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FIDDLEHEAD AHOY!

November 12, 2013 - 2:21 pm Comments Off

Finally, you guys – the big day is here: Fiddlehead is now in stores in the United States and the UK! It’s been a hell of a ride, you guys, but this is the final full-length* Clockwork Century novel, and I promise you IT IS A DOOZY.

I mean, I don’t know about YOU, but MY definition of “DOOZY” is somewhere along the lines of “WILD-ASS 19TH CENTURY POLITICAL THRILLER UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER READ AND I DO MEAN EVER.”

Oh, but I can already hear the protests: “MORE STEAMPUNK???! It is probably just gears on hats and curly mustaches for no reason and BESIDES if I haven’t read the other books, I’ll have NO IDEA what’s going on!”

INCORRECT.

THINGS YOU WON’T FIND IN FIDDLEHEAD no matter how hard you look (no for real I am SERIOUS):


  • Gears on hats.
  • Curly mustaches for no reason.
  • Stuff that makes no sense unless you’ve read all the other books.

THINGS YOU WILL TOTALLY FIND IN FIDDLEHEAD and you won’t even have to look very hard (I PROMISE):

  • MURDERY ESPIONAGE PLOTS
  • A KICKASS INVENTOR FIGHTING CRIME WITH SCIENCE
  • SECRET AGENTS WITH VERY SKETCHY PASTS
  • A LADY DETECTIVE WHO FIGHTS DIRTY
  • WICKED INDUSTRIALIST WARHAWKS
  • TWO PRESIDENTS UNDER SIEGE BY ASSASSINS
  • A ZOMBIE WHO TOTALLY DESERVES TO BE ONE
  • OH MY GOD PEOPLE THIS IS BARELY THE BEGINNING

That said, YES – FANS OF THE SERIES WILL GET SOME ANSWERS. Have you wondered what became of Croggon Hainey and the crew of the Free Crow? Curious about the mysterious Kirby Troost: is he full of hot air, or the badass he pretends? Pondering how the Civil War is going to end?

THEN KEEP READING, MY FRIENDS.
Because Fiddlehead is the cure for what ails you!

Publishers Weekly had some very kind things to say about it – to wit:

“Priest’s final Clockwork Century novel (after The Inexplicables) wraps things up nicely, once again turning a mash-up of too-worn genre tropes (steampunk, alternate Civil War, zombies) into a work of entertainment laced with social criticism. In 1879, as the Civil War continues to rage, scientist and ex-slave Gideon Bardsley’s invention, a massive computer called the Fiddlehead, has predicted that the zombie outbreak from the Northwest will overwhelm both sides if they don’t end the war. Working with ex-president Lincoln (long disabled from an assassination attempt), he enlists the Pinkertons, including their agent Belle Boyd, in an attempt to find allies in the South. Meanwhile, amoral businesswoman Katharine Haymes attempts to prolong the war for her own reasons. Priest again throws in a huge cast of characters, and the historical figures (Boyd, Lincoln, Grant) are as interesting as the fictional ones. New readers would benefit from starting at the beginning of the series, but returning fans will be satisfied by the elegant conclusion and will regret that a great series has ended.”

[:: flings confetti ::]
[:: deploys tee shirt cannon ::]
[:: performs ridiculous touchdown dance ::]

AND HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HOT LITTLE HANDS ON THIS BOOK? Let me help.

First and foremost, if you have the option – it’d be really nice if you’d hit up your local independent bookseller. If they don’t have it in stock, they can order it for you, easy-peasy; or if you’re not sure what’s out there, you can check this link at IndieBound for a store that carries it near you.

Failing that, here are some links to set you up with the usual suspects:


SO NOW WHAT?

So now…on a different note. (Because I can have as many notes in my post as I want, that’s why.)

This is the end of an era for me, and it is a bittersweet thing to send Fiddlehead out into the world. May you find it easily, read it happily, and share it with friends of a like-minded nature. Thank you all for your support, always – thank you for embracing this weird little series with the zombies and the gas, and the spies and the dirigibles, and giants and monsters and heroes.

Thank you for everything.
But most of all, thank you for reading.

~Cherie Priest



* Novella Jacaranda will be out through Subterranean Press late next year, I believe. It takes place 20 years after the events of Fiddlehead, and will be unrelated to the main arc.

Fiddlehead – Coming Soon!

November 5, 2013 - 11:21 pm Comments Off

Landing on November 12, 2014 … the final full-length book in the Clockwork Century: Fiddlehead!*

You can get a whole host of details on this project over at its entry at the Macmillan website – including, but not limited to, sample content, reviews, and the various formats in which it shall appear (with instructions re: how you can order/preorder them).

So what’s this one about, you ask? Well. Please allow me to direct you to its Publishers Weekly review – reproduced in its entirety as follows:

“Priest’s final Clockwork Century novel (after The Inexplicables) wraps things up nicely, once again turning a mash-up of too-worn genre tropes (steampunk, alternate Civil War, zombies) into a work of entertainment laced with social criticism. In 1879, as the Civil War continues to rage, scientist and ex-slave Gideon Bardsley’s invention, a massive computer called the Fiddlehead, has predicted that the zombie outbreak from the Northwest will overwhelm both sides if they don’t end the war. Working with ex-president Lincoln (long disabled from an assassination attempt), he enlists the Pinkertons, including their agent Belle Boyd, in an attempt to find allies in the South. Meanwhile, amoral businesswoman Katharine Haymes attempts to prolong the war for her own reasons. Priest again throws in a huge cast of characters, and the historical figures (Boyd, Lincoln, Grant) are as interesting as the fictional ones. New readers would benefit from starting at the beginning of the series, but returning fans will be satisfied by the elegant conclusion and will regret that a great series has ended.”

BUT HERE. Let me make this EVEN EASIER. Here’s a handy-dandy list of the usual suspects:


And DON’T FORGET – your local independent bookseller will either carry this book or be able to order it for you, NO PROBLEMO. (I always recommend you try and support your indies when you can.)

Thanks for reading, everyone – and stay tuned. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll bring this site up to speed and get it all shiny, to reflect Fiddlehead and its highlights. So please, if you would be so kind, go check this one out. I had a hell of a time writing it, and I’m very proud of the way things come together.

I hope you enjoy the ride.

:)



* Next year, there will be another one-off from Subterranean Press called Jacaranda … which will be set in this universe, but will happen some years after the original books, and will not participate in the main arc.