This is what I have to say about Boneshaker by Cherie Priest:
Scott Westerfeld ("This book is made of irresistible") and Warren Ellis. But. But, but, BUT.
A steampunk adventure story requires frequent and detailed descriptions of the settings, i.e., There were pipes and levers and copper thingies everywhere, and don't forget to put on your goggles! Unfortunately, Priest chose to add descriptive passages at the wrong moments, bringing the action to a screeching halt. There is a TIME and a PLACE to notice the neat stuff stuck to the walls. And when zombies are chasing you, THAT IS NOT THE TIME. The undead are more interesting than walls, yo.
The second problem is that the writing is so distractingly trite that it pulls me out of the story and into snark-land. Lines like "He was dead for no reason at all except that he'd once been alive," and "Briar stopped too--or she would have, if she hadn't already," and "she didn't disturb the disturbing silence," give me flashbacks to Creative Writing 101. I really, really wish I was making up those lines. I'm not. I had more fun laughing at the clunky prose than I did reading the story.
I feel bad for this novel. I want so badly for it to be GOOD, because the premise is so cool. An old-timey Seattle overrun by zombies? FUN! This story is begging to be a movie. A more visual medium would immediately convey the setting, so the pacing and tension wouldn't suffer. When is Boneshaker coming to theaters?