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Book Case Club is a subscription box that sends two books in your genre choice every month (or quarterly if you pick Cookbooks or Military History).
You can select one of eight categories: Teenage Dreams, Thrill Seeker, Strange Worlds, Read to Me, Blind Date, Booking for Love, Quarterly Cookbooks, and Quarterly Military History.
I went with the Strange Worlds choice and have received science fiction, fantasy, alt history, and this month, I got a steampunk novel.
Bookmark info card: voted most convenient.
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is a Steampunk LGBTQ novel with some marvelous characters and a fantastic voice. I loved the first half and the last chapter, but started tuning out a bit in the second half.
Set in the late nineteenth century-in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground-when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house-a resourceful group-and the poor and the powerful of the town.
Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap-a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.
Hard on the heels of that horrifying discovery comes a lawman who has been chasing this killer for months. Marshal Bass Reeves is closing in on his man, and he’s not about to reject any help he can get, even if it comes from girl who works in the Hôtel Mon Cheri.
Elizabeth Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the Old Steampunk West with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science in Karen Memory.
I don’t normally read steampunk, but I’m participating in the Goodreads Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge, and one of the reading prompts happens to be steampunk. Thanks to Book Case Club, I was able to check that prompt right off. Plus, I think I’ll seek out more novels in this genre. I’m definitely intrigued.
My second book this month is Departure by A.G. Riddle. Yes to all things time travel!
This book gets pretty good reviews on Amazon.
From the author of the #1 bestselling The Atlantis Gene comes a new novel in which the world’s past and future rests in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this definitive edition of A. G. Riddle’s time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller.
En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.
A wildly inventive and propulsive adventure full of hairpin twists, Departure is a thrilling tale that weaves together power, ambition, fate, memory, and love, from a bold and visionary talent.
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