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We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. ...
We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi
Stories also available for purchase separately.
Posted May 15, 2012
I was really excited to get this collection of Steampunk stories to read for Christmas. I just discovered the genre last year and was looking for any good stories I could find. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this collection.
First off, there was little to no Christmas anywhere. One of the stories just mentioned it as the heroine was ill and slept through it. If a book is going to be called a Christmas Anthology, then Christmas needs to be the main theme throughout. It wasn't. Bah Humbug!
Then there's the fact that these stories totally put the "steam" in Steampunk! Every story had fairly explicit sex scenes in them. I'm not a prude, but I prefer my literature without the sex. I like the romance that just hints at it and lets me imagine the rest. Nothing in the synopsis led me to believe there would be such steamy scenes. I worried about any teens who might grab the book because of the steampunk genre.
The stories themselves weren't captivating, so with the two strikes against them already, I just didn't really enjoy this anthology.
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Posted January 19, 2013
I enjoyed all the Holiday centered stories, and it's perfect for the holidays. I think two stood out over all for me; Crime Wave in a Corset and Far From Broken. I think these two stood out for me because they had more action and mystery to them. Oh goodness, after writing the review I realized I loved each of these stories in different ways as they are all different in their designs. You have daring, sexy, sweet, and dark stories in one place.
Crime Wave in a Corset
Cornelia returns home to signs someone had tripped her defenses and broke into her home, then to find someone, a man, attack her in her hidden office. Roderick Codington. Roderick finds he's attracted to the woman he fastens his deadly wrist shackle on and giving her seven days, until Christmas morning, before it will kill her unless she brings to him what she stole from him. A Fabrege Egg that brought happiness to a loved one. Once Cornelia learns where the Fabrege Egg is, she realizes whether she tries to get it or not, she very well could die by Christmas or if she does pull it off she'll break another's heart.
This story is full of steampunk gadgets. That's what a steampunk story should have! Clockwork devices, dawning of electrical harmful devices, and more. I have a soft spot for crafty thieves, and Cornelia is a successful thief at that. She keeps a hidden office accessed by a steam powered dumbwaiter along with many more at her fingertips.
We start with one chapter from Cornelia's view then go to Roderick's view. A romance love story in which maybe both Cornelia and Roderick will have more than gifts by Christmas morning while they learn about themselves and each other.
Far From Broken
She wakes in a hospital room made to be cozy, with her appendages heavier and not her own... metal and a mechanical eye. She wanted to die, they wouldn't let her. Thinking she'll never dance again and where is her Jasper? Four months has passed as Jasper was sent away from his wife as he seemed to upset her and to find those who attacked and tortured her and others, Jasper is now on his way to retrieve his wife. Jasper works to get close to his wife again. As she seems to come out of her shell, there are debts to be paid for saving her life and possibly danger for both still surviving.
Oh, this one caught my attention on many different levels from the get go. There are hints of many things, and all are answered here. I wondered on what the plans were with creating Callie into what she is, why she was attacked, and if these two could find a way to get to know each other again.
Jasper feels guilty, he's the reason she was attacked and tortured, and the one who saved and asked to have this work done to her - to have his love, Callie, with him. Now the War Office is coming to see what they've created and Jasper fears they will try to lay claim on his sweet Callie. Callie seems furious with Jasper as with all that pain, she just wanted to die.
I was drawn in to the characters with the recovery and learning what happened, then the action started! This story was full of elements to draw you into their dark events and to see light at the end of the tunnel, and action. This is a complete story yet there is a feeling as the author could easily pick up with these characters and do more short stories with them. I would love to follow this couple! Agents in the line of duty, and with the amazing abilities Callie now possesses. So much she can learn
Posted March 14, 2012
I chose this book because I thought it would be a great first foray into the world of Steampunk. Unfortunately I just could not get into any of these stories. I confess that a part the trouble may have been my mood at the time...I wasn't in the happiest of places and I was looking for something with some Christmas Cheer to lift my spirits. These stories didn't really have much to do with the holidays at all which was a big disappointment and I simply found that the pace was too slow to captivate me. Also they seemed to focus a lot more on the romance aspect and much less on the Steampunk setting...though I admit I am the farthest from a Steampunk expert that there can be!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
I have never read any steampunk but I've seen many novels popping up with this tag line and I was curious. I figured an athology would be the perfect way to introduce myself to this genre. I love the fact that each novella was drastically different from the next and were all from authors I have never read before. I did not think it really dealt with the topic of Christmas at all. It was not at the forefront of the stories. The first novella by Stacy Gail had the most Christmas feel to it than the other 3. A thief needs to steal something by Christmas or risk death. Gail's novella was also the one that seemed the most "steampunk". I was fascinated with the intricate descriptions of all things steampunk. My favourite novella was by Jenny Swartz and I will definitely be buying anything else she writes. Her novella was about a suffragette that needed a man to front her political party. I really liked reading a part of history that I love told in a steampunk fashion. The two novellas that I liked were beliavable ones with the added element of steampunk whereas the two I did not care for were too far fetched for me. I'm not sure if it is because I have not read any steampunk prior to this anthology or I cannot put the futuristic feel to a time period that is historical. JK Coi's novella is about a woman's body that has been put back together so to speak by mechancial limbs and PG Forte's novella is about a marriage that has broken down because the wife is not really human but a robot.
Even though 2 of the novellas were not my favourite they were well written. The anthology was an excellent start to reading steampunk and I will be reading more in the future. I will recommend it to others that I know like to read things outside of their comfort zone.
Posted December 20, 2011
A Clockwork Christmas
anthology by Gail,Stacy; Forte, PG; Schwartz,Jenny; Coi, JK
published by Carina Press
publication date 12/5/11
I'm new to the entire steampunk genre. I find the idea of futuristic inventions in a Victorian time period fascinating. This book a wonderful combination of steampunk, and romance. An anthology of 4 stories. I found the first story to be the most interesting, "Crime Wave in a Corset". I don't think there was much related to Christmas in these stories, just the time the book was released.
I will definitely read more steampunk, and look for more from these 4 authors. I found this to be an enjoyable collection of stories.
Posted December 17, 2011
This was my first venture into the world of steam punk. What a marvelous world it is! Each story held little jewels of a never was technology that were fascinating And like all good Christmas stories, they all lived happily ever after, though not always in one piece. I really did like them all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2011
A Clockwork Christmas is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves steampunk romances. The anthology contains four tales set in unique locations. I enjoyed each tale in this delightful book. The four stories offer a brief glimpse into the wonderful world that is steampunk. The tales contain steam powered devices, clever inventors, gadgets and elaborate devices. The plots range from a thief, who has stolen a prized possession to a spouse kidnapped and forever changed. There is drama, suspense, danger and love. Each tale is about 35,000 words and perfect for a cold winter evening. While each is centered on the Christmas holiday it is not the central theme. This aspect could easily have been edited from the stories and should not deter anyone who dislikes Christmas themes. My favorite tale was Stacy Gail's Crime Wave. I adore the spunky, intelligent wit of Cornelia. The chemistry between her and Roderick is delightful. The plot was exciting and I would love to read a full length version of this story. Each of the tales offers romance, suspense and a wonderful glance of the steampunk genre. I applaud the editor for choosing four distinct writing styles and fictional pieces. I recommend A Clockwork Christmas to anyone who enjoys romance, steampunk and historical romance. I want to thank netGalley and Carina Press for providing me with this ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.