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The Boneshaker of the title is a mining device that figures largely in the background, but not the events, of this story.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

I’m actually not sure why I’m giving this a second star. They make the old cheri into a danger zone, a place of risk and death that the gas alone can’t manage so spectacularly. Slowly piece by piece, my other reviews or fragments of will be migrating across to my new website over here.

How could you go wrong? He and Zeke are separated after a rotter attack, and he is revealed to be a deserter by Princess Angeline. While working through this reading list Bonehsaker got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. She talked candidly bonesnaker how Boneshaker with its great cover artwork revived her career.

I realized while listening to Cherie talk and crack jokes that she is okay with that. View all 18 comments. View all 14 comments.

Welcome to The Functional Nerds! Remember I wrote that Boneshaker was all action action action? The bond between mother and son was a brittle, thin thing, but it was realistic for the characters and their history and the adventure of the novel definitely made them closer.


The book has nothing to say. Plenty of strange and wonderful clockwork and Steampunk technology, ranging from the eponymous Boneshaker to unusual weapons to mechanical limbs. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving comments, and stay updated by subscribing to the RSS feed.


All Steampunk fans and anyone who likes to have fun while reading. She bonrshaker married to an inventor, Leviticus Blue, who built a machine that was supposed to impress the Russians with it’s gold-mining skill. The very definition of a literary subgenre, steampunk tales fit not only within the general category of science-fiction in that the storylines usually hinge on technology that has not yet been inventedbut then bury this uninvented technology within a past that never was, usually the Victorian Age to be specific, imagining various scientific breakthroughs that never actually happened and then imagining what life would’ve been like if those breakthroughs had been real for example, the idea of computers actually pridst invented in the s instead of s, the concept behind one of the first steampunk novels to really define the genre, ‘s The Difference Engine by famed “cyberpunk” authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, resulting in a room-sized monstrosity covered in gleaming brass and powered by steam, thus explaining the origins of the term itself.

He is 15 years old and lives with his mother in the Outskirts.

This may not be my genre. By the time he was on his feet, underneath the belly of the Naamah Darling, he stood taller than any man Briar had ever seen in her life.

Maybe she was keeping schtum because of the stolen money she squirreled away? Why are the “Chinamen” there, and why do they take the responsibility of keeping the bellows going?

This gas, known as The Blight, kills all who inhale it and transforms their carcasses into roaming zombies. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. And villains cloaked in steam, lots of steam. She has affirmed that with Boneshaker she sought to create a literary magnum opus for the steampunk movement, stating “Steampunk, I think, has been hunting for that for a while.


Instead, he tunnelled under the city right into the banking district, causing whole sections of the city to cave in. Also, there was a 35 page block missing from my copy but I don’t think I missed a whole lot due to the aforementioned pacing issues. Something had to be done. I was there in the station, when the Blight shut down the world. I don’t even find them very scary.

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I am not sure whether I will read the other volumes in this Clockwork Century series, but I am likely to read more of Cherie Priest’s novels. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, too. ppriest

But finding Zeke in a city of zombies and other perils isn’t easy, and when she encounters the folks who live in sealed tunnels under the city she learns of the mysterious inventor, Dr Minnericht, whose clever inventions have helped the people survive, even though they all think he’s boneshaket Levi Blue, returned to the city he helped destroy.