Thursday Tea: October 8 (Boneshaker)

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

BrambleberryThe tea: Remember this Tazo Brambleberry stuff? Yeah, totally drinking it again. The weather is colder now, and so drinking cold tea seems a bit backwards, but it’s really refreshing (and delicious).

The book: I’m about halfway through Cherie Priest‘s newest book, Boneshaker. I’ve been looking forward to reading it since about early September, and while it’s really hard for anything to live up to my expectations, Boneshaker is doing pretty well. I love how it’s steampunk/horror, and though the characters are pretty much always annoying the crap out of me I think I’ll end up loving them by the end.

Here’s a summary of the book from Amazon:

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Do they go together? Hm. I’m going to say yes: the Brambleberry tea is sweet but with a hint of tartness, and Boneshaker is kinda the same. (I’m feeling pretty abstract today, so that’ll have to do.)

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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