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Twenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources.Dev is the caTwenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources.Dev is the captain of the scout airship Smoke Sparrow, and Shay is the scholar of their newest expedition. Their destination is Innsmouth, Massachusetts, a small fishing town that is mentioned in obscure books but shows up on no maps. Might its secrets offer answers? But within the fog-covered, ruined hillside town by the bay lurk unspeakable dangers and horrors beyond imagining. The expedition team soon learns that Innsmouth is one town that should have been left forgotten....

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Skyships Over Innsmouth Reviews

  • Robin Lynn
    2019-01-29 03:40

    Skyships Over Innsmouth Skyships Over Innsmouth is the latest book from Susan Laine. It's an interesting take off on a post-apocalyptic world meeting H.P. Lovecraft. And it works. Dev is the captain of the Smoke Swallow, a scout airship from Canal City, looking for resources to replenish the dwindling stores as well as survivors of the Cataclysm. With his crew: Shay, the scholar, Malia, the fighter, Stork, the jack of all trades, and Wren, the youngest member of the crew, and another one who jumps in wherever needed. Our crew sets off to find a mystical city. One only talked about in books. It never appears on any map, and even the books on it seem vague about any details. But they are determined to find Innsmouth, MA. And to unlock any secrets it may hold, including why its location is so secret. The crew finds Innsmouth, and descends to the ground, leaving Wren aboard ship. Just in case of trouble. And trouble finds them shortly, in the guise of a young girl. A girl who looks oddly like a mix of human and fish? Malia is taken by the residents of Innsmouth, and Dev and Shay wet out to find her, with the help of Stork. It is revealed that Innsmouth is a dream city. Or rather, a nightmare city, populated mostly by frightening hybrids of humans with fish, and a few hybrids of humans and other animals. And a few other beings that defy explanation. Skyships Over Innsmouth borrows very heavily from the Lovecraftian universe, using locations, stories, and beings that were popularized by Lovecraft and his fellows. As such, there are things in the book that don't make lots of sense, unless you've got a little bit of knowledge of the lore. Non Euclidian geometry is touched on, as well as you can describe something that can't exist in our grasp of the universe, but not explained.And that bit of the book is difficult to wrap ones head around, but only because of the descriptions of how that "style" of geometry could look. There's much more to this book, but going much deeper will take away from the mind bogglingness of it. But there is some lovely non-explicit romance, that isn't tiptoed around. It's very obvious what's going on, but there's no explicit sex, which was interesting and very well written. I was very pleased with the book, and how it juggled the two realms of existence. And the wink and nod to other Lovecraftian stories was great. Skyships Over Innsmouth should be put on your to-read list if you're a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, Lovecraftian fiction, LGBTQIA fiction, old school horror, and just plain weird creepy fiction. I give it two fins up. And a couple tentacles as well.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-01-28 07:57

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsSkyships Over Innsmouth has a little something for everybody: action, adventure, romance, fish people, and tentacles. And who doesn’t love a fish person? The author, Susan Laine, dedicated Skyships Over Innsmouth to HP Lovecraft and it’s easy to see why. With its many Lovecraftian themes and a plot that pulls directly from the Lovecraft cannon, this book harkens to the weird and wild of fantasy. The characters are fairly strong, but they definitely take a back seat to the town of Innsmouth and the horrors that reside there. I would have enjoyed a bit more character development and greater insight into both Shay and Dev. The author spends so much time detailing and building the structure of this world that the characters occasionally get left by the wayside. Still they are far from one-dimensional and their romance is a series of sweet moments amongst the backdrop of a rather dark book.The author has certainly done a good job with world building and creating a unique blend of fantasy, science fiction and steampunk. My biggest frustration with Skyships Over Innsmouth was the excessive complexity of the plot. Instead of becoming immersed, I found myself frequently yanked from the text because of sections that required re-reading or just plain puzzling out. Normally I don’t mind a bit of this and I would always rather a book have meat on its bones than not. But so much of Skyships Over Innsmouth requires excessive explanation that it becomes frustrating. Had some of the intricacies been scaled back a bit or explained in a simpler context, the book would have had a much better flow and been more enjoyable. I know this is easier said than done, but this author is clearly talented and with just a bit of trimming or restructuring, the book could have been a five-star read.Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  • Koeur
    2019-01-30 03:37 DSPPublishing Date: August 2016ISBN: 9781634769907Genre: FantasyRating: 1.4/5Publishers Description: Twenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources. Review: On the author’s website she comes right out and says that two men having sex turns her on, so there is some method to the madness. As I started this novel I got the impression that she writes for herself and not the reader. Personally, I think publishers should brand the novel, like others in this genre, LGBT so as not to misrepresent the internals. I really don’t want to read about guy on guy sex as my preferences go in a different direction. Aside from the constant male on male infatuation, there were some unsupportable instances that relegated the story line to meh as it contorted its way through make-believe-land. These skyships are dirigibles that fly around looking for resources on a post-cataclysmic world i.e. they don’t have two rocks to bang together. These dirigibles are helium filled which begs the question as to how they come by an element that requires a cryogenic distillation process and subsequent purification. The writing was ok but suffered from dialogue woes to expedite the scenes (“Said dryly”, spine tingling/shivering x12, etc.). The backstory was rendered through inter-personal dialogue which never comes off believable in part due to why would two people who know of their own existence and place in the world talk about how they got where they are? They already know. The horror aspect was not real horrifying and could be seen from a dirigible a mile away. Nothing new to see here.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-02-12 01:37

    Review: SKYSHIPS OVER INNSMOUTH by Susan LaineA gently heartwarming yet frightening Lovecraftian tale of the future, SKYSHIPS OVER INNSMOUTH is set 23 years after the "Cataclysm," when all humans unaccountably lost their memories, and subsequently moral fiber. In the first years, many books were burned for fuel, but eventually the younger people realized books contained knowledge of the past, and how to utilize machines. So libraries were preserved and protected, and younger individuals retaught themselves to read.Scout airships explore the "New wilderness" to locate resources and survivors, each containing a pilot and a scholar. Pilot Dev and Scholar Shay have been a team for about 3 winters (and each desires to deepen the relationship but holds back). Exploring the seemingly completely abandoned community of Innsmouth uncovers the truth about the Cataclysm, betrayal, memory recovery, and a potential future of oppression for humans.

  • Marisa Manghelli
    2019-02-02 00:59

    Interesting book, though not my usual read. Some familiarity with H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos would probably offer more insight to the story. While I am familiar with Lovecraft and some basics of the Cthulhu, I have never actually read any of his works. Even without that background, I found the story line to be interesting. The first couple chapters were a bit angsty, but the flow picked up and continued through the rest of the book. There were a few spots in the action that I probably would have followed better if I had previously read Lovecraft, however, I don’t think it’s vital to reading this book.*Please note – this is a light homoerotic story. If that is not your cup tea, then I suggest finding another book. The story does not involve graphic sex scenes, but the feelings between the two male main characters is the driving force of the plot.

  • Paula
    2019-02-10 01:35

    I reviewed this book for NetGalley.Ms. Laine does an admirable job of blending the different genres of Lovecroftian mythos, steampunk and future post-apocalyptic dystopia. She creates a fascinating world and very credibly channels old H.P. most excellently.This novel reads quickly and has a lot of action in it, so being bored is not a problem. A nice airport or pool read. Very entertaining.

  • Chris Lira
    2019-02-10 07:56

    At corner of Lovecraft Lane and Steampunk street there was a book. 2 themes that enhoy reading so this caught my eye. But it's not your steampunk like alternative 1880's England steampunk. It's a post-apocalyptic event steampunk where mechanical devices are not working again, so the slyships in question are steam-powered.It felt like the cataclysmic event, the stram power, and in general, Innsmouth the new world were left undeveloped. I think it could have been very interesting if more time was spent developing the ideas(which would of course mean a longer book). So my baseline here would be a 3-star review.The author is an LBGTQ romance writer, and for some reason, felt the need to put a gay romance plotline in here. It did nothing for the story. Instead, the 2 lovers have a discussion about the power of love, and how love conquers hatred, blah blah. I understand it's her thing, but it really had no place here, it felft forced, and the longest passage on their...romatic escapades...was just skipped, and I knocked off a star for the distraction.

  • Elaine White
    2019-01-25 07:56

    Book – Skyships Over InnsmouthAuthor – Susan LaineStar rating - ★★★☆☆No. of Pages – 200Cover – Gorgeous!POV – 3rd person, multi-POVWould I read it again – NoGenre – LGBT, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Horror** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **Reviewed for Divine MagazineDISCLOSURE: I had never read a Lovecraft novel, and didn't know it was going to be paramount to my understand of this story, so I ended up being really confused, thinking this was all the author's original concept, until countless reviews told me otherwise (after I'd written my own, of course). This is why it's a 3 star and not a 2, as it would normally be. I'm pretty sure Lovecraft fans would love this, but I'm not a fan and I didn't love it; perhaps for this reason or maybe just because it didn't work on its own merit.While the overall story has merit in terms of old classic horror, in the style of Lovecraft (as the author implies), the rest is just a little too garishly ridiculous for my taste. I've marked it a 3, because I'm sure diehard fans of Lovecraft and old horror might enjoy it, but for me, it just didn't work as an overall, cohesive, captivating story.I've read quite a few Susan Laine books by now and they're a little lopsided for me – I either love them or feel completely ambivalent about them. This one falls into the second category. Although parts of it were good – the first 45% and moments thereafter – there was just no cohesiveness to the plot, the horror aspects felt sort of stolen from the greats of the genre, even mentioning Lovecraft and Derleth multiple times and the characters sort of became second fiddle to the Innsmouth aspect of the story.There were aliens, tentacles, zombie-like creatures and squids, skyships, amnesia and more. It was just far too much for one story to handle. And, honestly, the horror wasn't scary or frightening, but overdone and over-exaggerated. I found most of it predictable and the rest fancifully ridiculous.With monologues all over the place and a pair of male MC's that were will-they-wont-they, there was already a lot to keep track of. But then Malia came into the picture, as the only female, but a very unlikeable, unrelateable character, who was borish, rude and marginalized others at the drop of a hat. Her POV scenes were quite a challenge to read, even though she was a character central to the forwarding of the plot.Again, there were hints of other horror books/movies included here – a little of The Ring, Lovecraft, Derleth, an Ancient Egyptian twist reminiscent of Stargate, even a little hint of The Hills Have Eyes.By 45% I started skim reading. I normally wouldn't, for a book I'm reviewing, but this one really was a challenge to read and, honestly, by 45% I could see it ending within a chapter or two, as a short story, while wrapping up the plot and giving us a suitable ending. However, it dragged on to the very end, about 98%, and just became more and more elaborate as it went.Oh, and the end location (not telling you, in case you read it) just added the cherry to the top of the ridiculousness. That one really made me glad I'd skimmed most of the action/adventure aspect in the second half of the book, because it warned me that there might very well be another book in this world and I'm not going to read it.~Overall, I think Laine just tried far too hard to emulate the likes of Lovecraft and classic horror novels. Perhaps if the plot had been simplified and the over-exaggeration of danger every second, twists and turns in every chapter.

  • Sarina
    2019-02-01 01:43

    2.75* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.This is another one of those books where you’re better off with the blurb than anything I could recap for you. As I’m writing this, its been hours since I finished the book and I still don’t really know what to say so I’m going to go with a pros and cons list for this review.PROS:I really liked the concept of the post apocalyptic society that built itself back up using steam technology; that steampunk feel was really working for me here. The issues in Innsmouth were also completely unexpected so I’ll give kudos to the author for writing something I seriously hadn’t considered finding. I also adored how, besides the two main characters, Dev and Shay, there was a strong female lead right alongside them. Each character had their strengths and weaknesses but they all worked well together over the course of the story. There was also an easy transition from friends to lovers between Dev and Shay that came about in a believable manner but that also didn’t take over from the overall plot, which was nice. The author writes well and the story flowed at a decent pace so it was a fairly easy read for me.CONS:While I loved the steampunk elements there wasn’t nearly enough of them for me to be truly satisfied; I wanted to see so much more of this world the author created, since I thought it was really interesting, and when I didn’t I wound up a bit disappointed. This book is also listed under the Horror genre and while I did list it in my tags for that reason, the ‘horror’ was, well, not really there. Maybe someone else would feel differently but the whole ‘terrifying discovery’ in Innsmouth just fell a bit flat for me; I was really geared up to get my socks knocked off and they stayed firmly planted on instead. I also found myself doing something I’ve never done with a book before; I was practically screaming at the main characters to ‘get back to the ship, are you stupid?’ I felt like I was watching a movie where a character goes to explore the creepy noise in the basement all alone without a flashlight. I usually end up screaming at the screen at those people, too.Overall I liked the world concept but the execution and the truth about Innsmouth just fell flat for me. I found myself a little bored at times and was reading faster to, hopefully, find something more interesting. I wanted to like this more, I really did, but honestly the book might have gone over better if there had been more world building and less running around Innsmouth as that’s what wasn’t keeping my attention. The story did have its good points, however, so if you’re a fan of post apocalyptic, steampunk or you just like a little dash of horror in your books, you might enjoy this one. I rated the book around a 2.75 but rounded it up to 3.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-02-14 07:50

    Plain and simple, this is a Lovecraftian horror story, with not much of a LGBTQ+ romantic hook, but the female protagonist was awesome. If you like Lovecraftian themes, and Dagon worshipers, then you’ll probably love this. Something that amused me was this story reminded me a bit of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign I was a part of several years ago: a group of adventurers wander into a seemingly abandoned town, find a crazy fish statue, and then people start dying. That could be a Lovecraftian theme in general, admittedly.My main problem with the story was the prolific telling. Too many sentences started with something akin to, “Ned is sad,” and then showed in dialog or action how Ned was sad. That repetitive-style-telling grated on my nerves. The story also took longer than twenty-five percent to get going to a pace I felt comfortable with. From the little I know of Lovecraft, he uses psychological thriller themes, and while not entirely action-oriented, he creates a certain level of suspense through intrigue and horror. This novel was lacking that.As I said, I did enjoy our female protagonist. I felt as if she was the most fleshed out of any of the characters. That could possibly be due to unique features of the world itself. The entire world suffered extreme memory loss in something they refer to as “The Cataclysm,” but our Malia turns out to be special, and retains more of her past self than others. She was the heroine of the story, and while I’d love to tell you about the twist at the end—spoilers…. I found her point of view more compelling than the others, partially due to her being more developed, but also possibly because she had more agency than any of the other crew. Dev and Shay, our gay romantic hook, weren’t nearly as intriguing to me, and there wasn’t much actual romance, but I forgave the two of them for that because they were kinda busy running and screaming most of the book. You kinda have to cut them some slack for that. *wink*Reviewed by Ben for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Curtis
    2019-02-17 00:38

    Twenty years ago, the world changed for humanity. In an event known only as the Cataclysm, everyone lost their memories. They lost not only memories of who they are but also how the world worked. Technological advances were all lost. Relying on a small number of books that have survived, society has started anew.The Scout and Ranger Corps was started to seek out any missing survivors and to acquire additional resources that may have been left behind. Dev is the captain of a ship involved in this work, and he's been joined by Shay, a scholar who has spent time looking for clues to secrets of the past. They are on their way to Innsmouth, Massachusetts, to try to learn about this mysterious city that doesn't show up on any maps.What awaits them is beyond anything they could have expected. It turns out humanity is not alone. And the true threat is borne right out of their own imaginations.--I loved the concept of this book. An omnipotent villain who fashions their weapon out of old-school science fiction texts? Not only is it an interesting throwback, but it's an interesting notion to see people's own ideas used against them in this way. But I found the execution to be challenging for me. Most of these key aspects of the story seem to be glossed over. And the resolution seemed way too easy.There's also the issue of Dev and Shay's relationship. Talk about 0 to 100 in less than 60 seconds. How these two go from the occasional glance to pledging their undying love with nothing in between seemed far-fetched, even for a speculative fiction novel.But I'm still giving this a mild recommendation. Why? Because if you go in knowing these things, I think it can be fun and enjoyable. It's one of those books where the concept itself is so fun and intriguing, everything else is secondary and can be overlooked.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

  • Steven Smith
    2019-02-07 03:53

    I am giving this book a 1 star, only because I cannot go lower. Firstly, I feel the blurb/description needs major reworking, as does it's genre. The book is marked as horror, sci-fi and fantasy. It massively overlooks the male-male romance. There is zero mention of this romance in the description, which I think is a major oversight if you aren't aware of the author. The first few paragraphs really made it clear there was a secret love/lust on the part of the two male leads towards the other. Even when that wasn't the core of the following chapters, there were cheesy references and metaphors used to ensure the reader doesn't forget there is an impending or developing romance. And then the final chapters take the romance into the sexual realms. Based on the blurb for this book, this shouldn't be a big factor. So how about the core story? It felt to me that it was filled with holes. Major aspects like commanding the ship to leave at nightfall if the landing party aren't back by then, well that didn't happen. The story implied that night had fallen some time before they party return. The lone crew member on the skyship is gone and no explanation is given as to why or where. The story was average, and personally I didn't feel fitted the horror genre greatly. Steampunk is referenced, but it felt a minor factor in the story. There are elements of other horror greats such as Poe and Lovecraft which weren't used brilliantly.Further problems came in the form of overuse of metaphors throughout. It got to feel almost forced. And in describing the intimate feelings the two men had for one another, the author insisted on schoolyard phrases such as referring to their "nether regions".

  • A
    2019-01-24 07:44

    Oh this is an interesting case of what problems misbranding can cause for a decently competent author.Awhile back I was in the mood for some horror novels, and was burning through a bunch of different authors and subgenres both from my own collection and picked semi randomly from Netgalley. Skyships Over Innsmouth was one of the Netgalley offerings and billed itself as steampunk meets Lovecraft. If you are me in almost any reality or mood, this sounds awesome. So awesome. So why the low score? Well because what it really is a romance. A nice little cute adventure action romp that is 100% written to hook the two main characters up. This sort of misleading branding is very common is young adult fiction where you pick up a book that's supposed to be about dystopia futures and zombies and what not and you just get a stupid obsessive love triangle, but on my adult books I expect authors and publisher's to be up front about the material.Try, this: A spirited LGBTQ romance, with swashbuckling steampunk adventure meets Lovecraft's lost mythos.Is that so bad? Is it for you? Do you like playful same-sex romances set steam ships sailing above mysterious lost Victorian continents? It's a cute enough romance, and a vaugely okay adventure, but if you're expecting horror here you'll be unhappy.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-28 23:49

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words ReviewFor the full review visit that review: "...Its a fascinating foundation. Our main characters live in a place known as Canal City (its familiar name we will find out only towards the end of the story). All the people, Shay, Dev, even the remarkable Malia (one of my favorite characters) is mostly a blank slate. They have no history, no past, and unfortunately, that lack of foundation to their characters, leaves them shallow and lacking. I understand that its part of the narrative but it left its mark here on the men too. Malia is a stunshine gun wielding, armor wearing security guard for the Smokey Sparrow. She's the most vivid, sparkling character in the entire story. I loved her. She outgunned, out powered and basically out charactered every darn thing in this story. Not good for Dev and Shay. Even the villain..."For all our reviews, author interviews, and all things books, visit http://ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords...

  • Rachel
    2019-02-11 05:52

    Note: I received an advance copy from Netgalley.I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the concept and the storyline. I thought the execution was a little bit weak though, and the world not as well constructed as it could have been. The romance was quite sweet, if a little clunkily rendered at the beginning. The story definitely improved as it went on, and I was totally invested in the characters by the end.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-01-24 04:57

    2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Skyships Over Innsmouth by Susan Laine 1) Full marks from me for a well-crafted world, and a plot with a surprise twist.2) Loved the world building, and premise of the story.

  • B.A. Brock
    2019-02-08 03:39

    Lovecraftian horror. Took a while to get going. Each sentences started off saying something akin to, "Ned is sad," and then proceeded to show Ned being sad through dialog or action--too much telling for my comfort. Nice female protagonist--well done there. She was bomb.

  • Anne Barwell
    2019-02-16 07:59

    Love the premise, and the set up for more. Also much love for the female lead who kicks butt.

  • Roselyn
    2019-01-20 23:47

    Here's my review.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-21 00:36

    The writing was good but the characters and their circumstances didn't grab me.

  • Susan Laine
    2019-02-06 05:36