The Industrial Revolution has become all-out war! Mad Scientists, gifted with the Spark of genius, unleash insane inventions on an unprepared Europe. For centuries, a family of inventors kept the peace, but the last of them disappeared leaving Baron Klaus Wulfenbach to maintain order.
When university student Agatha Clay shows signs of having the Spark in a spectacular, destructive fashion, she captures the attention of the Baron—and the Baron’s handsome young son, Gilgamesh.
Agatha soon finds herself in the midst of the greatest minds of her generation, as well as palace intrigue, dashing heroes, and an imperial cat. She may be the most brilliant mind of her generation and the key to peace in Europe, but first, she has to survive.
Back in 2003, School Library Journal included Girl Genius in their Best Adult Books for High School Students and called it, "A sly and witty graphic novel."Read more
Welcome to October, you crazy librarians!
We have a lot on our plates this week, so let's kick things off with a quick round-up.
- If you're still trying to get a handle on what to recommend for steampunk, you might be interested in this discussion at Tor.com with Barnes & Noble SFF buyer, Jim Killen:
"Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, which our contributors then discuss and explore."
In October, Mr. Killen and the Tor.com-ers will be discussing steampunk. See their schedule here.Read more
Clockwork Century fans rejoice! Cherie Priest's third installment in the steampunk series, GANYMEDE, will be out in October and has already received its first glowing review. Publishers Weekly stamped a star on GANYMEDE and said,
The smashing third volume in Priest’s Clockwork Century steampunk alternate-history Civil War series (after 2010’s DREADNOUGHT) stars Josephine Early, New Orleans brothel owner and Union spy, who must deliver Ganymede, a prototype submarine, to the North. There are only a few problems: no one has ever successfully piloted the craft, and the Texian and Confederate armies are actively searching for it. Josephine’s former lover, Andan Cly, agrees to help while completing his primary mission of retrieving supplies for blighted Seattle, where noxious gas forces residents to live underground and zombies remain a constant peril. Priest is at the top of her game, equally deft with pirate battles and mature romance: Cly is tentatively connecting with earlier protagonist Briar Wilkes, sheriff of Seattle, making him elegantly cautious around Josephine as they both try to focus on their mission. Clockwork Century fans will dub this installment the best yet.
What was that last line again? "Clockwork Century fans will dub this installment the best yet!" Well done, Ms. Priest.Read more
EDIT: All of my free copies of Dreadnought are gone, but thank you for your interest! If it makes any difference, I can't wait to get off work and read the last 50 pages -- it's that good!
You know all about Cherie Priest, right? The Seattle Times called her "the high priestess of steampunk," and for good reason! Her last title, Boneshaker, won the Locus award for Best Sci-Fi Novel, and was among Publishers Weekly best 100 books of the year.
Dreadnought comes out next week, but this is your chance to get a finished copy early and free!Read more