Real Cie Reviews: The Engine Woman's Light

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. This is a duplicate of my review on Amazon. 

Four out of five stars

I would love to have given this book five stars. It was exceptionally imaginative and well-written. That being said...
I'm tired of larger people being used in stories as Things That Should Not Be. The two larger people were described in ways that made it apparent that they were slovenly, undesirable, unattractive, and disgusting. People of all sizes exist. Large people shouldn't only be placed in stories to be the butt of jokes and the object of sneering revulsion.
I sometimes didn't know if the story's protagonist was Juanita or her breasts. Her breasts were mentioned many more times than necessary. She's a female human being. The majority of female human beings have breasts unless something has happened to necessitate the removal thereof, i.e. surgery.
If I had a dollar for every time a story, movie, or television show decided that a female character needed to be sexually assaulted for Realism (TM), I'd be rich. 
Antonio's behavior is somewhat expected, given the sort of person he is. Graham's behavior in the scene where he first touches Juanita in a non-platonic way was creepy and made me feel a bit revolted by a character that I'd previously liked quite well. 
When century-old men lust after women young enough to be their great-great-granddaughters, the ick factor increases exponentially. Whether in Twilight (a book I couldn't get through because of the level of purple prose) or a series such as The Originals, my reaction to this sort of pairing is to roll my eyes and groan "oh, come on!"
Juanita was a unique, resilient, and overall wonderful character who would have been even more compelling and inspiring if the story's focus was more on her accomplishing her mission and less on Getting Together With Her Man.
Despite the negative issues, I, for the most part, enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and science fiction, particularly the Steampunk genre.



  1. I do like steampunk (and the art particularly) and fantasy and science fiction. I am SO over the need to define women by their bodies. Perfect or otherwise.

    1. I love Steampunk art. I admit to having a bit of a deficit in my knowledge of the genre.
      This book was written by a woman, but there were a few moments where I felt like I was reading one of those How Male Writers Write Women threads, i.e. the My Breasts Moved Freely Under My Tunic problem.


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