Pagan Babies dStrong female lead Technology goes wrong Slightlyisturbing topic of machines and love EnjoyedThe Oracle Engine by MTAnderson Strong narrative voice Flying machines War Men Revenge Twists EnjoyedI enjoyed the stories I guess something about their execution kept me from being completely The Joy of Work drawn in This could easily be four stars for somemany people I suspect All these authors are writers to keep an eye on Steampunk An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories is a new young adult collection edited by veteran anthologists Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant Featuring twelve conventional short stories and two graphic entries Steampunk showcases a wide variety of ideas and styles that fall under the steampunk umbrella The collection is entertaining and is lent extra freshness by the variety of settings explored by the authors none of the stories are set in Victorian LondonThe book begins with Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare This is a creepy little story about a rather warped young girl whoesires love but knows very little about it The ending will leave you wondering How many times Set in an alternate Wild West on another planet Libba Bray s The Last Ride of the Glory Girls follows a girl who goes undercover with a gang of female outlaws and finds her loyalties shifting toward them and away from the Pinkertons she works for The narrative voice is terrific I kept imagining the story being told by Hailee Steinfeld and the religious cult that haunts her past is chilling Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow is set in an oppressive orphanage for children maimed in factory accidents Their keeper meets his untimely end and the kids see a chance to seize their own Best Practices destinies The story is macabre a bit twisted andarkly funny and ends in a surprisingly uplifting wayThe first of the two graphic entries is Shawn Cheng s Seven Days Beset by Demons I The Real Truth about Success don t think I uite got this one I had trouble liking the protagonist and while I enjoyed other stories in the anthology that revolved around unsympathetic characters this oneidn t give me much to sink my teeth into except the emotional state of the protagonist His reactions just seemed way overboard in regards to how briefly he The IKEA Edge d known his love interest but I ll grant that this may have been an intentionalecision related to the story s Seven Deadly Sins themeYsabeau S Wilce offers a tale of early forensics and mad science in Hand in Glove A Splish, Splash! detective struggles against her fellow officers reluctance to embrace newfangled methods of crime solving as she investigates a mysterious murder spree An enjoyable story The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor by Delia Sherman is a charming entry a Gothic ghost story with a mechanical twist It s beautifully written andoesn t go uite where you expect it to in large part because of its spirited heroine who chafes at restrictions of both gender and classElizabeth Knox s Gethsemane is set in the South Pacific but is based at least in part on the 1902 eruption of Mt Pelee in the West Indies island of Martiniue Knox follows four characters each of whom has a story and each of these stories is made up of a complex tangle of truth and lies The lies start to unravel as Simple Italian Snacks disaster strikes Gethsemane and the truthsiscovered are often tragic but the process of learning them is satisfying for the reader The Summer People by Kelly Link is a story of fairies in Appalachia The steampunk connection is a bit tenuous you could remove the steampunk and still have essentially the same story but it Biscuit Meets the Class Pet does provide a clever new look at why one shouldn t take certain metals along while visiting the fairies Even though it s really of a fairy story than a steampunk one The Summer People is haunting I think I ll remember its twist and the rooms of the fairies house for a long timeGarth Nix s Peace in Our Time centers on an old man who at first seemsoddering and innocent but whose role in a horrific cataclysm unfolds gradually as he is interrogated by a young woman An interesting character studyChristopher Rowe s Nowhere Fast is set in Kentucky in a post apocalyptic future Anti technological beliefs have taken over to the point of becoming repressive Into this setting comes a young man in a Werewolf Smackdown (Felix Gomez, device that isn t at all exotic to us but is shocking to the townspeople a car I thought this story was going somewherearker than it actually went but it s a thought provoking look at how any philosophy can be taken too farThe second graphic entry is Finishing School by Kathleen Jennings Engaging and well My Jesus Year drawn Finishing School tells the story of a famous aviatrix s first flight as seen through the eyes of her childhood friend now aentist I enjoyed it and wished there were of it I wanted to see of both women s lives Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks is set in our own time as a teenage boy falls slowly and awkwardly in love with a geeky outcast girl in his class They bond over the graphic novels the girl writes which relate the adventures of Steam Girl an author avatar whose life is filled with planet hopping high adventure Meanwhile they face bullying at school and it also becomes evident that the Steam Girl yarns are closely tied to their creator s troubled real life than one might expect Steam Girl is an absolutely beautiful story in which any high school pariah current or former will see a little bit of him or herself ETA And I want to tell Shanaia that It Gets Better for geeks too Get thee to a SF con girl You ll be beating off suitors with a stickNext is Holly Black s Everything Amiable and Obliging This story is set in an alternate Regency England where automata are employed as omestics and in other subservient positions The narrator s cousin falls in love with an automaton and the narrator tries to scuttle the romance by proving the automaton is incapable of love Like Nowhere Fast this is a the romance by proving the automaton is incapable of love Like Nowhere Fast this is a I thought was going to go arker than it The Mistress Diaries (Pembroke Palace, did Black paints aisturbing scenario regarding the sentience or not and the free will or not of the robots but ties it up in a way that seems fluffier than is warranted by the themesClosing out the anthology is MT Anderson s The the themesClosing out the anthology is MT Anderson s The Engine Anderson places his entry in an ancient Rome that never was It s much like the real historical Rome but these Romans have advanced technology They have flying machines and it s implied that they nuked Carthage The Oracle Engine The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl draws on the real life history of the consul Crassus and uses that as the foundation for a terrific story of revenge If you know your Greco Roman mythology it s not hard to guess where this story is going but Anderson makes the journey irresistible Also includes a great joke that s ostensibly about an order of male Vestalsedicated to the oracle engine but is really a little poke at present Poisonous Snakes day computer geeks Steampunk An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories is a solid anthology well worth picking up by any young adult or not so young adult reader interested in the steampunk genre Especially satisfying were the complex characters who populate these tales and theiverse range of settings My personal favorites were the entries by Link Horrocks and Anderson but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole collection and have Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, discovered some new authors to try I haven t enjoyed a YA anthology this much since Zombies Vs Unicorns Picking authors who can write and have a lot of interest in the genre as opposed to those who are popular really paid off here The only exception to this assumption is the opening short story by Cassandra Clare But I guess there was no way to avoid that as Clare is currently considered to be the shining beacon of YA steampunk and thus assigned as the main attraction in this bookThe subtitle of the collection is An Anthology if Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories and indeed it s not a lie this book is full of imaginative and original stories My vision of what steampunk is is pretty pedestrian and looks something like thisFor the most part the authors cater to such vision and a few even manage to bend it to their purposes and create somearn good stories Although there are some who think that using words like engineer or gadget once or twice in a story is sufficient to make
It Steampunk I Disagree steampunk I Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey, disagree whato I knowNow to the stories themselvesMy most favorite in the collection without contest Dylan Horrocks s Steam Girl It s a sweet story about a Chore Whore developing friendship and maybe between a lonely boy and a new girl in school who calls herself Steam Girl and tells strange tales about her inve. Ettings asiverse as Canada New Zealand Appalachia Wales ancient Rome future Australia and alternate CaliforniaVisionaries Link and Grant have invited all new interpretations 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 The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition defies even as itefines the genre. ,
SUMMARY Steampunk An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories.
I ve been struggling to understand what steampunk means A month ago I have mentioned such words as Victorian invention pipes and weird before giving up and muttering steam and punk This anthology has its share of all these things but as I read through these stories many of them good a few of them great I realized that steampunk is than its accoutrements It s an almost spiritual belief that technology can achieve miracles wonders and perhaps even transcendence This is illustrated in what I consider to be the best of these stories Steam Girl in which the highly imaginative tales that one lonely child tells another prove to be the awakening and salvation that both of them needNot all wonders are bright though Another standout story The Oracle Engine explores an alternate Rome uring the period of the firs Initial reaction Well that was fairly freaky I ll admit I saw this listed in my feed saw the link to read it and took some odd minutes to read it To be honest Rose was a bit too self absorbed for my liking so I idn t like her but there were parts of this story that were interesting and I think the automatons were a nice touch though I felt like there was still to the story needed even with the freakish ending and yeah I consider it freakish for a number of reasonsFull reviewSome Fortunate Future Day was a short story under 5000 words that was featured in the Steampunk compliation by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant I ve read a few of Clare s short stories and found some of them worth the brief reads but while there were some interesting ideas with this particular story it wasn t my cuppa I think part of that might ve been the rather brash and absorbed character of Rose who lives among a group of automatons while waiting for her father to return home from war She happens upon a stranger who ends up stranded near her home and nurses him back to health She also falls madly in love with him Yet when circumstances aren t to be and she blames herself for not making herself appealing to himwell I think one can read the ending for themselves and get the idea I ll admit it was interesting in a twist freakish way but the execution idn t uite Memory Boot Camp draw me in for lack of connection I liked parts of the tone which had aark coloring and almost keen London Calling desperation on the part of Rose I also liked the personalities of the automatons The setting was wellrawn for the brevity but Orchard Valley Grooms didn t uiteraw me into the story completelyI think it was worth the time taken to read but not one of my favorite stories on the wholeOverall score 25 282142857143 25 I Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 don t normally go for Steampunk and it may have come out in the ratings The authors I read this for greatly let meown The entire anthology let me Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, down a fair bit and it saddened me and also took me way to long to read It was just generally tiring Some Fortunate Future Day Cassandra Clare This was relatively creepy Like this girl is living in her house alone with just clockwork creatures to keep her company and this boy fighting in a war lands in her garden so she concocts this idea in her head that they will fall in love and get married So there s insta love And weon t Rose s age which is creepy And there s time travel I just The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant didn t like this TW talk of alcoholism previous loss of loved oneeath of pet One Girl One Dream death war themes The Last Ride of the Glory Girls Libba Bray A girl goes undercover to work out exactly how a girl gang are pulling off remarkably impossible robberies They steal from rich people by pausing time with aevice So the girl get s pulled in The Amazing SAS deeper andeeper and I would The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter definitely like to think there is some homoerotic subtext in there TW weight comments violence previous loss of loved ones talk of prostitution sexual harassment Clockwork Fagin Cory Doctorow Oneay this boy comes along to a home for children who have become Broken Prophecy disabled via workplace accident Once he takes charge they start to build a mechanical guardian to fool the supervisors This is all about found family and it s great It sefinitely one of the better ones TW talk of suicide previous loss of loved one talk of alcoholism whipping The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, death abuse Seven Days Beset By Demons Shawn Cheng 5This is a cartoon about the seveneadly sins I Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, don t really know what to think about this The art was kind of basic says the person with no artistic talent TW alcohol consumption Hand in Glove Ysabeau S Wilce 5Either swear Oron t This is a literal pet peeve of mine Swear Or The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker don t Don t use the words frack or something Ion t care Just Quadruplets On The Doorstep don t This has sexism as a main theme which was interesting and it wasn t solved Like that was the reason no one was listening to her You can t start with that topic and not resolve it or look at it head on It s basically Frankenstein s monster and it combines magic science with necromancy which is cool TWeath sexism The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor Delia Sherman Set in Wales with an aristocrat ghost
The Lost Descendant Alost Luke descendant a housekeeper and a mechanical kitchen maid with that great old mansion aesthetic TWeath previous loss of loved one violence Gethsemane Elizabeth Knox This is very complicated and I couldn t keep track On one hand this is about human relationships and human interactions but also there was a geyser which explodes I think this also might be set in New Zealand because she s a NZ author but also I swear at some point they use the words European Snow So maybe not TW The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane death loss of loved one violence alcohol consumption use of the word wtch slavery The Summer People Kelly Link 5 Be Bold Be Bold But not too Bold This is really cool It kind of start s surrounding religion apparently Ion t really remember this aspect of the book and the girl is sick But she still has to work because her Dad isn t in town and one of her ex friends comes and helps her clean houses and then helps her get better by visiting a house and her Dad s made enemies and I m oing a really bad job of explaining it by I enjoyed it Also the friend is a lesbian and I spent the entire thing waiting for the MC to be like TW talk of alcohol consumption talk of alcoholism previous loss of loved one use of the word lez Peace In Our Time Garth Nix 5This Has An Old Man Living In Seclusion Nix 5This has an old man living in seclusion an assassininterrogator coming to his house and throughout the short we find out why he s living alone where everyone went and generally just about how terribly having the codes to world amaging war weapons in the hands of a few powerful people TW The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning death war themes portrayal of mental illness probablyementia or Alzheimer s Nowhere Fast Christopher Rowe This is a rural town that lives with minimal contact with other towns because there are no cars because 2 generations back there was a major war where they fought for a better cleaner Earth Now a guy has come to town in a self made car This is isturbingly similar to what could possibly happen at some point in the near future Which is maybe the point of Steampunk as a genre TW war themes violence Finishing School Kathleen Jennings THis was a cartoon set at a finishing school with colonialism at the heart and a lot of homoerotic subtext So Your looking at that 1 Star aren t you It just was really bad Like I idn t like the art style which feels mean but And the plot was super confusing And a lot happened that was really confusing TW previous loss of loved one Steam Girl Dylan Horrocks 5This uestions reality what s real and what s not A new girl comes to school and she s kind of weird She always wears a helmet and that s enough for her to be bullied But when the main character who s name I on t remember befriends her he gets bullied as well They bond over a comic the girl has written
"It s really good and super sad TW fatphobia talk of school shooting use of the word "s really good and super sad TW fatphobia talk of school shooting use of the word talk of rug usage bullying talk of sexual harassment Everything Amiable Obliging Holly Black 5 with tears in my eyes Holly Black why The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated did you write about some of my least favourite tropes Incest bothuman relationships I m very sad I wrote aroace so maybe it wasn t all bad But Ion t think there was an aroace character so very confused There was also talk of sexbots which may be my inner asexual but ew They exist in real life I Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue don t need them in an anthology written in 2011 Oh They may not have existed Still Everything about this wasn t good but it was written well so 2 Stars Ion t want to give anything by Holly Black less than 2 Stars TW previous loss of loved one talk of gambling talk of prostitution The Oracle Engine M T Anderson 5This was Rome and Steamp. Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign Where tinkerers and Silent Confessions dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons ornate clockworks calculating machines and other marvels that never were Where scientists and schoolgirls fair folk and Romans intergalactic bandits Utopian revolutionaries and intrepid orphansecked out in corsets clockwerk suits and tall black boots solve ast. Unk so obviously Clockwork Oracle and classic Roman betrayals etc I liked this With tragedy and eaths and just classic Roman stuff TW loss of loved one financial struggles 74 Seaside Avenue death incestThis anthology was fine Nothing particularly special and no 5 Stars But I would recommend Steam Girl The Summer People The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor and Clockwork Fagin I am sad Holly Black sniffs let meown RTC Overall a uality collection There s at least five stories I really really liked and none I The Note d call anything worse than mediocre My favourites are starred Some Fortunate Days by Cassandra Clare In retrospect it s probably a good thing this was the first story of the collection It s not terrible but the next couple stories hit it out of the park and there s no way this wouldn t have felt like aisappointment if I The Loving Gift d read it after Libba Bray or Cory Doctorow s story I also think she took the least interesting rou I only read the Cory Doctorow story Clockwork Fagin as I picked up a free preview copy of the story on my Kindle Doctorow proves with his story that heoes steampunk just as well as he The Wildcatter does cyberpunk It wasefinitely good enough to make me consider buying the entire anthology Overall a solid compilation A couple of stories weren t steampunkish enough Link s andor compelling Knox s Even Garth Nix s entry was just a short shaggy Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, dog story as it were though the punch lineid make you think But there were far excellent tales than not Clare Bray Doctorow Rowe and Black kept true to the theme and turned out enjoyable and imaginative stories The Oracle Engine with its basis in Roman history was interesting for a while but it soon became obvious what was going to happen Though if you haven t read anything about the Greek oracles and how their predictions were misinterpreted most famously the wooden wall of Athens then the resolution might be a surprise Hand in Glove Wilce s Her Nine Month Confession detective story was a blast to read I longed for it to be a novel or a series of stories la Sherlock Holmes Sherman s ghost story was somewhat predictable yet captivating nonetheless But my favorite by far was Dylan Horrock s Steam Girl with its two likable eually interesting characters and a plot that keeps you enthralled and as off balance as the narrator It s a superb work and one that could have been the title story in the collection ie Steam Girl and Other Steampunk StoriesThe best thing about Steampunk is that the editors made good on their promise to explore and expand what steampunk means giving us a set of stories that avoids repetition of setting plot or character Here s hoping theyo Steampunk II I love the idea of steampunk I love the fashion it has inspired and the subculture around it and I want to love the fiction I haven t read a whole lot of it yet for various reasons and what I have read hasn t always worked for me This anthology though put together by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant coming out from Candlewick Press makes me very happy indeed It might be the fact that it is aimed at the YA market that helps it hit the mark so well It takes the notion of steampunk and A Southern Reunion does some seriously mad things with it There are outrageous characters unexpected settings and some wonderful wonderful narratives With very little fog and few bowler hats There are a number of outstanding stories I read Libba Bray s Going Bovine a while back and fell in love with it so seeing her name in this ToC was like following the scent of chocolate The Last Ride of the Glory Girls is indeed simply glorious Girl outlaws clockwork friendship religion love and a tantalising world it s all here Adelaide is adept at working with various clockwork contraptions and ends up working for the local law enforcement As such she goes undercover and things proceed The characters are charming mostly the plot unfolds at a brisk and enjoyable pace and the few hints that Brayrops about the world make me want to email her right now and DEMAND a novel set in this place The narrator s voice added to my elight with the story too Bray takes a chance on using a slang were instead of was etc that could have seemed forced or unnatural and manages to make it both consistent and lilting rather than jarring This is a seriously good storyKelly Link contributes The Summer People and while I absolutely adore it I admit that I Don T Really Understand t really understand place in a steampunk anthology There are some minor aspects that I can see tying into the theme but they on t really seem important enough to make this story really fit the genre Anyway I m not actually much of a one for hard n fast genre elineation so whatever It s a brilliant story Fran is left to whatever It s a brilliant story Fran is left to after herself the house and the family business while sick when her ad The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue decides to go and get right with God She enlists the help of a former friend Ophelia and the two end up spending time together than Fran had expected Link gets a lot of interesting issues into this story The relationship between the two girls is a complex one based on family status and origin and expectations Fran s relationship with her father is certainly a complex one and there are suggestions that things in the wider world are going pear shaped Both Fran and Ophelia are very readable This is another world about which I wouldevour a novel version in a heartbeatAnother story framed around the relationship of two unlikely friends is Steam Girl Using the story within a story trope Horrocks has the freaky new girl telling stories to the loner nerd at her new school It s a wonderful stunning mash of the indignities of being new and weird at school oh adolescent nightmare
"Together With A Rollicking "with a rollicking worthy of Verne there are Toward a Better Life dirigibles and interplanetary jaunts New girl and nerd work brilliantly while the jock and the popular girl made me have flashbacks Unlike the previous two stories this one really Short story anthologies are tough This one is a strong three stars Even though there were no lost causes as I read I never thought I give it four Some stories soared but I guess not high enough or long enoughAnother thing and it is a Catch 22 but I found myself impatiently flipping pages at times wondering how many remained I longed for novels I think I wanted the stories to Die Konigreiche Israel Und Juda Im 9. Jahrhundert V. Chr. draw me in faster andeep some Schaums Outline of Microbiology, Second Edition did yet I was still impatient wondering when it would endOne last thing Steampunk This was a good introduction Turns out I ve read some steampunk Philip Pullman Even though I will read steampunk including some of these authors Iid tire at times of reading this all at once I appreciate the effort to After the Rubicon develop speculative fiction fantasy and not emulate Tolkien I like the machines and the respect for mechanical skills but am not entirely convinced including those things alone makes aistinct genre Some of the stories contained of those elements than othersBrief perhaps idiosyncratic and unhelpful responses to each storySome Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare Included A Prescription for Murder dirigibles Wartime Abandoned female lead who may amuse andor appall Ambiguous ending Mostly enjoyedThe Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray Interesting world Strong female leads Orphans Rebellion Ambiguous ending that may satisfy Mostly enjoyedClockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow Read one of his novels Orphans Rebellion Murder Mostly enjoyedSeven Days Beset by Demons by Shawn Cheng Comic Deadly Sins EnjoyedHand in Glove by Ysabeau S Wilce Still plan to read one of her novels Murder Horror Femaleetective lead mostly strong Mostly enjoyedThe Ghost of Cwmlech Manor by Delia Sherman Mystery Admiration for rank Strong female lead Mostly enjoyedGethsemane by Elizabeth Knox Less steampunk perhaps Dirigibles Technology goes very wrong Female lead who perhaps sells out Ambiguous ending Witchcraft Googled the author EnjoyedThe Summer People by Kelly Link Also one of the editors Less steampunk perhaps Female lead who may be evil Sinister Mostly enjoyedPeace in Our Time by Garth Nix May be too cute Selfish old man OkayNowhere Fast by Christopher Rowe Googled the author Bicycles Enjoyable female lead Community Memory Longing EnjoyedFinishing School by Kathleen Jennings Comic Harder to raw me in Somewhat strong female leads Less eveloped but it may just be me and comicsSteam Girl by Dylan Horrocks Googled the author Setting seems to be our world Steampunk elements are mainly in the a story within the story Sensitive loser boy saved by loser girl and her story Mostly enjoyedEverything Amiable and Obliging by Holly Black Read a novel by this author. Ardly crimes escape from monstrous predicaments consult oracles and hover over volcanoes in steam powered airshipsHere in the first major steampunk anthology for young adults fourteen masters of speculative fiction including two graphic storytellers embrace the genre’s established blend of sci fi and fantasy action and adventure history and romance and refashion it in surprising ways and in ,