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Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

by Kelly Link (Editor & Contributor), Gavin J. Grant (Editor)

Other authors: M. T. Anderson (Contributor), Holly Black (Contributor), Libba Bray (Contributor), Shawn Cheng (Contributor), Cassandra Clare (Contributor)8 more, Cory Doctorow (Contributor), Dylan Horrocks (Contributor), Kathleen Jennings (Contributor), Elizabeth Knox (Contributor), Garth Nix (Contributor), Christopher Rowe (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Ysabeau S. Wilce (Contributor)

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An ambitious anthology by authors M.T. Anderson, Cory Doctorow, Libba Bray, Holly Black and others that expand the world of steampunk beyond its familiar Victorian setting. ( )
  lillibrary | Feb 20, 2017 |
many of the stories are interesting. But sadly, some don't rise to the same level of interest. ( )
  deldevries | Apr 25, 2016 |
A collection of short stories, in settings past, present and future, where the technological wonders have made for very different societies. ( )
  lilibrarian | Oct 20, 2014 |
This is a collection of entertaining but largely forgettable stories. One of the challenges for authors of steampunk seems to be that, perhaps more than most subgenres, it's all about the mood or color details, which invites superficiality. There's plenty of color in these stories, and it's fun to see the way the authors make Victorian tropes or themes their own - but only a handful of the stories actually have a substantive heart and brain to fill out their attractive trappings.

My favorites included Cory Doctorow, 'Clockwork Fagin', about the (temporary?) salvation of the kids in a workhouse/ orphanage; Elizabeth Knox, 'Gethsemane', clearly inspired by the devastating 1902 real-world explosion of the Mount Pelee volcano on the Caribbean island of Martinique; Kelly Link, 'the Summer People', about faeries in Appalachia; and Dylan Horrocks, 'Steam Girl', which walks a wonderful edge of inviting both skepticism and suspension of disbelief (within the framework of the story) right up to the story's emotionally satisfying conclusion. ( )
  bezoar44 | Oct 29, 2013 |
Steampunk! is an anthology of the magic thirteen stories from various authors attempting to write something original and exciting as the genre by mixing all kinds of genre fiction against the backdrop of steampunk world although some might feel out of context.

This is probably the first time I had some difficulties in judging an anthology that I use what is left of my algebra to determine the rating and this is what I came out with. The book is a worthy investment and there are great stories in this collection which outweigh its flaws. Considering most of the story is quite Young Adult, I don't suppose many would like it that way. But the genre is quite vast and the enjoyment is to each of their own.

In Cassandra Clare's "Some Fortunate Future Day", it began with her character, Rose living alone with her mechanicals in her home amidst a war and found an injured you man and nurse him until he's well with the help of her mechanical dolls. During the duration of time, she admires the man and fell in love in him and sought for his affection. Unfortunately as a teenage love, the story can border on needy unhealthy obsession and unrealistic view on love and also immaturity that made the story quite problematic and definitely morbid. Had I took the story in a somewhat less twisted point of view, it can be quite disappointingly shallow. (0.5)

With Libba Bray's "The Last Rite of the Glory Girls", which told a YA Western about a girl who infiltrates a group of girl gang and find her calling. As I am Asian enough to have no fascination over most romanticized Western stories, I also find the story isn't as compelling as it is meant to be. I mean, gritty strong rebellious girls, who wouldn't like that right? Except me. Plus the whole religion subtext is quite overwhelming for someone who basically have no Christian education whatsoever to understand why some of the characters behave in certain way (ironically for a muslim I know) or terms that the author think I should know. Most importantly, I didn't really find clarity from those to connect with the plot which made the story lost its allure. (0)

Cory Doctorow's "Clockwork Fagin" is one fascinating tale about an orphanage for the orphaned disabled kids and the kids suffered under a brutal caretaker which uses them to be beggars (happen in modern times too) and at the same time, abuses them whenever he like. Until one day a boy came and kill that cruel man and offered the kids a way to escape their cruel life with some ingenious mechanical trick. Honestly, I noted the Dickens in this story but then I was quite amazed through the story amid the gloomy storyline and suddenly there's gore and then genius moments and then a satisfying and rather moralistic end. This prove to be one of the clever and unexpected story in this anthology. (1)

In Shawn Cheng's "Seven Days Beset by Demons"'s graphic story told in a week length interval of the thematic 'Seven Sins' about a smart clockwork peddler who sells clockwork pieces inside a globe and found himself in love with a girl. Interesting enough the story goes from hopeful to downright depressing as he found out that the love of his life is engaged to a jerk (well what other thing should the main character see in him really). If you aren't easily pissed off by random graphic story, you should be aware that not all writer can draw and let alone draw graphic novels. However had the character not suffered this insta-love in such small time, he would have redeemed himself rather than becoming the way he is at the end. (0.5)


Ysabeau S Wilce's "Hand in Glove" is more up to my usual reads about Constable Etreyo who had doubt about the incarceration of a man who is said to commit serial murders in the city and she became desperate when the man was doomed to be hung when she knew there's a real killer out there. If one could remember the world created in Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes and BBC's Ripper Street, this story neatly align with the usual investigative story with a 'Mary Shelley' twist. (1)

On Delia Sherman's "Ghost of Cwmlech Manor", it began with the story of how Cwmlech Manor gained its ghost and a girl who became fascinated by the story and became the new heir's housekeeper with a condition that he would cook for him as his automaton and his hobbies can't feed him properly. Despite being a ghost story, the plot took an interesting turn that made the story unpredictable in some point. Another story deserving a full length novel as it should. (1)

Ah, "Gethsemane". Elizabeth Knox's literary fiction about a woman and a girl, a man and a boy on an island where everything flourish and filled with meddlesome gossiping folks of with stories of witches, airships people and weird events that forebodes the island ultimate fate. Personally I felt the story drags into meaningless oblivion with unnecessary characterization and no plot clarity whatsoever. The only salvageable came from this story was the probably comprehensible resolution at the end. I guess the point is to suck all the words and the style and the prose and immerse in a the solitary cocoon of written intricacies. Problem is, I question everything the author did to a story or a plot or the characterization and etc. I can't accept these things blindly without mulling over to see what fits. I only see bloated ambitious writing with no context. It cause indigestion. Plus not single one review on this story actually told anything consistent about the story. What is the point in there? (0)

Kelly Link's "The Summer People" is a YA fantasy about Alice in Wonderland and the fae. Normally I would have like it better at the author done well enough with the story without the christian elements (again, I don't really mind about reading other's faith but I don't really find the connection with the story which make the element needless in the storyline. At least, write about it in a way anyone would have connected themselves with it instead of giving an afterthought on it). Personally, I don't find Fran interesting as a character. It would be interesting if she was a protagonist who have some actual personality than going through the motions. (0)

Yes, there's a Garth Nix story and this is it. "Peace in Our Time" is a compelling story of a man redemption and the story reminded me of some of Nathaniel Hawthorne which I've grown to love. When the protagonist aren't the way you would have expected, it does make the story move away from conventional means. The steampunk element in this is quite possibly the most correct in this book which made the act of reading became an act of revelation. Subtle placement of conflict and effective world building in around 12 paperback page, so far it did what it meant to be. (1)

Christopher Rowe's "Nowhere Fast" can be appropriately reason enough why I don't look forward to stuff written for men or written in a way that made some people (me) hard to connect to the content. Its a post-apocalyptic story of a town and its community and the American culture. Sadly, the only steampunk element was in the vehicle that suddenly pop into the town. Honestly, this would have been better with zombies in it. (0)

Another graphic novel by Kathleen Jennings called "Finishing School". If you like the art in Tin-Tin or Osamu Tezuka stories, this short story is pretty well crafted and the content is quite inspiring and girl empowering. Set in a boarding girl school where a school girl befriended a weird girl who was outspoken and too intelligent for her own good and challenge the conventional views inflicted upon her. (1)

Dylan Horrock's "Steam Girl" introduce us to an inception of stories from the point of view of the narrator who found himself fascinated by an alienated girl in his high school where she told him the story of Steam Girl who had adventures with her father and fight evil in mars. I actually prefer this above the pulpy "Princess of Mars" and is quite similar in vein with the 2006 movie "The Fall". (1)

For those loving steampunk romance, Holly Black's "Everything Amiable and Obliging". Although the story is quite similar to Jane Austen-like romance but there's the clockwork machines that does the work for them instead of the servants and the house itself is a large machine. Despite the overall shallowness of the characters, the forbidden love and etc, I find myself enjoying the story. Its quite similar to Marrisa Meyer's Cinder in a way. (0.5)

and finally the Roman tragedy classics appropriation by M.T. Anderson which told us about Marcus Furius and his story and the revenge element in it, the birth of "Oracle Engine", the rise of Rome and the common Rome associated stories and the eventual destruction. I enjoy the inclusion of the known Roman works and was familiar with them from the online course I've involved in last year. But the story is quite passively narrated and the story is really just paraphrases of chosen classics and a summary of a very complicated story. I think it would do more justice had it been a proper length for it. (0.5)
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  aoibhealfae | Sep 23, 2013 |
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Link, KellyEditor & Contributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Gavin J.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, M. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, HollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bray, LibbaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheng, ShawnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clare, CassandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, CoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horrocks, DylanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jennings, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knox, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nix, GarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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(For Some Fortunate Future Day pages 1-16)

Time is many things, her father told her.
(For The Last Ride of the Glory Girls pages 17-53)

I were riding with the Glory Girls, and we had an appointment with the 4:10 coming through the Kelly Pass.
(For Clockwork Fagin pages 54-92)

Monty Goldfarb walked into Saint Agatha's like he owned the place, a superior look on the half of his face that was still intact, a spring in his step despite his steel left leg.
(For Seven Days Beset by Demons pages 93-107)

Monday
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Like bees to honey, they cluster around him, Anibal Aguille y Wilkins, the golden boy of the Califa Police Department, thrice decorated, always decorative.
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When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd
The rich-proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-raz'd
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen . . . the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increased store with loss, and loss with store;
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Or state itself confounded to decay;
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate-
That Time will come and take my love away….
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Some fortunate future day / Cassandra Clare --

The last ride of the Glory Girls / Libba Bray --

Clockwork Fagin / Cory Doctorow --

Seven days beset by demons / Shawn Cheng --

Hand in glove / Ysabeau S. Wilce --

The ghost of Cwmlech Manor / Delia Sherman --

Gethsemane / Elizabeth Knox --

The summer people / Kelly Link --

Peace in our time / Garth Nix --

Nowhere fast / Christopher Rowe --

Finishing school / Kathleen Jennings --

Steam girl / Dylan Horrocks --

Everything amiable and obliging / Holly Black --

The oracle engine / M.T. Anderson
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763648434, Hardcover)

Imagine an altrnate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre's established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings as diverse as Appalachia, Ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have invited all-new explorations and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies the genre even as it defines it.



With fantastically strange stories by:

M. T. Anderson

Holly Black

Libba Bray

Shawn Cheng

Cassandra Clare

Cory Doctorow

Dylan Horrocks

Kathleen Jennings

Elizabeth Knox

Kelly Link

Garth Nix

Christopher Rowe

Delia Sherman

Ysabeau S. Wilce

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:31 -0400)

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A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

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