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Quote-tastic Monday: Dawn’s Early Light

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I am still reading The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and I still love them.  I am on book three now and as I said in my previous post, these are great books because of the story, not the individual lines.  However, that doesn’t mean there are not some great individual lines.  The ones for today’s post exemplify the characters personalities.  And that is what makes these books so fun.  The characters have great personalities.

So without further ado . . . Quote-tastic Monday!

Wellington Books was being entirely too obtuse, a trait Eliza attributed to his gender.

A night out with a colleague, a bar brawl, and a lead. The night with Bill had not been a complete loss.  — Eliza

Around Eliza, the unexpected was rather to be expected.  —Wellington

I love them.  Of course, Wellington and Eliza are falling in love.  They just aren’t ready to admit it, even to themselves, yet.




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Quote-tastic Monday: The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

janus-affairSome books are good, but it’s really the individual lines that make the book.  Others are good, but you can’t pick out any piece of text or dialogue to explain it.  The Janus Affair is one of the second.  I love this series.  I believe it is the first pure steampunk series I have read and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get back to them.  I read the first two when they were initially published and never noticed when the rest of the series came out.  I am making up for that now.

In these books, there is a gender role reversal, especially for the Victorian period.  Eliza Braun is a Ministry field agent, or at least she was, and Wellington Books is the Archivast – not a librarian as he is quick to tell you.  And yes, I do love their names.

Anyway, the most memorable line so far is from Books when he is talking to Braun,

“Admittedly, yes, but even you, the South Pacific Angel of Wanton Destruction and Calamity has to sleep sometime.”

And that pretty much describes Eliza and her penchant for explosives.

There are five books in the series and a the first book in a spinoff series was published in 2016.  I really, really need to get caught up on my TBR mountain.

“Quote-Tastic Monday” is a meme hosted every Monday on Herding Cats & Burning Soup.  Head on over there to see what everyone else is posting about this week.

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Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris


Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!

I love the idea of steampunk, although I have not read that much of it. Mostly, I’m hooked on Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.

In this book, which is the beginning of a new series, there is a division of England’s secret service that investigates “peculiar occurrences.” Welly is the Archivist, not librarian he is quick to remind you, and Eliza is a field agent. Due to a few less than quiet activities she has been involved in, she is reassigned to work in the archives with Welly.

I love the fact that a good bit of the book takes place in the archives cataloging the cases. I love that Eliza is the physically dangerous partner, although Welly has secret strengths. I love the fact that the villains are villains without any shades of gray.

As a matter of fact, I love this entire book.

And there is something about the Archives that reminds me of the television show Warehouse 13 which I also love.

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Steamed (Steampunk, #1) by Katie MacAlister


Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he’s just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb one of his nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren’t where they’re supposed to be. In fact, they’re not sure where they are when…

…they wake up to see a woman with the reddest hair Jack has ever seen-and a gun. Octavia Pye is an Aerocorps captain with a whole lot of secrets, and she’s not about to see her maiden voyage ruined by stowaways. But the sparks flying between her and Jack just may cause her airship to combust and ignite a passion that will forever change the world as she knows it… (from Goodreads)

I am a long-time fan of Katie MacAlister.  I started with her vampire novels, moved to her dragon ones (I love Jim, the demon Newfoundland dog), discovered her historicals, and have now read what I feel is the first of many Steampunk books.  I can’t begin to say which are my favorites.

Anyway, Steamed is just as much a book about the Steampunk genre as it is a Steampunk novel.  It is definitely written tongue-in-cheek.  There are airships, but no electricity.  There are handguns, but not bullets.  Women captain airships, but still wear bustles.  They are allowed to have hems above the ankles though to enable them to climb riggings safely.

And, of course, there is romance.  This is Katie MacAlister, after all.

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Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger


Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto. (from Goodreads)

I just finished this book after waiting since FEBRUARY for it to be published.  The last book, Changeless, had a real cliff-hanger ending.  Even though this one did not have much interaction between the main characters, I think it was even better than the last.  There were some wonderful lines in it that I had to read out loud to people.  The author has a wonderful and funny way of turning a phrase.

Blameless, thank goodness, did not have a cliff-hanger ending, but there is a sequel scheduled for July 2011 titled Heartless.  It’s not on Amazon yet, so I will have to wait to preorder it.  It’s definitely on my list though.

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