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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 its genre even as it defines it. Add to Cart. Most anthologies are very uneven and I end up being bored by some of the stories and downright hate a couple.

This one, though, held my interest throughout; there is not one story in it that I disliked. If you have any interest in steampunk literature- or even a love of fantasy- get this book.

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Summary: The term "steampunk" conjures up visions of gaslit foggy London alleyways, but the stories in Steampunk! They all take the trappings of steampunk and move them out of London, out of the Victorian era, and into times and places that steampunk's never been before. Individual Reviews: - "Some Fortunate Future Day" by Cassandra Clare involves a girl left alone in a house with only her clockwork dolls for company.

I liked this one a lot, although it ended right at a critical point, making me anxious to know what happened next.

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One of my favorites in the collection: girl-power western, train heist, and a substantial steampunk feeling without the fog. This was also a great story, although a take on Dickens is not necessarily the best way to take steampunk to new locations, even if the orphanage was technically in Canada, not London. A detective has to solve a series of murders, strangulations of random people in the street with no witnesses. While I'm not sure how well all of the various elements in this story fit into a steampunk framework, I definitely enjoyed the mystery.

When a young lord returns to the run-down and haunted Cwmlech Manor with clockwork servants and a plan. I don't know that I would have predicted it, but it turns out that ghost stories and steampunk go together surprisingly well. Not my favorite, felt like more of a zombie story, that was only really "steampunk" because there was an airship tossed in. It involves a young girl who is stuck in her small town, as a caretaker to a mysterious house filled with even more mysterious things.


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The only steampunk element was some clockwork toys the summer people leave behind, but it was such a good, creepy fairy story that I didn't care. An interesting story, although I had a decent idea of how it was going to play out. The pacing in this story felt strange, and I didn't really get steampunk feeling from it.

It had a Ray-Bradbury-esque feel to it, and I'm always a sucker for a good romance, so I was sold. Anderson is set in the time of the Roman Empire, and involves a young man who builds a calculating machine that can take the place of the oracles in predicting the will of the gods and the courses of battles.

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From a story level, this wasn't my favorite not bad by any means, but pretty heavily focused on military strategy , but I thought it did the best job of any story in the collection at creating a world that used no traditional steampunk elements but felt thoroughly steampunky nonetheless. Recommendation: Not as uniformly excellent as some of the other themed anthologies I've read, but it's a fun idea, and the good stories area really, really good.

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If you're a fan of steampunk, or if you haven't read much of it but are curious to see what it can do as a genre, this collection provides a good sampling. This is a collection of entertaining but largely forgettable stories.

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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? A mostly even collection of mostly readable stories, some of them definitely of the steampunk genre, but others of which cling only tenuously to that theme. Hand in Glove for example, owes as much or more to classic horror than it does to a lands populated with clockhorses and Mechanicians. On an aesthetic note, the hardcover edition with the red cover makes the book appear intended for a much younger audience.

While some of the stories do feature younger protagonists, just as many do not. Here at Walmart.

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