The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth (review)

“For goodness sake, how hard can it be to murder a debutante?“ Elizabeth Chatsworth's debut novel The Brass Queen is a delightfully engaging alternate Victorian history/Steampunk romance and adventure full of airships, gadgets, science, danger, a perilous polo match with deadly animals, a naughty yorkie named Boo, and it's requisite share of royals behaving badly. … Continue reading The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth (review)

The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (review)

Rod Duncan's The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy has always been character driven,  and never more so than in The Custodian of Marvels.   Previous outings with Elizabeth Barnabas have combined her continual efforts to escape capture by or for the Duke of Northampton, an adversarial relationship with the powerful Patent Office, entanglement with agent John … Continue reading The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (review)

Review (Giveaway Closed): The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin is one of the authors I newly discovered this year.  While she primarily writes historical romances set in China and Japan, she has delved into the Steampunk genre with The Gunpowder Chronicles, a series set during the Opium Wars of the 19th Century Quing Dynasty. My first taste of this series, and my … Continue reading Review (Giveaway Closed): The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

Wish List Wednesday 9/16/15: 2 YA series ending, 1 Novella Collection and an old favorite

It’s Wednesday again and my booklust is still in full swing. There are so many books I could list as “want to read,” like Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun, but the following are books I am fighting the urge to pre-order or purchase NOW. I do enjoy a good YA read in between adult … Continue reading Wish List Wednesday 9/16/15: 2 YA series ending, 1 Novella Collection and an old favorite

Wish List Wednesday: Continuing Steampunk & Historical Fiction Series

In order to be alliterative, I am going to try to constrain myself to sharing the excitement of discovering a new "I need to buy this" book to Wednesdays.  No promises, though... First up today is the third book in Rod Duncan's Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, The Custodian of Marvels.  The only information available so far … Continue reading Wish List Wednesday: Continuing Steampunk & Historical Fiction Series

Book Review: Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Title:       Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1) Author: Susan Kaye Quinn Publisher: All Night Reads, 2013, 348 pages Copy Source: NetGalley Read Now, in exchange for an honest review “The cloudless night whispered promises to Aniri.” Princess Aniri is the third daughter of the queen of Dharia, and it is two weeks until her eighteenth … Continue reading Book Review: Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Book Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Title: Gunpowder Alchemy (Gunpowder Chronicles Book 1) Author: Jeannie Lin Publisher: Intermix (ebook), Penguin Group USA, LLC, 2014, 280 pages Copy Source: library/Overdrive ebook Soling and her family live in a backwater village in rural China, in disgrace since the execution of her father, the Emperor’s chief engineer who took the blame for the loss … Continue reading Book Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Book Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables edited by Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett

Reviewing a short story collection can be challenging, perhaps even more so when each piece is by a different author. Even with a single author, such collections are usually uneven.  Rather than compare the nine stories and authors, (or pass a blanket judgment on the entire collection) I’ll provide a brief explanation of the adaptation, … Continue reading Book Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables edited by Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett

Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan (review)

It's 2009, almost 200 years after The British Revolutionary War, also called The Second English Civil War or The Luddite Revolution.  Steam power along with Victorian values and dress are still the norm, medical sciences have not greatly advanced, and the Patent Office is all powerful in the Gas-Lit Empire. Title: Unseemly Science Author: Rod … Continue reading Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan (review)