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MirrorMask (children's edition)
Neil Gaiman
The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth
Ursula K. Le Guin
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Maud Hart Lovelace
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti
Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey
Vampires, Zombies, & Wanton Souls
Marge Simon
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest Such fun! Priest gets really creative in building the world of 1860s and 70s Seattle. A 200-foot-tall wall surrounding the city? Airships? Zombies? Pirates? A lengthened Civil War? Brown text? Dated language (negro, Chinaman) to make narration more authentic? An absolutely beautiful cover? Quirky steampunk gadgets? A mysterious, not-fully defined Blight? Darth Vader/Luke-like father-son drama? Repeated reference to vomit? Yes please! The crazy combinations worked well for me.

If you need deep philosophical currents in your novels, skip Boneshaker. But if you want a quick pace, creative world-building, great character development, a strong heroine, and a touching, believable relationship between a mother and son, give it a try.

Here are a couple of gems from Boneshaker to whet your appetite:

"The Blight had a density to it, and a color that was somewhere between shit and sunflowers."

"'It's hard to argue with a dead man. A dead man can't change his mind or make new rules, or behave like a bastard so no one will listen to him anymore. A dead man stays a saint.'"

Though the first installment in The Clockwork Century doesn't end with a cliffhanger, plenty of questions remain to be answered. I'm looking forward to reading and learning more.