Genre: Steampunk

Book Review: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Posted July 28, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Okay okay okay. So here’s the thing: Vermilion sounds excellent, but it’s even better in reality. I was completely blown away by this story, by Lou Merriwether as a protagonist, and by how author Molly Tanzer went about it. This book is a wonderfully diverse steampunkish paranormal adventure that was a delight to read—Tanzer really nailed everything here. So, firstly, our protagonist, Lou Merriwether. Lou is a half-Chinese woman living […]

Book Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Posted January 25, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

I don’t really want to talk about this book. It kind of hurts to even think about Endsinger. But I’m going to try. For science. Or something. Jay Kristoff is pretty open about how he likes to write “sad” (AKA life-ruining) books, and he doesn’t believe in happy endings. Which I’m cool with, because I think the world needs fewer happy endings in fiction. And, don’t get me wrong, Endsinger […]

Book Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Posted March 17, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

There are times when you begin reading a book and you can tell right away it won’t be anything close to a 4 or 5 star read. Boneshaker was very much like that for me. I didn’t dislike Priest’s story enough to stop reading, but I did wind up skimming practically the entire thing. It’s unfortunate that such a big hit in the steampunk world ended up not being a […]

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Posted November 20, 2013 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

The Dark Unwinding was a different, steampunkish (not really) story that I somewhat enjoyed, though I wasn’t extremely fond of it, to be honest. Sharon Cameron’s debut isn’t really bad, but neither did it engage me. So I kind of just passed through the story without ever being fully immersed. The book is about Katharine, who is sent to her uncle’s estate in order to secure her cousin’s inheritance (she […]

Book Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Posted November 12, 2013 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

I think I rather fell prey to the general pre-release mania that accompanied Kristoff’s debut, Stormdancer. Time passed and my enthusiasm faded. These days, I’m not a mega-fan of the Lotus War books at all. But man are they good. In my head I’m like “Oh, yeah, so overrated…BUT SO GOOD!” (no this does not make sense). It’s been a while, and my memory isn’t great, but I think Kinslayer […]

Book Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz

Posted August 9, 2013 // 4 Comments
Book Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of A Conspiracy of Alchemists, I still enjoyed that book and was hoping for good things from the sequel. Unfortunately, this book was thoroughly disappointing. A Clockwork Heart succumbed to Second Book Syndrome in a big way, and I barely managed to finish it. After the end of book once, Elle and Marsh are newly-married, but all is not well between them. They bicker and […]

Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Posted April 13, 2013 // 23 Comments
Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Because of its delightfully steampunkish cover and obvious Poe reference, Masque of the Red Death is a book that’s been on my radar since it came out. Unfortunately, I find that this is a book better left unread, as Bethany Griffin failed to deliver the wonderful adventure I expected from this novel. Instead, I found the story to hinge on illogical character choices, and to be populated with a dense […]

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

Posted March 6, 2013 // 10 Comments
Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

I’m at the point in my career as an obsessive reader where I have a basis of comparison for the majority of books I read. I still discover new and original ideas regularly, but usually I can draw parallels to other books. Steampunk, however, is a genre that I’m woefully unversed in, so, in direct contrast to most of the books I’ve read lately, I can’t definitively say that A […]

Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Posted October 26, 2012 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Well, the Parasol Protectorate is most definitely over, and thank goodness! (Except, actually, this isn’t the end, as there is a spin-off series in the works.) I’m afraid that had things gone on for much longer, Gail Carriger would have ruined everything I liked about the early Protectorate novels; as it was, the final two installments in the series were decidedly lacking. Simply speaking, Timeless was not a necessary conclusion […]

Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Posted September 27, 2012 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

With Heartless, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series took the steepest downward spiral I’ve seen in a long while. And while yes, I think a lot of my upset with this book stems from faulty plot construction and overdramatic plot points, my main issue with Heartless is the direction Carriger decided to turn her storyline down—and, by extension, the horrific characterization she had to employ to make it all work. In […]

Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Posted September 20, 2012 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

I didn’t want to read Blameless. Carriger had set herself up for all kinds of problems in the last scene of Changeless. This book was all set up to be a sort of mixed-communication/marital confusion plot, which I, honestly, do not care for at all. As a result, I honestly thought I would hate Blameless. I actually didn’t. Carriger really surprised me with the direction she took Blameless. It wasn’t […]

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Posted September 15, 2012 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

After my truly fantastic experience with Soulless, the first Alexia Tarabotti novel, I came into Changeless with high expectations. Of course, there are only one or two instances where I can think of a sequel that surpassed/equaled its prequel. So, possibly, I should have lowered my expectations just a bit. Because while it can’t be denied that Carriger’s prose is amazing, Alexia herself is a great character, and Changeless’s plot […]