The Clockwork Sky Sneak Peek

The Clockwork Sky by Madeleine Rosca

By Madeleine Rosca

The Clockwork Sky—a gear-filled nightmare of steampunk London!

Madeleine Rosca is perhaps best known as the creator of Hollow Fields, a manga trilogy that won Japan’s first International Manga Award. For The Clockwork Sky, this talented Australian writer-artist created a steampunk version of Victorian London that is undergoing class warfare. A mysterious factory produces amazing clockwork mechanicals that have replaced humans in manufacturing, service, and most other kinds of labor. This is the brainchild of Erasmus Croach, who grows ever wealthier and more important . . . but who has no control over the infuriating and outrageous activities of his irrepressible niece, Sally Peppers.

Sally chafes at the limitations placed on young women in Victorian society and would like nothing more than to invent her own wonders. But her uncle keeps her literally chained to her desk in the schoolroom, instructed—and guarded—by one of his robots. One day Sally slips those chains and flees on a stolen velocipede, only to discover that London is on the brink of full-blown riots. The unemployed have taken to the streets, demanding not only jobs but an investigation into the disappearances of hundreds of children from the crowded slums of London and other British cities.

Click through to read an excerpt of The Clockwork Sky!

Erasmus Croach demands that his missing niece be found. The Metropolitan Police deploy Croach’s latest and most complex mechanical, the police-bot called Sky, to find her.

And that’s when things begin to get really interesting . . . .

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The Week in Review

Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web. Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!

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And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!

Goodreads Sweepstakes: New Spring: The Graphic Novel

We are offering the chance to win a copy of New Spring: The Graphic Novel on Goodreads.

About New Spring: The Graphic Novel: In the last few years before his death, Robert Jordan worked closely with Chuck Dixon and Mike Miller on the graphic adaptation of New Spring.

The eight full-color issues of New Spring, released between 2005 and 2010, tell the story of the search for the infant Dragon Reborn and of the adventures of Moiraine Damodred, a young Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, the uncrowned king of a long-dead nation. Adapted by noted comics writer Chuck Dixon with the full cooperation of Robert Jordan, and illustrated by artists Mike Miller and Harvey Tolibao, New Spring will delight any of Robert Jordan’s millions of readers.

Tor is proud to collect all eight issues of New Spring in a single trade paperback volume, which will also include developmental art, script pages, and correspondence between Jordan and Dixon.

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(Ends June 29)

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: New Spring: The Graphic Novel by Robert Jordan

We are offering the chance to win a copy of New Spring: The Graphic Novel on Goodreads.

About New Spring: The Graphic Novel: In the last few years before his death, Robert Jordan worked closely with Chuck Dixon and Mike Miller on the graphic adaptation of New Spring.

The eight full-color issues of New Spring, released between 2005 and 2010, tell the story of the search for the infant Dragon Reborn and of the adventures of Moiraine Damodred, a young Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, the uncrowned king of a long-dead nation. Adapted by noted comics writer Chuck Dixon with the full cooperation of Robert Jordan, and illustrated by artists Mike Miller and Harvey Tolibao, New Spring will delight any of Robert Jordan’s millions of readers.

Tor is proud to collect all eight issues of New Spring in a single trade paperback volume, which will also include developmental art, script pages, and correspondence between Jordan and Dixon.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends June 8)

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Online Previews of New Manga from Seven Seas

Just a quick round-up of three new new titles from Seven Seas coming soon in February and March.

Amnesia Labyrinth: Volume 1 (February 1st)
Story by Nagaru Tanigawa, Art by Natsumi Kohane

From the author of the acclaimed Haruhi Suzumiya series comes a new offbeat tale of murder and twisted love!

With the help of his cheery and spunky new girlfriend Yukako Sasai, straight-laced Souji is about to venture into a mysterious world that might just be the death of him.

Preview this title at GoManga.com
Read more about Amnesia Labyrinth

Gunslinger Girl Omnibus: Volume 1 (February 1st)
Story and Art by Yu Aida

The long-awaited relaunch of Gunslinger Girl! This omnibus edition contains the first three volumes of the hit Gunslinger Girl manga series completely relettered and retranslated.

Preview this manga at GoManga.com
Read more about Gunslinger Girl

Vampire Cheerleaders: Volume 1 (March 15th)
Story by Adam Arnold, Art by Shiei and Comipa

Two supernatural tales from the creative team behind fan favorite series Aoi House!

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Giveaway: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

First Second Books has a giveaway running for an adorable graphic novel, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Enter for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

About Zita the Spacegirl: Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.

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(Ends January 25) Open to US only.

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Dance in the Vampire Bund Volume 8 is a New York Times Bestseller!

The 8th entry into the ongoing manga series, DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND is a New York Times Bestseller! It debuted on the list at #2 and remains on the list this week at #9.

Congratulations to mangaka, Nozomu Tamaki, and to the folks at our Seven Seas imprint!

About DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND, Vol. 8:

The assassins are dead but an invisible enemy still lurks in the peaceful island nation known as the Vampire Bund. As the loyal lycanthrope Akira struggles to protect his queen, Mina Tepes, ruler of all vampires, fear and chaos descend upon the Bund. A plague of nanomachines has taken over and no vampire is safe. Time is running out and Akira must uncover an assassination plot and the true identity of the culprit before it is too late. Dance in the Vampire Bund is an ongoing manga series that features stunning artwork and an enthrallingly original supernatural narrative.

DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND is now a hit Anime series, currently airing in Japan but available for streaming online via Funimation.