Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

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Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by das » Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:10 pm


I saw a number of mentions of Boneshaker on sites I frequent recently, and took the opportunity to pick up the last copy at our local bookstore. As far as I can tell, Boneshaker is only available as a trade paperback, and is printed in a relatively unique ink color and font that make it feel a little more antique - unfortunately, this also means it will cost you $15 or so to get your hands on a copy.

The novel itself is a worthy read - it combines elements of steampunk such as weird mechanisms and devices, a zombie producing deep earth gas, the machine that release it, and of course, a mysterious mad scientist. Fans of hardcore zombie slaying won't find a lot of zombie based excitement - the gas created zombies are more of a force of nature than the core of the novel, and the gas that creates them is the larger threat. With that said, if you're a steampunk fan who wants an interesting take on the normal mad scientist adventure, or a zombie adventure fan who doesn't mind a new twist, then Boneshaker is probably worth your time.

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Re: Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by mtnfolk mike » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:14 pm

ooohh.. that sounds like a cool book... i may have to look into it.. :)
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Post by Timber_Wolf » Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:03 pm

I have known Cherie Priest for a decade or better and I love her writing style. Four and Twenty Blackbirds is still one of my favorite ghost stories. I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet but it sounds like fun.

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Re: Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by 1984CJ » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:30 pm

I got a copy for Christmas. I am now reading through it for the second time!
I really enjoyed the way that the characters developed and the twists in the plot. I was pretty sure that I had it all figured out a couple of times while reading it but I was wrong.

It isn't hardcore zombies or history or Steampunk but it blends them together rather well.

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Re: Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by Sckitzo » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:50 pm

This just sounds so full of win, is on my to read list near the top now :mrgreen:

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Re: Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by B3 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:41 pm

It was a pretty fun read. The depictions of the "rotters" is definitely macabre and eerie. The adventure and intertwining stories of the characters were cool too. I heard (a rumor) that this book might be part of a trilogy, so it will be interesting to see if that's true. If there are follow-up books to this one, I will definitely check them out. I'd also like to read some of her other works and go to Seattle--if for no other reason than to see some of the places mentioned in the story :)
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Re: Cherie Priest's Steampunk zombie novel: Boneshaker

Post by thelight » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:58 am

I finished Boneshaker this weekend. Loved the book, didn't really like the ending. Great blend of genres.
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