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Feb 05, Pries rated it it was amazing. Number 1 is never really in doubt. I was constantly thinking in the back of my mind I should just stop reading it, but finally pulled the plug this weekend when I was telling some friends about it and just could not make any justification for why I should keep reading it.

I can’t recommend it, but neither will I not recommend it. I dug the pseudo-history and Hale Quarter, the fictional biographer, but I wanted more installments honeshaker his history. The book has nothing to say.

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest

She also explained why the connector book, Clementine is so hard to find: Priest, 34, is a well-spoken Capitol Hill resident whose idea of fun is a stroll in Seattle’s Boheshaker Cemetery, gathering 19th-century names for her characters. Even if they are mostly estranged and angry at each other? For this rescue, he viewed as a hero by Seattle and by the young people of the Outskirts, and his identity earns Briar and Zeke protection in Seattle. A triple steampunk whammy then, seems like prriest excellent place to sampling this relatively new subgenre.

Like, where does the inner city get the coal that they need to keep the furnaces going constantly? The steampunk bits did not blow bnoeshaker away like they did in Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and I expected more from Priest language-wise, to be honest.

Aug 11, Boneshakfr Baxter rated it really liked it. Though it seemed weird to me that Briar called calling him Mr. Retrieved from ” https: Build-up was scary; actuality was a bit like Paul Reubens in the original Buffy. The trouble is, zombies have always bored me. This gas, known as The Blight, kills all who inhale it and transforms their carcasses into roaming zombies. Maynard Wilkes is the father of Briar, grandfather of Ezekiel and the father-in-law of Leviticus.


B riar Wilkes’s father may be something of a saint to the criminal underclass living in this steampunk version of s Seattle, but she can never escape the fact that her late husband is the man who brought the deadly Blight to the city, leading to it being sealed away from the rest of the world by a ft-high wall.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

There’s gonna be guns and some big old explosions. I’ve become quite snobby about this because of some truly terrible books that I’ve read, and any similarity just makes my lip curl. And me heard that the lovely Briar Wilkes is in town as well looking fer her son.

Posted at Shelf Inflicted Dazzling inventions, air pirates, evil cheerie guys, underground vaults, goggles, daring rescues, gold, Blight gas, cherje one-armed bartender, a princess, zombies.

Except before the debut, things go a little haywire and a bank or two is robbed instead, and a mysterious low-lying gas released into the local atmosphere. Sixteen years after this disaster the inventor’s teenage son Zeke ventures into the ruined area l The Boneshaker of the title is a mining device that figures largely in the background, but not the events, of this story.

He is a highly controlling man, having a large number of people under his employment and making the residents of Seattle indebted to him. Whenever things cheri to flag, Ms. While working through this reading list Yb got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father.

She weaves her description into the story so that rather priestt telling the reader that a man was red she shows us that he was wearing red because it was important to the story or to understanding his character.


This book didn’t totally suck. Dec 30, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: Sixteen years later, Leviticus’s wife and son, Briar and Zeke Ezekiel Wilkes, live in the impoverished outskirts of the former metropolis. I love the idea of a walled up city infested by zombies as well as the culture of those that stayed behind to live off of what was left, the Doornails.


Oriest were we written? It reminded me of Red Dead Redemption in book form with Steampunk. Oh, and one day, I will actually write my trunk novel.

Both Briar and Zeke take turns offering perspective in their individual chapters, and both have the kind of inner introspective, wondering voices that bugs me in pulp fiction.

View all 14 comments. Once home, I picked it back up and had a little better luck, but soon got distracted with shinier books life. When you look beyond the stylish trappings, you have a run-of-the-mill adventure story written in a workmanlike fashion. Annoyed me at the end, however. Other books in the series. A steampunk book with zombies and airships shouldn’t have so many dull spots. In the meantime, you can read t My husband gave up on this one when he got a hundred pages in, and felt nothing was happening.

Priest is a fine writer, and the plot clips along, but I just found a lot of it tedious, and the “solution” to the central mystery really fizzles. Briar intends on following, but the drainage hole collapses in an earthquake. If she kept the book short, she could get around her contract with Tor and publish with her employer, Subterranean.

He pulled a pair of gloves out of his pockets and stretched them over his huge hands. And whadda ya mean with flat? Personally, I find them to be the steampunk equivalent of the modern car chase, and usually use the time to go fix get a drink.