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Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables [NOOK Book]

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Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader.…

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes,” New York Times bestselling author K. W. Jeter’s “La Valse” forges a fable about love, the ...
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Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables

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Overview

Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader.…

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes,” New York Times bestselling author K. W. Jeter’s “La Valse” forges a fable about love, the decadence of technology, and a gala dance that becomes the obsession of a young engineer—and the doom of those who partake in it.…

In “You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens,” national bestselling author and John W. Campbell Award winner Jay Lake tells the story of Sleeping Beauty—and how the princess was conceived in deception, raised in danger, and rescued by a prince who may be less than valiant.

The tale of “The Tinderbox” takes a turn into the surreal when a damaged young soldier comes into possession of an intricate, treacherous treasure and is drawn into a mission of mercy in national bestselling author Kat Richardson’s “The Hollow Hounds.”

In “The Kings of Mount Golden,” Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Paul Di Filippo tells the story of a young man’s search for his heritage and a mechanical marvel that lies at the heart of a sinister pact in this fascinating take on “The King of the Golden Mountain.”


ALSO INCLUDES STORIES FROM
Steven Harper
Nancy A. Collins
G. K. Hayes
Gregory Nicoll
Pip Ballantine

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"Talented narrators alternate delivering each story, allowing listeners to transition smoothly from one to the next." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101614082
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 633,871
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


<DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV>Stephen L. Antczak is the author of i>God Drug and the short story collections Daydreams Undertaken and Edgewise, among other books. James C. Bassett is the author of Living Real and coeditor of the anthology Zombiesque. </DIV><BR><DIV>Anne Flosnik is an accomplished multi-award-winning British actress who has garnered two AudioFile Earphones Awards, an ALA Award, and three Audie Award nominations. Her narration of Little Bee by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine.</DIV></DIV><BR><DIV>Kaleo Griffith is a classically trained voice artist and actor living in Los Angeles. He has been called ""powerful, with the presence of a young Timothy Dalton"" by the Hollywood Reporter. His various film and television credits include Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, Law & Order, Diagnosis X, and All My Children. Kaleo has won two prestigious Audiofile Earphones Awards.</DIV></DIV><BR><DIV>Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010.</DIV></DIV><BR><DIV>British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.</DIV>
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Father Brassbound followed Queen Perrault down the spiral stairs that led into the dank foundations of the Royal Palace of Talos. The door behind them was in the Lesser Rose Garden, a huge, rusted iron monstrosity set into the base of the Windhook Tower. To pass in three steps from the sunlit idyll of the ranks of polyantha to the mossy, shadowed coils of the stone bowels of the castle always disturbed him.

“My lady.” He was nervous—the familiarity itself betraying Father Brassbound’s deep sense of uncertainty—“Why do we go below this day?”

“Because,” she replied in a voice tinged with gentle exasperation, “I want to show you something.”

“I am not so fond of laboratories,” the priest said. “My own forging was a painful, drawn–out process.”

“We forge nothing this day,” the queen assured him.

That they had managed to separate themselves from Queen Perrault’s scuttling crowd of maids, ladies–in–waiting, courtiers, and guards was itself something of a minor miracle. As Father Brassbound well knew, royalty was almost never alone. They were attended even in the privy, at least much of the time. Their most intimate moments took place within earshot of a valet, a ladies’ maid, and at least two guards.

That she took this trip into the bones of the palace alone except for him was a momentous occasion. Momentous, and smacking all too readily of secrets.

He did not like secrets so much. His God was not a god of secrets, though of course the church had its Holy Mysteries. But those were available to any man who took the right vows and swore to the correct loyalties.

The queen . . . she was a woman of fierce intelligence and strong desires. Father Brassbound feared that in her.

They soon debouched from the winding tunnel of the stairs into the barrel–vaulted expanses of this particular basement. The queen, carrying a lantern, adjusted some valves and pressed a button that caused sparkers all around the vast, damp space to echo like a battalion of iron crickets.

“Lux fiat,” muttered the priest.

“Indeed.” He could hear the tense smile even in the queen’s voice.

The lights flared to life, illuminating a dozen dozen devices, from a great, hulking revolutionary with lightning cables thicker than his thigh to worktables covered with delicate glassware arranged for the miracle of a chemical wedding. Other shapes were shrouded with clothes, or lurked in shadows behind the pillars that supported the downward leap of the vaulting. Though the priest had no sense of smell, he was certain the place would be redolent of oil, metal, and mold.

Queen Perrault walked over to a great brass–bound tank filled with a dark green fluid. Tubes ran in and out while pumps ticked slowly over, moving dark and viscous fluids from a series of glass cylinders into the shadowed, foggy depths of the tank.

He looked, but was able to see little. Whatever went on in there was obviously meat rather than brass, but beyond that, Father Brassbound could not say.

“I will be pregnant soon,” the queen announced.

He was quite taken aback at this improbable declaration. “Your Highness?”

“You will help me create and maintain the appearance of gravidity,” she said, glancing back at him. Her brown eyes, so light they were almost amber, flickered in the gaslight that burned from two dozen sources around them. Not tears, he realized.

Determination.

“Pregnancy has but one cause, and a highly predictable outcome,” Father Brassbound offered cautiously.

“We will forge our outcome,” she said, turning back to the tank. “Dr. Scholes has been very, very helpful to me. The fluid he guided me in preparing is almost steeped enough to host she who will be my daughter.”

“You cannot,” he almost squeaked. “Only a child of your body can inherit the throne.”

“So far as the world knows,” the queen replied calmly, “she will be the child of my body.”

“What does His Highness say to this plan?”

This time her voice was sad, distant, echoing from an exile’s distance. “So far as Grimm knows, she will be a child of my body.”

“My Queen,” Father Brassbound said slowly. “I serve you in all things so long as I do not betray the church and my faith in God to do so. I . . . If need be, I, I can stand beside you and bear false witness to the court in this matter. But I cannot . . . cannot betray the king.”

“Who speaks of betrayal?” Her eyes were glittering with tears. “Dr. Scholes and I will use the homunculi of his ejaculate and the blood–egg of my own body to make our daughter come to life. It is no different than what my body does by instinct and through the virtues of vital essences. I will merely use my hands instead of my uterus. She will still be Grimm’s child, and mine.”

“But not born of your body.”

“No, Father.” Perrault’s voice dropped, almost a growl, as she threw a switch and the tank began to bubble. “Born of my will.”

The priest knew then that no matter the qualms of his conscience, he would obey the queen in this as well.

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Table of Contents

La Valse by K. W. Jeter

Fair Vasyl by Steven Harper

The Hollow Hounds by Kat Richardson

The Kings of Mount Golden by Paul Di Filippo

You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens by Jay Lake

Mose and the Automatic Fireman by Nancy A. Collins

The Clockwork Suit by G. K. Hayes

The Steampiper, the Stovepiper, and the Pied Piper of New Hamelin, Texas, by Gregory Nicoll

The Mechanical Wings by Pip Ballantine

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Michelle M:

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Michelle M:
    *ARC received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

    This book is a collection of Steampunk Fables based on fairy tales. These stories take you back to a time long ago but with a twist. I
    loved them. My favorite would be You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens. This one is based on Sleeping Beauty and I just loved the story.
     Each of the Fables in this book stick to your mind and you will always remember them and I love that about a book that I read. So many
    times you can forget what the books were about but this one will always stick.

    The technology in these makes a person like me, 'a tech nerd', happy and learning about Steampunk was a great experience for me.
    You had gears, laboratories, mechanical dogs and treasure. You get a little and a lot all at the same time. Short stories but great on
    detail and Steampunk goodness. This was my first book on Steampunk and I will definitely be checking out more of this genre now that
     I got to get into the worlds in each of these Fables. 

    LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer gives Clockwork Fairy Tales 4 Skulls.

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