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!
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.
hile I was at Nova Albion, something rather awesome got leaked, or released, or otherwise handed out to the internet. I saw it just in time to link it via Twitter/Facebook before hopping on a plane home; but I really do feel like the whole shebang deserves its own post.
In short, the official flap copy to this fall’s Ganymede (follow-up to Dreadnought) found its way to the internet…alongside the book’s official cover.* Therefore, should you opt to keep scrolling, you will see the full! color! Ganymede cover! posted alongside its handy-dandy jacket copy.
Here you go!
The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol and guns wherever the money’s good, he’s not sure the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side effects. But reforming is easier said than done: the captain’s first legal gig will be paid for by sap money, because the Seattle Underground is in dire need of supplies.
New Orleans is not Cly’s first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he likewise loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early, but that was a decade ago. He’s still on Jo’s mind, he learns when she sends him a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It’s a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once. 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.
Now the only question is whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean.
* It is entirely possible that this is only a preliminary cover, or that it was an accidental leak, or that there might be changes in the future (as you may recall, all of these things happened with Dreadnought). But to the best of my knowledge, this is it.
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!