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Literature / Free Wrench

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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.

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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