logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: babbage
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-16 00:38
I didn't get this PhD for nuthin
The Silver Skull (The Elemental Web Chronicles Book 2) - Anne Renwick
The Golden Spider (The Elemental Web Series) (Volume 1) - Anne Renwick

The Golden Spider and The Silver Skull are both fairly paint-by-numbers steampunk: it's vaguely Victorian-ish, with the ton & the peerage and all that, but there are Babbage cards and steam mechanicals and such too. 

 

The Golden Spider is probably the better novel, following a girl scientist trying to stop a killer and cure her brother and also there are spies.The Silver Skull relies on one of those "we have to pretend to be married so we might as well bang" scenarios, which I find tedious, and I didn't buy the reasons for the lovers to be apart anyway. But bonus points for pteranodons that the evil lady saddles up so she can have sky battles with airships. That was fresh. 

 

What I really wanted to say about this series, the thing I found utterly charming, was the epically nerdy science behind both of these plots. A science that was lovingly detailed with so much legit scientific terminology that I would just start skimming at points as the principals breathlessly talked chemistry at each other. The author's bio states that Renwick has a PhD in chemistry, and it shows: she loves this shit; she's not going to dumb it down; and she's going to work out the science plausibly, even if it's fictional. 

 

Hard science is very rarely my thing. I simply do not care about verisimilitude, unless you wrap it up with some actual characters, which doesn't happen as often as I'd prefer. And generally I'm not reading steampunk for the articles, but because I like the dash-punk pulp aspects: I want to see me a fucking kraken, or an airship battle that crashes, burning, into the sea, or some automata struggling with sentience. But here, in books where the steampunkery was wan and drab, I lived for the nerdy stuff, in a weird reversal. It just goes to show that the enthusiasm of the writer towards the subject, be it chemistry or krakens, goes a long way toward my enjoyment of a novel. 

Like Reblog Comment
review 2015-09-01 14:21
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua

An incredibly fun, thoroughly researched graphic novel about the pocket universe adventures of Charles Babbage and Ada Byron Lovelace. Katy was the one who mentioned this and I’m so glad she did; I enjoyed it so much. Even the footnotes are fun!

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/august-2015-round-up-2
Like Reblog Comment
text 2014-03-27 10:24
Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn
Dark Quest Books and authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed are proud to announce the pending release of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale. The book will be produced under the Palomino Press imprint and is scheduled to release in September 2014, with a pre-release in May 2014. Baba Ali will have its premier at Balticon as a part of the annual Dark Quest Launch Party.
 
The story is a retelling of the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves set in the Victorian Era where Ali is an engineering apprentice to Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again.
 
Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.
 
Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.
 
"Fantasy needs more heroes like Ali bin-Massoud, and more stories like Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. This charming story deserves to be well read. Read it, let it sit with you a while, and then read it again." -Luke's Reviews - http://lukereviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/baba-ali-and-clockwork-djinn-by.html
 
Back Cover Copy:
 

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet. I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined. A tale of wonders, of deeds both great and grievous, of courage that defies description, and above all, Child of Adam, I shall tell you a tale of love.

 

The night is for the telling of tales to which the morning may bear Truth. In the oldest of days and ages and times, there was, and there was not, a great evil that reached across the desert and beyond…

 

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

 

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

 

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

 

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.

 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?