It was a great launch party, and I really enjoyed it! The marvelous James Dashner was the MC, and he did a great job.
We got to meet some of the characters from J. Scott Savage's books, including Marcus and Kyja from Far Word, and there were several hilarious skits played, all including a steam punk theme.
One especially funny one was regency romance combined with steam punk where the "hero" tried to make a steam powered automatic fan for his sweetheart which then malfunctioned, and... well, the results weren't pretty.
My favorite was a dance performed to the song Immortal from the movie Big Hero 6. I forgot the name of the dance group. But they did an amazing job, complete with steam punk attire, and everything!
Another funny scene was the "dragon" in tights which really made the kids in the audience crack up. He was a pretty funny guy!
After he was shooed away, (well, he never quite left) the screen came down, and we got to see a pretty cool dragon surrounded by flames on the big screen.
And of course, Mr. J. Scott Savage was there (being the author it would be odd if he wasn't) clad in minion pajamas of course, to talk about his book.
And of course I can't fail to mention that one of the great parts was the Fires of Invention trailer that played on the screen for us. Watch it, here! It's great!
What I really like about Mysteries of Cove, is that its message emphasizes how important it is to invent and create and make new things; not just simply regurgitate information from the past. Sure we need the past to learn from it, but we also need to move forward into the future, and be individuals who contribute and make things better for ourselves and for others.
From the book description:
"Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and invention is a curse word.
Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion; an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.
Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on and quite possibly their very lives."
To read more about this fantastic book and the author who wrote it, visit his website here.
And happy inventing!