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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Hardcover – Oct 11 2011
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Steampunk is hot at the moment in literature, art and fashion: This collection taps into the ethos without ever seeming topical or transient, thanks to contributions rich with much more than just steam and brass fittings. . . . An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists...Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone...This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of fantastically rich stories in this polished, outstanding collection...the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down... From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn't a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.
—Booklist (starred review)
It is about time that steampunk short stories really got a focused and creative exploration in YA lit, and this anthology of fourteen pieces is an excellent start.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
About the Author
Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant are firm believers in the do-it-yourself ethos that powers the steampunk movement. They started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR for five years. They live in western Massachusetts.
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Cassandra Clare "Some Fortunate Future Day"
Time travel, robots, and the chances of love. Steampunk meets Groundhog Day. Beautifully written.
Libba Bray "The Last Ride of the Glory Girls"
A Burroughs-like Mars, a girl gang robbing the trains and blimps. Very wild west in feel.
Cory Doctorow "Clockwork Fagin"
Not what you'd expect for Doctorow. Elegant little story.
Shawn Cheng "Seven Days Beset by Demons"
Short graphic novel. Well done in writing and in drawing. Nice to have this here.
Ysabeau Wilce "Hand in Glove"
The beginnings of scientific forensics.
Delia Sherman "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor"
Classic ghost story with feminist touches.
Elizabeth Knox "Gesthemane"
Love, green power, volcanic island, expedition...a muddle mostly.
Kelly Link "The Summer People"
I had forgotten this story, and had to go back to the book to remind myself of it.
Garth Nix "Peace in Our Time"
The last technocrat is judged.
Christopher Rowe "Nowhere Fast"
Homemade automobile in a non-technological future.
Kathleen Jennings "Finishing School"
Another graphical piece. Inspiring tale of an aeronautical pioneer.
Dylan Horrocks "Steam Girl"
Is the new student strange, or VERY strange?
Holly Black "Everything Amiable and Obliging"
Funny, steampunk romance. Not especially well written though.
Anderson "The Oracle Engine"
A Roman supercomputer leads to political upheaval.
The opening story, Cassandra Clare's "Some Fortunate Future Day," is beautiful but very bleak. Kelly Link's "The Summer People" is a gorgeous work reminiscent of Elizabeth Hand's "Last Summer at Mars Hill." It's complex, while lacking the trying-too-hard-to-be-literary air of some of Link's other published stories. Delia Sherman's "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor" is gently feminist. Ysabeau S. Wilce's "Hand in Glove" is a supernatural film noir romp set in her alternate world of Califa. Holly Black's "Everything Amiable and Obliging" is the one clunker. It imports clichéd Regency romance plot and slang into a standard Victorian steampunk setting, without renewing them by the combination.
I highly recommend this anthology to all steampunk fans. I hope that it is only the first in a series.
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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If you want something to keep in the restroom to read on occasion then this is worth it, but if you are looking for something to take on a car trip don't do it. This book took me a lot longer to get through than anything I have read recently. Pick it up used and it will probably be worth it.
**Note my copy was an uncorrected copy and some of the issues might have been fixed with a bit of editing.
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