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Highly recommended. Oct 12, Bill rated it really liked it. It would be quite easy to dismiss "Steampunk Rat" by Madeline Holly-Rosing as just another piece of genre fiction and pass it by without reading it.
To do so would be a mistake. In a mere forty-six pages, using the elements of the "steampunk" genre, Ms. Holly-Rosing has woven a fascinating tale, an unwithering look at the attitudes and dynamics of the uppermost class of the type which gained Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte such enduring fame. The story i It would be quite easy to dismiss "Steampunk Rat" by Madeline Holly-Rosing as just another piece of genre fiction and pass it by without reading it.
The story itself follows a young man, a genius inventor with a soft heart, who has earned the ire and disapprobation of his powerful grandmother by being uninterested in business, wealth and power. His compassion for an alley rat struck by the family carriage which stimulates the construction of two marvelous artificial legs for the rat earns the special wrath of his grandmother and his finding of a flaw in his grandfather's magnificent ship design earns him her contempt.
Nevertheless, Jonathan uses the rat to save the day during a major crisis and also demonstrates to the upper crust that perhaps compassion, respect and justice might achieve far more than contempt, command and control. A fascinating read for all, not just steampunk fans.
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May 06, Ralph rated it it was amazing Shelves: alternate-history , steampunk. In this novella derived from the author's web-comic, "Boston Metaphysical Society," the reader is treated to a more in-depth inspection of the highly stratified both socially and economically world of Boston, where great financial and industrial Houses maintain a precarious peace between themselves while ensuring the "have-nots" never get from out the mire and never forget their place. While life outside the Houses can be a bitter grind, existence on the inside may often be no better, demonstr In this novella derived from the author's web-comic, "Boston Metaphysical Society," the reader is treated to a more in-depth inspection of the highly stratified both socially and economically world of Boston, where great financial and industrial Houses maintain a precarious peace between themselves while ensuring the "have-nots" never get from out the mire and never forget their place.
While life outside the Houses can be a bitter grind, existence on the inside may often be no better, demonstrated by Johnathan Weldsmore, protagonist of this story and lesser scion of the great House of Weldsmore. The "Steampunk Rat" of the title is a large rodent named Tinker, who, having been run over by a steam carriage, was rescued by Jonathan, who not only nursed her back to health but used his mechanical and engineering genius to replace half her limbs with superior brass prostheses.
In a sense, however, Jonathan is also something of a "steampunk rat" himself within the social ordering of his own family, while is ruled by the iron hand of his grandmother, Beatrice, an unlikable autocratic harridan to whom Jonathan will never be anything but the human equivalent of a rat, despised and banished to the attic, skittering about the bones of the family House as he tinkers with his inventions.
In this novella, more so than in the other prose stories stemming from the comic, author Madeline Holly-Rosing delves deep into the aberrant psychology driving the powerful families of Boston and, in doing so, creates powerful characterizations for Jonathan, Tinker and Beatrice, as well as, to a lesser degree, Jonathan's father Charles, a man hated by his own mother because of his physical frailties.
Because those characters are so strongly delineated, the changes which are wrought in them by the events of the plot have a very strong impact upon the reader. The world envisioned by the author--the Great States of America--is not at all egalitarian. Technology is used to enforce social mores, to maintain a rigid caste system, with those of every social level, even the lowest ones, pounding mercilessly on the poor souls below. In "Steampunk Rat," however, we get a glimmer of an egalitarian spirit in young Jonathan; having been something of an Untouchable in his own family, he is rather hard put to work up a better-than-thou attitude toward those whom society has declared are below him.
During a crisis, in which the despised Jonathan becomes the only hope of them all, that egalitarian spirit hidden within him is given voice, whether his grandmother likes it or not This is the third book I've read set in the steampunkish world of the Boston Metaphysical Society.
With each book, we are given a deeper insight into a world that is as repulsive as it is fascinating. It will appeal to fans of the alternate history genre as we delve deeper into this society that is, in many ways, a carnival-mirror reflection of our own, and will also appeal to the gear-heads and fashion-plates of steampunk with its brass machines and outre couture.
Most of all, though, it will appeal to the reader who appreciates a strongly plotted and well-told story with characters worthy of our affection and scorn. Aug 16, Kindle Ninja rated it it was amazing. This is a Steampunk story done right. The parallelism is uncanny, which shows the implicit depth of this clever story. Yeah, this steampunk rat rocks!
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Nov 09, Laura Morrigan rated it it was amazing Shelves: , history-and-alternate-history , kindle-ebook-or-web , steampunk , short-stories , america. This short story was a real pleasure to read! Holly-Rosing uses brilliant innovation of style and technology, with a real understanding of mechanics that makes the steampunk feel more real. The story has a great turn of phrase, well-written characters and understanding of human nature.
The adventure was engaging, and I was moved by the events. Madeline Holly-Rosing is definitely an author to watch! View 1 comment. As this is my own novella, I don't think it's appropriate to rate it myself. Therefore, I will use this space to post reviews from outside goodreads. Lindsay Harold-wagner rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Mar 28, Chechoui rated it liked it Shelves: steampunk , cute-animals. The most exciting news is that Source Point Press picked up the original six issue mini-series and will be re-publishing it. The first issue will be in the Diamond Previews Catalogue and will be available to order from your local comic book in May I will also be writing another standalone graphic novel this year for publication in It will be my version of the American Civil War.
Politics and power. Demons and spirits. Not only do they have to keep it a secret, but Elizabeth must learn quickly how to master them. For a psychic in a Great House is a political liability which her father, Jonathan Weldsmore, knows only too well. As the Great Houses jockey for power, the three of them must contend with treachery, subterfuge, and potentially a new demonic threat, in this political and supernatural thriller set in an alternate-history Boston of This novel is a prequel to the original graphic novel series, Boston Metaphysical Society. Designed By Timothy Bateson with Elementor.
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