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I brought you some things ...

I have a feeling this will be a nearly incomprehensible babble fest about that AWESOME book I read last night ...

Book #101 - Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - I was intrigued by some of the reviews I'd read about this book. I mean, it's about Zombies in Seattle. A Steampunk version of Seattle. A Seattle that's crumbling away, walled off, overrun. Good golly! All those things are things that I can't resist. And the book completely lived up to my expectations of it. It was everything I was looking for. The really amazing thing is that although the Zombies (or "Rotters" as they call them) are a big part of the plot, the book is really so much more than that. It's about the lies we tell because the truth is too hard to face. It's about family. It's about people who use power to gain more power. It's about honor and debts that need to be repaid. It's about the people who choose to live a hard life because they believe it's the right thing to do.

I was captivated from the first chapter. I was able to watch the words that Cherie Priest wrote weave themselves into a vast, unimaginable landscape in my head.
Few witnesses agree, and fewer still were granted a glimpse of the Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine. Its course took it under the earth and down hills, gouging up the land beneath the luxurious homes of wealthy mariners and shipping magnates, under the muddy flats where sat the sprawling sawmill, and down along the corridors, cellars, and storage rooms of general stores, ladies' notions shops, apothecaries, and yes ... the banks.

I really don't know if I can say enough about this book. This had everything that The Forest of Hands and Teeth lacked. It felt alive as I read it. Although I didn't know what FoHaT was missing while I read it, I can see it now. It was missing the human drama that Boneshaker captured perfectly. Briar is flawed. She trudges through life trying to forget. She isn't the best mother. She doesn't want to see what her son is getting into. Yet, the moment he's in danger, she tries to move the world to save him.

To make a long review slightly longer, 16 years after the Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine ravages Seattle and releases the Blight gas which turns some people into Zombies, Briar is trying to forget the fact that her husband was the man who created the drill and her father orchestrated a jail break. Her son believes that both his father and grandfather are innocent of the crimes they've been accused of, so he slips into the walled city of Seattle to find proof. Briar is forced to follow him and she finally comes to terms with the events that took place all those years before.

I really don't think I can recommend this book enough. If you only read one Zombie Steampunk novel set in Seattle this year ... this is it.

Yes. I enjoyed this book. Why do you ask?
More later. That review wiped me out.

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nice book review. did you get my email?

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