Review of The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. ★★★★ What a great story! The Black God’s Drums is a steampunk novella following Creeper, a girl in the free and neutral city of New Orleans. She’s a street urchin living in a hidey-hole near the airfield, watching the airships come and go and dreaming of seeing the world. When…

Review of Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus. ★★★1/2 Buffalo Soldier is a steampunk style novella that had a fun world but might have benefited from more focus on plot and characters. Former secret agent Desmond Coke is on the run from his own government, who are hunting him after he rescued a boy, Lij Tafari, they were keeping and using for their…

Review of The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. ★★★1/2 I have no idea why I didn’t like The Alchemists of Loom more. It has a lot of the elements I want out of a book… but for whatever reason, it just never landed. Once Loom was a free world, but then it was conquered by the Dragons in the world…

Review of The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. ★★★1/2 The Guns Above is not easy to describe. It’s sort of like a cross between steampunk and military fantasy, without any magic. It’s a military focused novel that takes place in a whole different world that includes plenty of airships. The kingdom of Garnia is perpetually involved in warfare. Due to…

Review of Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine. ★★★1/2 Paper and Fire is the sequel to Rachel Caine’s YA alternate history fantasy novel, Ink and Bone. This is a series that really must be read in order, so if you haven’t read Ink and Bone, I’d suggest looking into it before Paper and Fire. Jess Brightwood has infiltrated the Library, the tremendously powerful…

Review of Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair by Nisi Shawl. ★★★ Everfair is a novel that collapses partly under the sheer weight of its ambition. Yet for all that, it still contains some interesting ideas at its core. Essentially, Everfair is a steampunk novel taking place in the Belgian Congo. A group comprised of an odd melding of Fabian Socialists and African American missionaries joins forces to…

Review of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a bit of a hit or miss history with steampunk, but The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was certainly a hit. It’s a fast paced start to a series taking place in an alternate timeline where all new technology was outlawed by the all powerful Patent Office. With technology stagnant, societal mores stagnated…

Review of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Paudua

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. ★★★★★ The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is an absolutely delightful graphic novel that contains a wealth of historical information regarding Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and the history of computing while at the same time being relentlessly entertaining. The book begins with a brief history of…

Review of Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★ Told in the distinct voice of its narrator, Karen Memory is the story of young woman, Karen Memery, who works at a high end bordello in a steampunk version of the Pacific Northwest. One night two girls, one badly injured, show up on the doorsteps of Madame Damnable’s house, seeking shelter. They’re perused by…