Archive for December, 2010

Steampunk Book of the Year

December 23, 2010 - 1:56 am No Comments

Holy cow, you guys – it looks like Boneshaker has been declared Steampunk Book Of The Year by Steampunk.com. (And as a side note, Dreadnought came in second place, good heavens!) I don’t know what to say, except to offer many profuse, sincere thanks to that fine website, and to everyone who voted!

Glad tidings indeed

December 11, 2010 - 12:28 am No Comments

The last couple of days have brought some really great news for the Clockwork Century – and I just had to take a moment to close the week by sharing the love.

First: I’ve just gotten word that Dreadnought will be headed into a second printing sometime in the next few weeks! This is news of great joy for all the obvious reasons, but I wanted to provide a general “heads up” before the last of the first run has gone out the door … because I know some of you folks are all about the first editions.

And hey, if you want a signed first edition – but you don’t live anywhere near the spots where I’ve been signing for the last few months – you can always pick one up via the University Book Store in Seattle. I mean, should you want to nab a really kick-ass holiday gift for someone who’s camping out at the top of Santa’s “Nice” list.

Second: this month Dreadnought has finally busted onto the Locus bestseller list! Best of all, it’s in the trade paperback column right alongside Boneshaker – which is spending a brain-bending tenth month on the list!*

I’d write more on the subject, but I’m afraid I’ve already used my daily allotment of exclamation points, and I wouldn’t want to accrue some kind of fine, or something. Suffice it to say that I am thrilled, and encouraged, and absolutely freaking delighted in every possible way.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s reading, talking about, passing around, and sharing these weird little clockwork books. You’re the ones making this happen, you know. [:: points at you, yes you ::] And you are awesome.



* No, not consecutive months. It’s fallen off a time or two, and then popped back up again. I remain overjoyed, regardless!

Dreadnought Giveaway

December 9, 2010 - 6:51 pm No Comments

Over at Goodreads – click for a chance to win a free copy of Dreadnought. Four copies are up for grabs and the give-away ends December 19th – so throw your name in the hat … and good luck to all who enter!

California love

December 4, 2010 - 1:37 am No Comments

Many thanks to the folks at the San Francisco Chronicle (via SFGate) for their mighty fine write-up of Dreadnought! Highlights include the following:

    It’s easy to poke fun at the Victorian affectations of steampunk, but Dreadnought has the propulsive power of a straight-ahead adventure story, and Priest handles the alternate history without needless frippery. Courageous, competent Mercy makes a compelling heroine, and the novel has much to say about the futility of war in any era. Dreadnought is tough but entertaining, another solid entry in a well-constructed series.

Huzzah!