Saturday, December 19, 2009

Literary Feast Invite

Shel: Hello, few but dear readers!

Monica: This is your cue, guys. Dear Readers: "Hello Shel and Monica!"

It's been awhile since we've had a literary feast and it would seem we've grown famished over these past several weeks. So, we thought we'd take a big bite of Cherie Priest's young adult steampunk novel, Boneshaker.

Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books) Here's the official description from the back of the book:

"In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on it's first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenage boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive."

Sounds intriguing. I do love tales of air pirates and ravenous undead. Even better if they're in the same book.

I personally am a huge fan of people who give long names to machines, explaining exactly what they do. "Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine"? Loves it. Wants one of my own. I'll keep it in the kitchen, next to my "Really Awesome Whirring Coffee Making Electric Thing."

The fun discussion will commence a week from today, so get out and find a copy of Boneshaker 'cause we'll be talking about the first 68 pages next Saturday!

After all, nothing helps to ring in the new year like blight gas!

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