning over scary fucker Milord - On different view of almighty and faith by very fine Ruben - All the doxy in the world for stoned Ms. Grey - Several acts of laughing out loud - Aetherotouched by captain - Additional note
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Considering how inexcusably whitewashed the M/M genre is (sadly erasure is alive and well even in fiction), I'm always looking out for books with lead PoC. On the other hand, there's always a bit of trepidation wondering if there's going to be some sort of exoticification/racefail happening. For the most part, I've been spared having to throw my Kindle against the wall. Besides, this is also Steampunk with a PoC hero. How often does THAT happen? ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I’m going to gush here for a moment about this book because I just loved everything about it.

The adventure is breathtaking, the setting is amazing and the characters – Piccadilly (Dil), Ruben and Milord, described by Dil as “A fine bunch of dickheads we made, all wanting, and not getting, and not knowing how to get.”, the unstoppable Miss Grey and the most wonderful, kind and generous Byron Kae - they all stole pieces of my heart.

Ok, now the review:

The year is 1863 and everyone is headed for t
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, br, 2016, steampunk

a solid 3.5 stars

How we want to be seen by someone in particular and totally crave that seeing whilst in the meantime we do not see others that are seeing us. Complicated I know, but that is life I'd say. An examination of unrequited need through the telling of a third party story through the eyes of Dil who also sticks his own "oar" into the mix. The longing to be seen resonates in more than one character here. The same need, dealt with differently by Byron Kae, by Milord, by Dil but of course
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 Stars✨🍃

This was " a breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!" Just like the blurb said. I’m not really an adventure reader, and I am stunned that this book did capture me.I look forward to more of this writers works.
Elisabeth Lane
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've composed four drafts of this review and three were all over 2,000 words. Since that's insane, I deleted them. That's a terrible lede, but stay with me. Let's just say that my adoration for Prosperity knows no bounds, but the difficulty I had with reviewing it wasn't a result of fangirl squees (though which would be totally appropriate here as I loved it that much). If you're looking for an unqualified recommendation though, this is it: the world-building is spectacular, the characters vivid ...more
Amy Cousins
Having just written an incredibly sappy fangirling email to Alexis Hall (which may have included the sentence "You make me want to be a better writer", just to send all of the diabetics into a sugar coma), I'm stopping in here at GR just to say: HOLY CRAP, THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT.

I know there are people who are put off by, or have hesitated to start this book, because it's written in cant. No one book will work for everyone & that's okay! But if you have been hesitating despite generally desiring
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, m-m, steampunk
4.5 love-is-the-air stars!
What a unique read this was!
Review to come soon

It is a unique book, like nothing I have read before and I loved so much that it's really difficult for me to write a proper review. I'll start by trying to define its genre/style - for me it's a steampunk, adventure, m/m romance, coming of age, fantasy love story. Mr Hall spins a complex, whimsical, profound and most of all beautiful tale of the life and sorrows and loves of one Piccadilly.

This is my first book by this au
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book! I am not capable of writing something that will do it justice. If someone had told me what happens, I would have tried to skip it. There is a trope I hate, but the author manages to make even that great. That would have been my loss. I am so glad nobody did.

There is no actual central story in the sense 'you start at A and move through obstacles to B', but after you finish reading you get this sense of fullness as if someone told you the most beautiful adventure you'll ever hear.

The w
It's only taken seven months for me to finally accept that NO, I just can't continue...

There has been endless commentary on AH's choice of style and narration, which has prompted rather extreme responses from the majority of our dear GR folk,  either proclaiming their adoration and love for his brave and clever prose, or backing out of this incomprehensible read.

I'd love to limit myself to focusing on the content, as opposed to any linguistic frills but if the style is so integral to 'Prosperity
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
"Sometimes beauty is the hardest thing to bear."

well, i don't have anything to say except: "Christ. Jesus Christ. Jesus FUCKING Christ. CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

and that's all the review you're going to be able to get out of me, i'm afraid.

but i'd also just like to say that i am FUCKING DYING RIGHT NOW because the sequel is currently unavailable because alexis hall has withdrawn all his titles from riptide and is in the process of republishing them all and i have no idea when it's goin
Karen Wellsbury
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the best books of the year

A kind of a review, with a nice song here https://averybritishbookblog.wordpres...
Lisa Henry
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