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Webs of Gold and Clockwerk

The Golden Spider Book Cover The Golden Spider
Elemental Web Chronicles #1
Anne Renwick
steampunk, fantasy, historical
Anne Renwick
(11 Aug. 2016)

London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous fogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention. Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed. After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention–a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves? Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed. Secret government technology has been stolen from his laboratory, and a foreign spy is attempting to perfect it via a grisly procedure… using gypsies as test subjects. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a beautiful–and brilliant–new student, even if her spider could heal a deteriorating personal injury. Until her device is stolen and used in the latest murder. Lord Thornton has no option but to bring her into his laboratory as well as the investigation where they must fight their growing, yet forbidden, attraction. Bodies accumulate and fragile bonds are tested as they race across London, trying to catch the spy before it’s too late.

I am just loving SteamPunk (not yet ClockPunk although I hear this is coming to the fore – as I haven’t read any – I think, but new terminology…).

My reasons for loving SteamPunk are varied but – in the novels I have been reading, especially Anne Renwick, there are

  1. Heroines that defy societal norms and coincidentally,
  2. Are also great scientists/engineers/doctors. etc
  3. But also, partly because of the words used in them to describe concepts and inventions:

Acousticocept for instance which clearly starts as:

Acoustic – being the science of sound

CoCept – being concept without the ‘n’.

Newarachnid / Amatiflora / Phaoscope / Myotech

4. Also because they reference Babbage – one of my heroes

and

5. Lady Ada Lovelace – he great mathematician and first computer programmer.

6. And the goth fashion is also great too. Not tat i would wear it myself but I do love the look of it.

There is a great website dedicated to steampunk (.co.uk) which explains the literature, fashion, art and design and some authors to read. If the style of literature is new to you, then do and look at it for inspiration.  apparently even the great houses of couture such as Versace have referenced steampunk in their collections.

FOr me, Anne Renwick writes one of the best set of tales set in steampunk and there are quite a lot to choose from. I like her style of writing and her characters seem genuine and possible.

 

 

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Railways and Engineers

Steam and Rust
Elemental Web Tale
Anne Renwick
urban fantasy, Victorian, short story, steampunk
Anne Renwick
Kindle

In the very different urban Victorian landscape of clockwork and steam driven mechanicals we have delicate females who need protection.

But Anne Renwick provides us with heroines who are rather different. Who are self taught science and engineering, who become spies (!) and who are also rather lusty and happy about it…

Nicely written and satisfactory as a complete story despite its length.

Anne Renwick knows her craft.

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Steampunk Roses

Tin Rose Book Cover Tin Rose
Elemental Web
Anne Renwick
women's sleuths, mystery, fantasy, steampunk
Anne Renwick;
1 edition (1 Sept. 2017

A promise. A poison. A race to save a love balanced on the edge. A clockwork contraption unwinds a poisonous bloom, sending Lady Emily and Luca, her gypsy love, on a race to reach the cure.

 

A short story set in the Elemental Web world – a parallel universe where clockwork drives engines and is used to imitate living creatures. so that a clockwork horse drives a carriage etc.

Inventive ideas and I liked the concept.

 

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