Alternative History Tuesday: W*n CUTTLEFISH by Dave Freer

The quick commercial message (yeah, I know, they get old, but they help pay for this blog, after all!l): I have a Q-and-A up today over at the Booksniffers Anonymous website and am giving away (internationally) to one commenter a choice of signed print book, ebook (with book plate) or audiobook. They ran a review of Redemption on Sunday, and I’m back today answering questions. And you can find out if I, too, am a closet booksniffer! Stop by and say hello.

Also, imagine you’re a vampire. Why would you want to join a communal living situation in the boondocks of East Alabama? You can find out at A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation today, where I’m guest-blogging as part of the Redemption Virtual Tour. Stop by and check out the reasons…and enter again for the giveaways.

Now…I have a cool-looking book to feature today…CUTTLEFISH…and it’s brand new. Even better. It’s an alt history, which is a genre I’d like to read more of. It’s written by Dave Freer, an ichthyologist by training, who lives in Tasmania. His background as a commercial diver, fisheries scientist, and a chef at a game lodge reads like fiction in itself, but he’s written his own A Mankind Witch and Dragons Ring as well as coauthoring books with Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey.

Want to check out Cuttlefish? Read on…


ABOUT CUTTLEFISH: The smallest thing can change the path of history. The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London. Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery, and capture. Under flooded London’s canals, they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there. Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty—the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no farther than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal-fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond. When the Imperial soldiery comes ravening, Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish. Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety. But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them—a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power.

So, ready to read some alt history? You know the drill–leave a comment for an entry. Have you read any alt history? If so, what was your favorite? I always enjoy the retellings of the Jack the Ripper story. I even read a YA book called Ripper not long ago. As always, extra entries for blog follow, Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a Tweet or Retween, so four entries possible.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

12 thoughts on “Alternative History Tuesday: W*n CUTTLEFISH by Dave Freer

  1. Most of the alt history I read ends up being steampunk – I really enjoyed the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (alt WW1) and the Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest (alt civil war with zombies).

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  2. I’ve only read a couple of alternate histories. I can’t remember the title but I read one that was set in Canada and the world was run by vampires. I think the author’s last name was Voss.

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  3. Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series are as close as I’ve gotten.

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  4. I have read one alt history book and I enjoyed it but I can not remember the name of it. I know it had vampires in it though. I would love to win this.

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  5. In the victorian mystery series by Robin Paige, one of the books is about the Jack the Ripper story, and well, it is a very believable solution. Perhaps you will enjoy that one.

    I am not a big fan of alternate history / steampunk but this one sounds very different. I might like it 🙂

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  6. I haven’t read any alt history, but it sounds interesting.

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  7. Alt history seems really interesting and it would be my first!!!

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