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Clementine (The Clockwork Century #1.1)

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Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a feder
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published August 19th 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published 2010)
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Sep 02, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
In an alternate America where the Civil War stretches on, a former Confederate spy turned Pinkerton agent and an escaped slave turned dirigible captain may be pursuing the man -- or are they both being tricked?

This book could have been a lot better with an extra few dozen pages. The characters and setting were interesting (although I was disappointed not to meet again with Briar and Ezekiel from the first volume), but the villains and their Evil Plot were introduced so late and briefly that it
Megan Baxter
May 19, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it liked it
Clementine is a slim book, a fun romp, but in some ways unsatisfying, and in others, a little...troublesome. Which is perhaps too much thought to put into a book that seems to be intended as brain candy and little more. But still, doubts remain. Can you really keep slavery as an aspect of life in the Southern states during the Civil War, and yet then try to make the pre-eminent Confederate spy's motives all about states rights, and give her absolutely no prejudices against an escaped black slave ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
What kind of book is this? Is it science fiction, alternate history, steampunk, or just madcap adventure? All of the above.

Clementine is is part of the Clockwork Century series, and I admit I cheated and read these out of order, starting with this book. The storyline was a huge draw, honestly.

I'm a sucker for Westerns, especially with a heroine at the helm. Maria Isabella Boyd is on the wrong side of the Civil War, as far as I am concerned, but I don't like her any less. She's a complex woman wi
Mar 10, 2011 Sandi rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2011
Clementine is a novel set in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century world. It was entertaining but not as good as Dreadnought. Heck, it wasn't even as good as Boneshaker. Fortunately, it bears no connection to either of those novels and you can go ahead and skip it if you want to.

I really like the production of this audiobook. I like how they used a female narrator for the female protagonist's chapters and a male narrator for the male protagonist's chapters. It really got to be a lot of fun when the
Ranting Dragon
Nov 11, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: jake

Cherie Priest has been called the “High Priestess of Steampunk” for good reason. Her Clockwork Century world is a well-constructed alternate history version of 19th century North America. I reviewed Boneshaker recently, and was eager to read the next installment. With Clementine, the only disappointment I felt was when it ended.

Clementine tells the tale of Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey. A former slave and current air pirate, his airship—the Free Crow—h
Jack +Master Passion Read+
Well wasn't this just a rollicking good time? And honestly, I think that this is quite literally the ONLY time I have ever used the word "rollicking". But if there was ever a time and a place for the word, Clementine would be both.

I can honestly say that I am kicking myself for not starting this one MUCH sooner. I thoroughly enjoyed Cherie Priest's first "Clockwork Century" novel years ago when I first read it, and I really missed the boat when this first follow-up was released. Still, better la
Aug 22, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Following the adventures of Croggon Beauregard Hainey, airship captain and thief from last year's fantastic Boneshaker, as he tries to recover his beloved airship from the hands of the pirate who swiped her. Of course being that things are never as easy as simply stealing back the ship he rightfully stole in the first place, Maria Isabella Boyd, former spy and newest member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, is hot on his trail.
"Why are you chasing the Clementine? What's on board that you want s
Beth Cato
Boneshaker, Priest's first book of her Clock work Century series, set an awfully high standard. It used the background a steampunk-style Seattle overrun by noxious gas and zombies, all while the Civil War continues to ravage the rest of the United States well into the 1880s. Clementine takes place immediately after the first book, though following different characters across the country. While I enjoyed the setting, the emotional punch simply wasn't there. Part of the appeal of Boneshaker was th ...more
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Ce roman est considéré en France comme étant le deuxième tome de la série Mécanique du Siècle et correspond à une nouvelle, placée entre le tome 1 et 2 à l’étranger. Ceci étant dit, je n’avais pas fait attention et j’ai été surprise par la faible épaisseur du livre quand je l’ai reçu.

Nous faisons suite à la première histoire et suivons d’autres personnages que nous avions eu la chance de découvrir. En effet, après s’être fait voler le Corneille Libre, le cap
Nicholas Karpuk
Feb 28, 2011 Nicholas Karpuk rated it liked it
Hey, whaddya know, Priest actually improved upon her steampunk series in most of the ways that angered me in Boneshaker.

First of all, the story goes somewhere. It has characters who all want something other than to merely survive. There's a genuine thrust to the narrative.

The pacing goes along at a nice rate, the characters all have amusing back stories rather than just featuring a wide-eyed kid with a dark family history (the ultimate fantasy trope.)

What I still take issue with is Priest's di
Sep 09, 2011 Jo rated it liked it
My sister read and wrote a review of Clementine before I got to it, so I noticed things that she mentioned in her review that I wouldn't normally notice: It was a fast-paced book; it lacked the sharing of background and history that Boneshaker had; it could probably be called more superficial. But I don't mind. Sometimes, a slow, leisurely exploration of a new place or culture or universe is enjoyable, the way curling up in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a book on a snowy wint ...more
A fun adventure in Priest’s Clockwork Century a steam punk alternative history of the American Civil War (an underused idea since a war fought with gatling guns, ironclads, primitive submarines, and balloons should fire more steam punk imaginations).Pirates, Pinkertons, A woman confederate spy, escaped slaves, airship battles, and a doomsday weapon and the barest sketching of the historical background are along for entertaining a pulpy ride. I feel like I’m just getting tastes of this series so ...more
Catherine Siemann
Mar 14, 2016 Catherine Siemann rated it really liked it
Intriguing characters, solid world-building, and if you told me Priest had actually been in an airship battle, I'd believe you -- she does a wonderful job with describing the imagined. The novella length makes for a fairly condensed plot -- by the time we've gotten through the set-up, the book is nearly over. Also, perhaps this says something about my own limitations, but even in alternative history, I have trouble sympathizing with the Confederacy, and thus I found the heroine difficult to unde ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guauuuu, está genial!!!
Me lo he pasado como una "enana".
El único problema que le veo es que la editorial española lo ha intentado colar como una novela y esto no es más que una historia corta a la que la autora, por cierto, es bastante aficionada.
(De ahi que le haya quitado una estrella.)
Y, para variar, la misma editorial te deja con la miel en los labios en referencia al siguiente de la serie.
Jun 19, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
As much fun as I had with Boneshaker, I enjoyed reading Clementine even more, and my expectations are sky high for Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought, the third volume in the Clockwork Century, which is scheduled for publication on September 28, 2010 via Tor...
Not as good as the first. It still is a good adventure read, but does call upon the reader to take a feel things on faith. I also disliked how Priest sidestepped the whole question of morality of North and South. Still, a good adventure read.
Blodeuedd Finland
I am sure I could have finished it, but, I want to read books that I actually enjoy so DNF
Sep 11, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I bought Clementine because I had just finished reading Boneshaker, which I thought was a clever and original story that reinvented American history and offered a plausible alternative timeline in which the American Civil War never ended and drags on through internecine fighting and skirmishes. While I think much of Clementine captures elements of this originality, it was a touch disappointing, primarily because there wasn’t enough narrative to develop either of the main characters or their plac ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it
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The Clockwork Century was a five book series. Right? It is a completed series with five books. If I go to my library, get into the catalog, I can count the damn things. One, two, three, four, five. It is that easy and I would assume that like many series anything else involved with the series would be a throwaway story; short and only loosely connected.

So someone bring me the head of the marketing genius that hid the most entertaining story of the entire series as a special re
Aug 16, 2010 RK rated it really liked it
Taking place after Boneshaker, Clementine is a short story about Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey and his crew chasing after his stolen airship The Free Crow now named Clementine by it's kidnappers transporting a deadly cargo across the US meanwhile Pinkerton National Detective Agency has sent Confederate Spy and new Agent Marie Isabella Boyd after the Clementine since any bridges she previous had have now been burned.

At a shy 200 pages, this short story expands on the universe Boneshaker intro
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by Cherie Priest
copyright 2010 by Cherie Priest, published by Subterranean Press, PO Box 190106, Burton, MI 48519 ISBN 978-1-59606-366-2 available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $4.99 for the eBook

Clementine is the second installment set in Cherie Priest’s “Clockwork Century” world. It is a world where the American Civil War still continues, great and terrible machines are being made and the city of Seattle, Washington is walled in and quarantined.
Apr 23, 2013 Anelis rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk, reviewed
Clementine is a good example of an "I_DESPERATELY_WANT_TO_BE_A_MOVIE" book.

Let me back up a bit.

Each art-form uses a different medium for a certain reason. Not all movies can be books, not all comics can be made into movies, not all poems can fit into a song, not all paintings can be interpreted as a poem. The basis of making art is finding the most appropriate medium that can help you best express and communicate your idea, story and feelings. Some mediums are affordable, like writing, and som
Con ’Clementine’ volvemos al universo de El siglo mecánico creado por la escritora estadounidense Cherie Priest. Como ya sucediera con ‘Boneshaker’, el argumento de ’Clementine’ es autoconclusivo. Pero además no comparte los mismos protagonistas, aunque sí la época. Es por ello que en la presente aventura no aparezcan los zombis que sí tenían un papel importe en ‘Boneshaker’.

La historia es sencilla: el capitán Croggon Beauregard Hainey tiene como meta recuperar la Clementine, la aeronave que le
Dec 24, 2011 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ebooks, steampunk
Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series is rather refreshing in that the various books, thus far, don't follow the exact same set of characters. They're all set in the same universe, but the characters featured in each book are only tangentially related to each other. And things are slightly complicated by how the books in the series are not all exclusively with the same publisher. The main books in the series are via Tor, but Subterranean Press has the actual Book 2: Clementine.

Now, this one d
Bridget Flanagan
Feb 28, 2014 Bridget Flanagan rated it did not like it
I kinda wish this had been a little more complex and removed from reality. This story had none of the creepy other-worldliness of Boneshaker, and the whole plot was a basic two-path convergence chase scene where everyone just came together conveniently.
Speaking to convenience, I find that the novel conveniently dances around some serious racial stuff from the time to provide a conveniently cleaned up history where Boyd, a confederate slave owner, conveniently teams up with some black freed slave
Jun 02, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Curious plot, appropriately steampunky, but lacking in depth. Having read Boneshaker, I was interested in the continuation of Croggon Hainey's story; references to the events in the first book definitely enriched the world of Clementine, and made me more invested in the advancement of the plot. However, none of the newly introduced characters in this book left an impression on me, which makes me feel I could have skipped this one altogether (or at least kept Croggon and crew and left all the res ...more
May 02, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok
In a word: disappointing! I jumped straight from Boneshaker to this, hoping to get to learn more about--or at least hear the survival rates!--of the characters I'd so grown to love from the first book. However, aside from one minor character in Boneshaker becoming a main player in Clementine, and a few throwaway references to, what, one or two other minor characters? It's an all new playing field in more ways than one. Not exactly what I was hoping for. Aside from that, the story felt plodding i ...more
Brian Maicke
The second novel set in the Clockwork Century universe. While not a direct sequel to Boneshaker, there is some overlap in characters and references so while reading the first book is not necessary by any stretch, you will probably get more out of the book by doing so.

Clementine is a shorter book, clocking in around 200 pages, and has much less of the world building and setting that Boneshaker did. The novel is a non-stop action story following Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey, an escaped slave
Jan 30, 2011 Madelon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Putting down DREADNOUGHT and picking up this one... So easy on a Kindle!

I'm happy to say that starting DREADNOUGHT before CLEMENTINE did not detract from either book. Although there is an overlap in characters, CLEMENTINE is not exactly a sequel to BONESHAKER.

I do like the Civil War aspect of Cherie Priest's contribution to steampunk. Although Victorian England seems the natural venue, the Americas in the late 19th century also affords a great backdrop for steam creations.

From my experience, a d
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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