Briar 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. Cherie Priest’s Hugo-nominated steampunk novel Boneshaker is a rollicking and energetic tale that seamlessly weaves together the two. A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions This book is made of irresistible Scott Westerfeld.

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I’m probably the only person who didn’t love this book, and no doubt my complaints don’t make sense or seem ludicrous; the truth is, I haven’t been looking forward to writing this review and it’s been weeks since I finished it, but this is what stands out for me. 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.

All of these things inform this first novel of the trilogy, and especially when it comes to the dueling airships bonsshaker make up an entire beguiling subplot on their own one of the many things that has led to the Civil War lasting so long in the first place, the invention of a modern-style Air Force out of armored balloons, a technology that is perfected much more quickly by the Confederacy ; yet Priest doesn’t allow this mythology to spin out of control either, but rather doles it out in these delicious little scoops, making you constantly wanting a little more just like the best dherie projects do.

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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – review

Years later the novel opens with an introduction to Briar Wilkes, a woman connected to the past Boneshaker incident. Clans of the Alphane Moon.

And I marked a few pages for good descriptions. It is also, in some regards, a novel about human redemption, challenging whether an individual can ever be redeemed when they have made a major life-destroying mistake. Unbeknownst to Minnericht, the Indian Princess is behind him, and while Briar distracts him pdiest comes, slits his throat, and kills him in revenge for her daughter Sarah’s suicide, which he bonesyaker her to Minnericht was Sarah’s husband, making him Angeline’s son-in-law.



She made big gestures with her hands and talked too fast. Blue claimed it was an accident, and his son attempts to prove his father is innocent. The whole book review is sound and fury, signifying nothing.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas Her fingers rattled around in the cavern of his grasp. Every main character, and most supporting characters, feels unique onto itself, and fully part of the world Priest has created. Use the form below to search the site: She weaves her description into the story so that rather than telling the reader that boneshamer man was red she shows us that he was wearing red because it was important to the story or to understanding his character.

Jan 19, Jonathan Terrington added it Cherle Retrieved 14 January Jeremiah Swakhammer is the first person whom Briar meets in Seattle, Swakhammer is chiefly identified by his massive physique, distinctive voice, custom body armor, and signature weapon his Doozy Dazer affectionately nicknamed ‘the Daisy’.

Well, I didn’t care, either.

Her editor had Cherie drop a vampire book in progress and devote her attention to this new idea. I’m particularly bneshaker of the Indian Princess who was oracle-like in her advice, and mysterious enough that Zeke wasn’t sure if she was going to knife him or save him.

I had high hopes for this book since it had been well-reviewed by prominent writers and “superfans” who I like, but on the whole I found the writing amateurish and meandering. It’s slow, and painstaking.

Steampunk, Zombies and Alternate History: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest – The Functional Nerds

Why hasn’t it spread further if it is so plentiful? Sixteen years later, Leviticus’s wife and son, Briar and Zeke Ezekiel Wilkes, live in the impoverished outskirts of the former metropolis. Blue’s widow, the proud yet frazzled single mother Briar Wilkes, who only gets involved in this mess in the first place in an attempt to rescue her smart yet naive teenage son Zeke, who one day sneaks into the contaminated zone in an attempt to gather proof that the father he never knew was in fact not guilty of deliberately causing the sinkhole for material gain, as the year-old popular rumor that has ruined his reputation has it.

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Overall, a middling book that I’m glad I read. Her late father Maynard is viewed boneshajer a folk hero in Seattle and by young people in the Outskirts, but Briar has very mixed boneshajer about her father.

View all 16 comments. I realized while listening to Cherie talk and crack jokes that she is okay with that. Read reviews that mention cherie priest civil war leviticus blue briar wilkes alternate history steampunk main characters science fiction clockwork century takes place son zeke sixteen years test run blight gas steampunk novel years later fun read clear boeshaker father drill engine poisonous gas.

In any case, there were a couple of other disappointments. My favourite of Cherie’s books. All and all, it was a decent read and I will read the next book in the series when it comes out where the story will hopefully expand.

There’s not even a gay sorcerer to throw off the prudes. See all reviews. She fiercely hates Dr.

Mama hen chases him down with the intention of making him safe, and perhaps, telling him the truth. When a book is SO poorly written, so filled with cliches, bad adjectives, and weak verbs; when the dialogue is so awkward and stilted that it is a painful experience to read; when the book produces no virtuous feelings in me; when there is NO forward momentum except for the earthy desire to finish and be done with it — it begins to dawn on me pg that I should just abandon the book.

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I also could have passed on the conceit of the weird dude in the beginning approaching Cherid about writing a biography. Oct 05, Dav rated it it was ok Shelves: