Steampunk!

Steampunk!

An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763648435
0763648434
Branch Call Number: Y SF
Characteristics: ix, 420 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Link, Kelly
Grant, Gavin J.

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

Clockworks…mechanical dolls…time travel…data mills…chromo lithograph images…an enigma apparatus…air ships…orphanages…Pinkerton agents…aeronauts…calculators (referring to the skill not the equipment), and even more of the elements that shape a well told steampunk tale are found in this anthology of short stories. There is romance too in the form of a Victorian story of love longing crumbling into a one sided romance of the imagination relegated to the “little sister” zone. There is a pinch of black humor thrown in for good measure. The settings range from the Old American West to London which the authors paint clearly through their storytelling skills.

The cast of readers (Sarah Coomes, Nico Evers-Swindell, Shannon McManus, Arthur Morey, Julia Whelan) bring these stories vividly to mind as they perform this collection of steampunk themed short stories.

Each story is absorbing, taking you into the world the author has aptly described for the listener. The characters are realistic and well fleshed out. This gathering of tales is well worth the trip to the strange but not unfamiliar world of the steampunk sci fi imagination.

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humbleworm
Oct 31, 2015

Some truly imaginative tales. I quite enjoyed the entire collection.

Diell Apr 24, 2014

Really enjoyed these stories, especially Steam Girl. Had detailed vivid pictures in my mind all the way through these stories.

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Riri_Goei
Oct 27, 2013

I'm usually not into anthologies, but this one captured my attention right away. This anthology opened doors to the Steampunk genre for me, and I loved it!! Cory Doctorow's Clockwork Fagin is seriously one of the best short stories I've read. The one in Ancient Rome (I forget the title) is also a must-read.

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thomd
Aug 26, 2013

This collection of Steampunk stories mostly avoid Victorian England and range from the Roman Empire to the future. They are generally quite good, though not all of course. I especially enjoyed Dylan Horrock's Steam Girl and Cory Doctorow's Clockwork Fagin. (Aug 9-26)

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isaacasimov
Dec 17, 2012

I put on my best pair of reading oculars, pumped the bellows to stoke the forge fires before I sat in my most comfortable sitting apparatus, pulled at the levers to recline into a more suitable position and began a wondrous journey into the realm of the mechanics that drive the pulleys, cogs and conveyers that move the clockwork mechanisms forward in the world of Steampunk.

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ACatNamedTofu
Sep 22, 2012

Most of the stories were quite good (I really liked Hand In Glove and the Ghost of Cwymlech Manor). However, that one by Cassandra Clare? Painfully bad.

Incinerated_Newt Apr 25, 2012

Fun and engaging. I love the different styles of stories and the slightly modern twist on steampunk content. Like any anthology, some authors do better than others with the subject matter, but overall this is a great read.

neko Dec 28, 2011

A great collection that adds to the breadth to the idea of Steampunk. Fantastic!

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