Archive for August, 2011

Steampunk Summer at the Seattle Public Library

August 17, 2011 - 12:33 am No Comments

So here’s a splendid thing – a video compiled by Seattle librarians, regarding their “Steampunk Summer” program. Boneshaker was one of the featured titles, and this video uses it as an example of how the program worked. Reader, I squeed. (My favorite bit lands around 1:45, when the kids start acting out scenes from the book.)

Thank you SO MUCH to the SPL system and all its attendant Librarians of Excessive Fantasticness – and thanks also to all the young readers who participated!

Ganymede gets a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

August 16, 2011 - 12:47 am No Comments

Waiting for that first trade review is always a nerve-wracking experience – so you can imagine my relief to learn that the fine folks at Publishers Weekly have given Ganymede a starred review!

    [Starred Review] The smashing third volume in Priest’s Clockwork Century steampunk alternate-history Civil War series (after 2010’s Dreadnought) stars Josephine Early, New Orleans brothel owner and Union spy, who must deliver Ganymede, a prototype submarine, to the North. There are only a few problems: no one has ever successfully piloted the craft, and the Texian and Confederate armies are actively searching for it. Josephine’s former lover, Andan Cly, agrees to help while completing his primary mission of retrieving supplies for blighted Seattle, where noxious gas forces residents to live underground and zombies remain a constant peril. Priest is at the top of her game, equally deft with pirate battles and mature romance: Cly is tentatively connecting with earlier protagonist Briar Wilkes, sheriff of Seattle, making him elegantly cautious around Josephine as they both try to focus on their mission. Clockwork Century fans will dub this installment the best yet. (Oct.) ~Publishers Weekly

So far this means that all three full-length releases set in the Clockwork Century have received starred reviews from this magazine. I am absolutely thrilled, and delighted, and flattered beyond belief that they’ve been so well received thus far – and I hope that you, fine readers, will likewise enjoy this new offering when it debuts at the end of September.