Saturday, July 10, 2010

SteamBoyz: Mobile City


Jade studies the image from the Worldshaker file.

There is a rumor going about.

She passes the picture around for everyone to see.

This mobile city has been seen in the area we will be crossing tomorrow.

Jade points at the section of the map for us to note.

WorldShaker
by Richard Harland

Description from the amazon:
Col, among the elite on the juggernaut Worldshaker, learns the terrible truth about the nature of his society in a steampunk novel by Richard Harland.


Description from author's site:
It’s huge! It’s huger than huge! It’s the juggernaut Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. Ruled by Queen Victoria the Second and commanded by Sir Mormus Porpentine, it moves on rollers over land and across sea.

Queen Victoria the Second you ask? Yes, history has followed an alternative track ever since Napoleon actually dug his planned tunnel under the Channel and invaded England in 1804. A century and a half later, after revolution and repression, after the Fifty Years War, after ruthless steam-age industrialisation, Europe has become a wasteland. Now the juggernauts of the great powers roam the face of the globe in a very different Age of Imperialism.

If you like steampunk, this is the steampunkiest! If you like Victoriana, this is Charles Dickens on steroids! Meet Sephaltina Turbot, Bartrim Gibber, Ebnolia Porpentine, Sir Wisley Squellingham and a whole gallery of extraordinary characters.

Richard says, “I seem to have got the timing exactly right on this one. Steampunk is definitely the happening thing in fantasy fiction. In America, it’s more than fiction, it’s a whole way of life.”

Col is the grandson and nominated heir of the Supreme Commander. He’ll become the most powerful person on the juggernaut when he’s completed his schooling and training. But one night, a girl Filthy from the engine rooms down Below tries to hide in his bedroom. The Filthies are dirty and ragged, never spoken about in polite society—but this one is on the loose and running free. ‘Don’t let ‘em take me,’ she pleads.

Every rational thought in Col’s head tells him to call the officers and hand her over. Yet there’s something about her …

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Jade looks about the room and asks...

If we should cross paths with this fantastical airship, would you like to disembark to explore it or continue onward with the Tiny Bubble?

::= SteamBoyz schedule =::


6 comments:

  1. Disembark to explore it is a splendid idea! It would be wonderful!

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  2. Charles Dickens on steroids? Seriously??

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  3. Disembark! I want to tinker with the bits and pieces!

    Er...that is I want to look around and ask questions. I won't sink the airship. I promise. At least. I hope not. ::whistles::

    Noni

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  4. It sounds a bit on the menacing side, to tell truth. I should very much like to read the book -- erm, review the file. But I rather prefer to stay aboard the Tiny Bubble, thank you.

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  5. Looks awesome, really, but which cover you ask? Why, the second is awesome!!!!

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  6. A mobile city? Disembark! I'm off to steal, ehmmm... borrow someones binoculars.

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