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Ganymede

Priest, Cherie (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol and guns wherever the money's good, he's not sure the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side effects. But reforming is easier said than done: the captain's first legal gig will be paid for by sap money, because the Seattle Underground is in dire need of supplies. New Orleans is not Cly's first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he likewise loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early, but that was a decade ago. He's still on Jo's mind, he learns when she sends him a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It's a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he's in for--or what she wants him to fly. But he won't be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it....if only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River....if only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside it. Now the only question is whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean. "-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Priest, Cherie
Title: Ganymede
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 349 p. :,map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Cherie Priest
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Summary: "The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol and guns wherever the money's good, he's not sure the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side effects. But reforming is easier said than done: the captain's first legal gig will be paid for by sap money, because the Seattle Underground is in dire need of supplies. New Orleans is not Cly's first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he likewise loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early, but that was a decade ago. He's still on Jo's mind, he learns when she sends him a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It's a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he's in for--or what she wants him to fly. But he won't be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it....if only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River....if only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside it. Now the only question is whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean. "-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0765329468
9780765329462
Branch Call Number: SF PRIEST 2011
Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) Fiction Air pilots Fiction
Genre/Form: Steampunk fiction
Fantasy fiction
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Topical Term: Air pilots
LCCN: 2011021569
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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!

Nov 02, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 06, 2012
  • Nords rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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