Sunday, 16 September 2012

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Goodreads Summary : 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

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : I was really excited to get my hands on a rich collection of stories from my favorite authors of my favorite time period of clockworks and automatons.
The Best of them were Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks which a story of a odd girl and lone boy, and how they developed felling for each other when the girl told a story to the boy about Steam Girl, and her inventions and interplanetary adventures,

Holly Black's Everything Amiable and Obliging where a girl saves her cousin from falling in love with a automation, and prevents her from bringing shame to their family. The concept original and the the narration was brilliant.

Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare was a story of a girl who harbored a false hope for falling in love with a wounded solider she saved. Needless to say , Cassie Clare is queen of steampunk and she delivered such awesome story.

The Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray was story of a band of girl who rob trains by stopping time using clockworks. The concept was good but the story weaving was complicated.

Oracle Engine by M. T. Anderson delivers a steampunk twist in roman story set in a alternative history. Nice piece of work and I liked it but somehow the ending was predicted.

The Summer People by Kelly Link and Peace in Our Time by Garth Nix was disappointing after reading some awesome steampunk stories.

Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow was touching story of mutilated children in a orphanage. the story was very affecting for me

The Ghost of Gwemlach Manor by Delia Sherman was a story of a servant girl who was hired to assist an inventor, and later become a scientist herself. effective story from technical aspect.

Two brilliant graphic novels Shawn Cheng's Seven Days Beset by Demons and Kathleen Jennings's Finishing School was two intelligently drawn graphic novels, which i really really enjoyed.

I can't say each and every story was awesome but most of them were, and I couldn't relate couple of stories to steampunk world I build in my imagination. Some of the story was strangely intelligent and utterly awesome, that i could read them over and over.

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  1. Woah, this sounds like an interesting anthology! I'm not normally into steampunk, but this has piqued my interest!

  2. It's a good anthology, short yet rich stories :)