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Free Wrench is a series of steampunk novels by the independent author Joseph Lallo, written for the National Novel Writing Month. It is the story of Amanita Graus, her Captain, and a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits gallivanting about on the good ship Wind Breaker.
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There are currently two books in the series, the eponymous Free Wrench and its sequel, Skykeep.


Free Wrench and Skykeep contain examples of:

  • Action Girl: Lil certainly, although Nita fits between this and Lady of Adventure.
  • Applied Phlogiston: Phlogiston floats the airships and powers the laser beams and generally makes the world go round.
    • In addition, there's the fug, which mutates animals and humans into rather ghastly versions of themselves...when it doesn't kill them.
  • Cool Airship: The Dreadnought. When you positively, absolutely, need to put the fear of the fug into an entire continent, accept no substitutes.
    • the rather ragtag Wind Breaker qualifies as of Skykeep, when Nita fully repairs it and adds a little Calderan bling as well, so much so that it's called "the most recognizable ship in the Rim" or some such.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Yes, Gunner finds one. Yes, he uses it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In a continent where no-one else even knows how to repair their own machinery, or even tell if it's broken, Nita qualifies, or is at least perceived as this by everyone else.
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  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Gunner, and it's probably for the better.
  • The Captain: Captain West, of course.
  • The Sky Is an Ocean: Complete with Sky Pirates!
  • Trigger Happy: The appropriately nicknamed Gunner and his treasure trove of Cool Guns...including a rocket launcher.
  • Wrench Wench: Nita, full stop.
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