Saturday, June 8, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #7

This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Title: Ripper
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Genre: historical fiction/mystery/steampunk
Part of a Series: Yes
Rating: 5 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Guy-read (and girls who like guy books), best enjoyed by ages thirteen and up, great for Victorian mystery fans who like a dash of steampunk!

Why I Like It:

Quite honestly, I don't think there's anything not to like about this book. It's got terrific pacing, it's exciting, it's mysterious, Carver is a great protagonist, the steampunk gadgets are awesome, Hawking is a really fun "older mentor" character (he likes Detective Dupin!), and this book has some of the best twists ever. One of the twists is extremely obvious by page 5, but the bigger, more dramatic twist, is so amazing. This is definitely one of my top five favorites.

Title: Leviathan
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: alternate history/steampunk
Part of a Series: Yes
Rating: 3 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girls and guys, fourteen-and-up, great for fans of steampunk and alternate history (more specifically, WWI)

Why I Like It:

Deryn is a spunky female protagonist who can actually pretend of be a convincing boy. More importantly, Deryn can do all of this without having The Attitude, and even when she develops a crush on Alek, she keeps her mind on what's important and doesn't let her emotions get the better of her. The alternate history is very interesting, and I love the steampunk gadgets, though I am not a huge fan of the half-animal/half-machine creatures - the "beasties" - that the British use for warfare. It's just disturbing. Despite that, this is a great adventure with great characters.

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