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LAC, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by LAC)
This is the first book I read in her Clockwise Series. I have now read six other books. I'm planning on reading her earlier works this year. What keeps me reading is the story that continues in her clockwise series. She brings in a lot of different personalities that have different struggles. I love to read but I won't waste my time on books I don't enjoy. I know you will enjoy her works.
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Bluefastakan, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Bluefastakan)
A very fun read. Cherie Priest manages to summon up the Seattle landscape and throw a handful of steampunk in the bag to make it interesting.
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SeattleMom, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by SeattleMom)
I bought this book for the pleasure of reading about an alternative Seattle. I was rewarded with a fantastic read! I have not enjoyed a new book from a USA author in years. Cherie's characters quickly come alive in her 1860 Seattle. She created an adventure that travels (and in a few areas rearranges) popular 2009 neighborhoods still around from the 1800s. Most enjoyable are her characters that capture that odd, unique Seattle attitude.

I would also like to compliment the cover artist Jon Foster and Cover designer Jamie Stafford-Hill. Yes a cover does not make the book good, but an excellent cover on a great book creates a complete package!
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Keith Stanley, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Keith Stanley)
A great Steampunk adventure.
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blackdotbug, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by blackdotbug)
This is one of the best books I read in 2010, and I read all the follow-ups I could get my hands on (Clementine and Dreadnought, to be precise). I love the characters and I love the twists and alterations Priest has made to history in the Civil War that never ends. Besides, how can you go wrong with steampunk and zombies?
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Priest, Cherie
Tor Books
Wheaton, Wil
Reading, Kate
Science Fiction - General
Horror fiction
Mothers and sons
Fiction : Science Fiction - General
Science / General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Alternative History
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The Clockwork Century
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from 12
14 CDs, 13.5 hrs
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.105 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Tor Books - English 9780765318411 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

It's no secret that I am a fan of steampunk. For years, I have harbored a quiet love of dirigibles and goggles. So it's no surprise that it was love at first sight when I spied the cover of Boneshaker. What I found inside didn't disappoint: a zombie plague, cantankerous airship captains, a mad scientist, a rebellious teen, and a determined, gun-toting mother. Trust me, you won't be disappointed either.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Boneshaker is set in an alternate-history Seattle with deadly zombie gas! Cherie Priest may have returned to the South, but she's certainly left her mark on the Pacific Northwest. I love all of the Clockwork Century books, but Boneshaker is known and loved for a reason.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War — era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue's son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father's name, Zeke's mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined to rescue her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies (called rotters and described in gut-churning detail). When Briar learns that Seattle still has a mad inventor, Dr. Minnericht, who eerily resembles her dead husband, a simple rescue quickly turns into a thrilling race to save Zeke from the man who may be his father. Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Boneshaker is a steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details."
"Review" by , "A fast-moving story filled with cool steampunk technology and scary zombies. Fans of science fiction will find much to enjoy here."
"Review" by , "Excellent characterization and a concept second to none."
"Review" by , "Zombies, steam-powered technology, airships, pirates, and mad scientists.... What more could you want? How about great storytelling, compelling characters, and an interesting plot? Priest combines all of these things and somehow even more."
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Cherie Priest's "west coast steampunk Victoriana book with  zombies, air ships, toxic gas clouds, mad scientists, dead folk heroes,  secret criminal societies, and Bonus! extended deleted scenes from the Civil War"
"Synopsis" by ,
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....


The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.


But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the oceans depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.


This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.


"Synopsis" by ,

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaskas ice. Thus was Dr. Blues Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.


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.


Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blues widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.


His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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