The io9 book club is in session!

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This month, the io9 book club read Cherie Priest's Hugo-nominated Boneshaker. And today the meeting is in session, so it's time to start discussing!


Here's how the io9 book club works. You read the book. We post here when the meeting is in session, and then everybody can talk about the book in comments for a few days. Cherie Priest will join us on Thursday the 24th, and you can ask her all the burning questions you have about the book.

Want to get started on next month's book? It's China Miéville's The City & The City, which is now out in paperback. We'll be meeting to discuss that book on July 26.


Now, let's talk about Boneshaker! I just don't know if I'm going to be able to get through this without smoking some lemon sap.

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In short, I really liked it. I don't know if I read it as quickly as I did due to my rushed timeline or because it was that engaging. I don't believe I've ever finished a 400+ page book in three days before.

As others have mentioned before, the main characters were considerably less interesting than the supporting cast.

The steampunk aspect did distract me from reading at times as I pondered the plausibility of it all. I did like how Cherie explained (briefly) how such inventions could be around in a parallel world.

I also found myself exceedingly distracted by how accepting white folk were of non-white folk and wondered if racism wasn't as popular during the civil war in Seattle.

Loved the ending. It was a bit of a twist with a bow on top.