Review: Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

In the first major YA steampunk anthology, fourteen top storytellers push the genre’s mix of sci-fi, fantasy, history, and adventure in fascinating new directions.

Imagine an alternate 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. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the steampunk genre’s established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings as diverse as Appalachia, Ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.
Note: I had meant to post something else today but then Kimba commented and I realised this was the perfect book to make the week even more steampunk! So this has been steampunk week πŸ˜€
My thoughts:
“Some Unfortunate Future Day” by Cassandra Clare
I liked this one, in a way it felt kind of horror-ish cos the girl turns acreepy in the end.
“The Last Ride of the Glory Girls” by Libba Bray
This one was good too, but for me it did not really work as a short story, I had too many questions about the world. Where were they?
“Clockwork Fagin” by Cory Doctorow
Oliver Twist and, no this was kind of boring.
“Seven Days Beset by Demons” by Shawn Cheng
A graphic short, it was not that fun either but it was over fast.
“Hand in Glove” by Ysabeau S. Wilce
I was not that into this story, it just did not pull me in .
“Ghost of Cwmlech Manor” by Delia Sherman
This one was kind of nice, Ghosts and steam was different.
“Gethsemane” by Elizabeth Knox
I got all confused by this one, it had potential but it just lost me along the way
“The Summer People” by Kelly Link
I liked this one but at the same time I was disappointed cos it certainly was not steampunk. But it was still good and…EVIL πŸ˜‰
“Peace in Our Time” by Garth Nix
I was a bit what? It had promise…but needed more. It was more a book in progress.
“Nowhere Fast” by Christopher Rowe
Post-apocalyptic…what does that has to do with steampunk? Still good but eh?
“Finishing School” by Kathleen Jennings
Graphic short, did not like it
“Steam Girl” by Dylan Horrocks
Ok the only steamunk here was in a story a girl told,  that does not work for me either. Oh and it was meh.
“Everything Amiable and Obliging” by Holly Black
This one was the best one of the bunch!
“The Oracle Engine” by M.T. Anderson.
….I skimmed and skimmed. Boring
Yes some were meh, some bad and some good but all in all an ok anthology.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Walker UK
Steampunk /adventure /romance


36 thoughts on “Review: Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

  1. Jenny says:

    I still need to read something by Holly Black, I've heard such great things about her. And now I'm curious about her contribution to this anthology! Glad you loved it:)

  2. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    I've been curious about this, and I'm not surprised that Holly's was the best of the bunch! I'd probably like Kelly Link's too because I love her writing, even if it wasn't strictly steampunk. Thanks for featuring this, and love your review!

  3. Melliane says:

    Oh I know you're not into anthology so I'm really proud of you. I didn't know this one I confess and even if I know the names I haven't read any of their books.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Anthologies are so hit and miss for me. Some good, some not so good. I still haven't tried Steampunk but maybe an anthology isn't a good place to start.

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