Thumbs down for Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Science fiction.
This book had so much going for it. First of all: steamtech, zombies, Victorian Seattle? All kinds of awesome. Secondly, I have friends who liked it (one of whom was kind enough to lend me her copy, so I hope she’ll forgive me for giving it thumbs down). Lastly, I saw Cherie Priest speak at Steamcon and she was a hoot. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I want her on my side. But, sadly – it won’t be due to her writing. The two main characters were bland, and since the plot was an extremely simple character-driven quest, I found it, how shall I put this, boring. Replete with awkward lines and failing to make good on its creative promises, it read like a first novel. Unfortunately…it was her seventh. This is one of those times when I have to scratch my head over popular opinion. There’s so much great science fiction out there. Why the foofaraw over this?
“Of course I do. This ship over here is mine. You see her? The Free Crow, we call her, and she is a little bit stolen, a little bit bought, and a great bit made…but oh, she can fly.”
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