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NIMBUS is a steampunk novel for people who don't know they like steampunk! This is the first volume in a complete, four-part steampunk fantasy serial that came out of the authors' desire to do something new and interesting with ebook technology, while also dealing with a wide variety of narrative goodies–from airships to demon possession. (The collected omnibus edition of NIMBUS is a steampunk novel for people who don't know they like steampunk! This is the first volume in a complete, four-part steampunk fantasy serial that came out of the authors' desire to do something new and interesting with ebook technology, while also dealing with a wide variety of narrative goodies–from airships to demon possession. (The collected omnibus edition of all four parts of NIMBUS is also available.) -- Seedy corporations and airship factions, demons and rogues, zealots and thieves…an epic tale of power, greed, and corruption. Jude Finley is a new recruit aboard the Gangly Dirigible, an airship that extracts water from rainclouds. Having only lived above the Skyline for a year, Jude is still getting used to the way things work in the world above the clouds. While working aboard the airship, Jude and his friends uncover a secret which may or may not help them against a growing uprising that could spell doom for everyone on the planet. Meanwhile, Demetrius Rucca, wheelchair-bound son of a prominent religious leader, begins recruiting followers for his own subversive cause. As allegiances are sworn to him and his followers grow, he begins to discover the new powers that lie within him. This power could be the salvation Demetrius is looking for–or it could be the destruction of the known world. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: AUSTIN KING has written plays, poems, novels, and short fiction, but he spends most of his time making sure his credentials sound more impressive than they really are. B.J. Keeton is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle.


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NIMBUS is a steampunk novel for people who don't know they like steampunk! This is the first volume in a complete, four-part steampunk fantasy serial that came out of the authors' desire to do something new and interesting with ebook technology, while also dealing with a wide variety of narrative goodies–from airships to demon possession. (The collected omnibus edition of NIMBUS is a steampunk novel for people who don't know they like steampunk! This is the first volume in a complete, four-part steampunk fantasy serial that came out of the authors' desire to do something new and interesting with ebook technology, while also dealing with a wide variety of narrative goodies–from airships to demon possession. (The collected omnibus edition of all four parts of NIMBUS is also available.) -- Seedy corporations and airship factions, demons and rogues, zealots and thieves…an epic tale of power, greed, and corruption. Jude Finley is a new recruit aboard the Gangly Dirigible, an airship that extracts water from rainclouds. Having only lived above the Skyline for a year, Jude is still getting used to the way things work in the world above the clouds. While working aboard the airship, Jude and his friends uncover a secret which may or may not help them against a growing uprising that could spell doom for everyone on the planet. Meanwhile, Demetrius Rucca, wheelchair-bound son of a prominent religious leader, begins recruiting followers for his own subversive cause. As allegiances are sworn to him and his followers grow, he begins to discover the new powers that lie within him. This power could be the salvation Demetrius is looking for–or it could be the destruction of the known world. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: AUSTIN KING has written plays, poems, novels, and short fiction, but he spends most of his time making sure his credentials sound more impressive than they really are. B.J. Keeton is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle.

30 review for Nimbus: A Steampunk Novel (Part One)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This is a fast paced, exciting story. I loved it! Full of excitement and drama, this story kept me riveted to my seat. I loved the characters and the interplay between them. A crippled young man with asperations to fly a derigable. Another young man working on a derigable, who is getting into things that are dangerous but thrilling. Water is an extremely valued commodity. It is sucked straight from clouds and processed into drinking water. No one lives on the ground because of the dangers of the This is a fast paced, exciting story. I loved it! Full of excitement and drama, this story kept me riveted to my seat. I loved the characters and the interplay between them. A crippled young man with asperations to fly a derigable. Another young man working on a derigable, who is getting into things that are dangerous but thrilling. Water is an extremely valued commodity. It is sucked straight from clouds and processed into drinking water. No one lives on the ground because of the dangers of the fog. A highly corrosive fog that eats through flesh rapidly and kills quickly. People live either underground or in the sky, where conditions seem to be in various stages of delapidation. Peoples lives are dictated by where they live. This was a book to get your teeth into. Full of interest and drama. I loved it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Gemoets

    Very Good Steampunk Book Thos was my second steampunk read and I gotta say, it was really good. Only opportunity I saw was too many characters introduced in the first chapter. However, this wasnt enough to give four star rating. Definitely worth more than free but it hooks you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terry Gero

    Couldn't finish it, too complex. I love steampunk but this was too complex and descriptive constantly. Couldn't finish it, too complex. I love steampunk but this was too complex and descriptive constantly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This review is for Part 3 of this serialized Steampunk fantasy. This will contain spoilers for the first two parts. If you wish to get the background to Part 3, you may wish to read my reviews for Parts 1 & 2. The 3rd Part of Nimbus follows the form of the 1st two parts. Each chapter alternates between the characters Jude Finley and Demetrius Rucca and the respective fawns that have bonded with them. Jude's fawn keeps Jude alive even though Jude is shot dead in an aborted mutiny by some of the cr This review is for Part 3 of this serialized Steampunk fantasy. This will contain spoilers for the first two parts. If you wish to get the background to Part 3, you may wish to read my reviews for Parts 1 & 2. The 3rd Part of Nimbus follows the form of the 1st two parts. Each chapter alternates between the characters Jude Finley and Demetrius Rucca and the respective fawns that have bonded with them. Jude's fawn keeps Jude alive even though Jude is shot dead in an aborted mutiny by some of the crew of the Gangly Dirigible. Rucca's fawn gives Rucca extraordinary power to destroy all who oppose him. Jude and Rucca embark on a course where they confront each other in the capital port of their skyworld. The two fawn recognize each other when the two human hosts confront each other. The fawns were enemies in the time before their races encounter with humans. Thus we are set up for the final conflict between them as well as their human hosts. I have enjoyed seeing how the two human characters have been developed in these parts. Rucca is particularly interesting to me. He is far from a one dimensional character. At times, Rucca demonstrates care for the people he encounters, especially for those who are the underdogs and rejected who see in him a leader who can challenge those in power. Rucca has been marginalized during most of his life, and he strikes back at those who have marginalized him, in a very horrible way. Jude is an underdog having escaped the world of those living underground by becoming a water harvested on a ship, pure water being the most valuable commodity on this planet. His fawn is not interested in power. He simply wishes to find his family. Jude lost his family when Rucca destroys a air station that in turn kills all those living underground including Jude's family. The technology is not so well developed. In fact, the chief function of technological elements like the air stations and mechanical devices is to provide the characters with something to destroy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sacha Valero

    As far as steampunk goes it gets it more or less correct. The world building is pretty good but there isn't much of a world to build. The writing itself is good for the most part but the action is slip shod. There are scenes where the Gangly Dirigible flies into a storm to harvest the water in the clouds that is written well. Later there is a fight scene between one of the main characters (Demetrius Rucca) and a handful of sailors that is so passive and boring I put it down and went to do someth As far as steampunk goes it gets it more or less correct. The world building is pretty good but there isn't much of a world to build. The writing itself is good for the most part but the action is slip shod. There are scenes where the Gangly Dirigible flies into a storm to harvest the water in the clouds that is written well. Later there is a fight scene between one of the main characters (Demetrius Rucca) and a handful of sailors that is so passive and boring I put it down and went to do something else. My biggest problem however is the fact that I don't care at all for any of the characters. I wanted to like Jude, but I wasn't given a reason to. I cannot stand Rucca or his father. Then there is the cacophony of characters on board the Gangly Dirigible introduced so fast that it gets confusing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    G Jones

    Quite a ride A thrilling tale of what the future world may hold. Gripping, kept me wanting for more. Author spins a good tale.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Con Robinson

    I really did enjoy it... Would love to find out what happens next. Just don't know it "ain't" should really be part of the vocabulary of the time. I really did enjoy it... Would love to find out what happens next. Just don't know it "ain't" should really be part of the vocabulary of the time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    A steam punk book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Corrin Noggle

    A steampunk novel

  10. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carla Langston

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheli Wilkison

  13. 4 out of 5

    JOHN PORTER

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ember Shane

  17. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Donovan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice Edwards

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Nicole

  22. 4 out of 5

    michele

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Fitzsimmons

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Blake

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terrie Binkley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Tovo

  28. 4 out of 5

    joshua haines

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lou Dean

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