Nominated for a 2013 Steampunk Chronicles Reader's Choice Award.
All that fifteen year old Jonathan Weldsmore wanted to do was design and build steam ships to sail on the high seas. Treated like a poor relation within his own wealthy family, he had little hope of obtaining the future he desperately wanted. That is until he rescued and transformed an injured rat into the mechanism of not only his salvation, but his family’s as well.
STEAMPUNK RAT is a YA Novella based on the steampunk webcomic BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY which has been nominated for a 2012 Airship Award (SteamCon), a 2013 Steampunk Chronicles Reader's Choice Award and received an Honorable Mention at the 2013 GEEKIE AWARDS.
Cover illustration was done by Elizabeth J. Jackson. If you wish to buy her work, contact her at her deviant art page:
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About the Author
BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY webcomic is the recipient of an HONORABLE MENTION at the 2013 GEEKIE AWARDS and is a nominee for Best Comic/Graphic Novel for the 2014 Geekie Awards. The comic has also been nominated for a 2012 Airship Award as well as a 2013 and a 2014 Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Award. Her novella, STEAMPUNK RAT, was also nominated for a 2013 Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Award.
She currently has novelettes and a novella for Kindle based on her webcomic BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY. Her goal is to eventually develop a series of novels based in this world.
Special editions of the the first, second and third chapters (over 30+ pages) are available for purchase digitally. A print editions of chapters 1, 2,3 and 4 are available through the BMS website.
Please visit the web comic at
and the Facebook page at
Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally and an is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and historical military fiction. Madeleine lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband.
Please check the website, Facebook page or Goodreads page for appearances and panelist information.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It would be quite easy to dismiss "Steampunk Rat" by Madeline Holly-Rosing as just another piece of genre fiction and pass it by without reading it. To do so would be a mistake. In a mere forty-six pages, using the elements of the "steampunk" genre, Ms. Holly-Rosing has woven a fascinating tale, an unwithering look at the attitudes and dynamics of the uppermost class of the type which gained Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte such enduring fame. The story itself follows a young man, a genius inventor with a soft heart, who has earned the ire and disapprobation of his powerful grandmother by being uninterested in business, wealth and power. His compassion for an alley rat struck by the family carriage which stimulates the construction of two marvelous artificial legs for the rat earns the special wrath of his grandmother and his finding of a flaw in his grandfather's magnificent ship design earns him her contempt. Nevertheless, Jonathan uses the rat to save the day during a major crisis and also demonstrates to the upper crust that perhaps compassion, respect and justice might achieve far more than contempt, command and control. A fascinating read for all, not just steampunk fans. 8.9 out of 10.