Ganymede by Cherie Priest coming soon

The nextinstallment of the Clockwork Century series, Ganymede by Cherie Priest, is coming soon to bookstores across the nation later this month, on the 27th of September, 2011. This story picks up where Dreadnaught left off and tells the story of airship pirate Andan Cly. Here’s the cover art for this installment:

Here’s the summary of the story from the flap copy for the book:

The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money’s good, he doesn’t think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly’s first legal gig—a supply run for the Seattle Underground—will be paid for by sap money.

New Orleans is not Cly’s first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early—but that was a decade ago, and he hasn’t looked back since. Jo’s still thinking about him, though, or so he learns when he gets a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It’s a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once, one he can’t refuse. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he’s in for—or what she wants him to fly.

But he won’t be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it…. If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River… If only it hadn’t killed most of the men who’d ever set foot inside it.

But it’s those “if onlys” that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean.

Obviously, I can’t really comment on the book itself, not being published yet and all, but if you’re a fan of the previous Clockwork Century books, I think it’s safe to say you might just enjoy this one as well. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

I noticed it has been a while since I last posted a good book recommendation. To amend this situation, I’d like to bring to your attention one of the biggest attention grabbers in recent Steampunk literature, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest written in 2009.

If you want to talk about modern Steampunk like, Boneshaker is it. Here’s a summary of the story:

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 Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s 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 Blue’s 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. (via bookbrowse.com)

Because this is set more in Wild West America than Victorian England, some of the typical Victorian conventions are not there. But I like that Boneshaker is set in Seattle. It’s fitting that one of the most well known Steampunk works of this new wave of Steampunk is set in the real-world epicenter of American Steampunk, Seattle.

Cherie Priest was the guest of honor for SteamCon I and will be present for SteamCon II. If you’d like to learn more about her, you can read her blog here. You can buy a copy of Boneshaker here.