Monday, June 7, 2010

SteamPink: coach car - Briar

Meet: Briar Wilkes
Location: Klondike
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy, Dystopia, Zombies

Across the Pacific Northwest, big machines and small machines were tinkered into existence. They were tricky affairs designed to withstand bitter cold and tear through turf that was frozen diamond-hard. They were powered by steam and coal, and lubricated with special soluctions that protected their mechanisms from the elements. These machines were made for men to drive like stagecoaches, or designed to dig on their own, controlled by clockwork and ingenious guiding devices.
-chapter 1, page 16

by Cherie Priest
Published: 2009

Romance steam gauge: none

Description from the amazon:
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 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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*** service interuption ***
updated: 6.7.10 2:18pm pdt

Oh LADY, the Devonian Express is back on track.

A MAPS spy boarded the train and created havoc with locking some coach car doors which prevented comments transmissions.

The spy has been apprehended and is undergoing questioning from the authorities on board.

Let us commence with the train ride...

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