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"The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money's good, he doesn't think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly's first legal gig--a supply run for the Seattle Underground--will be paid for by sap money. New Orleans is not Cly's first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early--but that was a decade ago, and he hasn't looked back since. Jo's still thinking about him, though, or so he learns when he gets a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It's a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once, one he can't refuse. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he's in for--or what she wants him to fly. But he won't be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it.... If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River... If only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside it. But it's those "if onlys" that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean"--
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765329462
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Priest Cherie 09/2011
Characteristics: 349 p. :,map ;,21 cm.


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Oct 27, 2016

Priest's steampunk version of America is a fascinating one, but I found her first two books Boneshaker and Dreadnought more enjoyable than Ganymede, which is unfortunate because the premise has so much potential: bayou rebels recover and deliver the first (and very dangerous) functional submarine to Union forces under the noses of the Confederates and Texans. I wanted much more danger and much less dialogue. However, I'm still enough of a Priest fan to go on to her next book.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Sadly, it seems like Ms. Priest's writing gets a little less exciting with each book. "Boneshaker" was edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting action. "Dreadnought" was at least at the level of a summer movie. "Ganymede" was much slower than either of them, which I found disappointing. It focused a lot more on the characters, and their relationships and motives, which is...ok, I guess, but not what I want out of a Cherie Priest book. More steampunk zombie action!

JeremiahSutherland Nov 02, 2012

I don't know what it is with this author. I like steampunk/dieselpunk/brasspunk, so it's not the genre.

I've tried to read 2 titles by Ms. Priest and I can't get past the first few page. Boring and turgid are the two descriptors that leap to mind.

Jan 06, 2012

Another strong steampunk novel from Cherie Priest in the same universe as Boneshaker and Dreadnought. Similar to Dreadnought, the book isn't a sequel per se but has some of the same characters as the previous book(s). In this case, I think you probably should read the first 2 books before Ganymede, even if just to get a taste of the setting the books are in (alternate history of civil war). As an aside, together with the main submarine story line, the sub plot continues the zombie storyline which is pretty cool.


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Andan Cly is a (mostly) retired pirate living in a blighted Seattle. Josephine Early is mixed-race madame in New Orleans. They used to be lovers, and now Josephine wants a favor from him for old time's sake. It's a biggie -- she wants him to pilot an experimental submarine through the Mississippi to the Union forces waiting in the Gulf. Andan and Josephine's challenges in this mission include an occupying Texian army intent on finding the sub themselves, a slow-growing zombie infestation, and the sub herself, the titular Ganymede, who has killed her last two crews.


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