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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  153 reviews
--Lyra Grand Prize Winner--
--NIEA Winner--
--IPPY Silver Medal Winner--
--Grace Award Winner--
--BRAG Medallion Winner--
--IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist--
--Realm Award Semi-Finalist--

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“Dropping (literally) dieselpunk fantasy elements smack into the middle of an action adventure story revolving around a biplane pilot set in 1920s historical fi
Kindle Edition, 456 pages
Published December 4th 2015 by PenForASword Publishing (first published November 27th 2015)
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Marian Jacobs It's historical dieselpunk. Similar to steampunk.…moreIt's historical dieselpunk. Similar to steampunk.(less)
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Kate Willis
Wowzers, wowzers, wowzers! This was really good. I loved the characters--complicated, realistic Hitch and stubborn, sweet Jael were an awesome flying duo. (I love how she scared the crazy barnstormer out of his wits every time they went up by out-crazy-ing him.) ;) I couldn't help liking Griff in spite of myself, and Walter was sweet. (And his big moment: unexpected!) Those antagonists made me hate them thoroughly. Don't ask me to pick my least favorite.

Oh, and the Berringers made me laugh! Goo
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The night I got Storming, I promised myself I would be good and get things done before I opened it. Well, I wasn't good, and the opening scene of a nighttime plane ride and a woman falling out of the sky sucked me right in to the adventure. Storming delivers the same Weiland trademark of vivid characters and masterful plotting that I've come to love and anticipate. It's a different flavor from Dreamlander--historical dieselpunk rather than fantasy--and as I've never read dieselpunk before, it to ...more
Quite frankly, one of the best books I've read in a very very long time! Just the right amount of every ingredient that should be in a story, well-developed characters that are diverse and endearing (and a few that are absolutely despicable!), and a plot that never stops, and never disappoints. I can't think of anything to say that will fully convey how excited I am about this one! Go buy your copy asap, and then hop in the front cockpit and buckle up for the flight of your life!
Well done, Weil
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A roller coaster. That's what this book was. A fascinating, exhilarating, mind-numbing roller coaster. I think I might have had heart failure a couple times in the story.
I'm really loving this author's style and way of writing. Her characters are fabulous, her plot was amazing and original, and the themes and lessons taught are so well written.
I have a couple more books by her to read and I can't wait to begin!! Highly recommend this book to all those who love action books with good lessons an
Review to come! But basically Walter was the sweetest thing ever <3
Ooo-weee. That was one wild ride!
I don't read much steampunk/dieselpunk. (In fact, the only books I can recall off the top of my head that would fit either of those genres is the Matt Cruse trilogy by Kenneth Oppel.) Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read Storming, both for its unusual genre, and also the high ratings it garnered from my Goodreads-friends.

Let's start with the characters, shall we? The characters were very well developed. Nearly all of them had complex back sto
Claire Banschbach
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It's got plenty of action and wonderful characters. I love Hitch and Jael and the relationship that they develop. It reminded me of The Fifth Element, which is not a bad thing at all.
I just wish we could have explored the airship a little more.

The plot was amazing and moved forward pretty steadily. It kept me reading until late in the night, which was probably not the best since I was in the middle of finals. :P

I highly recommend this book, especially if you like his
Review to come!
KM Weiland's eagerly awaited STORMING is in genre quite unlike both her previous full-length novels - one of them a historical romance set during the Third Crusade and the other a portal fantasy adventure. This time she heads home to her own state of Nebraska in the 1920s and mixes a charming yet irresponsible flying-ace, a mysterious gamine with cutely mangled English, and a giant airship that controls the weather into an eminently entertaining story of biplanes, adventure, and redemption.

I hav
Lisa Elis
cannot praise this book enough. it's incredible. a new favorite for sure. lovable, complex characters - the speculative, dieselpunk element - a historical setting - several villains - gripping plot - all you could want in one lovely lovely standalone adventure. 5/5. glad I bought the book!! ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this is the type of fantasy I like. It's believable....wait, is that possible? But really it was. The only things I kind of raised an eyebrow about (fantasy-wise) was the making rain bit and the weird language that was spoken from Storming.

I LOVED the time setting!! Barnstorming, flying cirucus', Jenny planes, wing-walking, the prohibition, etc. Hitch and all the characters were great. Jael was so sweet, even though at first I didn't know what to think of her. Gotta love Matthew and J. W. The
Luke Taylor
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing



With expertly plotted dominos falling from the very first word, K.M. Weiland instantly captures the uniqueness of the world she's about to throw us into at the speed of a biplane charging through the cold wind of the night with a souped up engine and a plucky pilot as bold as black coffee in the outstanding throwback action/adventure novel Storming. Memorably colorful and deeply knit-together characters captain this addictively charming page-turner with dialogue
Angie Thompson
Well, wow, that was a ride! It wasn't quite exactly what I expected going in...although I was never very clear on what exactly I expected going in. ;) But the setting was amazing (THE AIRPLANES! EEEP!), the plot just plain didn't stop, and the characters wormed their way into my heart and took root there without any kind of permission.

So, since I already mentioned it, can we talk about characters for a minute? More specifically, can we talk about Hitch for a minute? He was absolutely one of my b
m a r y l i z
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just sitting here in a daze because wowwww this book.

The author somehow manages to combine fantastic plot, AMAZING CHARACTERS, poignant themes, great writing style, and high-flying action all in one fell swoop. LIKE SERIOUSLY. It is not often that I find a book with all of these components.

For the sake of my scattering thoughts, I'm just going to compile a list of all the brilliancy that is this book.

Things I Loved:

+ ALL THE CHARACTERS. I know I say this a lot...but characters are basi
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This book, okay. Just...this book. I approve 10000% There is so much to love (aka, the entire thing), and just ack it's so good. *looks around for the five gajillion star rating*

The characters are the most epic creatures ever. I could probably flail over them all for hours. They have such layered personalities, backstories that just give ringing outline and depth to every word they say. And their emotions. I felt every. single. one. It hurt, but I loved it and it's just such an amazing thing. Ev
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first venture into a a dieselpunk novel turned out to be very much worth it. Storming is an action-packed adventure about a biplane pilot with a rocky past at the town he returns to in order to compete in a flying contest. While there, a woman literally falls from the sky--followed by the villain out to kill her and take the necklace she's keeping safe.

I really liked the main character, Hitch, who's tough on the outside but sweet on the inside. The town is filled with other colorful character
Gillian Bronte Adams
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
True to form, K.M. Weiland delivers a romping good adventure in Storming. I’m not entirely sure when I decided that I simply had to read this novel. I think it might have been the first time I clapped eyes on the back cover copy and saw the words “aviation” and “biplane.” I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for anything to do with that. And when you add “Diespelpunk” to throw a bit of fantasyish/sci-fi flavor to the mix, well, what could be better?

K.M. Weiland excels at creating wonderfully real c
Lisa Elis
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katie Hanna
DNF. I simply did not like/trust the protagonist enough to finish the book. I did, however, love many of the side characters (WALTER *heart eyes*) and the writing style and overall structure seemed excellently done.
E.B. Dawson
There were some very sweet moments at the end. :)
Adam Collings
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hitch is an out-of-money pilot, putting on air shows, trying to make ends meet and get a place in a famous air-circus. Unfortunately, this quest has brought him back to his home-town, where many people, his closest family among them, are not likely to be happy to see him. If that wasn't enough, strange people are falling out of the sky. They have their own language and culture, and refer to the townspeople as "groundsmen". Where do they come from and what danger do they present?

Storming by K.M.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, and this is why you should love it too:
Airplanes. And not just any airplane. A biplane . . . like you can walk out on its wings. #wannatrythat
A weather machine and a weapon that manufacture lightning
Earl . . . He’s my maternal grandpa through and through.
Taos. ‘Cause dogs in general
Walter (and the plot twist associated with him that was totally sobworthy)
Taos and Walter together
And Jael, a woman who is neither feminist nor prissy. She’s brave, spunky, and wonderful.
Basically you can
Diane Estrella
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With some twists and turns both in the sky and in the plot, the author amps up the excitement while Storming all the way from start to finish.

I can not imagine the hours of research the author dedicated to making this book as accurately correct as possible. The 1920 time period as well as the intricate workings of a biplane are perfectly showcased on every page. As a reader, I had an exact feel for the place and the people in the most realistic way possible. Then the author throws in a sci-fi, s
Dec 04, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to get a paperback copy of Storming! I loved her Portal Fantasy, Dreamlander, so I'm very much looking forward to reading this one. I also need to get on it and read Behold the Dawn and A Man Called Outlaw. ...more
I picked up this book partly because of some enthusiastic reviews I'd read, but mostly because I couldn't resist the vintage aviation element. Biplanes and barnstormers in the 1920s? Yes, please! Storming is also a taste of something a little outside my comfort zone, though, since it's not just historical fiction but partly dieselpunk—which, like the related genre steampunk, I understand involves putting imaginary ahead-of-its-time technology into a historical setting. A bit like Jules Verne aft ...more
Janet Sketchley
In 1920's Nebraska, Hitch Hitchcock makes his living as a barnstorming pilot – until a woman in a fancy ball gown falls out of the night sky in front of his plane and he gets mixed up with her – and with her enemies.

Hitch doesn't want anyone depending on him, because he's let too many people down in the past. He's back in his hometown for one week only, to compete for a chance to join a flying circus.

His encounter with the mysterious falling woman, Jael, also brings him face to face with family
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-book-dump
I'm going to go out on a limb here and give a low rating to a book that has otherwise been highly rated....

K. M. Weiland definitely has some talent and it is especially seen in her character development. The characters in Storming are realistic, complex, and pretty lovable.

This book is flawed, though, and the major problem with it is the length - it needed to be cut probably by half. I got to 50% and it still felt like we'd barely taken off. Painfully slow dialog, continuous description of ever
Olivia Cornwell
Full review here:

This is my first K.M. Weiland read, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were all loveable in their own way, and I really liked Jael's accent, and how it read. The setting and worldbuilding was fun to explore, too, with an airship colony and the inner workings.

What was interesting was how every time I thought the story could have ended soon, I'd see the remaining percentage of the ebook and I still had lots more to go. It didn't make m
Gwendolyn Gage
Storming gripped me from the very first pages, presenting a fun blend of historical setting and Dieselpunk Fantasy. I’ve always loved 1920s biplanes, and my hopes for a fun and fantastic adventure to end the year with were not disappointed. I loved the characters, especially the main character, Hitch. He had me laughing out loud several times.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, ya-na
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I finished it one day ahead of schedule, on January 6th, because I started that night (with 150 more pages to read in two days) and I just could not put it down. Once it was over I found myself wide-eyed and confused in my bed, with a finished book in my hands, at nearly two in the morning. It was that good. So! Here goes.

Let me repeat: this book was really, really good. And I wasn't expecting it. That sounds mean, but I read Weiland's book Dreaml
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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso.

She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.

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