Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven (The Bonekeeper Chronicles #1)

The Bonekeeper Chronicles

Gaslight Viduus (TBK #2)–>

Title: Gaslight Hades
Series Title: The Bonekeeper Chronicles
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: June 11, 2017
Date Started: July 2, 2017
Date Finished: July 12, 2017
Reading Duration: 10 days
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Steampunk, Gothic

Pages: 117
Publication Date: March 10, 2017
Publisher: Self
Media: eBook/Kindle

Shares Paradigms With: Final Fantasy VII, SOMA, Lovecraft, Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), Wraith Kings, Dracula/Castlevania, The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe)

Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he’s earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married.

Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.

*****Some minor spoilers for the narrative in discussion.*******

Grace Draven shows off her ability to subvert established narratives and tropes in this Victorian steampunkish tale of stolen bodies, a Lovecraftian portal, lost loves, and the resurrected dead.  The author also draws from her prior series Wraith Kings (linked in the Shares Paradigms With section above) in ways that though numerous are neither tedious nor redundant.

In Nathaniel Gordon’s case, he was denied even the chance at love with Lenore Kenward before perishing in an airship accident, nor was he allowed to lay unmolested, instead he was forced to inhabit the form so graciously revealed on the book’s cover.  A transfer of  consciousness from broken body into a new, binding all together with gehenna, which proves its meaning of “a place of fiery torment for the dead” in what our hero suffers upon revival.  By the time he’s past the agony, Dr. Harvel, the depraved scientist who made him, is dead, slain by Gideon, his original creation, and Nathaniel is in the first Guardian’s care, slowing recovering from death’s transition to a semblance of life.

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Question of the Week: 7/3/16

<–Question of the Week: 6/26/16          Question of the Week: 7/10/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite book genre?

I am a fantasy girl through and through as can easily be evidenced by what’s on all of my Goodreads’ lists.  Within the fantasy genre, I would have to say I lean more toward the dark side (they have cookies I hear)…

…but I’ve always preferred the lush and Gothic so this is no surprise.

Pictured here lush and gothic

Pictured here lush and gothic

Note: The source for this picture appears to be based off of the photograph found here entitled “Wolves for Breakfast” by Deviant Artist KassandraLeigh.  The original has some nudity so don’t click the link if you don’t want to see mature content.

I also never realized I like paranormal romance until someone pointed out that I wrote one with The Serpent’s Tale and also all of my fanfictions.  I considered TST to be dark fantasy with a heavy romantic element when I wrote it, but upon reflection and conversation with other writer friends, I concluded that one, I should attempt to market it as a PR (when I eventually get back to that state), and two, it just makes much more sense to think of it as a paranormal romance set in a dark fantasy background (a love in a time of hardship motif I suppose).  I always equated paranormal romance to Twilight, and I’m pretty sure my feelings on that are pretty clear by now.  However, many books are considered paranormal romance, because that’s often a way to break into writing since that genre tends to be high in demand, and if the story has other, deeper elements, well you’ve introduced more to the zeitgeist.

I am starting to get more into sci-fi and have added some of the greats like Bradbury and Asimov to my to-read list.  I believe this shift was precipitated by my love of George R R Martin who, while writing the greatest fantasy epic of our era, actually started out in science fiction..

For non-fiction I love anything to do with mythology and religious symbolism.  I suppose I’m a closet theologian or rather a student of theology.  Though many could argue that this is still fiction, the study of it is not.  While the beliefs may not be true in the scientific sense, the people who believed them and the metaphors they represent most assuredly are.

What is your favorite book genre?  Do you differentiate by fiction and non-fiction?  Has it changed over the years?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

<–Question of the Week: 6/26/16          Question of the Week: 7/10/16–>


Crimson Peak

*******Major spoilers will be marked.  There are some mild ones in analysis********

I’ll be honest up front; me and my fellow fangirl Amanda (who writes for Nerd-Base) really only saw this because our fictional husband (one of our many, not all the same) Tom Hiddleston was in it.  You may remember him from a little film called Avengers where he played the sexiest God of Mischief ever, Loki.

Seriously, who could forget this?

We planned this six months in advance and went yesterday.  Neither of us had any idea what the movie was even about.  We just knew it was Tom looking sexy and dark doing dark, sexy things.  I knew it was directed by Guillermo del Toro who has also done such fantastic films as Hellboy I and II, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim, which I don’t detest as much as some.  While I generally like movies with more depth, PR gave you exactly what you’d expect from a story about robots fighting giant monsters, and it had Idris Elba who’s fantastic.  Going back to the flick at hand, I knew regardless of anything else, the cinematography would be amazing, because del Toro does nothing involved with that by halves.

Del Toro’s skill with color scheme and vibrancy is unrivaled

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Gothic Lullaby

Gothic Art

Blessed darkness, hide my tears,
Veil the light and drown my fears,
Once to pray and twice to weep,
Let no shade disturb this sleep.”

If death should reign in bitter rue,
Let no drop descend on you,
For pureness hath this bitter plight,
Sacrificed to bring back the light…

Author’s Note: Another poem from my currently unpublished novel, The Serpent’s Tale.  I realize the redundancy of saying “gothic” lullaby as by definition all lullabies carry a hint of the macabre and dark, but this one seemed more morbid than normal, and it is literally used as a lullaby.  The featured picture is located here.

Dark in the City

It is dark in the city where the shadows full prowl,
It is dark as the black wings of night,
It is dark in my heart where the threads are full torn,
But I know where you are, it is bright…

This poem is found in my short The Threads of Sorrow.  The verse was inspired by an AMV I found featuring “The Beginning is the End Is the Beginning” by Smashing Pumpkins.  Alas, the AMV has been removed from YouTube, but the memory and the haunting lyric “Is it bright where you are?” remain.

Borrowed Life

           The sun is down,

            The night is old,

            My sorrows shall I keep,

            Let me live,

            Or let me die,

            But never let me weep.

            The sky is burning on the wind,

            And all the stars are fled,

            But I shall keep my secrets here,

            And not betray the dead…

            For as I live this borrowed life,

            This silence I shall keep,

            Today I breathe until I die,

            But never let me weep.

This poem is featured in my currently shelved for editing paranormal romance novel The Serpent’s Tale.   It also lent its title to a fanfiction of the same (if pluralized) name Borrowed Lives. I’ve linked to that story but not posted it here because there’s an update I need to make for my own sanity/sense of rightness. Once I have five minutes to do so, here shall it be.