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Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction.

BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong?

FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the financial security that they need—and saving her younger siblings from poverty in the process. No-one finds it easy to think outside of the box society puts us in, but Emmeline is eventually able to find another way to fulfil her duty as well as acknowledging what she really loves. . . SCIENCE!! Continue reading

Fade to Black on Teaser Tuesday

The cover of Fade to Black by Francis Knight
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I have finally, finally, gotten around to reading Fade to Black by Francis Knight (Goodreads link). I borrowed it from the library, and I’ve been so busy (with second drafts and work and, you know, stuff) that I’ve had to renew it twice. Crazy.

So far, apart from a few cases of info-dumping at the start, it’s pretty good.

Where am I at? Page 53.
Feels like a steampunk version of The Big Sleep.
What’s awesome about it?

  • The cover
  • The combination of steampunk and magic
  • A city that just goes up and up and up… or down and down and down, depending upon your point of view.

What’s not-so-awesome? The repetition of various facts. Ms Knight, I get it already!

The Teaser Tuesday bit

This girl had a powerful desire not to go home. Having met her parents, I could sympathise, but a paying job is a paying job, and once I took one on it was hard not to follow through.

~ page 4, Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Find out how you can play along!