Book Received: Cold Copper: The Age of Steam

On July 29, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc Trade (July 2, 2013) ISBN-10: 0451418603 Official Description: In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this madness, one man struggles to keep his humanity, his honor, and his hell-bent mission intact…. Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt […]

Book Received: The Havoc Machine

On June 12, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc (May 7, 2013) Language: English Official Description:  In a world riddled with the destruction of men and machines alike, Thaddeus Sharpe takes to the streets of St. Petersburg, geared toward the hunt of his life…. Thaddeus Sharpe’s life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When […]

Book Received: Bronze Gods

On June 10, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Ace (April 30, 2013) Language: English Official Description: Danger stalks the city of steam and shadows. Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work all hours in the Criminal Investigation Division, keeping citizens safe. He’s a charming rogue with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s all logic–and the first female inspector. Between […]

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Book Review: The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman

On April 8, 2013, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman takes us into a world torn apart by war between two immortal forces, the Line and the Gun. Amid the chaos, Harry Ransom seeks to escape his humble and tragic origins to found a great and peaceful city of the future. By way of his ‘Ransom Process’, […]

Book Received: The Dragon Men

On November 26, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc (November 6, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464885 Official Description: As China prepares to become the ultimate power in an era of extraordinary invention and horror, Alice Michaels’ fate lies inside the walls of the forbidden kingdom…. Gavin Ennock has everything a man could desire—except time. As the clockwork […]

Book Received: Tin Swift-The Age of Steam

On July 26, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Roc Trade; 1 edition (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464532 Official Description: In steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity–and his honor. . . Life on the […]

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Book Received: The Impossible Cube

On May 23, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc (May 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464508 In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors… Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music. […]

Review: Col Buchanan’s FARLANDER

On February 22, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Airships! Secretive assassin-monks! Fanatic cults! The world at stake! Don’t let the airship on the dustjacket fool you, this isn’t your expected steampunk novel. Ash is pursuing an official vendetta. He is a member of the Roshun, a secretive order providing protection services through the use of living ‘seals’ that die with their owner. They […]

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Steampunk, Zombies and Alternate History: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

On December 7, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Its late 19th Century Seattle.  The gold rush of the Klondike a couple of decades earlier  meant that the city was large and growing when inventor Leviticus Blue’s magnum opus due too greedily and too deep, releasing a gas that turns those who breathe it too deeply into the walking dead.  Those bitten or injured […]

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Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

On November 30, 2011, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

  Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, grabs the reader from page one and refuses to let go. The characters stand out, the setting is fantastic, and the situation dire. What better way to start a horror story? Set in the late 1800’s during the Civil War, the scientist Leviticus Blue invents an incredible drilling machine called […]

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Episode 077 – Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

On October 25, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast, John DeNardo sits in for Patrick, and joins John Anealio in welcoming Jeff and Ann VanderMeer to the show. Links: Jeff VanderMeer The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists ODD? Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded © 2011 […]

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Felix Gilman’s ‘The Half-Made World’

On October 5, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman ISBN-10: 0765325535 All of the stuff I saw about Half-Made World indicated it was Steampunk. Given my lack of luck with that genre recently, I had my reservations. Half-Made World has Steampunk elements, sure. But that’s probably the least influential genre in this book. Weird West, Magical Realism, military […]

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Episode 075 – Andrew P. Mayer

On October 4, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 75th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Andrew P Mayer, author of The Falling Machine, Book One of The Society of Steam, available from PYR. Links: Andrew P Mayer (author’s website) Andrew on Twitter The Falling Machine (Amazon) © 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio Podcast: Play […]

The Alternate Steampunk Albertian Age: A review of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

On June 29, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

    The creature stalked forward, bent, its talon like hands flexing, and Burton saw that his first impression was accurate: the thing walked on two-foot-high stilts. Its lanky body was clad in a skintight white scaly suit that glittered in the dim light of the single guttering gas lamp. Something circular glowed on its […]

Episode 043 Tim Akers

On January 31, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

043 The Functional Nerds – Tim Akers In the 43rd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Tim Akers, author of ‘The Horns of Ruin‘.  We also discuss: World Fantasy, World Cons, PYR books, Solaris, 1st person narrative, gender roles, Paladins, pally specs, video games, role playing […]

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Episode 037 Clay & Susan Griffith

On December 13, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

037 The Functional Nerds In the 37th episode of the Functional Nerds, we welcome Clay & Susan Griffith, co-authors of The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire Book One to discuss: steampunk, the Victorian Era, alternate history, Scotland, Highlander, body snatchers (the real ones, not the made up ones from the movies), comic books, graphic novels, Kolchak The […]

Nerd News Round Up-April 9, 2010

On April 9, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd worthy news from around the web for April 9th, 2010 Technology CNET: Adobe admits it’s worried about iPhone, iPad ARS Technica: Developers unearth more features in iPhone OS 4.0 ComputerWorld: NASA: Astronauts, robot complete first spacewalk ARS Technica: Taking a peek at the volcanoes of Venus Wired (Webmonkey): Mozilla Contacts Helps Firefox Discover Your […]

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