As much as I love steampunk, as much as I revel in the aesthetic and ogle the gadgets, there's always been a little bit of disconnect between the actual subculture and the supporting materials for me. I knew it had to do with more than goggles, gears, lots of leather belts, and brass. But where was it? Nothing I had read or watched had really held up to the aesthetic, but clearly the zeitgeist was ripe for it. Cherie is energetic and lovely, but she's also extremely smart she knows more about Daniel Boone than anyone I've ever spoken with. Her passion for steampunk is apparent not just in her clothing which is fabulous but also in her contributions to the conversation at large and, of course, in her new book, Boneshaker.
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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.
Fifteen years before this story is set, Dr Leviticus Blue built his Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine to exploit the veins of gold buried deep beneath the rock and ice. Instead of mining for gold, he dug through the foundations of four of Seattle's gold-rich banks, intent on robbery, and unwittingly released a deadly gas that devastated the city.
Now, Briar and Blue's year-old son Zeke has run away to the walled city, bent on uncovering the truth behind the rumours that have gathered around his family. The only person who cares enough to rescue him is his mother, but to do so, she must confront both the horrors of the ruined city and the demons of her past, which she does with gusto in this gloriously vivid romp.
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Boneshaker is a science fiction novel by American writer Cherie Priest , combining the steampunk genre with zombies in an alternate history version of Seattle, Washington. Anxious Russian investors commission American inventor Leviticus Blue to create a machine which can mine through the ice of Russian-owned Alaska. Blue's "Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine" or "Boneshaker" for short, named after boneshaker bicycles of the era , instead destroys several blocks of downtown Seattle and releases a subterranean vein of "blight gas" that kills anyone who breathes it and turns some of the corpses into rotters non-supernatural zombies. A wall is erected to contain the gas within the affected part of the city. Leviticus Blue is nowhere to be found.
Reverse-Engineering the Steampunk Novel with Style: Cherie Priest and Boneshaker
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