Saturday, 20 August 2011

On My Wishlist #52

This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track! I'm back in steampunk mood this week - one of the joys of discovering a new genre - loads of books to find! :-)

Whitechapel Gods - S.M. Peters
Publisher: Roc
In Victorian London, the Whitechapel section is a mechanized, steam-driven hell, cut off and ruled by two mysterious, mechanical gods-Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock. Some years have passed since the Great Uprising, when humans rose up to fight against the machines, but a few brave veterans of the Uprising have formed their own Resistance-and are gathering for another attack. For now they have a secret weapon that may finally free them-or kill them all...

This looks like a fun Steampunk tale in Victorian London

Dead Iron (Age of Steam 1) - Devon Monk
Publisher: Roc
Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears...
In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death. Then he's offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth.
In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he's going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all...

Most steampunk is set in London, but this takes a twist on that and sets steampunk firmly in America. In addition who doesn't like some brotherly guilt stories? :-)

Johannes Cabel the Detective - Johnathan L. Howard
Publisher: Doubleday
In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government. Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense, a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger throws himself to his death, or at least that is how it appears, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in a vicious attempt on his own  life—and then the gloves come off. Cabal and Leonie—the only woman to ever match wits with him—reluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead . . .
I've heard good things about this series and just love the idea of the ultimate locked room mystery - on an airship. This is one book I want to read!

So what are you wishing for this week? :) 


  1. Yes...
    Oooohhh... I haven't heard of that one. I must have.

    Great list!

  2. wow that cover for whitechapel gods... thats wow! lol I am a serious sucker for an awesome cover!
    I hope you get your books soon!