Ganymede

Ganymede

[a Novel of the Clockwork Century]

Book - 2011
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Josephine Early, New Orleans brothel owner and Union spy, has a mission. And it might just end the Civil War. She must deliver Ganymede, an astonishing prototype submarine, to the North. But the giant war machine is at the bottom of a lake, no one has safely piloted it and she must sneak its huge bulk past enemy forces. Luckily, she knows the right man for the job. She hasn't seen former lover and air-pirate Andan Cly for years, but has a sweet job to tempt him back. He agrees to help, but his primary mission is to retrieve supplies for blighted Seattle, where noxious gas has forced residents underground and undead rotters menace the city. Although legit, the Seattle run makes Cly uncomfortable. He no longer flies sap, disapproving of the drug's ugly side-effects, and the job is funded with sap money. Josephine's jaunt could be a great distraction. But will they make history, or end up at the bottom of the ocean?
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765329462
Branch Call Number: PRIE
Characteristics: 349 p. : map ; 21 cm

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carmi_p
Oct 27, 2016

Priest's steampunk version of America is a fascinating one, but I found her first two books Boneshaker and Dreadnought more enjoyable than Ganymede, which is unfortunate because the premise has so much potential: bayou rebels recover and deliver the first (and very dangerous) functional submarine to Union forces under the noses of the Confederates and Texans. I wanted much more danger and much less dialogue. However, I'm still enough of a Priest fan to go on to her next book.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Sadly, it seems like Ms. Priest's writing gets a little less exciting with each book. "Boneshaker" was edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting action. "Dreadnought" was at least at the level of a summer movie. "Ganymede" was much slower than either of them, which I found disappointing. It focused a lot more on the characters, and their relationships and motives, which is...ok, I guess, but not what I want out of a Cherie Priest book. More steampunk zombie action!

JeremiahSutherland Nov 02, 2012

I don't know what it is with this author. I like steampunk/dieselpunk/brasspunk, so it's not the genre.

I've tried to read 2 titles by Ms. Priest and I can't get past the first few page. Boring and turgid are the two descriptors that leap to mind.

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Nords
Jan 06, 2012

Another strong steampunk novel from Cherie Priest in the same universe as Boneshaker and Dreadnought. Similar to Dreadnought, the book isn't a sequel per se but has some of the same characters as the previous book(s). In this case, I think you probably should read the first 2 books before Ganymede, even if just to get a taste of the setting the books are in (alternate history of civil war). As an aside, together with the main submarine story line, the sub plot continues the zombie storyline which is pretty cool.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Andan Cly is a (mostly) retired pirate living in a blighted Seattle. Josephine Early is mixed-race madame in New Orleans. They used to be lovers, and now Josephine wants a favor from him for old time's sake. It's a biggie -- she wants him to pilot an experimental submarine through the Mississippi to the Union forces waiting in the Gulf. Andan and Josephine's challenges in this mission include an occupying Texian army intent on finding the sub themselves, a slow-growing zombie infestation, and the sub herself, the titular Ganymede, who has killed her last two crews.

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