Tag Archives: Steampunk

Review of Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Beth Cato’s debut The Clockwork Dagger showed promise.  Its sequel The Clockwork Crown showed improvement.  With Breath of Earth, a steampunk epic fantasy set in a Japanese-dominated alternate 1906 San Francisco, Cato shows she can tell a story with the … Continue reading

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Review of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer benefits, first and foremost, from having pretty much the greatest concept ever—feudal Japan-inspired, eco-dystopian steampunk.  What’s not to love?  And it is that the development of that concept, and the attendant world-building, that carry the book. The curiously-like-Japan-but-created islands … Continue reading

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Review of The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

I finally picked up a Dresden Files book when Skin Game was nominated for a Hugo Award last year and wound up greatly enjoying it—putting it #2 on my ballot behind The Three-Body Problem.  Butcher is back with another Hugo … Continue reading

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Review of A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff

A Vanishing Glow is the first self-published novel I’ve reviewed at the blog (I did review a self-published graphic novel). It shows with an utterly wretched cover and wretched map. The words on the inside, though, are another story. The … Continue reading

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Review of The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

In my review of The Clockwork Dagger, the first book in the Clockwork Dagger duology (and how nice is it to change pace with a duology?), I criticized it for being “eminently put-downable.” Through roughly the first half of The … Continue reading

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Review of The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Healing magic is usually, to put it bluntly, boring. Hands are laid, wounds are healed, and *poof* on we go. Granted, that’s all the author is usually looking for, a cheap plot device to keeps things moving despite the heroes’ … Continue reading

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Review of Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory is a wonderful steampunk western romp set in Rapid City, a fictional city in the Pacific Northwest mostly based on Seattle, with some Portland, Vancouver, and San Francisco thrown in for good measure.  Memory is the main character, … Continue reading

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