Title: Mortal Engines (4 books)
Author: Philip Reeve
Rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Apparently this is a series for younger people but let me assure you that adults will enjoy these books as well. Mr Reeve paints an amazing world where cities have put on wheels and tracks, and started roaming the lands. London isn’t restricted to England any more.
The main characters, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, stole my heart. I’m not telling more about them but they’re an amazing and intriguing couple of people. And let’s not forget the Stalker named Grike who is brilliant in his own way.
The stories are loaded with amazing details, many of which require some knowledge. Let me share one of them that appears in the last book, “A Darkling Plain”. In it is a moving city called Murnau. It’s a German city. In that city is a location where airships can fly to a docking area, which is called “Uber den Linden” (Over the lime-trees.) In East Berlin there’s a place called “Under den Linden” (beneath the lime-trees). It’s that kind of detail which made me fall in love with these books even more.
The last chapter of the last book… will not leave your eyes dry. Well, perhaps it will but I cried. It’s beautiful but painful.
I’ve heard that Peter Jackson is going to make a film of this series. I plan on not watching it.
Title: The hidden goddess
Author: M.K. Hobson Genre: steampunk Stars:
This book was a gift which I enjoyed. A bit of a bummer was to find that it is book 2 in a set so I missed some background from book 1. The Hidden Goddess has a lot of interesting twists. The author added some nice effects to the mental imagery and brought in some remarkable people (and non-people).
There were a few odd jumps in the flow of the story that I couldn’t explain. Perhaps it felt like that because I didn’t read book 1 first.
Despite that, the Hidden Goddess is an interesting and fascinating read and I’m definitely going to read book 1.
Yes, Lily Marin. After six short stories and a novel, there is news about this remarkable singer from the Victorian era we like to call Steampunk.
It’s been a while, but I have finally gathered enough ideas, material and courage to dedicate a new novel to Lily and her friends. We’ll encounter her original nemesis in this story, and Dr Calgori is there again of course. I have only just started the new book, the third chapter is currently being penned down, so it will take a while before this new work will be out in the world. However I thought this worthy of announcing.
If you have any questions about Lily Marin, I would advise you to read the short stories I wrote about her. These are free on Smashwords (all you need is an account there and that’s also free); Barnes & Noble (book 1, book 2, equally free) and on Apple Itunes (book 1, book 2, both free). Amazon unfortunately doesn’t allow me to make the books free, but you can find a Kindle version on Smashwords. Just locate the .mobi file. And if you get hooked and you want more, there’s always the first proper novel!
Title: Terminal World
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Terminal World is classified as a steampunk book. I agree with that but it has a large amount of future in it so it also is science fiction for me.
Terminal World was worth reading. We meet all kinds of fascinating people and not-people in the story, which starts in a very complicated, high structure called Spearpoint. As the story progresses, steampunk becomes more prominent (steam, airships etc). The pace of the story is good, I like how it flowed along, and also the way Mr Reynolds managed to express himself in descriptions is very nice. At some point in the story I feared that things would turn into a ‘Mad Max’ environment as the Skullboys made their appearance but that proved to be not so. Such a relief.
The end of this book was very good, amazing in some places even (I name Tulwar and Nimcha in particular). And I definitely liked the Mad Machines.
If you are in search of a great story to read, I can recommend Terminal World.
Title: Glass books of the dream eaters Author: Gordon Dahlquist Genre: Steampunk Rating:
Yes, that’s quite a long title for a book but it’s worth it. In this book we meet a few people who, in normal circumstances, should never meet. A young lady from a distant island, the doctor of a Macklenburg prince, and a man whose life is spent on the lowest rungs on the social ladder. Still they come together, and all that because of the mysteries that envelope strange pieces of blue glass. What are these glass bits? Who made them, what do they plan with them, and – why can you see other people’s memories when you gaze into them?
These questions and many more are answered as you progress through the book which is written in a very interesting way, moving from one person’s view to another as new chapters reveal more and more about art, alchemy, dream and something called the Process…
It has been a while but here for a change is a new Indie Promotion. This is a book which plays in one of my favourite genres, Steampunk, so I feel the need to share this with you. 🙂
Dawn of Steam
By: Jeffrey Cook
Ebook Short Description: In 1815, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England’s wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has traveled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. First Light is an epistolary novel, told primarily through the eyes of former aide-de-camp Gregory Conan Watts, describing the journeys of the airship Dame Fortuna and its crew through journals and letters to his beloved fiancee. The first recruit is, necessarily, the airship’s owner: war hero, famed genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armor Sir James Coltrane. Persuading him to lend his talents and refitted airship to the venture requires bringing along his sister, his cousin, and the crew that flew with him during the Napoleonic Wars. Only with their aid can they track down a Scottish rifleman, a pair of shady carnies, and a guide with a strong personal investment in the stories. When they set out, the wild places of the world, including the far American West, the Australian interior, darkest Africa, and other destinations are thought to be hostile enough. No one expects the trip to involve a legendary storm – or the Year Without a Summer of 1815-1816. The voyage is further complicated by the human element. Some parties are not at all happy with the post-war political map. Most problematic of all, the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary. Dawn of Steam: First Light follows these adventurers, as they open up the world. In the process, their journey helps lay the foundations for an age of enlightenment and technology to come.
Where to find.
You can find the e-book at Amazon.com.
Have you met Rayko? If you didn’t you haven’t read Bactine. But that’s no problem.
Rayko is the daughter of new boss of Daniel Zacharias, whom I’ve introduced earlier in this blogging challenge. Writing her character was a lot of fun as I planned and saw her change from someone who despises Daniel to someone who secretly starts helping him. Of course he doesn’t know that.
Coming up with the verbal battles between the two, and the thoughts that surround them provided me with a lot of entertainment and rewrites. There’s the second R in this post. As their relationship developed, I saw options to improve earlier parts so that would make the whole story even better.
Bactine was also the first story where I intentionally added a touch of romance. Only after reading a review where the romance part in the story was actually mentioned I felt that perhaps I can do this more often, another R that I can add to this letter in the A-Z blogging challenge!
You may already know Lily Marin, my steampunk heroine. Maybe you don’t. Either way, the novel is progressing fabulously. The novel is mostly through the editing process and I’m very pleased with the result.
Did you know that Marin originally is a Romanian name? I didn’t know that until someone told me this. You might be surprised to hear who told me. It was Lily Marin. No, not the lady in the book but a real, living Lily Marin who located and contacted me through this uncanny medium called the Interwebs.
Even when there is no Internet in Lily Marin’s world (the Lily in the book, that is), it’s fun to know that “she” is out there. It will be even more fun when the book is out, which I know won’t be too long any more. I’m aware there are fans already waiting for it since far too long. I’m terribly sorry about that. The good news: my editor let me know she’s all done with the checking and word-poking. I’ve already applied lots of her edits, so soon I can do the final checks and start building the actual ‘book’. I really hope it will be all done and ready in May.
For all those waiting: here’s a masked woman to help you pass the time.