14 August, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (88)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It is great for finding new books to read, though does anyone who blogs not have an exploding TBR pile?

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser is from Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, one of the most awesome speculative fiction couples ever. Also, there are some amazing writers in this collection: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Ysabeau S. Wilce, and others, including a few I haven't heard of before. I'm sure they're interesting, too.

(I am not a huge fan of this cover. It's not bad, but when I think steampunk I usually call up something closer to the cover of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld--sharp, intricate, and packed with gadgetry. This one is less of all of the above, though I do like the creepy aspect of the clock-spider and black fingernails with butterflies.)

Master Crawford taught me about getting inside the clockworks, that you have to shut out the distractions till it's just you and the gears and you can hear the smooth click tick, like a baby's first breath. You can give lovers their moonrises off the Argonaut Peninsula or the wonder of a seeding ship with its silos pumping steam into the clouds, bringing on rain. To me, ain't nothing more beautiful than the order of parts. It's a world you can make run right.

-p. 31, "The Last Ride of the Glory Girls" by Libba Bray.


What are you reading right now?

Do you like steampunk or its origin, cyberpunk? Have you read either? If so, what was (were) your favorite book(s) in the genre(s)?

-----The Golden Eagle


Christine Rains said...

Great teaser! I like steampunk, but sometimes the genre language is a bit difficult to get into for me.

I see Ysabeau Wilce is in that anthology. I'm reading her Flora trilogy right now and I'm loving it. It's quirkier than Harry Potter!

Dan said...

Steampunk and cyberpunk are a lot of fun as long as the author takes advantage of the genre and doesn't just wrap the cosmetic trappings around a bland fantasy or romance story.

I recently read Stormdancer, a steampunk story set it feudal Japan, and it was fantastic.

Summer Ross said...

Steam punk is actually what I've been trying my hand at writing in flash fiction recently. Great teaser.

Pat Hatt said...

Another great teaser from you and yeah I think all bloggers have such a pile.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I haven't read much steampunk at all - maybe I should! :)

Shelley Munro said...

That's a really nice teaser. I haven't read many steampunk stories - mainly romance ones such as Meljean Brooks.

Here's My Teaser

Old Kitty said...

I like this fun extract, thank you!! It's very rich in imagery! Take care

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teaser!

Brinda said...

I am so impressed with this snippet. It's going on my EXPLODING TBR list.

KLo said...

Adding to my list ... sounds intriguing. Sadly, my list is ... well, lengthy to say the least (actually, that's a good thing, isn't it ;-)?)

Jemi Fraser said...

Beautiful language! I love steampunk but I haven't picked this one up yet :)

Lynda R Young said...

oh! I love streampunk. I'll have to get my hands on this anthology!

Sunny Kern said...

Great Teaser!!

Mine's from Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds: http://sunnyreads.blogspot.com/2012/08/teaser-tuesday-blue-remembered-earth-by.html

Li said...

I flipped through this at Barnes and Noble, but didn't buy it - it's on my list after I read the the 8 books stacked on the table... right now I'm reading "Full Body Burden" a memoir about growing up near the Rocky Flats plutonium plant.

Deniz Bevan said...

Hmm, I read one book by Libba Bray and didn't like it too much. But this is a lovely paragraph!

Shelley said...

I agree, I don't like the cover that much. Nice teaser! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm really not well read in Steampunk at all. I need to explore it more.

Anonymous said...

I love Steampunk! I looked at this book at B&N, and I keep gravitating towards it. I'll have to pick it up now.

Yes, I've read cyberpunk: grand master William Gibson, and a few others. I'm not technically inclined, so that genre didn't grab me as much as Steampunk (the history major in me) does.

Cherie Priest is my favorite writer in steampunk books. Boneshaker is great...give it a try. http://www.cheriepriest.com/

....Petty Witter said...

Great teaser. Not 100% sure what Steampunk is all about I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this.

Cherie Reich said...

I do like steampunk, or at least the idea behind it. I agree with you about the cover being a bit too busy, but the hand with the spider-clock and butterflies is cool.

The last steampunk book I read was The Peculiars. It was okay. I did enjoy Cherie Priest's Boneshaker.

nutschell said...

I actually downloaded this on audiobook. I loooved it!


Anonymous said...

I've seen this one at the local bookstore and thought it looked promising. I'm currently reading The Scar (book 2 in the New Crobuzon series) by China Mieville, and it's steampunkish. It's also freakin' awesome.

The Golden Eagle said...

Christine: The language is actually part of the reason I like the genre. I enjoy jargon. :P

I read the first book in that trilogy--I agree, it was definitely quirky!

Dan: True. Genre isn't an excuse for story.

I've noticed that book in several places. On the TBR.

Summer: Cool!

Pat: Thanks. :)

Bethany: It's an awesome genre, IMO.

Shelly: I've never heard of that author before. Steampunk Romance, though, I've noticed.

Old Kitty: You're very welcome!

Lisa-Marie: Thank you.

Brinda: LOL. Mine's pretty much exploding, too.

Klo: It's hard to have too many books. ;)

Jemi: I'm really enjoying the anthology so far.

Lynda: Hope you enjoy it if you do!

Sunny: Thanks. :)

Li: That sounds like a sad memoir. People weren't--and aren't, sometimes--as careful about radioactive materials in the past.

Deniz: That's too bad--I'm a big fan of Libba Bray's books myself. Glad you liked this teaser, though!

Shelley: Thank you!

Charles: There are a lot of good books in the genre. At least, from what I've read, and that's mostly YA.

Stuart: There are just certain books one keeps turning back to at the bookstore, aren't there? :)

I've had Boneshaker on my TBR for a long time . . . will have to bump it up!

Petty Witter: Thanks!

Mostly turn of the century/Victorian-era (though not all steampunk is set in England), right at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Only the technology doesn't take the same turns as it actually did, and instead people use a lot of very technical machinery, often powered by steam. Airships and clocks usually feature highly.

Cherie: And I realized earlier today it ties in with one of the stories. I hadn't gotten to that point when I posted. :P

I've never heard of The Peculiars. I do like the title!

Nutschell: Glad to hear you liked it!

Milo: Will have to look up that series. :)

Susan Kane said...

I am reading A Dog about Town by J.F.Englert. Totally fun and light. It is about a lab. retriever who reads, thinks, solves mysteries while his oblivious owner stumbles along.

laughingwolf said...

a gooder, ge ;)

'taliesin', by stephen r. lawhead, book one, the pendragon cycle... have 2 & 3, as well: 'merlin' and 'arthur'...

Corvus Press UK said...

Interesting teaser. I am a big fan of steam punk.

michelle said...

Steampunk? Okay, this is a new one for me. I need to google it to find out more...

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I like the colorful cover. I've always been a fan of red.

The Golden Eagle said...

Susan: It does sound like a fun book. :)

Laughingwolf: Thanks!

I've heard of that series before. Interesting that it's based on Arthurian legends.

Corvus Press UK: Me, too!

Michelle: It's basically fiction set at the turn of the century as the Industrial Revolution begins. Only the overall shape of technology doesn't follow actual history and diverges into people having much more technology in their lives.

Michael: It's definitely a red cover!

Anonymous said...

"Rich and strange" sounds fantastic.

That cover is too loud for my taste.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. I haven't ever been aware of Steam Punk - but the way you've described the anthology - makes it sound a fascinating read .. just even to put my toe into the water with steampunk ..

while the paragraph about getting inside the clockworks and setting all distractions aside .. make sense -

This has definitely tempted me .. cheers Hilary

The Golden Eagle said...

Medeia: It's an excellent anthology. :) I just finished reading it.

Hilary: Steampunk! would probably be a good place to start if you ever wanted to try the genre. It has a wide range of authors, styles, and stories.