The Boneshaker

The Boneshaker

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By (author) Cherie Priest

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 33mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765318415
  • ISBN 13: 9780765318411
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 14,251

Product description

At the start of the Civil War, a Russian mining company commissions a great machine to pave the way from Seattle to Alaska and speed up the gold rush that is beating a path to the frozen north. Inventor Leviticus Blue creates the machine, but on its first test run it malfunctions, decimating Seattle's banking district and uncovering a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue's widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that's been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving - until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history.

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Author information

Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker" was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by She is also the author of "Dreadnought," "Boneshaker"'s sequel, and of the near-contemporary fantasy "Fathom." She debuted to great acclaim with "Four and Twenty Blackbirds," "Wings to the Kingdom," and "Not Flesh Nor Feathers," a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest earned her master's in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

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"Cherie Priest wove a story so convincing, so evocative, so terrifying that I read this book with the doors locked and a gun on my lap. "Boneshaker "is a steampunk menagerie of thrills and horror."--Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of "Jailbait Zombie" "This exquisitely imaginative steampunk adventure is a joy to read! My favourite of Cherie's books."--Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments trilogy "Everything you'd want in such a volume and much more.... It's full of buckle and has swash to spare, and the characters are likable and the prose is fun. This is a hoot from start to finish, pure mad adventure."--Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of "Little Brother" ""Boneshaker" is without a doubt Cherie Priest's breakthrough work: this hollering, stamping, crackling thing is the best fun you'll have with a book all year."--Warren Ellis, bestselling author of "Crooked Little Vein" "A gorgeously grim world of deadly gasses, mysterious machines, zeppelin pirates, and a relentless plague of zombies. With "Boneshaker," Priest is geared up to begin her reign as the Queen of Steampunk."--Mark Henry, Author of "Road Trip of the Living Dead" "A rip-snorting adventure in the best tradition of a penny dreadful. Priest has crafted a novel of exquisite prose and thrilling twists, populated by folk heroes and dastardly villains, zombies and air pirates, incredible machines and a heroine who'll have you cheering. "Boneshaker" is the definitive steampunk story, absolutely unique and one hell of a fun read."--Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels "A marvelous book, crammed with readerly pleasures--zombies, pirates, cracking adventures, historical conceits and characters that make you wish you could linger inside it long after turning the final page. Cherie Priest is one of my favorite fantasists."--Kelly Link, acclaimed author of "Magic for Beginners" "If Jules Verne and George Romero got together to rewrite American history it might go something like this. I loved it. I want more."--Mike Mignola, bestselling author of "Hellboy" "If the Wild Wild West had been written by Mark Twain with the assistance of Jules Verne and Bram Stoker, it still couldn't be as fabulous and fantastical as "Boneshaker." Cherie Priest has penned a rousing adventure tale that breathes a roaring soul and thundering heart into the glittering skin of Steampunk. Stylish, taut, and wonderful, it's a literary ride you must not miss!"--Kat Richardson, bestselling author of "Greywalker" "A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible.... It totally pushed all my buttons."--Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of "Uglies" and "Peeps""It's awesome. I loved everything about it, and I can't wait for it to come out so the rest of the world can read it an understand why I loved it as much as I did."--Wil Wheaton