January 2, 2013
Happy New Year! We're ringing in 2013 with Power Under Pressure, the concluding volume of Andrew P. Mayer's Society of Steam trilogy.
|Power Under Pressure|
Steampunk superheroes in Victorian-era New York!
"Anyone looking for a combination of superheroes and steampunk esthetics will find both in this tightly-plotted saving-the-world adventure."
"[W]e see Mayer's nicely understated world-building skills unfolding in a very deliberately overblown world. If that sounds like a bit of a contradiction in terms it is, but though Mayer is working in a genre that demands hyperbole, he still manages to offer the nice details that reward the attention-paying reader." -The Agony Column
The Society of Paragons is gone--destroyed from within by traitors and enemies. With the death of The Industrialist and the rebirth of the Iron-Clad as a monstrous half-human creature known as "The Shell," Lord Eschaton now has almost everything he needs to cover the world in fortified smoke and rebuild it in his image--everything except for the mechanical heart of the Automaton.
The device is nearer than he knows. Just across the East River, hiding in a Brooklyn Junkyard, Sarah Stanton is trying to restore the mechanical man. But before she can rebuild her friend, she must first discover the indomitable power of her own heart and save herself. Only then will she be able to forge a ragtag group of repentant villains, damaged Paragons, and love-mad geniuses into the team of heroes known as "The Society of Steam."
If you're new to The Society of Steam, see our coupon below to get book one, The Falling Machine
, half off!
|Society of Steam Short Story!|
As a post-holiday treat, enjoy this Society of Steam short story, hosted by Literary Escapism. "Merry Christmas Mister Krampus" sees a young Sarah Stanton's run-in with the Krampus gang.
|Praise for Pyr Steampunk|
"Seriously wild stuff. . . . Hodder's fans will like this new adventure, especially those whose tastes tend more toward the realm of Science Fiction. It's a relatively short read with an interesting premise, logical plot progression (peppered with wandering exploration), and a satisfying ending that will remind Hodder's readers of all the things they love about his work. Definitely one to add to the old bookshelves."
-Elitist Book Reviews
"The details...are nothing short of astounding. Hodder lets his imagination run wild. . . . I greatly enjoyed A Red Sun Also Rises. The pacing is spot on, the characters have hidden depths, the end is mad-cap in a way only Hodder can do, and...the aliens are incredible."
-Little Red Reviewer
"[T]he concluding volume of their Vampire Empire trilogy more than delivered the goods. If I had compiled a Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2012, this would easily have been my #1 pick."
, the Barnes & Noble SciFi and Fantasy blog
|Coming This Month!|
A compelling dystopian Young Adult novel; winner of the 2010
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards
"Like 1984 for teenagers--direct, passionate, and powerful."
-Margaret Mahy, New Zealand's foremost children's writer
"A postapocalyptic thriller of such force and originality that it
deserves a much wider audience."
-Booktopia SF & Fantasy
"Hager has a real gift for storytelling, moving events at a cracking pace yet seemingly effortlessly evoking this new world order. . . A trilogy that lives up to the promise demonstrated here might well be on the way to becoming a classic."
The people of Onewere, a small island in the Pacific, know that they are special--chosen by the great Apostles of the Lamb to survive the deadly Tribulation that consumed the Earth. Now, from their Holy City in the rotting cruise ship Star of the Sea, the Apostles manipulate texts from the Holy Book to implant themselves as living gods.
When Maryam crosses from child to woman, she must leave everything she has ever known and make a Crossing of another kind, from her island to the Holy City. But life there is not as she had dreamed, and she is faced with the unthinkable: obey the Apostles and very likely die, or turn her back on every belief she once held dear.
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