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Posted April 30, 2013
A great read from rising stars of the Steampunk genera. I can't wait for the next round of stories from these fantastic authors!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2013
These stories are fascinating in concept: classic literature mined for settings for new steampunk adventures. Even more pleasing was the skill with which these authors executed their high concept. I was fascinated throughout. Couldn't put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2013
This is an anthology of steampunk short stories that are related to classical literature. Until Mechanized Masterpieces, I was a steampunk virgin and very anxious to get my proverbial steampunk cherry popped. This anthology is the perfect first for anyone interested in sampling some steampunk. All of the stories have some kind of combination of steam, cool gadgets, horror, science, and Victorian and western clothing of the 19th century as A.F. Stewart describes in her interview.
The stories range from twenty to sixty pages, written by top-notch writers and polished by top-notch editors. The stories share commonalities of the genre, but also stand out as unique pieces of fiction. I was immediately captivated by steampunk's originality.
There are a handful of rules for the writers to follow, but imagination of characters and plots are infinite. I really enjoyed A.F. Stewart's Our Man Fred. She patterned her short after Dickens' A Christmas Carol, giving a nod and wink to Fred, Scrooge's nephew, as her main character.
Fred works as a cop/Homeland Security Officer/FBI and gets embroiled in a mystery of mechanical rats that plot terrorism and theft. As bizarre as the plot sounds, Stewart suspended my belief while keeping it fun and fantastical. I even sensed a bit of Sherlock Holmes going on in the story.
Another favorite of mine was The Little Boiler Girl by Scott William Taylor. I thought of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl on the first page and was delighted to find that was the story he used for his masterpiece. He paints a depressing picture of an impoverished homeless girl running a power plant with steam.
Other shorts are written by Neve Talbot, Anika Arrington, David W. Wilken, M.K. Wiseman, and Alyson Grauer. Other masterpiece stories used for inspiration are Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, David Copperfield, Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein. Without hesitation, I give this very enjoyable book 5/5 stars. Steampunk is a genre that I plan to read more of. Thanks, Ms. Stewart, for being my guest and introducing me to this seductive genre.