Boneshaker

The Clockwork Century

Cherie Priest; Read by Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading

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Cherie Priest's long-awaited steampunk debut, Boneshaker, opens in the early days of the Civil War when rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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She saw him, and she stopped a few feet from the stairs."I'm sorry," he said quickly. "I didn't mean to startle you."The woman in the dull black overcoat didn't blink and didn't move. "What do you want?"He'd prepared a speech, but he couldn't remember it. "To talk. To you. I want to talk to you."Briar Wilkes closed her eyes hard. When she opened them again, she asked, "Is it about Zeke? What's he done now?""No, no, it's not about him," he insisted. "Ma'am, I was hoping we could talk about your father."Her shoulders lost their stiff, defensive right angles, and

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Cherie Priest's steampunk novel Boneshaker. In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown

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Praise for Boneshaker:

“Cherie Priest wove a story so convincing, so evocative, so terrifying that I read this book with the doors locked and a gun on my lap. Boneshaker is a steampunk menagerie of thrills and horror.”
—Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of Jailbait Zombie
 
“This exquisitely imaginative steampunk adventure is a joy to read! My favourite of Cherie's books.”
—Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments trilogy
 
“Everything you'd want in such a volume and much more.... It's full of buckle and has swash to spare, and the characters are likable and the prose is fun. This is a hoot from start to finish, pure mad adventure.”
—Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother
 
Boneshaker is without a doubt Cherie Priest's breakthrough work: this hollering, stamping, crackling thing is the best fun you'll have with a book all year.”
—Warren Ellis, bestselling author of Crooked Little Vein
 
“A gorgeously grim world of deadly gasses, mysterious machines, zeppelin pirates, and a relentless plague of zombies. With Boneshaker, Priest is geared up to begin her reign as the Queen of Steampunk.”
—Mark Henry, Author of Road Trip of the Living Dead
 
“A rip-snorting adventure in the best tradition of a penny dreadful. Priest has crafted a novel of exquisite prose and thrilling twists, populated by folk heroes and dastardly villains, zombies and air pirates, incredible machines and a heroine who'll have you cheering. Boneshaker is the definitive steampunk story, absolutely unique and one hell of a fun read.”
—Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels
 
“A marvelous book, crammed with readerly pleasures--zombies, pirates, cracking adventures, historical conceits and characters that make you wish you could linger inside it long after turning the final page. Cherie Priest is one of my favorite fantasists.”
—Kelly Link, acclaimed author of Magic for Beginners
 
“If Jules Verne and George Romero got together to rewrite American history it might go something like this. I loved it. I want more.”
—Mike Mignola, bestselling author of Hellboy
 
“If the Wild Wild West had been written by Mark Twain with the assistance of Jules Verne and Bram Stoker, it still couldn't be as fabulous and fantastical as Boneshaker. Cherie Priest has penned a rousing adventure tale that breathes a roaring soul and thundering heart into the glittering skin of Steampunk. Stylish, taut, and wonderful, it's a literary ride you must not miss!”
—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of Greywalker
 
“A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible…. It totally pushed all my buttons.”
—Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Peeps

“It's awesome. I loved everything about it, and I can't wait for it to come out so the rest of the world can read it an understand why I loved it as much as I did.”
—Wil Wheaton

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Cherie Priest; Read by Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading

Cherie Priest's Boneshaker was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by steampunk.com. She is also the author of Dreadnought, Boneshaker's sequel, and of the near-contemporary fantasy Fathom. She debuted to great acclaim with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers, a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest earned her master’s in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

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Boneshaker
Cherie Priest; Read by Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading

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Hugo Award - Nominee, Locus Awards - Winner, Nebula Awards - Nominee

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
May 2014
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427252159
ISBN10: 1427252157
14 CDs, 13.5 hrs
$66.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
February 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427210845
ISBN10: 1427210845
Audio Run Time: 13:42
$22.99

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Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765318411
ISBN10: 0765318415
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$15.99

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e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429942492
ISBN10: 1429942495
416 pages
$9.99
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